Africa Century International African Writers Conference: 2017 INVITATION


The Writer as a Drum Major of Conscience, Restoration & Transformation


Towards The Establishment Of The Writers Organisation

Date : 7th November 2017

Time : 9H00 – 16H00

Venue : Bamboo Lecture Hall, Kgorong Building, Meckleneuk Campus UNISA, Pretoria Tshwane

The wRite associates in partnership with the department of Afrikaans and Theory of Literature, UNISA, cordially invite established and aspirant writers in all the languages of South Africa, writers’ organisations and academics in the literary field to the 6th Africa Century International African Writers Conference. This year’s programme takes forward the 2016 conference which went under the theme “The Role of Writers’ Organisations in Society”.

Prof Zodwa Motsa / Prof Andries Oliphant / Prof Nhlanhla Maake / Prof Kgomotso Masemola / Dr Sindiwe Magona / Dr Mathene Mahanke / Mr Heinrich Dirk/ Ms Lisa Combrinck, and Mr Sam Mtsweni

Motivation for the establishment of the SA Writers Organisation

South Africa is a multilingual society with a diversity of literatures in both oral and written literary modes in all the languages of the country as set out in the Founding Provisions of  Chapter 1 of The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa(1996:4). The constitution pledges to develop all the languages of the country and to “address the historically diminished use of the indigenous languages of our people”.

This legacy is the consequence of the segregationist policies pursued over long periods in the past. It prevented cooperation between diverse linguistic communities and writers in the different languages. This has a negative impact on South African writing.

Hence, writers’ organisations in the past were invariable monolingual and functioned mostly in isolation from each other. This is no longer tenable since democratic South Africa is founded on the principles of inclusivity and equality in diversity. Thus the establishment of a multilingual writers association is motivated by the need for a representative national body to cater for and advance the needs and interests of writers in all the language of South Africa in pursuit of the objectives set out in the proposed Draft Constitution. (Please see the proposed draft constitution attached)


The objectives of the organisation will be to:

  • Serve as an association representing South African writers;
  • Promote writing in the languages of South Africa;
  • Promote reading in the languages of South Africa;
  • Promote the preservation and publication of oral and written literature in the languages of South Africa;
  • Promote performances and readings of literature in the languages of South Africa;
  • Promote the translation of literary works in the languages of South Africa;
  • Provide training opportunities for emerging writers and literary translators;
  • Promote critical discourse on oral and written literature from South Africa and elsewhere;
  • Protect the rights, including intellectual property rights, the right to freedom of expression and creativity of all writers;
  • Facilitate exchange and interaction among South African writers as well as with writers from other parts of Africa and the world;
  • Facilitate interaction, exchange and collaboration between writers across the different media and with artists in other disciplines;
  • Liaise and cooperate with local, national, regional and international bodies involved in the funding, promotion, distribution and development of writing and literature;
  • Advocate and contribute to national policies aimed at making literature in the

languages of South Africa accessible to the public; and

  • Do whatever is deemed necessary and take appropriate action to promote oral and written literature in the languages of South Africa.


Please note registration is compulsory