The objectives of the Jakes Gerwel Foundation are to celebrate the legacy of the late Professor Jakes Gerwel through a variety of programmes that are aimed at the development of the talents of emerging writers. We further strive for seamlessness and equality in a thinking, unified South African community that addresses and bridges socio-economic questions together.
Die Jakes Gerwel Foundation focuses on the promotion and expansion of the South African literary milieu 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.