Via Afrika’s roots are in two publishing companies: Via Afrika, established in 1949 and Nasou, established in 1963. Via Afrika publishes a comprehensive range of educational materials for schools and TVET Colleges in South Africa and Botswana. These publications include textbooks, readers, literature titles, atlases, study guides, wall charts and various teacher support materials for all grades and TVET College and AET levels. The company also has publishing experience in Namibia, Mozambique, and Zambia.
Since the introduction of the CAPS Curriculum, Via Afrika has been producing CAPS Curriculum textbooks in print and three ebook formats: ePub for tablets, ePDF for tablets and PCs, and Flipbook for PC.
Via Afrika partners with authors who are leading educationalists, including teachers, academics and Department of Education officials. This partnership enables Via Afrika to develop learning materials that make a difference. Via Afrika is also highly selective in the quality of freelancers and other service providers it contracts to add value to authors’ manuscripts.
Via Afrika is using its decades-long experience and work in digital content development to develop training courses that can be done face-to-face and online, to support South African educators in their transition to digital education. To strengthen the transition, Via Afrika has developed a custom-made Mindset Change course to empower educators.
Remaining true to its roots, Via Afrika outsources the printing, warehousing and distribution of all its materials to South African businesses.
Via Afrika is the trading name of Nasou Via Afrika Pty Ltd (Registration number 1996/012379/07). Via Afrika’s ownership is made up of a 30% shareholding by Thebe Investment Holdings (Via Afrika’s Black Economic Empowerment Partner) and a 70% shareholding by Media24, part of the Naspers Group of companies.
Via Afrika is a level 4 B-BBEEE contributor, with a 55,06% Black Ownership.