Via Afrika Publishers is a leading publisher of quality educational textbooks and related material for South Africa and southern African countries. With sixty-three years of experience, the company is able to publish materials that meet the needs of learners from early childhood development up to Grade 12 and FET (vocational) Levels 2 to 4 as well as Adult Education learners in print and electronic formats.
Via Afrika Publishers’ ownership is made up of a 30% shareholding by Thebe Investment Holdings (Via Afrika Publishers’ Black Economic Empowerment Partner) and a 70% shareholding by Media24. Media24 itself has a 45% Black Economic Empowerment shareholding through the Welcome Yizani black empowerment share scheme that has put Media24 shares into the hands of more than 100 000 black South Africans.
In order to meet the specific demands of each aspect of the diverse markets that Via Afrika Publishers serves, publishing takes place across four imprints.
• Via Afrika Publishers produces books and educational materials for schools (all grades and subjects) and FET colleges in South Africa.
• Via Afrika Future produces digital learning materials and ebooks.
• Via Afrika Stimela produces materials for the adult education and training (AET) market.
• Collegium Publishers services education in Botswana.
Via Afrika Publishers has met head-on the challenges presented by the transformation in education in South Africa, developing high-quality, innovative learning and teaching materials that are popular with educators and learners in the classroom. The Via Afrika Series, specially developed for the CAPS curriculum, has achieved incredible success, and has the highest approval rate for a single series in the industry.
The successful CAPS materials have added new titles to an already comprehensive backlist.
Via Afrika Future has been developing digital content for more than a decade. Via Afrika Future’s high-quality educational material is currently being used by thousands of learners and teachers country-wide.
The Via Afrika series has been further developed by Via Afrika Future into the first CAPS-aligned, ebooks in the South African market. These ebooks are enhanced with additional material such as videos, slide shows, audio and simulations that can all be accessed without an internet connection on a PC or an Android tablet.
The Via Afrika ebooks have demonstrated the industry-leading place Via Afrika Future holds in the market.
Via Afrika Stimela has developed an extensive set of adult education materials. The commitment to promoting human dignity, personal growth and positive change has guided the development of learning and teaching support materials for this vital market segment in South Africa.
Via Afrika Publishers strives for excellence in all arenas, and is proud to have won the South African Booksellers Association’s Sefika Best Educational Publisher award for two consecutive years, 2011 and 2012. This award demonstrates the high regard booksellers have for Via Afrika Publishers’ service levels.