The Jakes Gerwel Foundation (JGF) …

  • Celebrates the legacy of the late professor Jakes Gerwel
  • Develops the talents of emerging writers from disadvantaged communities
  • Strives for equality in an unequal sosio-economic South Africa
  • Enriches the South African literature
  • Supports learners to understand what they read


The Jakes Gerwel Foundation focuses on the promotion and expansion of South African literature with the following broad focus areas in mind:

  • To enrich and build out the body of South African literature
  • To help new perspectives and worlds of experience to be heard
  • To support upcoming writers and new voices
  • To encourage an appreciation of the literary arts from a young age under South Africans