Pearson South Africa hosted the eleventh annual Maskew Miller Longman (MML) Literature Awards on Thursday, 23 November 2017 in Cape Town to announce the winners of this national literature competition. Annually, Pearson invites experienced and aspiring writers to submit their original, unpublished stories in their mother tongue to develop quality literature in all of the official South African languages.
PRAESA’s Arabella Koopman was the guest speaker at this year’s Awards ceremony.
The competition judges had the difficult decision of selecting only 5 finalists, from the 131 submissions received. Each year, the awards explore a different genre and this year, Pearson called for Children's Fiction for ages 9 to 12 years.
Join us in congratulating the following winners from the various language categories:
Afrikaans: Helde en boewe in die wilde weste - Alwyn Tredoux
Almal se koppe swaai in Cor se rigting. Groot Ben Slechter kom reguit na hom toe aangestap. Benoudheid druk Cor se bors inmekaar. Groot Ben kom staan amper teenaan Cor. So naby dat hy hom kan ruik. Cor maak op ’n ongaangename manier kennis met ’n spul boewe in die dorpie Grafhout. Nadat hulle die bank beroof het, vlug hulle die woestyn in met al Grafhout se goud.
Sal die Sheriff en sy manne dit regkry om die spul boewe vas te trek, of maak Cor self ’n plan?
English: The Magic Bat - Clare Houston
Mickey has no cricket kit and his mom, a single parent, cannot afford a new one. He goes reluctantly to a charity shop where he buys a second-hand kit.
The charity shop owner suggests that the initials ‘JK’ on the bat mean that the bat belonged to Jacques Kallis. Mickey finds that he plays extraordinarily well with this bat and begins to believe that it is a ‘magic’ bat.
The coach wants to take Mickey to the district trials where he’ll be the youngest player. But disaster strikes when Mickey leaves his bat behind by mistake: he has to face playing without his magic bat.
isiXhosa: Saphela isizungu kuZingi - Zukiswa Pakama
Zingisa should be happy because everyone loves her but unfortunately she suffers from severe eczema. Her mother has taken her to different doctors but she has been told that this condition is not easily treated. At school she can’t play with her schoolmates because of the painful swollen blisters covering her arms and legs. Sometimes she has to miss school while she waits for the sores to heal. One day she was alone at home. She had no one to talk to except her silent doll. Then she saw a stray dog and decided to save it. This dog was more than a friend to her. He helped her heal and brought an end to her lonely days as the owner of the dog was a paediatrician. In the end her good deed of saving this poor dog saved her own life.
Sepedi: Setulo sa ka, bophelo bja ka - Maledimo Winfred Moeng
This story is about a boy who was born with a disability and instead of attending a special school, he went to a mainstream school. Due to his good performance, other schools were encouraged to register other children with disabilities to their schools. He motivated school principals, teachers and learners to accept every human being with dignity. Through him, they learnt that not all people with a disability need hospitals, all people should be treated equally, physical disability is not mental disability and all people should get a chance to prove themselves. Through his wheelchair, he broke barriers and overcame obstacles for a brighter future.
Sesotho: Senakangwedi – mohale wa dibopuwa - Bongiwe Siphesihle Buthelezi
This is a fairy tale whose characters are different creatures. Senakangwedi became a hero after bringing peace between inhabitants of Queen Mapula of the Sky and the animals of King Lion of the Earth. She became angry when she thought that King Lion refused to give her a beautiful flower that she loved. Because of the anger, she took away the light brought by the Sun and the Moon from the Earth, brought storms and made the animals uncomfortable. The King eventually gave her the flower and the friendship between the living beings of the Sky and of the Earth was restored. The story shows two sides of evil –the jackal who stole the flower, and good – Senakangwedi who brought peace