The President's Desk

Rovzi Land-Cyber Declaration as read by the NWASA President Abdul Mogale

The National Writers Association of South Africa (NWASA) convened a virtual Inaugural  General Assembly on 20-21 March 2021, with the Office Bearers coordinating  proceedings from Rovzi Estate, Heidelberg, Gauteng. Other members participated online  from all parts of the world including Ghana, Nigeria, London, Canada, and Syria. 

Members were inducted by the Secretary General of the Pan African Writers’ Association  (PAWA), Dr. Wale Okediran, through the reading of a NWASA Membership Credo. PAWA  is an umbrella body of writers’ organisations in Africa. The Membership Credo  prescribes the character of a member, conduct and commitment. 

NWASA received Messages of Support from Nigeria; PAWA; the Minister of Sports, Arts  and Culture Minister and Sports, H.E. Mr Nathi Mthethwa; and the former President of the  Republic of South Africa, H.E. Mr Kgalema Motlanthe. 

The General Assembly was enriched by inputs from Professor Njabulo Ndebele and Dr.  Mongane Wally Serote. 

We congratulate recipients of different Awards, whose names and citations are available  on our website []. 

The General Assembly declares that: 

We are committed to the promotion of writers, reading, promotion of literature in all  South African languages, as well as assisting writers to publish their work. To broaden  our market and to position our cultural outputs as public diplomacy arsenals, we will  support translation of our literature into foreign languages. 

We strive to establish relations with writers’ organisations in Africa and the rest of the  world, through which we will encourage cultural exchanges. 

That NWASA steering committee, and general members, are committed to the protection  of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, and therefore urge all citizens –  irrespective of their social or other standing in society – to do likewise. We value the rule  of law. 

We deep our banner in honour of those of our members who have passed on in the past  three years, Nana Kefuoe Walter Chakela, Moses Mitileni, Sefako Mohlomi and Sipho  Mnyakeni. May their souls rest in peace!