Kulula Manona is the director for Reading Promotion at the Department of Basic Education (DBE). Her portfolio includes managing the implementation of the Reading Sector Plan and the Read to Lead campaign aimed at mobilising society to take part in the attainment of quality outcomes in reading. She is also one of the champions for the National Reading Coalition, established to mobilise support from across sectors and coordinate reading promotion initiatives. After spending years in the classroom, she joined Read Educational Trust, a pioneering NGO in literacy promotion. From there she returned to public service and joined the DBE.