Die Stigting vir Bemagtiging deur Afrikaans

The SBA's mission is to develop literacy through Afrikaans and simultaneously develop respect for the language.

Zoë reading project

This prereading programme for Grades R to 3 is aimed at cultivating a love of reading in children. It is presented by trained reading facilitators from local areas, which contributes to job creation. Nearly 8000 learners were able to enjoy these story sessions this year, which were presented by around 100 readers. The sessions were presented in Blikkiesdorp (Delft), Ocean View and surrounding areas, Laingsburg Bitou municipality in the Garden Route and Stellenbosch in the Western Cape, as well as in Springbok, Garies, Kakamas, Keimoes, Upington, Askham area and Kimberley in the Northern Cape.


Chemistry project

This initiative develops and promotes science as a subject, with laboratory training and visits for teachers and learners. Travelling workshops to specifically primary school teachers are presented in collaboration with SUNCOI (Stellenbosch University's Chemistry Outreach Initiative). A specially compiled manual for practical experiments as well as a complete science box are handed out at the workshops. In this programme, high school learners get a taste of what learners can expect in this field of study during a day-long laboratory workshop, focused on the Grade 12 curriculum. Due to a lack of laboratory facilities at several schools, this experience is invaluable to the learners.


To cultivate respect for Afrikaans as a mother tongue and at the same time integrate Afrikaans with other languages, the SBA has already published two multilingual idiom books, We all drink from the same stream, and We all walk on the same earth. The harmonious relationship of the mother tongues with nature is strengthened by the idioms and proverbs about water and earth.



Unique regions and communities such as Op-die-berg, Melkhoutfontein, Verlorenvlei, Vredenburg, Kalkbaai, as well as the stories of people with hearing and visual impairments, are captured on video in recognition of the origins of Afrikaans senior citizens. Sign language interpretation and English captions are also provided. At the same time, local emerging artists portray these stories in visual art.


The Foundation for Empowerment through Afrikaans (SBA)'s focus on bringing functional literacy to every Afrikaans user has entered a new platform by transforming its children's books into animated films.


What we do

In 1992, an Afrikaans Literacy Trust was established to specifically empower speakers of Afrikaans in the Western Cape, especially in rural communities. From this trust the SBA was established.

The SBA's mission is to develop literacy through Afrikaans and simultaneously develop respect for the language.

Literacy encompasses all communication skills acquired on the basis of spoken and written language and which are essential for the pursuit of full human dignity in all spheres of life. The SBA projects are designed to help with nation building through Afrikaans, with multilingualism as an important component.

YouTube channel

Explore our YouTube channel for a wealth of information

  • Sign language videos about idioms
  • Chemistry exsperiments in Afrikaans, English and isiXhosa
  • The stories of and Afrikaans spoken in various places
  • Our projects
  • Our board and office personnel


Download our app for free access to unique stories in various South African languages

  • Comics: Listen while you read
  • Colouring activities

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