Press Release
For immediate release: 13 October 2017
Issued by the wRite associates

Twenty eight (28) South Africa’s authors are shortlisted for the 2017 South African Literary Awards (SALA).

2017 marks the highest milestone of South African Literary Awards (SALA), as the shortlist includes, for the first time, the !Xam and !Kun languages. Listed under the Posthumous Literary Awards, five (5) legendary contributors are drawn from Wilhelm Bleek and Lucy Lloyd collection of !Xam and !Kun narratives, verses, songs, chants, drawings and other materials consisting of over 150 notebooks running in some 13 000 pages which is considered a unique cultural and literary collection which has been recognised by United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Council (UNESCO) and entered into the memory of the World Register.

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2017 SALA Shortlist

Category: First-time Published Author Award

Author Book title Language
Amy Jephta

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Kristalvlakte Afrikaans
Moses Shimo Seletisha

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Tšhutšhumakgala Sepedi
Mohale Mashigo

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The Yearning English


Category: k.Sello Duiker Memorial Literary Award

Author Book title Language
Kopano Matlwa Period Pain English
Nthikeng Mohlele Pleasure English


Category: Poetry Award

Book title Language
Helen Moffett Prunings English
Ronelda S Kamfer Hammie Afrikaans
Simphiwe Ali Nolutshungu Iingcango Zentliziyo isiXhosa


Category: Creative Non- Fiction Award

Author Book title Language
Dikgang Moseneke My Own Liberator English
Elsabé Brits Emily Hobhouse – Geliefde Verraaier Afrikaans
Sylvia Vollenhoven The Keeper Of The Kumm: Ancestral Longing And Belonging Of A Boesmankind English


Category: Literary Journalism Award

Author Publications Language
Don Makatile His oeuvre
Phakama Mbonambi His oeuvre


Category: Literary Translators Award

Author Book title Language
Bridget Theron-Bushell The Thirstland Trek: 1874 – 1881

The Thirstland Trek 1874 – 1881

Afrikaans -English
Jeff Opland, Wandile Kuse and Pamela Maseko William Wellington Gqoba: Isizwe Esinembali

Xhosa Histories And Poetry (1873 – 1888)

isiXhosa –


Jeff Opland and Pamela Maseko DLP.Yali-Manisi: Iimbali Zamanyange, Historical Poems isiXhosa – English



Category: Nadine Gordimer Short story Award

Author Book title Language
Nick Mulgrew

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Stations English
Roela Hattingh

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Kamee Afrikaans


Category: Posthumous Literary Award

Author Publications Language
|A!kunta Body of work !Xam and !Kun
!Kabbo Body of work !Xam and !Kun
≠Kasin Body of work !Xam and !Kun
Dia!kwain Body of work !Xam and !Kun
|Han≠kass’o Body of work !Xam and !Kun


Category: Lifetime Achievement Literary Award

Author Publications Language
Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa Body of work English
Aletta Matshedisð Motimele Body of work Sepedi
Etienne Van Heerden Body of work Afrikaans


Category: Chairperson’s Award

The recipient will be announced at the award ceremony