It is with great excitement that we announce to the country that our Slam Poetry representative
in the Africa Cup of Slam Poetry 2018 held in Chad, Thuthukani Myeza came
second in the competition. South African went face to face with Senegal on Saturday, 10
November in the finals, Senegal took the title leaving South Africa as number two. We are
so proud of the work Thuthukani Myeza put into this competition representing South
This journey is the result of Current State of Poetry (CSP) and Joburg Theatre Youth
Development hosting the second National Poetry Slam at the Joburg theatre on 7 April
2018. This slam came after a Provincial slam, involving all 9 South African provinces in
2017. Each Province had a winner and that winner came to Johannesburg to slam against
other Provinces for a chance to be the national slam championship. Gauteng’s Thuthukani
Myeza won the slam and got to represent South Africa in the Coupe d’Afrique de Slam
poesie, CSAP (Africa Cup of Slam Poetry) 2018 this November.
The Africa Cup of Slam Poetry featured over 30 African countries and the competition was
fierce! Thuthukani Myeza was a warrior, making sure to bring his A game in every round.
All the South African poetry houses and supporters joined in on social media with the hashtags
#AllSABehindMyeza, #SAinChad #TogetherMeansBetter.
This journey is supported by our partners: the Joburg Theatre, Business and Arts South
Africa (BASA) and Magnum Opus. We sent a champion to Chad and he sure delivered!
Thuthukani Myeza returns to the country on Tuesday, 13 November 2018.
Myeza is a 22-year-old poet/rapper and songwriter born in Johannesburg and raised in the
little town of Welvenkop on the outskirts of Mpumalanga. An alumni of the CSP program,
Myeza was the winner of the Cuddle Sessions slam in 2015, two times winner of the CSP
monthly slams, Gauteng Provincial Slam Champion 2017, and the SA National Slam
Champion 2017/18. Myeza is the co-founder of the World of Words poetry sessions; he is
also the general manager of The East Jozi Project.