Sunday 14 April 2024

Messy Matters Book Launch written by Ayanda Simelane

ARROWSA management and alumni were part of Dr Mary Lange of Mel. Arts. Culture. Heritage's book launch of Messy Matters on 14 March 2024 at Bergtheil Museum. Ms Mohau Qalaza of Durban Local History Museums was the Programme Director. Library Services from the Pinetown District of the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education and local schools were also represented by Ms Sikosana, Ms Nzimande and Ms Sabela.
The book launch began with the acting out of extracts from the book, with Dr Lange as the narrator and ARROWSA alumni Miss Noluthando Shandu and Mr Njabulo Nxumalo as performers. They presented impressive talent and captivated the audience, which was an important feature of the book. They discussed the love of little creatures and trees and the importance of respecting nature and our interdependence on nature and each other. The book is multilingual and relates to different communities in South Africa and is an important tool for creative and performing arts teaching and learning. It is also about telling stories and what these stories teach children. The team that worked on the book reflected on their experiences of working on the book , such as the layout artists Saskia van Meeulen and, illustrator Kathlyn-Sue Allan and isiZulu translator Nomusa Mabaso. . Speeches were also made by ARROWSA Management including Bheki Dlamini who reflected on his role as educator advisor on Messy Matters. and Prof Lauren Dyll, CCMS, UKZN, who presented a positive review of Messy Matters.
Contributors to the book who could not be present sent video messages. These included from ARROWSA chairperson Luthando Ngema, editor Prof Roger Fisher and Nama and Afrikaans translator Pedro Dâusab. Over 50 books were handed over to schools.
One off framed prints of illustrations from Messy Matters book were sold to raise funds for ARROWSA alumni Noluthando Shandu and Jabu Nxumalo to go to the UK in an arts, culture and heritage exchange with Indra Collective. To order a framed print or donate towards Noluthando and Jabu's trip email
To view videos of the book launch filmed and edited by Vincent Joseph Salanji go to

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