Details of Bana Balang Magazine

  • Bana Balang is a full colour A4 magazine with 16 - 32 pages.
  • 100,000 copies are printed per issue.
  • Issued 8 times per year (2 per school quarter).
  • 800 000 copies per annum.
  • Distributed to 300 000 learners in more than 300 schools in urban and remote rural areas in the North West Province.
  • Language is mainly Setswana and English - Reading matter to Setswana speaking learners in their mother tongue.
  • An estimated readership of over 1,000 000 readers; hence the magazine is also read by parents and friends outside the school.
  • Target Group: Grade 1-12.
  • Distributed free of charge
  • With a readership as mentioned, Bana Balang is ideally suited as the delivery vehicle of choice for information and educational aids to learners and educators.
  • Bana Balang recognizes that learners are multi-faceted individuals with a variety of interests. In response the publication offers interesting, actual and entertaining information to the widest variety of taste, as well as sms competitions, etc.
Bana Balang is ideally suited as the delivery vehicle of choice for information and educational aids to learners and educators.

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Bana Balang is a project of Ithuteng Dipuo Foundation (IDF) –  Ithuteng Dipuo Foundation, a registered Association Incorporated (2004/028157/08, in terms of Companies Act, Act 61 of 1988), with its administrative office in Potchefstroom. IDF is also registered as a Public Benefit Organization in terms of Section 30 of the Income Tax Act (No 58 of 1962). File no: 930 017 563.

A PBO is allowed by Section 18A of the Income Act (No 58 of 1962) to issue receipts to donors (individual or company donors) to deduct 10% bona fide donations in cash or in kind from their taxable income.

Poverty Impact

Bana Balang has direct impact on poverty by providing reading matter free of charge. Nobody needs to be excluded from the benefit of reading by reason of cost. The informative content has an impact on poverty. The community is better informed about privileges, rights and opportunities. Contributions to promote entrepreneurship open doors to the unemployed and educate the youth to start and manage a small business more effectively. Bana Balang can also be used to teach people at home to read. It is easier to teach someone to read his own language than some less spoken language. This will have positive impact on poverty.


100,000 Copies of Bana Balang are issued 8 times per year (twice per school quarter) and distributed throughout the North West Province in urban and rural areas, to over 300 schools free of charge.

Each learner has the opportunity to get the benefit of what Bana Balang can offer them.