Children's Literature in Southern Africa


All you need to know about children's literature from Southern Africa and beyond!

PUKU.co.za is a weekly online literary newspaper focused specifically on children's literature, education and literacy in Southern Africa. It is the central hub for news on the Puku Story Festival. Among the other aims of this newspaper is to build up a transparent, regularly updated and accurate database of reviews of recreational and educational books and resources for African parents, teachers and librarians in all South African official languages.


The principle aim of the Puku Children’s Literature Foundation, is to bridge both the literacy and the digital divide that confronts the vast majority of Southern African children, by developing dynamic and innovative programmes and projects to improve the quality of children’s books, educational and recreational materials in all Southern African languages.

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Tax Status

Puku Children’s Literature Foundation is a public benefit organization (PBO) in terms of Section 30 of the Income Tax Act, and receipts and accruals are exempt from income tax in terms of Section 10 (cN) of the Act. Donations by or to the public benefit organisation are exempt from donations tax in terms of section 56(1) (h) of the Income Tax Act.

  • Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) number: 088-063
  • Registration number: 2010/021586/08 (Section 21 Company Not-For-Gain)

Board of Directors

  • Elinor Sisulu – Activist and award-winning author
  • Professor Mary Metcalfe – Educationalist
  • Frank Meintjies – Mandela Day project coordinator, Nelson Mandela Foundation and author
  • Fazila Montsi - Director at Tsepo Trust
  • Professor Lesibana Rafapa – English professor at University of South Africa (UNISA), linguist and author
  • Melvin Kaabwe - Digital Manager at Van Schaik Bookstores Group
  • Kole Omotoso – Award-winning author

Want to find out more, donate, get involved or just say hi? Email Elinor on elinor.sisulu@gmail.com