Refiloe Moahloli’s newest offering for her legion of children books readers Yes Yanga! was presented at the Cricket South Africa offices in Johannesburg on April 10, 2019. The book is illustrated by Mogau Kekana.
The biggest thing in international cricket is the ICC Cricket World Cup which happens from May 30 to June 14, 2019. The tournament which happens every four years is being hosted in England and Wales and will have only one African participant in South Africa.
The offices of Cricket South Africa, which is in charge of the sport in South Africa, was the venue for a unique book launch on April 10. Launching at the event with many kids present was Yes Yanga! written by children’s book author Refiloe Moahloli and illustrated by Mogau Kekana.
In the book, a spirited young character called Yanga is the “3 Tins” champion in his community. His life changes completely when his “3 Tins” skills are channeled into cricket. Yanga’s crazy talent takes him from local school team to the global sporting stage as one of the stars of the South African Cricket World Cup team.
“This is a splendid initiative to inspire our youth,” commented Cricket SA Commercial head, Kugandrie Govender. “As role models for our country, part of the vision of our (South African national cricket team) Proteas is to inspire individuals to live their dreams and I wish Refiloe every success with this extremely worthwhile project.”
Moahloli, a cricket fanatic, said at the launch, “The Cricket SA endorsement packs a powerful punch and I am truly grateful for it! I am a huge fan of the Proteas so to see this book gain so much support is extra special to me. It is awesome and encouraging that an organization like the Cricket SA has got involved in this space, we need more of this kind of initiative in order to make a real impact on the state of children’s literacy in our country.”
Yes Yanga! published by Pan Macmillan South Africa also has an isiXhosa version available, titled Yheke Yanga!
Refiloe Moahloli’s previous offering for kids is How Many Ways Can You Say Hello? which was published in 2017.
Here are more images from the launch courtesy of the author and event organisers.