Promotion of Language and Story Telling
Nise Malange believes that literature can be used for the mobilization of the masses, and her poetry examines the oppression and struggle of women in a male-dominated society.
At sixteen, Nise was already helping with the typing of documents and the collection of food for migrant labourers. She started a cultural movement that addressed sexual inequalities within unions, and later extended her work to victims of violence, especially women and children.
Founder of the ‘Stories that Can Heal’ project, using stories and poetry as means of healing past traumas, Nise worked with the Truth and Reconciliation to help victims. When her work with the TRC was finished, Nise started working as a freelance writer, independently documenting the lives of ordinary South African women.
Nomsa Mdlalose is one of South Africa's established storytellers and has worked tirelessly over the last twenty years to place story telling on an equal footing to other forms of art such as dance and drama.
Nomsa holds a masters degree in storytelling. She has taught storytelling, trained storytellers, and run workshops as well as lectured on African linguistics and African oral and written literature. She is the founding member and managing director of Kwasukela Storytelling Academy, which started in 2005 and is currently working on her PhD dissertation on the topic of Stylisation in Modern Storytelling.
Malika Ndlovu, whose personal adage is “healing through creativity”, is an internationally published South African poet, playwright and performer whose poetry and plays have appeared on stages across South Africa and throughout the globe.
As a poet, Ndlovu is the author of numerous publications. She has also written two published plays. Ndlovu was a founder-member of the Cape Town-based women writers’ collective WEAVE, she initiated the And The Word Was Woman Ensemble of female performance poets, a member of The Mothertongue Project, project manager for the Badilisha Poetry X-Change, and guest curator and presenter for BadilishaPoetry. com, a unique African poetry podcasting platform.