Amazwi Storytelling

Amazwi Museum brings storytelling throughout the festival, for the young and the old.
Join us daily at 10h00 and 14h30.


  • Ticket Price: R0.00
  • Duration (minutes): 30mins
  • Release Date: July 08, 2021 12:00 - July 16, 2021 15:00



Basil Mills is Amazwi’s Education Officer. He has a bachelor of Fine Arts and a post graduate diploma in Environmental Education from Rhodes University. He has instructed many school groups and interested parties over the years in the art of storytelling and artwork. He has a great interest in South African authors and poets, and is presently at the Amazwi South African Museum of literature. He has been largely instrumental in developing Literary and Environmental Camps. Interested groups will be guided off the beaten track to the Buffelskop Mountains to the site of Olive Schreiner’s sarcophagus, as well as taken to the Mountain Zebra and Addo Elephant National Parks.
Basil also has been enthusiastically investigating shipwreck sites and legends of pirates off the South African coast, and organizes tours to these sites.
He is well known in the Eastern Cape for the rescue and rehabilitation of injured animals and reptiles. He helps with snake bite cases, so is known by the Xhosa folk in the Grahamstown area as “Tata Enyoka” (Father of Snakes)

Zongezile Matshoba is part of the Education and Public Programmes team at Nelm. The unit strives to ensure that people are aware of the museums in general, and are specifically engaging with the Nelm spaces through exhibitions, education, and the various public programmes. Other than that, you will find Matshoba in your township or village or school or town or hall or open ground, and wherever there is a literary event for the young and old. As a writer, his writings narrate the humour and hardships of township and rural life, and interrogates whether it is yet uhuru in people’s livelihood.