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

Address by Andrew Mlangeni to the ANFASA AGM

In 2017, mindful that the theme of the ANFASA AGM was ‘Authors as the conscience of the…

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ANFASA mourns the passing of the great Andrew Mlangeni

ANFASA mourns the passing of the great Andrew Mlangeni. His was a life of steadfastness and sacrifice….

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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


African Publishers Network (APNET) extends our deepest gratitude to all African publishers, publishers’ associations and other players…

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The Terrorist Album: Apartheid’s Insurgents, Collaborators, and the Security Police

Jacob Dlamini, The Terrorist Album: Apartheid’s Insurgents, Collaborators, and the Security Police (Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2020)…

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Unspeakable: The Autobiography

John Bercow, Unspeakable: The Autobiography (London:Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2020)   THE FORMER Speaker of the House of…

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MEMBERS Monica Seeber (Team Leader) monica@monicaseeber.comblishing Prof Keyan Tomaselli (Academic Sector) Samu Mfuphi (ANFASA National Coordinator)…

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Undeniable: Memoir of a Covert War

Philippa Garson, Undeniable: Memoir of a Covert War (Jacana, 2020)   A CONSTANT presence in this book is the…

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Advantage Play: Technologies that Changed Sporting History

Steve Haake, Advantage Play: Technologies that Changed Sporting History (Arena Sport, 2018)   PHYSICS and materials science meet sport…

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