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The Eastern Cape branch of LITASA is full of passionate and committed literacy professionals. Many of our activities take place in Port Elizabeth and Makhanda but we jump at the chance to get involved across our beautiful province. You can contact us on It would be wonderful to connect with you.

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Masithethe: Literacy vir almal

A podcast that promotes literacy in all communities


Welcome to the podcast of the Eastern Cape branch of LITASA. As members of a literacy network, we are passionate about promoting literacy in all its forms and in all communities. This podcast will connect you to the work of our association in this province and beyond. We hope it will be the beginning of many conversations. Masithethe!


E01 Introduction to LITASALITASA Eastern Cape
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In this first installment of our podcast, we connect you to the work of our association in the Eastern Cape and beyond. We chatted to current members of the Eastern Cape branch, Tracy Probert, Nadeema Musthan, Cathy Gush and Eileen Scheckle. Enjoy!

Music credit: Cheery Monday by Kevin MacLeod  (License:

E02 Literacy is the revolutionLITASA Eastern Cape
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In this episode, Literacy is the revolution, two Eastern Cape teachers and committee members of LITASA talk about language, literacy and how they are making a difference in their schools and communities.

Music credit: 'Cute' from



Submission due 18 June

In commemoration of Youth Day and to celebrate the launch of the Eastern Cape Youth Division, the Eastern Cape branch ran a slogan writing competition to help us develop a slogan for the youth division. Entries were welcomed in English, Afrikaans, isiXhosa and KhoiKhoi. We received 8 entries in English and KhoiKhoi. Winner to be announced. Book prizes will be given to the winner and runner-up. 


Established June 2021

The Eastern Cape Youth Division of LITASA was established in June 2021. The Eastern Cape Youth Division is dedicated to developing and encouraging the youth in the Eastern Cape to become literacy activists. The aim of the youth division is to develop strong links and open spaces for sharing knowledge and experiences related to literacy for young people through various networking and professional development events. The Division is led by Sydney Nel, Emma Wagenaar and Kelcey Nebbe who are Rhodes University students.


27 February

On Saturday 27 February, the Eastern Cape branch held their first virtual AGM. Guest speakers were Ray Schoene and Alexis Salaman from Youth Potential South Africa. Ray and Alexis shared with us the work they do with the children in the rural areas of the Gamtoos Valley. They reminded us about the importance of building relationships and connecting people and children to books. It was a very inspiring and productive morning.



Our Eastern Cape branch is running a book drive where they are collecting all pre-loved books to rehome in various literacy interventions and in rural communities in the Eastern Cape. If you have any books to donate, please send us an email at


6 February

Our Eastern Cape branch hosted their first teachers book club on 6 February via Zoom. The book club was launched as one of our many initiatives that bring teachers from near and far together over a shared love of reading. Our book clubs will be hosted every second week. We have a site/room on Jitsi called ECLitasaBookClub. All are welcome!


Submissions due 4 February

Our Eastern Cape Branch ran a “Read to Me” Read-Aloud Competition to celebrate National Read-Aloud Day. Children/Parents/Teachers were asked to share with us a video of them reading aloud to a few or to many people. Our winners were Thwala Bulelwa and a group of teachers from Despatch Preparatory School. Our runners-up were Amahle and Anele Ngidi , Meecha Daniels and Heather Baartman. All received book vouchers.

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