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Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature winner Lebohang Pheko discusses her acclaimed Sesotho novel, Mamello

Sanlam and Tafelberg, an imprint of NB Publishers, are proud to announce the winners of the 2017 Sanlam Prizes for Youth Literature, recognizing the rich diversity and talent in local youth literature. The prizes, awarded for new manuscripts, were just announced in Johannesburg.

We interviewed each of the winners about their award-winning books. The eclectic range of winning titles includes stories of abuse, cyber bullying, the disintegration of families, post-apocalyptic survival and forbidden love, and reflects issues young people of today grapple and can identify with.

Lebohang Pheko, author of Mamello


Debut author Lebohang Pheko won silver for Mamello (Sesotho), a “perfect tale of overcoming adversity”, with the power of education and forgiveness as key themes. Its main character, Mamello, is a young girl who is not allowed to attend school but dreams of becoming a human rights lawyer. Lebohang lives in Virginia.

Listen to our interview with Lebohang here:


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