Free lunchtime talk: m-Novels for Africa

You are invited to a free Lunchtime Soapbox talk entitled:

m-Novels for Africa – Using cellphones to get youth to read and write by Steve Vosloo

Steve Vosloo of the m4Lit – or mobiles for literacy – project believes the cellphone is the Kindle or iPad of Africa. The project publishes short stories on cellphones – called m-novels – for young South Africans to read and comment on. The findings of the project will be shared at the presentation.

Steve Vosloo is the fellow for 21st Century Learning at the Shuttleworth Foundation. He firmly believes that mobile phones, games and digital media are the future of Africa’s education. Steve currently leads the m4lit (mobiles for literacy) project, which has demonstrated the enormous potential of mobile publishing to support teen reading and writing in South Africa. In 2007 Steve was a research fellow at Stanford University, where he researched youth and digital media.

A delicious and affordable (from R35) brown bag lunch will be on sale at the venue.

Date: Thursday 14 October

Time: 12:45 for 13:00pm

Venue: Lobby Books, Cape Town Democracy Center, 6 Spin Street

Contact: Andreas Spath at or 021 467 7606

Parking options:
Street parking in the area is safe and will cost you R4.50 per hour.
Parking garages open to the public in the area include:

  • Plein Park (Plein Street; to get to the entrance, turn off Plein Street into Barrack Street and then into Corporation Street).
  • Mandela Rhodes Place (entrance in Burg Street, off Wale Street).

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