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By Joey Wa Rabapane | March 19, 2024 | 22h00

GA-MAMAILA | The multi-award-winning praise poet, author and cultural activist Ntombhi Ya Mutsonga who drives her social movements to promote arts and cultural identity was impressed by the courage and reading fluency of Setsekana Primary School learners at Ga-Mamaila village.

She was further impressed by the fact that most of them can read fluently and audibly in their native Language.

Moreover, Ntombhi Ya Mutsonga born Masingita Shibambu emphasized that speaking in English doesn’t make one sound smart.

“Before bragging about speaking and reading in English, brag about reading and writing in your native language”, said Ntombhi Ya Mutsonga when donating books at Setsekana Primary School in partnership with Brand South Africa on Monday.

Besides donating books, Ntombhi Ya Mutsonga Foundation in partnership with Brand South Africa established reading clubs at the school with the aim to empower learners to read for meaning.

Kutullo Matloga from Brand South Africa believes that if learners are able to read for meaning and communicate what they have read, this will boast their academic performance.

In the past few years Progress in International Reading Literacy Study revealed that 81% of Grade 4 learners in South Africa are unable to read for meaning in any language.

It is through this project that Brand South Africa is trying to make a difference in various public schools.