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Awards • Prizes • Honours

Wins ATKV VEERTJIE award for best children's book with 'Die coolste ouma op aarde'.


One of the prize winners in Lapa Publishers' competition for new Young Adult novels with a manuscript to be published in 2016.


Marita's first radio play (Bagasie), directed by Margot Luyt, wins an ATKV Veertjie as best radio play of the year.

\2013 Huisgenoot's first Tempo Award for Afrikaans Book of the Year: Die blou van onthou
Invited to speak at Zuid-Afrikahuis in Amsterdam, Leiden University in Holland, and Poznan University in Poland. Also participated in bi-annual Afrikaans Festival in The Hague, first Afrikaans Children's Book Festival (Kwazulu-Natal), and as literary judge in Stellenbosch Woordfees
\2012 Invited to 3 literary festivals: the Northern Cape Writers Festival in Kimberley, the Franschhoek Literary Festival and the Stellenbosch Woordfees
\2012 Chosen as patron of the Sponsor a Word Project of the official Afrikaans dictionary (Woordeboek vir die Afrikaanse Taal)
\2011 Summer Food in Provence wins a World Cookbook Award as best South African cookbook in the category French cuisine, and gets included in Edouard Cointreau's prestigeous Cookbook Collection: France
\2011 Participated in the 1st Afrikaans Festival in Amsterdam, Netherlands
2010 Invited to speak at the 2nd Northern Cape Writers' Festival in Kimberley, South Africa
2007 ATKV Prize for Prose: Stiltetyd
2006 Participated in the 9th International Time of the Writer Festival in Durban, South Africa
2006 M-Net award for short fiction, Bestemmings
MER Prize for
Mia se ma/Mia's mom, together with illustrator Piet Grobler
2004 Rapport/City Press Prestige Award, as one of South Africa's most inspiring female achievers
2004 Die ongelooflike avonture van Hanna Hoekom was chosen by IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) as Afrikaans Honour Book
2003 Invited to the Antwerp Book Fair in Belgium, along with four other Afrikaans  writers of juvenile fiction (George Weidemann, Martie Preller, Leon de Villiers, Jaco Jacobs), participating   in panel discussions and workshops with Flemish and Dutch writers
2002 Invited to speak at Symposium on South African Literature and Migration at the University of Vienna, Austria
2002 Die ongelooflike avonture van Hanna Hoekom won the Sanlam Prize for Youth Fiction
1999 Chosen as one of 100 outstanding South African women during the past century by English magazine Femina
1999 Chosen as one of 50 most influential women in the history of South Africa by Afrikaans magazine Sarie
1997 Invited along with five prominent Afrikaans writers (Marlene van Niekerk, Etienne van Heerden, Wilma Stockenstrom, EKM Dido and Peter Snyders) by the Netherland’s Language Union to take part in a two-week reading tour through Holland and Belgium
1997 Invited to Toronto, Canada, to read from her own work as part of the Harbourfront Reading Series
1997 Awarded an International Bursary by the Foundation for Creative Arts, and invited to take part in the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, USA
1997 Tienie Holloway Medal for children's books: Olinosters op die dak, together with illustrator Piet Grobler
1994 Chosen as one of 50 outstanding South Africans by English magazine Fair Lady
1993 Chosen as one of 50 most influential South Africans by Afrikaans magazine De Kat
1993 Three awards for Griet skryf 'n sprokie: ATKV Prize, M-Net Book Prize and Eugène Marais Prize
1992 ATKV Prize for Youth Literature: Eenkantkind
1982 Beginners prize in Tafelberg and Sarie competition: Van jou Jas
1979 Poetry scholarship awarded for another year
1975 Awarded a three-year scholarship at any South African university as first prize in a national poetry competition for high-school pupils