Successful Cape Town Book Fair (South African Book Fair)


A team of five from Dancing Pencils and Umsinsi were present in Cape Town and participated in the South African Book Fair.

This team consisted of four board members (General Kikine, Bonga Zondo, Felicity Keats Morrison, and Detlev Diegel.) Also with them was Nhlanhla Nxele of the SABC radio in Durban.

This team had two new books to launch and were keen to share with visitors the magic of the Dancing Pencils right brain concept. This leads to the writing of publishable work.


UmSinsi Press, working with Dancing Pencils, is probably the only developmental publisher in the country as they help to show people their talents, and later, publish them when they are ready. They have almost 2000 titles published in 19 years, with two thirds being written by teens and pre teens.

Redirile Lenah Mashiya launches poetry

Lenah Mashiya, from the Tswana University Leroy Dancing Pencils Writing Club, flew from Joburg to Cape Town on the 14th June. She had a launch and poetry reading of her book, My Journey in Black and White,  in Literary Forum 2 at the ICC in Cape Town.

She kept the audience rivetted for half an hour as she read really deep and uplifting poetry.

Dancing Pencils Team at Cape Town

Four Dancing Pencils Literacy Development Board Members were present at the South African Book Fair in Cape Town between the 13th and 15th of June.

Detlev Diegel, wwas a great help at the stand. He introduced many people to the creative concept of Dancing Pencils Writing Clubs.

Bonga Zondo meanwhile visited many stands and also made contact with the Department of Trade as our board would like our books to be at the Frankfurt Book Fair later this year.

Two other board members of the Dancing Pencils Literacy Development Project who were present at the Cape Town Book Fair from the 13th to the 15th of June were General Sam Kikine and Felicity Keats Morrison.

General Kikine launched his first book on the 13th June and Felicity helped to man the Dancing Pencils stand!

20-2cropLaunch of General Sam Kikine’s book

General Sam Kikine is a survivor of the Struggle against apartheid. Our previous president Mandela urged the survivors to write down their life stories whilst still alive.

General Kikine who was in exile, faced the gallows in a high treason trial, and was tortured, has written and launched the first of a series of seven books which will record his life.

The launch took place at the ICC at the South African Book Fair.

Ms Sibongile Nzimande, Director of Arts and Culture in KwaZulu-Natal, was present to open his launch. Here General Kikine autographs a book.

Director, KZN Arts and Culture, visits book stand

Ms Sibongile Nzimande, (left) who attended the South African Book Fair in order to open the launch of General Kikine’s first book, The Past that was and the Future that will be, visited the Dancing Pencils Book stand.




Here she is with Detlev Diegel, a board member of Dancing Pencils Literacy Development Project,  Nhlanhla Nxele, radio journalist from the SABC in Durban who was at the book fair to record interesting events, and General Kikine (far right), author and also a board member of the Dancing Pencils Literacy Development Project.


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