James Matthews

Xhosa finally part of South African literature

June 2006 -

Despite the country’s eleven official languages, virtually all books published in South Africa are in English or Afrikaans. Poet and author James Matthews, owner of publishing house Realities, is trying to change that. With support from the Ministry of Art and Culture he is publishing a series of books in Xhosa. Sindiwe Magona’s book Abantwana Baba Ntwana Bam, launched at the end of April in Cape Town’s Langa Township, is the second in the series.

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