Africa Pulse, a three year translation project that has seen several books by Classic African writers translated into English and published by Oxford Publishers has been officially launched at the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town.

The project by the University of the Western Cape Humanities Faculty has been coordinated by well known poet, Professor Antjie Krog. Six novels, one play and a poetry anthology make up the series.

The books have been chosen for translation by scholars working on indigenous languages at the university.

Krog says, “We at first did not think we would find the publisher, but then Oxford University Press decided they were kind enough to print it and now these books are available – it’s two novels by SEK Mqhayi, a novel by Vilakazi a novel by Matthew Mngadi, a Sepedi novel by OK Motsepe and a Sesotho play and a Sesotho novel.”