Shine Literacy

Shine Literacy


What an absolute delight it is to be a volunteer learning partner at Shine Literacy Zonnebloem. The little girl I am working with shows so much enthusiasm and passion for learning through paired reading, games, have-a-go writing and loves to listen to stories.The Worworks games have been a great boon to her learning process.Her excitement at learning English is actually tangible.
Great insert on ENCA about the great work of Shine! So proud to be a volunteer again! ❤️ #StPaulsChapter #SherwoodChapter
Without reading initiatives like this we as a nation will never rise above mediocrity.

Shine Literacy is a non-profit organisation that seeks to create a culture of reading in South African schools, homes, workplaces and communities, thereby improving literacy outcomes for young children from low-income communities. .

To achieve our mission, we:

- deliver literacy support to children in Grades Two and Three;

- run six flagship Shine Centres which support seven schools where trained volunteers use our proven and award winning literacy programme;

- empower and train others to establish Shine social franchises (Shine Chapters) in other geographical areas to provide children weekly access to supported reading a

Operating as usual


Happy Africa Day!!

Here is an inspirational speech from former president Thabo Mbeki on the beautiful continent that is Africa.

Photos from Shine Literacy's post 06/05/2022

[Job Alert] We are hiring!

Shine Literacy is looking to hire a Communications & Stakeholder Support Officer to work at our head office in Zonnebloem, Cape Town.

This position supports the Communications & Stakeholder Manager and Shine Literacy’s fundraising and communications strategies as well as data management (capturing, maintaining &
retrieval) and digital content creation and implementation.

If you have a passion for literacy and education in South Africa + a bachelor degree in Communications, Stakeholder Management or related field please apply.

Applications close on 13 May 2022.

Applications to be strictly send to [email protected].

Applications sent on other email addresses or platforms will not be considered.

Photos from Shine Literacy's post 25/04/2022

Here are some wonderful memories from our celebration at Litha Primary School in Gugulethu.

We celebrated the ancient and beautiful storytelling heritage we have as a country. The children absolutely loved it. Thank you, Thando Mkoyi storyteller and Literacy Association of South Africa WC Chairperson.

Storytelling is regarded as a teaching resource that literacy teachers can use to stimulate learners to love books, to read, and to acquire reading habits and skills.

Thank you to DirectAxis volunteers for spending time with the children reading stories and cleaning and organizing the library. We always appreciate your support.


Today we had the wonderful team at MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet in the office to learn more about our programmes and feature us as part of their beneficiaries.

We are so grateful to all our loyal Myschool supporters.

Since 2016 we have raised R1.4 million that has gone towards supporting children in the Foundation Phase with their reading.

Thank you MySchool!


As we celebrate Human Rights Day let us remember the selfless lives who tirelessly fought for our freedom and were killed in the Sharpeville Massacre. Today we still continue to fight for those things that our heroes died for - one being the right to basic quality education for all South African children.

The Human Rights Commission released a document titled 'The Right to Read and Write' in 2021. [Read here] -

The right to read states that all children have the right to learn to read and write at a basic level by the age of 10 in the language of learning and teaching (LOLT) used in their school in the Foundation Phase (Grades R-3).

We can all do our part, by spreading the love of reading, reading to children, and sharing stories.

Watch the video of Babalwa talking about how easy it is for you to start reading with your children, grandchildren, nieces/nephews today.

Aluta Continua!!!


We just celebrated International Mother Language Day in February and today is World Book Day. And we would like you to get involved.

Can you share 10 Golden Moments with a child by using our Story Time with Shine Literacy's data-free Mobi-Site?

Choose a story in the language that your child is most comfortable in and simply enjoy a story together.

Stories are perfect bridges to ensuring that children learn more about their world.


Introducing our first 2022 Youth 4 Literacy (Y4L) cohort. What an amazing group of young people!

We had a successful week of training last week and we all can't wait to start reading with Grade 2s and 3s in our schools.

Shine Literacy updated their address. 18/02/2022

Shine Literacy updated their address.

Shine Literacy updated their address.

Photos from Shine Literacy's post 18/02/2022

Today is the last day of training for our bright young people on the Youth 4 Literacy (Y4L) programme. A few words of wisdom from our director, Maurita Weissenberg to the young people as they receive their certificates of attendance.


Hello, friends this bright and gorgeous Friday 🤩

Our friends at The loxion mobile library. really need your help.

This is an amazing organisation started by young people in the community who read to children in the community and share the love of reading so desperately needed in our local communities.

They finally got a space at the Vrygrond Community Centre, a safe space to carry out their reading activities.

They are kindly asking for the following donations for their new space:

-Plastic Boxes for books
-Stationery and window curtains
-Desks (x5) and Chairs (X10)

If you would like to assist please contact Okuhle on 060 463 6496


Help us this to give more children reading opportunities.

Follow this link to participate:


Shine Literacy would like to thank Vintage with Love for the donation of R100 000 that they have recently made to us.

It gives us great pleasure to announce that we have partnered with them once again, this time around, to bring you a clothing drive!
If you have any old clothing, accessories, and shoes (still in good condition) that you would like to donate, please drop them off at the following location:

Shine Literacy’s head office : Cambridge street, Zonnebloem College, Zonnebloem.

We would highly appreciate your support towards this meaningful cause.

We urge you to donate your clothing and help us build a culture of reading in South Africa.

Photos from Shine Literacy's post 04/11/2021

Thank you Exclusive Books and the campaign and to everyone who nominated us.

The books have arrived!

We can't wait to give them away.

Siyabulela, nangomso!


Happy World Teachers' Day!

The theme for this year’s World teachers’ day is ‘’Teachers at the heart of education recovery’’.

Let’s take this time to celebrate and commend teachers for stepping up and adapting to the new normal while still providing learners with quality education. Shine Literacy would like to wish you a happy World Teachers’ Day!

We recognise the positive impact that teachers have on us as individuals and society as a whole and therefore hope to see more support and investment being directed towards the teaching profession as a whole in the future.

"On World Teachers’ Day, we are not only celebrating every teacher. We are calling on countries to invest in them and prioritize them in global education recovery efforts so that every learner has access to a qualified and supported teacher. Let’s stand with our teachers!"

-Joint message from UNESCO, UNICEF, Education International, and International Labour Organization on the occasion of World Teacher’s Day 2021


Happy Heritage day!

“It is our history, culture, heritage-basically our ways of being that shape the form, content, and character of other contours of human innovation: - Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

We at Shine Literacy understand this and in pursuit of creating a culture of reading, our data-free mobi site now provides reading materials in more South African languages than ever before.

Visit us here to access our reading materials:

Let’s take this opportunity to not only appreciate the rich cultures we possess as a nation but also think deeply about the cultural legacies we wish future generations to inherit.


Happy International Literacy Day!

This year we celebrate under the theme “Literacy for a human-centred recovery: Narrowing the digital divide”.

According to UNESCO– “The COVID-19 crisis has disrupted the learning of children, young people and adults at an unprecedented scale. It has also magnified the pre-existing inequalities in access to meaningful literacy learning opportunities, disproportionally affecting 773 million non-literate young people and adults.”

Shine Literacy has worked at delivering well-resourced reading support at homes providing caregivers and children with invaluable tools to help reduce the literacy gap between high and low achieving learners and develop a culture of reading at home.

So far we have been able to deliver an astonishing 20 771 packs distributed in the first two terms of 2021 to Grade 1, 2 and 3 learners across 46 schools.

With your support we can reach even more children in more communities.

Visit our data-free site here to learn more -


Happy Women's Day from us all here at Shine!


It is with great sadness that we write this post in honour of our favourite granny, Julia Albu who passed away on Monday.

Julia Albu, completed the epic Cape-to-Cairo fundraising trip for Shine Literacy in her 20-year-old Toyota Conquest in 2017 and 2018.

We are grateful for all that she did for early literacy and the powerful message of reading that she spread across the continent on her travels.

Lala ngoxolo makhulu wethu ugqatso ulufezile.

My African Conquest


Hi friends,

This Mandela Month we have partnered with AFDA and We Can Maintenance to collect as many stationery items we can to send out with our literacy packs for children in the Foundation Phase.

Visit us here - to see how you can get involved and see other ways to give this Mandela Month.


Turning the page on illiteracy | Vuyelwa Mbalekwa

Thank you so much Beautiful News for such a lovely feature.

Listen, to our Programme Manager, Dawn Vuyelwa Mbalekwa talk about the work we are doing right now.

Photos from Shine Literacy's post 16/06/2021

{READ}: Loxion mobile library - youth inspiring change

Okuhle and Litha who started the Loxion Mobile Library in Capricorn and surrounding neighbourhoods in Cape Town supporting about 500 children a month describes the great work they are doing as "...a kids book machine that travels around our disadvantaged communities". The mobile library was motivated by the Covid-19 pandemic - Okuhle and the team wanted to see children stimulated and in need of literacy support after being out of school and at home for a long time due to the national lockdown.

The other reason they created the mobile library is to create a culture of reading that will serve the whole community. They see themselves as an extension of the community and are inspired by many other organisations focused on improving literacy skills, language development, and access to books. They want to reinforce the idea that learning does not and should not end in school.

When we asked where they see this project in the next few years, Okuhle said this - "In five years to come we see Loxion Mobile Library as a project that will take up South Africa as a whole reaching every child out there making sure children have access to books every day". The ultimate goal is to make reading fashionable.

Okuhle wants every young person out there to be the change they want to see. Starting by using what they have, where they are.

If you would like to support Okuhle and the Loxion Mobile Library team email [email protected]. They are always in need of books and stationery. Please like and support them o @TheLoxionMobileLibrary.


Thank you friends for participating in our Africa Month celebration in May.

The following people (in no particular order) can expect a gift and message from us soon - watch your inbox.

Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho
Vania Costa Arter
Gontse Richli
Yambuso Yanga
Carole MaVee


Happy Africa Day!

Today we are celebrating African writers and books. We have been sharing pictures of ourselves and you reading African stories for Africa Month.

If you haven't done so already share a picture of yourself or a loved one reading your favourite African story.

You still stand a chance of being gifted a selection of beautiful African storybooks for your children. Share your pic in the comments below.

To all those who have shared stories and pics with us a big thank you. Siyabonga kakhulu.


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Zonnebloem College Estate, Cambridge Street, Zonnebloem
Cape Town

General information

Our vision is a nation of young readers

Opening Hours

Monday 08:30 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:30 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:30 - 16:30
Thursday 08:30 - 16:30
Friday 08:30 - 16:30

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