2018 Exhibitors

The South African Book Fair is excited to welcome the following exhibitors to the Book Fair in 2018

Associations – the driving force behind change

  • Academic and Non-fiction Authors Association of South Africa (ANFASA): Launched in 2004, after extensive consultation with authors around the country, ANFASA aims to give voice to the interests and concerns of all academic and non-fiction authors, whether or not their works have appeared in print. This is South Africa’s first national association specially for authors of general non-fiction works, textbooks and academic books, dedicated to promoting their works and their status in society, sharing information and offering advice.

  • Library Association of South Africa (LIASA): LIASA, represented on local, national and internation level is the SAQA accredited Professional Body that provides dynamic leadership, connects the Library and Information Service sector and promotes the development of access to information.
  • The South African Lexicography Units: The National Lexicography Units exist to develop dictionaries and other material on behalf of the State providing the means by which government can achieve its constitutional and legislative obligations to our indigeous languages.

  • National Library of South Africa (NLSA): The National Library of South Africa (NLSA) is the custodian and provider of the nation’s key knowledge resources. Mandated by the NLSA Act, the NLSA collects and preserves the nation’s documentary heritage and makes it accessible to all thereby ensuring that knowledge is preserved for posterity.

  • Paper Manufacturers’ of South Africa (PAMSA): The association representing South African paper manufacturers is very keen to tell ‘The Paper Story’. The story begins with these words: ‘It’s a bestseller. It’s your bedtime read. It’s time to unplug. IT’S PAPER. Whether it’s a book or a box, your child’s first school report or a tissue for their first heartbreak, it’s made from paper − a versatile and renewable material.’

  • Publishers Association of South Africa (PASA): PASA is the largest publishing industry body in South Africa. It represents book and journal publishers of non-fiction, fiction, educational, academic and trade publishing. PASA’s membership comprises the majority of South African publishing houses.

  • The Fibre Processing and Manufacturing (FP&M) SETA: The Fibre Processing and Manufacturing (FP&M) SETA consist of 13 sub-sectors namely the clothing, footwear, forestry, furniture, general goods, leather, packaging, printing, print media, publishing, pulp and paper, textiles and wood products sectors. “The South African Book Fair has become firmly established as one the biggest annual events for the FP&M SETA – because as a sector that serves the publishing space, we are committed to promoting the enjoyment of books and reading and promoting the publishing sector as an employer of choice. It is critical that we expose the youth to the very attractive careers and job opportunities in the publishing sector to ensure its sustainability in the long term.”

Educational Publishers – in support of our children

  • Macmillan Education South Africa: Macmillan Education is a world-class educational content and service provider. It supports learners, teachers and institutions through a lifetime of learning, by providing them with content in the most relevant, engaging and flexible formats possible.

  • Oxford University Press South Africa is an educational publisher with more than 100 years’ experience in South Africa. It publishes dictionaries and textbooks for schools; technical vocational education and training; and higher education

  • Via Afrika: Via Afrika produces and packages educational content and learning experiences to be enjoyed in any format desired. This South African company comes from a rich tradition of publishing school textbooks and African language literature since the 1940s.

  • Vivlia Publishers: Vivlia is a black-owned company founded in 1989 and run by Albert Nemukula, its chairman and managing director. Vivlia’s operations encompass a full range of general, educational, academic and adult basic education and training (ABET) publishing.

Scholarly Presses – for research and higher education

  • UCT Press: UCT Press is the scholarly imprint of Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd, and is affiliated to the University of Cape Town. It publishes peer-reviewed monographs and edited volumes in the Humanities with an African perspective, in print and digital formats.

  • UKZN Press: UKZN Press is a quality publisher of scholarship and general expertise for both academic and general readers in the humanities and the social sciences.

  • Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC Press): HSRC Press publishes relevant and innovative research-based books with impact on South Africa, Africa and the world. Our scholarship covers the social sciences and humanities in South Africa and Africa. Our books are peer-reviewed through an independent Editorial Board to ensure the highest quality content, and world-class research publications.

  • Wits University Press: Wits University Press has been publishing scholarly books since 1923. Based in Johannesburg, it is strategically placed at the crossroads of African and global knowledge production and dissemination. Committed to publishing well-researched innovative books for both academic and general readers, it focuses on art and heritage, popular science, history and politics, biography, literary studies, women’s writing and select textbooks.

General Trade Publishers – enhancing #OURSTORIES

  • Cover 2 Cover Books:
    Cover2Cover is a small independent publisher, publishing fiction for children and young adults, including our flagship Harmony High series. We publish memoirs of inspirational South Africans under our Face2Face imprint. We continue to grow in unexpected ways, publishing books that speak to South Africans and inspire a love of reading.

  • Jonathan Ball Publishers: Jonathan Ball Publishers is a leading publisher and distributor of English consumer books in South Africa, and acts as an agent for British and American publishers. Their Independent Division represents a number of academic, educational and independent publishers.

  • Lingua Franca Publishers: Lingua Franca Publishers strives to publish Learning and Teaching Support Materials (LTSMs) that provide teachers and learners with the surest and most direct route to successful teaching and learning. We at Lingua Franca Publishers believe that quality learning materials can, together with quality education (teaching), improve (determine) the life chances (future) of our children.

  • Pan Macmillan: Pan Macmillan SA is one of the largest general book publishers in South Africa, with a growing local list of titles published under the Picador Africa and Macmillan imprints. Pan Macmillan represent a number of group company imprints in South Africa including Macmillan, Macmillan Children’s Books, Macmillan USA and Priddy Books. In addition the company also represents some major international publishers including Hachette Children’s Books and Walker Books.
    Through the publishing of a diverse range of titles and authors, Pan Macmillan aims to engage readers of all ages and diverse backgrounds.

  • Real African Publishers: Real African Publishers is an independent South African publisher specialising in pan-African books and other media. ‘Telling Our Story’ sums up our mission to publish the stories, memoirs and academic contributions of Africans locally and abroad.

Booksellers – sharing #OURSTORIES

  • Exclusive Books: Exclusive Books is one of the largest chain booksellers in South Africa. It has close to 40 branches across the country, a branch in Botswana and an online store.

    • Ethnikids:Ethnikids is an online bookstore that specializes in Afrikiddies literature, and we aim to instil a love of reading in our children. We believe in the quote by Frank Serafini that ‘there is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book’.
      We will be showcasing the diverse and inclusive books that we sell at the Book Fair – awesome storybooks that feature protagonists of colour in all 11 South African official languages.
      We are so excited and immensely honoured to be part of this wonderful initiative. We plan to bring plenty of book fun to the Fair!


    Embassies – for social cohesion

    • The Cultural Consulate of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran is responsible for public diplomacy and runs its activities according to the signed Program of Cooperation between South Africa and Iran. Its focus is on strengthening and deepening the existing relations as well as expansion of co-operation between the two countries in the field of Arts and Culture. We also engage in social cohesion programs with different communities, institutions and organizations to build bridges of friendship between Iran and South Africa. Our participation in the South African Book Fair is to showcase Iranian literature and interact with the reading community because we believe in networking and that reading sharpens the mind.

    Authors – leading the way

    • M J Simms Maddox: Political science professor-turned-fiction writer M. J. Simms-Maddox is an independent author who has been writing professionally for over thirty-five years. She earned her Ph.D. degree in political science from The Ohio State University, has served as a legislative aide in the Ohio Senate, and has operated her own public relations agency. She is excited about coming to South Africa to promote her books with the people about whom the plot in one of her books depicts; “Mystery in Harare” takes place primarily in Zimbabwe and South Africa in the middle 1980s.

    FP&M SETA SMME Pavilion

    • Amava Heritage Publishing: Amava Heritage Publishing is a heritage publishing company in South Africa that specializes in publishing African books. It is all about reclaiming our heritage as black people by researching, packaging, debating and publishing our stories. We will be showcasing the following books; Maqoma: The Legend of a Great Xhosa Warrior by Timothy Stapleton, centres on Maqoma, Ah! Jongumsobomvu (1798-1873), the wars against colonisation and his incarceration, twice, on Robben Island where he was eventually killed; Maqoma’s Last War: The Sinking of the Birkenhead, by Nicholas Dekker, links Maqoma to the sinking of the HMS Birkenhead. The ship was headed to attach Maqoma during the War of Mlanjeni 1850-1853; UbuNgqina bobuKrestu bama-Afrika, by Archbishop N.H. Ngada. This book in IsiXhosa challenges the Westernisation and relegation of African beliefs and religion under the guise of Christianity. The book also looks at local traditional churches.

    • Artmatem: For almost 17 years, Qaphelani ‘Qaps’ Mngadi has been creating cartoons for different newspapers, mostly in KwaZulu-Natal. He has drawn cartoons for the daily isiZulu newspaper, Isolezwe, since its establishment in 2002, produced more than 6 cartoon books, a number of educational and awareness posters for libraries and schools in KZN, and conducted workshops with cartoonists like Jonathan Shapiro aka Zapiro, Nanda Soobben, Qaps’s mentor, and others. In 2010 and 2014 he was invited to showcase his work in London and in France. Qaps holds an integrated diploma in multimedia. Cartoons are powerful communication tools that adults and children alike enjoy. Qaps will participate in the SABF to expand and share his experience of drawing IsiZulu cartoons. He will also share his cartoon booklet, Ukuboshwa Kutata, about Nelson Mandela’s arrest at Howick in KwaZulu-Natal. The book is suitable for all ages.

    • BK Publishing: BK Publishing is participating in the South African Book Fair because we believe national events such as this are an important part of stimulating and encouraging a book reading culture amongst young and old South Africans. We will be showcasing some of our self-published books, true African stories, and of course, our children’s magazine, Supernova. Supernova is the magazine every South African child should own to inspire a love for reading, learning and curiosity about the world.

    • Book Lingo: As a start-up company, it’s very important for me to be ‘visible’ and the SABF is the perfect place to introduce my publishing services to aspiring authors and to connect with other industry players and like-minded individuals in the publishing industry. I work with many ‘indie’ authors, self-publishers and small independent publishing companies. My title list is a selection of the books published by these industry players. The self-publishing landscape in South Africa has changed considerably over the past few years and it’s a way for anyone to express their story in book form. The tagline of the SA Book Fair is #OURSTORIES, and I firmly believe that we need to know and express our own stories in order to build a better South African society. We all have a story within us which needs to be told. Remember that your story may just change someone’s life for the good. Be that change!

    • Clockwork Books: As a new, independent publisher at SABF2018, I hope to increase awareness of the brand among the reading public as well as with my colleagues in the industry. I want to improve my understanding of the South African publishing industry and gain further knowledge about book publishing in general.
      Clockwork Books will be showcasing the following books at the Book Fair; Things Unseen, Pamela Power, SPIRE, Fiona Snyckers, The Ultimate Assertiveness Toolbox for Kids, Jo Hamilton,Arabella, the Moon & the Magic Mongongo Nut, Hamilton Wende and Arabella, the Secret King & the Amulet From Timbuktu, Hamilton Wende.2018 saw Things Unseen optioned for TV and SPIRE longlisted for the Barry Ronge Fiction Award. This tells the Clockwork Books team that we are onto a good thing. Clockwork Books may be petite, but we punch above our weight.

  • Coign Foundation: My company is participating in the Book Fair to gain more business exposure and to establish new networks. I will be displaying books only. I am looking forward to the training sessions, where I hope to improve my publishing and business skills. I would like to attend this book fair because I would like to expose my products to the general market. I also want to attend the arranged workshops to increase my knowledge and experience in the book trade.

  • Culolesizwe: Literally translated as National Anthem, Culolesizwe is a small 100% BEE publisher. It engages in youth activities that uphold social cohesion and development for the sake of a better world. Our Nation Building Reading Initiative is a national campaign aimed at instilling a culture of patriotism and good citizenry in young people, from early adolescence throughout their youth, with the goal of creating a stable and socially cohesive society.

  • Ethnikids: Ethnikids is an online bookstore that specializes in literature for Afrikiddies, and we aim to instil a love of reading in our children. We believe in the quote by Frank Serafini that ‘there is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book’. We will be showcasing the diverse and inclusive books that we sell at the Book Fair – awesome storybooks that feature protagonists of colour in all 11 South African official languages.

  • Impepho Press: Impepho Press is a Pan Africanist publishing house committed to the sincere telling of African and international stories, celebrating both the fragility and resilience of human experience. We believe in championing brave, particularly feminist, voices committed to literary excellence. Impepho Press prides itself in providing our authors with the best editorial, design and promotional support possible, irrespective of the stages in their careers. At impepho press, we serve the stories, always! Because without our stories, we would, in the words of Audre Lorde, be crumpled into other people’s fantasies of us and eaten alive. #NoSmokeWithoutAStory

  • Khevia Edu: Khevia Edu publishes African children’s books for schools and stories to be used for early childhood development. This includes stories about the environment, animals, African history, African tales, modern stories for teens, fiction, nonfiction and biographies. We will be showcasing our books by local authors, which we market and distribute in Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, as well as books we market and manage online. We will exhibit the official siSwati dictionary, books published in siSwati which we distribute and some of our own publications. We also provide editing, layout, typesetting, e-book and online digital marketing services. In 2016 the founder was shortlisted for the Golden Baobab Prize which gave her a platform to engage with other African writers. No job is too big or too small: Khevia Edu works on regional, national and foreign exhibitions and have created a broader network to promoting our local books and programs for African writers on the continent.

  • Moepya Distributors: I would like to meet leading authors of children’s books. I have always been involved in writing poems and novels for high school students and adults, but participating in last year SABF helped me expand my knowledge about writing articles on culture and venturing into children’s books. I want to help open a library for the community in my area and I am eager to see the demo library at the SABF and to learn from the experience. I want to meet and learn more from different authors and publishers on how to expand my knowledge on starting a magazine on different African cultures. As an author, I might showcase my published work and venture on being a successful writer on children’s books.

  • Malanga Publishers: Malanga Publishers will be showcasing the following books targeted at indigenous people in South Africa; Eat Right and Light – a health motivational and self-help book; Tinganekwane Tadzadze – a siSwati collection of short stories told around the fire in traditional homes; Goliath Must Purge (English novella); Last Laugh (English novella); Hilarious Death (English short story) and To Kill A Man Twice (English novella).

  • Modjaji Books: Since 2007, when Modjaji Books was started, it has become an award-winning, feisty, independent feminist press that publishes books by southern African women writers. At SABF2018 we will showcase our books that contribute to the national and international discourse around decolonisation and feminism in literature. We plan to network with other players in the trade and build our audience. We will be exhibiting a carefully curated range of Modjaji titles published over the past 11 years including novels, memoirs, poetry collections, short story collections, the A to Z of Amazing South African Women and the reference books Jabulani Means Rejoice: A Dictionary of South African Names and the 2018 African Small Publishers’ Catalogue.

  • Moedi Publishing: Moedi Publishing is a brainchild of Moedi Learning Technologies, which focuses on financial literacy programs and training. Since the publication of our first book, Functional Mastery Over My Finances in 2008, five additional books on financial management, the psychology of money, and insurance have been published, as well as two books on spirituality and personal development and several essays. We are truly excited to be participating in this year’s National Book Fair. We hope to not only bring our books to the general public but to network with bookstores, and especially distributors to explore how books on financial literacy can be fully distributed widely to the public. Many books on personal finance have international content that does not address local needs. Our books address our own financial stories, our relationship with money, and how we engage with each other and our money.

  • Mosa Media and Book Distributors: Thabiso Mofokeng is a versatile, professional writer who writes in Sesotho and English. Some of his Sesotho books are prescribed for grade 8 and grade 10. He is the founding director and publisher of Mosa Media and Book Distributors which publishes and showcases quality books written in African languages. Thabiso completed his MA in Creative Writing with distinction at Rhodes University. He is currently completing a PhD in English at the University of the Western Cape. Thabiso has been longlisted four times for the Sol Plaatje Poetry Anthology. He was a 2016/17 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award finalist and a 2017 Arts and Culture Trust Award finalist in literature. He was named as one of the Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans 2017 and longlisted for the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize in 2018. He has written and contributed to more than 20 books and journals in Sesotho and English.

  • New Africa Books: Our books are written, illustrated, designed, edited and printed in South Africa. We publish in all eleven languages for the South African market and, given that Gauteng is the most populous province and also represents most language groups, our presence at the fair is important. We will be showcasing Kwezi comics in English, isiXhosa, isiZulu and Sesotho by the wonderful trio, Loyiso Mkize, Clyde Beech and Mohale Mashigo; the enchanting picture book, Mpumi’s Magic Beads, by the equally enchanting Lebohang Masango; Albertina Sisulu by well-known and highly respected authors Sindiwe Magona and Albertina Sisulu, and two books by Thembinkosi Kohli, I am Earth and I am Water which convey an important message about our world in these polluted times.

  • Omo Ole Books: For Omo Ole Books, the SABF is about exposure and building relationships with other publishers, readers, bookdealers and writers. We focus on children authors as well as writing in indigenous South African languages. The following books will be showcased at the Book Fair; High Ten For Reikantse and A Snake In My School Bag by Reikantse Manaka (13); Do It Right (novella) and Then Freedom Follows by Ofentse Mokoena (17); Botshelo bo Marara and Ke Tlhaba Malotsana, Mosidi (a translation from Afrikaans into Setswana) and Life is Like Music; Play On and Mosaic by advocate Kuni Ditira. We also focus on translation into South African indigenous languages. We continue our social entrepreneurship activities like participating in World Read Aloud Day and promoting Nelson Mandela as a reader and writer during Mandela Month.

  • Pelmo Books: Pelmo Books will be at the South African Book Fair because is the biggest book fair in South Africa. We are hoping to get exposure as publishers who promote indigenous languages of South Africa. We are also hoping to meet illustrators, language specialists, new authors, book lovers, media and any other potential business partners and opportunities. We will be showcasing literature books in indigenous South African languages. Get to know us better on all social media Pelmo Books and our website www.pelmobooks.co.za.

  • Porcupine Press: Porcupine Press has participated in the SABF before and believes it is the premier event for bringing all aspects of the books industry together under one roof. South African society faces huge literacy and local book availability challenges that threaten the stability of our democracy. In 2014, Porcupine Press launched African Narratives, a registered NPO committed to the development of a thriving grassroots books culture. In nine years, these two companies have published more than sixty black authors as we strive to encourage local writers who are producing books that will feed the growing demand for local content. Visit the Porcupine stand to see our latest titles, including Rosie Motene’s book Reclaiming the Soil and Errol Holland – A Life of Colour, the biography (written by David Robbins) of a remarkable South African doctor ‘of colour’ who defied the apartheid authorities and also the corruption of more recent times.

  • Seboi Publishers: Seboi Publishers need to showcase our publications and market the potential and capabilities of our company on a national platform. As author, publisher and director of a publishing company, I need to network and share ideas with my peers and the big companies in the publishing industry. I also want to attend the skills programmes provided by the FM&P-SETA. Our company does not yet have Nguni languages on the list of our publications. I therefore hope to meet aspiring and established Nguni languages authors and recruit them to write for our company. Products to be showcased include; prescribed educational materials (4 titles), trade books (3 titles) and library resource materials (10 titles).

  • Segachris Publishing: We are participating in the South African Book Fair to network with booksellers and readers, and learn about the latest trends in publishing. We will be showcasing our young adult literature in Setswana and Sepedi.

  • Sharp Shoot Printing and Stationery: Sharp Shoot is a publishing company based in Polokwane. We will showcase our books by South African authors, especially those writing in indigenous languages spoken in South Africa, like Sepedi, Xitsonga, IsiZulu, Sesotho, etcetera, and promote our 100% black-owned publishing company. We will promote our young authors and give them exposure to the publishing industry.

  • Somarela Puo Publishers: Somarela Puo Publishers is located in Moretele Village in Taung, in the North West Province of Mzanzi. It is owned by the successful female Setswana writer, Jeanette Gabonnwe, whose vision is to promote and embrace the use of Setswana. She believes that in order for you to know where you are going, you need to know, understand and be proud of your background and your language.
    Somarela Puo Publishers’ vision is to be one of the very best self-publishers in South Africa, promoting indigenous languages, especially Setswana, through different spheres of communication and multimedia, but particularly through book writing. Our titles include; Beyond the calling and Dipota, Bobipo, by Jeanette Gabonnwe; A go ne go Tshwanetse, Oupa Cornelius Nteta; Botshelo joo!, by Kgotlaetsile Mokabeng and Little Miss Coco by Tsephangone ‘Tshatsha’ Monchonyane.

  • Wesley Pepper: I’ve been involved in the National Book Week in various capacities over the past few years. My reason is that National Book Week is the most efficient grassroots book event in South Africa and its influence can be seen across South Africa. As an artist I like to associate myself with the brands and events that is associated with meaningful and practical social and cultural change. During this year’s event, I’ll be showcasing my previous illustrations and current two art projects titled ‘Blue Monk’ and ‘Sandboy’. It is a collaboration between me and Mustapha Jinadu, a writer based in New York and Lagos, Nigeria. Both stories are based around themes like mania, substance abuse, identity, brotherhood and sisterhood. The project will be packaged and sold as a ‘Zine’. Our project is on-going and consists of different mediums including both literature and street art, thus transcending all creative mediums.

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