Academic and Non-Fiction Authors’ Association of South Africa

Welcome to ANFASA

ANFASA recognises that authors have the potential to influence society for the better, as expressed in the United Nations development goals of campaigning to end poverty, protecting the environment and promoting peace and prosperity. Authors played a significant role in the South African struggle for democracy and showed that authors can have power.

ANFASA's overriding objective is to strengthen the voice of authors in the service of a democratic and egalitarian society

Important News


In Memory of Rev Mxolisi Sonti (4 January 1978–22 December 2020) Rev Sonti was a dedicated member…

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Royal Society of Literature launches RSL International Writers

  Royal Society of Literature launches RSL International Writers Dear ANFASA Member On 30 November, the Royal Society…

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Empowering Authors

ANFASA was formed as a national association especially for authors of general non-fiction works, textbooks and academic works, but it also welcomes authors of fictional works as members. Many non-fiction authors write fiction as well, and vice versa. Even more importantly, ANFASA’s programmes, and its objectives, apply broadly to all authors. ANFASA is dedicated to defending their intellectual property rights, to promoting their works and to sharing information and offering advice and expertise on writing and publishing. We call this empowering authors, and we are dedicated to this objective.

Educating Authors

In the 16 years since it was launched, ANFASA has, among other activities, held workshops on topics such as copyright and contracts and self-publishing; has run a course on biography writing; has organised conferences; has awarded writing grants to over a hundred authors; has advised many authors by e-mail on their publishing contracts; and has lobbied for copyright legislation favourable to authors.

Our Vision

ANFASA’s vision is to be a member-driven association to uphold and enhance the profile and status of authors in South Africa, through advocating for the recognition of their works and protection of their rights, in collaboration and cooperation with other stakeholders in the book value chain such as publishers, booksellers and libraries.

Articles and Opinions

The Whistleblowers

Mandy Wiener, The Whistleblowers (Johannesburg: Macmillan, 2020) MANDY Wiener’s book needs no sub-title; and it is a scathing indictment…

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Foreign Native: An African Journey

R.W. Johnson, Foreign Native: An African Journey (Johannesburg: Jonathan Ball, 2020) LIBERAL social democrat is Bill Johnson’s self-description; and…

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Seven Votes: How WWII Changed South Africa Forever

Richard Steyn, Seven Votes: How WWII Changed South Africa Forever (Johannesburg: Jonathan Ball, 2020) SOUTH Africa’s decision to go…

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Prisoner 913: The Release of Nelson Mandela

Riaan de Villiers and Jan-Ad Stemmet, Prisoner 913: The Release of Nelson Mandela (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 2020) EVEN trees…

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Maverick Africans: The Shaping of the Afrikaners

Hermann Giliomee, Maverick Africans: The Shaping of the Afrikaners (Tafelberg, 2020) HERMANN Giliomee deploys the acute observation that nations…

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The Murder of Ahmed Timol

Imtiaz A. Cajee, The Murder of Ahmed Timol: My Search for the Truth (Johannesburg: Jacana, 2020) AN inquest in…

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