Pan Macmillan SA is proud to have published three authors who have been honoured at the South African Literary Awards:

Born Freeloaders by Phumlani Pikoli – winner of the SALA K. Sello Duiker Memorial Literary Award
Pikoli’s novel follows a group of friends born on the cusp of South African democracy examining their uneasy awareness of their privilege and the heightened sense of discomfort at their inability to change the world they were born into.

Lacuna by Fiona Snyckers – winner of the SALA Novel Award
In this fictionalised response to JM Coetzee’s Disgrace, Snyckers gives Lucy Lurie a voice and explores issues of sexuality, trauma and identity.

Illumination by Nthikeng Mohlele –runner-up of the SALA Novel Award
Mohlele’s sixth novel is an unrelenting study of possession and loss, of the beauty and uncertainty of love, of the dangers and intrusions of fame.

Born a Crime (edition for younger readers) by Trevor Noah – winner of the Youth Literature Award
Adapted for younger readers from Born a Crime: And Other Stories – the South African and New York Times bestseller – Trevor shares what his life was like growing up. The stories he tells in this book will make you laugh, cry and fill you with wonder and inspiration as you learn how this mischievous young boy used his quick wits and humour to get through his day-to-day life. Against all odds and with his mother’s unfailing love and belief in him, Trevor overcame many obstacles to create a promising future for himself.
Trevor has donated his prize money to the Trevor Noah Foundation which supports underserved youth with the educational foundations and opportunities they need to become resilient future leaders of South Africa.

Yheke Yanga by Refiloe Moahloli – winner of the Literary Translators Award
Yheke Yanga is the story of a young boy who plays the traditional South African game 3 Tins. This game prepares Yanga to eventually become an international cricket player, where he helps the national team to win the world cup. Yheke Yanga is a story about celebrating your heritage, doing your best and believing in yourself.

Terry Morris, Pan Macmillan SA Managing Director, said: “In these troubling and often dark times, books provide a sanctuary, provoke us to think deeply, to explore our emotions and to empathise with others and their stories. We, at Pan Macmillan, would like to thank our incredibly talented authors for pushing the boundaries of creativity with their remarkable books. We remain indebted to the SALA awards and team for continuing to recognise the power of words and local books.”

SALA celebrated 15 years of growth and success on International African Writer’s Day, 7 November 2020, with a virtual ceremony honouring local writers and stories. SALA was founded in 2005 by the wRite associates, a literary art and events management and strategy company, and the Department of Arts and Culture, as a platform to celebrate South Africa’s rich literary landscape and its authors and language practitioners.
More details about the awards are available here: