Shuter & Shooter to partner with the Dlulisa Initiative

Mfundo Radebe

The Shuter & Shooter team met Mfundo Radebe for the first time in early 2017 when he was asked to be our brand ambassador for Ace it!, our new study guide series. We were instantly drawn in by his wide smile, his passion for education and his enthusiasm and willingness to change the status quo. Mfundo is a shining example of what the African child is capable of, and we are excited to share his story with South Africa and the world.

Through our conversations we learnt about the Dlulisa Initiative, an organisation founded by Mfundo to attempt to redress the imbalanced distribution of learning materials in the country’s poorest schools. With a long and proud history of 96 years as a producer and distributor of learning materials, Shuter & Shooter were impressed with Mfundo’s message and his vision.

Mfundo’s story is an inspiration to young South Africans from all walks of life: Unimpressed and unsatisfied with the educational opportunities offered in his area, Mfundo blazed a trail that has taken him all the way to Harvard University. As impressive as that is, what is really astonishing is that Mfundo has never forgotten where he comes from and that, at such a young age, he is determined to help in a tangible and logical way.

The South African educational landscape has travelled a long road in the 23 years since apartheid was finally abolished; however there is still a long way to go. Over 60% of South African children are vulnerable (this includes children in impoverished rural areas and townships, children from single parent and child-headed households and, in particular, girls in impoverished areas). Unfortunately, the cycle of poverty is perpetuated by the quality of schooling in impoverished areas. While improving the quality of education and schooling is a complicated process, access to quality educational resources is an important and sound foundation from where to start.

To this end, Shuter & Shooter is delighted to announce that they will be partnering with the Dlulisa Initiative to provide up to 30 schools with quality learning materials. This donation will allow the Dlulisa Initiative to move in and install sound learning practices in schools that need it most. The donation and the Dlulisa Initiative’s work will ensure that thousands of young learners have access to textbooks and readers, which will help to create learning environments conducive to learning.

As Mfundo knows well, education is a powerful springboard. It is our hope that, by investing in these learners, that they will seize the opportunity, as Mfundo did. We are proud that the Dlulisa Initiative recognises that Shuter & Shooter, as a proudly South African company, is a worthwhile education partner. Together, we will work towards accessible education for all South African learners.

– Warren Kliphuis

National Marketing Director

July 2017

67 Minutes at Shuter and Shooter

This year’s Mandela Day was a special one for us at Shuter & Shooter. We first met as staff, each sharing our own thoughts and appreciation of the role Nelson Mandela played in our lives and in our country. What an inspirational time, remembering an inspirational man.

Primi speeching

Shuters staff

After that, the team from Shuters visited the SAVF Pietermaritzburg Old Age Home, where the residents were treated to a pamper pack, tea and cake, and music from Shuters’ very own band. It was a humbling experience to be able to give just a little time and love to those who are less fortunate.

Shuters band entertaining some fans

Cutting the cake

Saturday saw the team (working together with BAA Communications, Vuyantando General Trading, Scie-Matical Foundation, Vuma FM, Daughters of Inheritance, and Ilanga Newspaper), at the children’s ward of the Prince Mshiyeni Hospital in Umlazi, reading stories and bringing cheer to the children.

In the famous words of Nelson Mandela:

A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of. – Nelson Mandela

Free E-books for all!

shuters free ebooks
In a bold move for E-Learning in South Africa, Shuter & Shooter Publishers have taken a step to assist in bringing modern teaching and learning techniques to classrooms across South Africa.
In an interview, Sibonelo Mkhasibe, the e-marketer from Shuters, said “We have noticed some reluctance in schools to purchase e-books without knowing how they will work in the classroom. Many schools have already spent their budgets on physical books this year, and cannot afford to spend more at the moment. This is why we at Shuters are giving away a FREE 1-year licence on any of our Grade 1 to 12 Core CAPS titles, purchased before 31 January 2016, through our e-book store.”

This will allow schools that could not afford or are hesitant to take the step into the future of E-Learning, to explore the possibilities this medium offers.
Shuter & Shooter’s proprietary Edu-reader application (available for Apple and Android devices) allows users to read their e-books. This app brings extra resources such as a calculator, conversion tool, notes, bookmark feature, animations, videos and more to their existing CAPS approved material.
This essential tool for E-Learning is available at no cost, downloadable from the Google Play Store and Apple iStore. Once users have downloaded the app, it is a simple matter to redeem the free titles from the Shuters e-book store. Shuters will also have a helpline available from 7am to 8pm, 7 days a week, which can be contacted on 080 7488 377.

Shuter & Shooter Publishers have always believed in the importance of education and in giving back to the community, and hope that this bold initiative will help to expose learners and teachers to the potential that this new medium holds for education in South Africa in the future. – CEO , Primi Chetty


Christmas Appeal – It’s time to give back!

At this time of year, here at Shuters our thoughts turn to those less fortunate. In particular, the disadvantaged children in our community, who often don’t have the luxury of receiving Christmas presents.

Children enjoying Shuters gifts at a creche in Pietermaritzburg in 2013

Children enjoying Shuters gifts at a creche in Pietermaritzburg in 2013

In 2014, we would like to involve our friends and customers in our Shuters Christmas Appeal. This will give you a chance to make a difference to a child this Christmas.

Shuters has a fantastic range of fun, educational toys for children of all ages. Click on this link to have a look at our catalogue:

Order a toy from our catalogue for a disadvantaged child, and Shuters will match your order with another toy of the same value.

Twist a shape Lace Tying Bathroom Puzzle

Please be sure to mark your order ‘Christmas Appeal’, so that our Customer Services Department will know to put the toy aside as a donation.

Keep an eye on this blog for more news about the Shuters Christmas Appeal.