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Reading Corner pageReading is a fun and fundamental pillar of education and a gateway to a different, better future. Growing a reading nation is one of the country's objectives for the next years. One of the ways to achieve this objective is to broaden access to libraries and books using technology. 

In addition to the e-Libraries in the 92 Teacher Centres nationwide, the Digital Classroom offers stories, tips and relevant news for reading on phones and tablets.  All reading material on our site can be downloaded for free by Vodacom users. 

In our Reading corner you will find:


Digital librarian

To support teachers in teaching literacy from Foundation phase, our Digital librarian (click here) links the e-books from our Reading corner to the curriculum activities for Term 3 and 4. Per topic we’ve selected a number of titles to be used for the various activities for Reading & viewing, Phonics and Listening & speaking. The teacher simply clicks on the relevant grade and topic and a number of books and activities are provided.

The e-books are in PDF format and can be opened on screen, downloaded and printed. 

The Digital librarian is working hard to create similar suggestions for term 1 and 2 as well as for the Intermediary and Senior phase .


African Storybook

African Storybook Project Logo 4 Digital ClassroomThe African Storybook is an initiative of Saide, a non-profit organisation dedicated to enabling successful open learning for all in Sub-Saharan Africa.

On the African Storybook website you can find, create, or translate hundreds of picture storybooks in the languages of Africa, for children’s literacy, imagination and enjoyment. The stories and the creation and translation tools are completely free. You can download and copy the stories and/or illustrations without having to ask for permission or pay a fee. The stories can be read online or offline or printed from the website.

The Digital Classroom offers a number of the African Storybook titles in all 11 South African languages.. For Vodacom subscribers no data charges apply.


Book Dash

Book DashBook Dash organises events where teams of professional writers, illustrators and designers come together to create new African storybooks. Since the first event in May 2014 many new childrens’ books have been created this way.

Anyone can freely translate and distribute these Book Dash books under a Creative Commons Attribution licence. This means that Book Dash helps to get books into the hands of children in a cheap and effective way.

The Digital Classroom offers the Book Dash books to download. For Vodacom subscribers no data charges apply



FunDza Mobi Network AdvertThe FunDza Literacy Trust is a non-profit organisation dedicated to growing educated, engaged and empowered young South Africans.

FunDza provides content that gets people hooked. The FundZa books and stories are exciting, relevant and authentically South African. FunDza reaches and interacts with readers through cellphones and has developed a 'library on a phone.'

The Digital Classroom offers a number of FundZa stories to download. For Vodacom subscribers no data charges apply.



Nalibali logo black 300dpi1Nal’ibali (isiXhosa for “here’s the story”) is a national reading-for-enjoyment campaign to spark children’s potential through storytelling and reading.

Children who are immersed in great and well-told stories – and in languages they understand – become inspired and are motivated to learn to read for themselves. Such personally rewarding learning is a recipe for successful literacy development.

Nal’ibali is driven by PRAESA (the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa), Times Media and a growing number of partners. Through sustained mentoring and collaboration with communities, reading clubs, literacy organisations and volunteers of all ages, as well as a vibrant media campaign, Nal’ibali is helping to root a culture of literacy into the fabric of everyday life in South Africa.

The Digital Classroom offers Nal'ibali tip sheets and Nal'ibali stories to download. For Vodacom subscribers no data charges apply.




e-Libraries programme

eLibraryIn order to help advance literacy development, one of the most critical elements in the country’s education value chain, Vodacom and Huawei together with the Department of Basic Education and the Nelson Mandela Foundation launched their e-Libraries programme in July 2015.

The e-Libraries programme is an educational content application, which is freely available on Huawei tablets at the 92 Vodacom Information and Communication Technology (ICT) resource centres that are situated across the country.

The Huawei sponsored tablets have been loaded with an exciting collection of e-book content and includes genres of African literature, history, business/entrepreneurship and fiction. This collection is available in all eleven languages and made accessible by publishing partners Via Afrika, Oxford University Press, Shuter & Shooter, FunDza and is complemented with content from the Department of Basic Education and the Nelson Mandela Foundation.


Let's read, asifundeni, kha ri vale.....

Via Afrika Let's readLet’s Read is Via Afrika’s answer to the continually growing demand for quality literature in all eleven official South African languages. What makes Let’s Read truly great is not only the gripping content, but also the fact that these books can be read on feature phones.

Let's Read offers a wonderful selection of short story anthologies, novels, drama, poetry and folklore in all South African languages.

The Via Afrika Let's Read apps are free and can be downloaded via the Google Play store and the Opera App store.


Oxford Owl

Oxford OwlOxford Owl is an award-winning website to help support children’s learning, both at home and at school. Find tablet-friendly e-books, inspiring school improvement and teaching support, and look out for new content being added all the time.

  • Over 250 free tablet-friendly interactive eBooks
  • Practical tips and advice on how to help children to read
  • Frequently asked questions with answers by trusted experts
  • A helping hand to make phonics easy with audio and video
  • Ideas and activities to make reading fun
  • A Kids’ Barn activity zone includes fun and games with Oxford Reading Tree characters

Oxford Owl is packed with expert advice, top tips and activity ideas so you can help your child with reading and maths, at home or in the classroom. Visit for more information. 


Talking stories

Talking storiesMacmillan has launched a mobile version of its Talking Stories library. This means that 256 graded story books across a variety of genres, in English, isiXhosa, Afrikaans and isiZulu are available on cell phones and tablets.

The stories reflect real life in South Africa, affirming the sense of identity and dignity of every young reader. A Talking Story allows the reader to hear a story read out while following it on the screen.

Instead of an adult pointing their finger to each word, the reader will see each word highlighted as it is read, in the early stages.

Every story comes with three interactive reading activities. These activities are fun and bright, and greatly loved by children. Many have animated rewards for correct answers. Every story also has a printable worksheet. The activities cover the full range of the language curriculum.

For a demo of the Talking Stories please click here. To register and download the Talking Stories for mobile (not free) please visit the Talking Stories website.



Reading news

Amagama Enkululeko! Words for Freedom

72f7d3217758f9c0ae9378cc703a801f 400x40020 July 2017 – The 25th Children’s Africana Book Awards award winner Amagama Enkhululeko! by Equal Education looks at the history of colonialism and Apartheid through a blend of history and storytelling. It is highly recommended for teachers and learners and can now be read and dowloaded free of data charges for Vodacom users.


Story Powered Schools: A South African Reading Revolution

Screen Shot 2017-01-24 at 9.58.51 AM24 January 2017 - Nal’ibali, the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, has partnered with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to bring the campaign’s proven approach to literacy development to select rural schools in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces.


Buy, read, share

National Book Week logo1 September 2016 - As part of National Book Week, the #BUY_A_BOOK campaign encourages everyone to purchase any of the week’s featured books for R20 each and drop them in the clearly-marked National Book Week donation bins in stores. All donated books will be given to National Book Week reading projects.


Seats of Knowledge

UJ logo29 August 2016 – With the Seats of Knowledge Project the University of Johannesburg Library raises funds for one of the biggest electronic libraries on the African continent and supports the young emerging artists from the National School of the Arts.


Story Bosso finalists to compete for title

Story Bosso finalists2 November 2015 - Nal’ibali, the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, has announced the shortlist of 15 nominees for its ‘Story Bosso’ storytelling competition that ran throughout Literacy and Heritage Month in September year. Celebrity judges will now assist Nal’ibali literacy activists in deciding South Africa’s first Story Bosso and two runners-up.


Finding the first Story Bosso

StoryBossoArtwork18 September 2015 - This September, the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign is launching a nationwide storytelling competition to find South Africa’s first ‘Story Bosso’. The competition will connect the public to ideas and inspiration on how to tell stories and identify undiscovered storytellers in communities across the country.


Launch of e-Libraries programme

Huawei logo7 July 2015 - In order to help advance literacy development, one of the most critical elements in the country’s education value chain, Vodacom, Huawei together with the Department of Basic Education and the Nelson Mandela Foundation launched their e-Libraries programme today.


Come read with me

Screen Shot 2015-04-22 at 1.53.24 PM22 April 2015 – The annual World Book Day promotes reading, publishing and copyright. The South African celebrations will take place in Gauteng with a Door-to-Door reading awareness campaign, book donations and a special message from Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.


A mobile reading revolution

Reading in the mobile era2 May 2014 - Mobile phones and cellular networks are transforming text from a scarce resource into an abundant one.  Millions of people in developing countries are empowered to read books and stories on their phones. In South Africa Fundza and Bookly are drivers of this 'mobile reading revolution'.