12th Funda Mzantsi Championship 2022

The Battle of the Book Clubs is On!

The National Library of South Africa (NLSA) in partnership with the Department of Correctional Services and George Municipality is proud to host the 12th Funda Mzantsi Championship (FMC) in George.  FMC is an annual reading competition that gives the opportunity to book clubs across the country to compete against one another.

The NLSA has been hosting FMC since 2010 with the objective of inculcating a culture of reading for enjoyment in South Africa.  This prestigious Championship will be held in George, Western Cape from 3 until 7 October 2022.

In preparation for the Championship, participants are required to read selected books from a specific list, including titles from the NLSA’s Reprint of South African Classics project.  Furthermore, participants are assessed in four categories – impromptu reading, debating, spelling bee and book reviews in all South African languages.  The much-acclaimed book “The Yearning” by Mohale Mashigo is expected to be reviewed by participants in this year’s competition 

Inasmuch as this is a battle of the book clubs, the Championship is also a celebration of reading, writing and publishing. 

To find out more about the Funda Mzantsi Championship, email Mr Mandla Mona at mandla.mona@nlsa.ac.za.