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FunDza Mobi Network AdvertReading is the fundamental pillar of education. Education is the foundation of a healthy, stable, growth-oriented society. The FunDza Literacy Trust is a non-profit organisation dedicated to growing educated, engaged and empowered young South Africans.

FunDza provides content that gets people hooked. The FundZa books and stories are exciting, relevant and authentically South African. FunDza reaches and interacts with readers through cellphones and has developed a 'library on a phone.'

The Digital Classroom offers a number of FundZa stories to download below. For Vodacom subscribers no data charges apply.

 

Fundza stories

Click on the title and then on the book cover to download the story in PDF format. 

THE GOOD GIRL

The good girl

THE GOOD GIRL

Pearl is showing off her new Blackberry at school. Fiona tells her friend, Kagiso, that their English teacher gave it to her because she had sex with him. Kagiso doesn’t care, until their teacher offers to help her get better marks too…

Author: Lauri Kubuitsile
Genre: Human Drama
Publisher: FunDza Literacy Trust

NEVER AGAIN

Never again

NEVER AGAIN

In the village, life is very hard for Mphumeleli, his brother and their mother. When she is almost raped on her way home from begging for food in a nearby village, it seems things could not get worse. Then their father arrives back from the city, along with an unpleasant surprise…

Author: Sonwabiso Ngcowa
Genre: Human drama
Publisher: FunDza Literacy Trust

FIELD OF DREAMS

Field of dreams

FIELD OF DREAMS

When Dumisani finds out that the new player in his team is also in line to be selected for the soccer academy, he is worried. Mandla is every coach’s dream. But he keeps to himself and nobody knows anything about his past. And, Dumi only has a few days before the selection match to discover Mandla’s secrets…

Author: Ros Haden
Genre: Human Drama
Publisher: FunDza Literacy Trust

DREAMGIRL

Dreamgirl

DREAMGIRL

Thandi has big dreams, but right now her life is becoming a nightmare. Her sister’s loser boyfriend, Themba, keeps coming around to see his baby son. But it’s not the baby he is interested in. It’s Thandi. How can she get rid of him? How can she make her dreams come true? And, how can she blossom when everything around her is falling apart?

Author: Michelle Faure
Genre: Human Drama
Publisher: FunDza Literacy Trust

CELLPHONE CRIMES

Cellphone crimes

CELLPHONE CRIMES

Sipho is the only girl among her friends who doesn’t have a cellphone. She feels left out as she watches the girls flirting with boys on WhatsApp and constantly SMSing each other. How can she attract the attention of Andile if she doesn’t have a phone? What lengths will she go to to get one? And will it be worth it in the end?

Author: Epiphanie Mukasano
Genre: Human Drama
Publisher: FunDza Literacy Trust

A CODE

A Code

A CODE

While Leanne’s friends, Nomthi and Deirdre, are worried about boys and university, Leanne has a strange problem of her own – should she pay attention to the chickens in her dream? And if she should, how is she going to get the workers at Bright Star Chicken Factory, where she works, to listen to her new ideas?

Author: Yewande Omotoso
Genre: Human Drama
Publisher: FunDza Literacy Trust

A ROAD BACK TO ME

A Road Back To Me

A ROAD BACK TO ME

Rudo is sixteen when she is raped in the bush just inside the South African border with Zimbabwe. A truck driver picks her up and promises her a lift, and a new life in Cape Town. But his promise comes with a price that will nearly destroy her…

Author: Prosperity Mambinya
Genre: Human Drama
Publisher: FunDza Literacy Trust

A TRAIL OF DUST

A Trail of Dust

A TRAIL OF DUST

As Odette counts the hours until the New Year she relives her journey from a home she was forced to flee in Rwanda as a fourteen-year-old girl. She has been through four countries, and survived unbelievable hardship, to reach a new country and a new life…
** This story is based on the true-life experiences of a refugee who was forced to flee Rwanda in 1994.
This story was sponsored by Mutual & Federal Community Trust.

Author: Isabelle Mukantabana
Genre: Human Drama
Publisher: FunDza Literacy Trust

ACID MINDS

Acid Minds

ACID MINDS

People in his home village are falling sick and dying and Thabo, a science student at WITS, thinks he knows exactly why. The water supply is being poisoned by toxic water from the old mine – but no-one wants to believe him. Will his old friend Amahle help? In fact, will she agree to be more to him than just a ‘friend’?

This is the third story in our ‘Rights’ project that uses stories to illustrate and bring to life South Africa’s ‘Bill of Rights’.

Author: Nicole Levin
Genre: Drama
Publisher: FunDza Literacy Trust

MY JOURNEY THROUGH DARKNESS

My Journey Through Darkness

MY JOURNEY THROUGH DARKNESS

This is the true-life story of a brave young woman’s journey through the darkness of drug addiction to achieving a successful career and a loving family. Michelle has been clean for four and a half years now. She works as a personal assistant for two company directors and is full of hope for the future. Michelle wants to reach out and help anyone who is going through what she went through.

This is the first story relating to substance abuse, read the second story: From Darkness to Light.

Author: Michelle Thole
Genre: Biography
Publisher: FunDza Literacy Trust

FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT

From Darkness To Light

FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT

This is the second part of the true-life story of a brave young woman’s journey through the darkness of drug addiction to achieving a successful career and a loving family. Michelle has been clean for four and a half years now. She works as a personal assistant for two company directors and is full of hope for the future. Michelle wants to reach out and help anyone who is going through what she went through.

*This name in this story has been changed.

This is the second story relating to substance abuse, read the first story: My Journey Through Darkness.

Author: Michelle Thole
Genre: Biography
Publisher: FunDza Literacy Trust

NOWHERE TO HIDE

Nowhere to hide

NOWHERE TO HIDE

Mihlali’s dream has come true. She has left the farm where she grew up, and where she was in danger every day, to pursue her dream of a new life. But on her first day at the new school Mihlali discovers that her past has followed her, and even in the safety of the hostel, she might still have nowhere to hide…

This is the first story in our ‘Rights’ project that uses stories to illustrate and bring to life the South African ‘Bill of Rights’.

Author: Michelle Faure
Genre: Human Drama
Publisher: FunDza Literacy Trust

SEARCHING FOR SIMPHIWE

Searching for Simphiwe

SEARCHING FOR SIMPHIWE

Khulekani curses the day his brother, Simphiwe, started smoking wunga – a lethal combination of antiretrovirals (ARVs), weed, and rat poison. Now his brother has disappeared and Khulekani has to search for him. It will lead him from township wunga merchants, to bad cops, and finally to the truth…

Author: Sifiso Mzobe
Genre: Human Drama
Publisher: FunDza Literacy Trust

SISTER SONG

Sister Song

SISTER SONG

Lerato and Babalo are twins, but they couldn’t be more different. Lerato is quiet, shy and a brainbox. Babalo steals the limelight with her sexy looks and outgoing personality. But all that is about to change when Babalo suggests that she gives Lerato ‘flirting lessons’ in exchange for help with her schoolwork.

Author: Nicole Levine
Genre: Human Drama
Publisher: FunDza Literacy Trust

STOLEN AWAY

Stolen Away

STOLEN AWAY

Bukiwe is discovering love and sex. After Luthando, who is only interested in sex, she discovers love with Bhekifa. But will this love survive what is about to happen to Bukiwe when her parents take her on ‘holiday’ to the Eastern Cape?

Author: Sonwabiso Ngcowa
Genre: Human Drama
Publisher: FunDza Literacy Trust

THE KILLING HOUSE

The Killing House

THE KILLING HOUSE

Simphiwe moves to the big city from rural KZN to live with Khanyi and her mother. When she asks about the burnt-out house in their street, Khanyi’s mother says she must never speak of it again. But Simphiwe is determined to find out the truth about the place the community calls the ‘Killing House’…

Author: Gill Leggat
Genre: Crime Thrillers
Publisher: FunDza Literacy Trust

THE PLAYA!

The Playa

THE PLAYA!

Siphelo is proud of the fact that he is a playa. He is unashamedly dating two girls at the same time. But when a third girl is added to the mix, things very quickly get out of hand…

Author: Sonwabiso Ngcowa
Genre: Comedy romance
Publisher: FunDza Literacy Trust

THEM AND US

Them and Us

THEM AND US

On the day Kenalemang’s father lost his job, more things started to go wrong. Anger was suddenly directed at the wrong people. But it wasn’t until the big meeting that things turned tragic – and changed all of their lives, forever.

Author: Lauri Kubuitsile
Genre: Human Drama
Publisher: FunDza Literacy Trust

THE BIG DAY

The Big Day!

THE BIG DAY

Five years of high-school, seven years of primary school and lots of late nights and zombie days – you know the kind of days when you’re so tired you walk around in a daze – all of it came down to this one day. The day the matric results came out. Three girls, three dreams… New Year’s Eve…

Author: Epiphanie Mukasano
Genre: Fiction, drama
Publisher: FunDza Literacy Trust

THE BIG CRUSH

The Big Crush

THE BIG CRUSH

Busi has been called many names in her short life: Fattie, Fatso and Biggie. Even her family called her Sdudla. But her weight has never bothered her before; no one is perfect. That is until she falls instantly in love with the handsome Thabo Tladi. She convinces herself he won’t so much as look at her. But her good friends Lolo and Thuli think she is wrong…

Author: Cynthia Jele
Genre: Romance
Publisher: FunDza Literacy Trust

THE WHITE HOUSE

The White House

THE WHITE HOUSE

When Nosipho Mtati applies for a new job as domestic in the Hilton-White’s house, she has no idea what she is getting herself into. Things are not what they seem in the mansion. Why is she forbidden to enter the West Wing? And, what happened to the last domestic?

Author: Ros Haden
Genre: Crime
Publisher: FunDza Literacy Trust

SEVEN STATIONS WITH NWABISA

Seven Stations with Nwabisa

SEVEN STATIONS WITH NWABISA

Khaya’s date with Nwabisa starts with a train journey from Cape Town to Rondebosch. But things don’t go as planned. At every station Khaya faces a new challenge. Will he impress Nwabi? Or will he ruin his chances with her?

Author: Ros Haden
Genre: Human Drama
Publisher: FunDza Literacy Trust

FOR THE LOVE OF GLENDA

FOR THE LOVE OF GLENDA

FOR THE LOVE OF GLENDA

WARNING: If you’re looking for a sweet, gentle romance, you’ve come to the wrong place! Glenda is not the kind of girl you take home to meet your mother! And Dwight is no hero. He doesn’t care who he hurts as he pursues his dream woman…

Author: Jenny Robson
Genre: Sci-fi
Publisher: FunDza Literacy Trust

BEADS UNDER MY SHIRT

BEADS UNDER MY SHIRT

BEADS UNDER MY SHIRT

When Nokuzola woke up one morning with pimples all over her face everything changed. From being pretty and popular she was pushed away by her friends and bullied. It would take every ounce of strength she had to stand up to them…

Author: Sonwabiso Ngcowa
Genre: Fiction, drama
Publisher: FunDza Literacy Trust

COURAGE LIKE A LION

courage like a lion small

COURAGE LIKE A LION

Ndaba watches as his friend Lebo, aka Matrix, climbs out of the train window onto the roof. Everyone in the carriage chants: Matrix Matrix Reload! Lebo’s girlfriend, the pretty Precious, is so proud of her boyfriend, the train-surfer! Ndaba wants to make his girlfriend, Masego’s eyes shine with pride like Precious? But train-surfing can kill you. He will need the courage of a lion… 

Author: Jenny Robson
Genre: Human drama
Publisher: FunDza Literacy Trust

I CAN BE SOMEONE

i can be someone small

I CAN BE SOMEONE

Cebo and his siblings are orphans, surviving on a grant. Their drunken landlord forces Cebo to do humiliating, dangerous work. Only his best friend at school knows the truth. The consequences are harsh: missed lessons, his place on the team under threat, the girl of his dreams doubting him. How can he say ‘no’ to his landlord and still keep his home?

Author: Jane Bauling
Genre: Human drama
Publisher: FunDza Literacy Trust

LETTERS TO JANE

letters to jane

LETTERS TO JANE

Catherine Ruby Stone is in rehab, and it sucks. The councillors say she has ‘lost her grip on reality’ but she thinks she is saner than most. When she is given a pretty book to write her feelings and thoughts in, she names it ‘Jane’. The book soon becomes the friend she never had, and she starts to write down all her secrets in it…

Author: Vixene Jones
Genre: Human drama, diary
Publisher: FunDza Literacy Trust

FINDING JOE

finding joe

FINDING JOE

It is school holidays and there is a heatwave in Sibaya, where Lena and her cousin Thembi live. There isn’t much to do in the stop-over railway town and the cousins sneak ciders (stolen from her family’s liquor store) and cigarettes into Thembi’s bedroom. They lock themselves in for the entire afternoon, declaring the holidays the most boring yet. Then Thembi suggests something that shocks Lena. She says they should try and find Lena’s father, whom Lena hasn’t seen in over six years. And who, in her opinion, is as good as dead…

Author: Cynthia Jele
Genre: Human drama
Publisher: FunDza Literacy Trust

KNIFE SKILLS

knife skills

KNIFE SKILLS

There are many different uses for a knife. Some are harmless, and some are deadly. Sbu and Bongani both have impressive knife skills. Khosi must choose between them. But it is a choice that could cost her everything…

Author: Michelle Faure
Genre: Crime, Romance and Human Drama
Publisher: FunDza Literacy Trust

SHE'S THE ONE!

She's the one!

SHE'S THE ONE!

Thando just doesn’t understand girls – but all that’s about to change…

Author: Ros Haden
Genre: Romance
Publisher: FunDza Literacy Trust

ONE NIGHT

One Night

ONE NIGHT

Until that Saturday night, Peter’s life was great, even though he didn’t always think so. He played it safe and followed the rules. He had big dreams for the future. But sometimes, he felt like being a good boy was just too tough. He began to be left out by his friends and hated being the odd one out. So one night he decided to change all that…

Author: Wame Molefhe
Genre: Human Drama
Publisher: FunDza Literacy Trust

LOVE AND SCIENCE DON'T MIX

Love and Science don't mix

LOVE AND SCIENCE DON'T MIX

Kago has loved Mpho from afar for four years. Will a chance to tutor her in Biology be the path to her heart? Or is the most beautiful girl in the school completely out of this short nerd’s league?

Author: Lauri Kubuitsile
Genre: Romance, Fiction
Publisher: FunDza Literacy Trust

THE UNCLE

The Uncle

THE UNCLE

“This is not right! That a son of mine should disgrace me in front of the whole village!” Itseng overhears his father’s angry words. But for once they are not for him. They are for his older brother, the golden son, Larona. What could he possibly have done that is so bad?

Author: Jenny Robson
Genre: Human Drama
Publisher: FunDza Literacy Trust

SUMMER SECRETS

Summer Secrets

SUMMER SECRETS

When Busi sets off on her family’s annual holiday to Durban she thinks she is in for four weeks of boredom. She is jealous of her friends cruising the malls in Soweto and Jozi. But something unexpected is waiting for Busi. Something she could never dream of, something exciting and terrifying…

Author: Lindi M
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: FunDza Literacy Trust

STUBBORN LOVE

Stubborn Love

STUBBORN LOVE

Mzi is in love with his best friend’s talented sister Anela who longs to showcase her remarkable voice in a Cape Town club. But when she gets into trouble and is made false promises of stardom by the dangerous Raynard, what lengths will Mzi go to to rescue her and prove his devotion and love…

Author: Tracey Farren
Genre: Romance, Drama
Publisher: FunDza Literacy Trust