Irene Banda-Beer, pictured on the left, wrote "Suzgo's Story", an autobiography of her life as a nurse. I edited and published it in 2021.
Irene holds the distinction of being the first writer-in-residence.
Chantel Lerato was enjoying her gap year after high school in 2020 and sent me some of her poems. She plans to take a course in Nursing provided that the covid-19 pandemic is under control. Chantel is a talented poet and is sending her poems to me as she writes them. They have not been published yet.
Alter Mathebula was born in Petanenge, the third of four children.
When she was in Grade 11 at Hudson Ntsan'wisi Senior Secondary School she was a friend of Jackey Mukhawana and he encouraged her to contribute her poems to the Anthology.
Alter she says she is a complete girl and in a complicated relationship.
Alter is a story teller, a playwright and a poet. Her book titled Alter’s Journey includes her writing in the Anthology.
Bekazi Mboweni was born in Van Velden, South Africa. She has one sister and five brothers. She was a Grade 9 student at Hudson Ntsan'wisi Senior Secondary School when the Anthology was put together.
Bekazi enjoys singing and writing. She believes that her calling in life is to become a veterinarian.
She wrote the following poem:
the power union of our lives,
the genius of lightness,
the supplement that makes
our lives easier in daily activities.
We salute you, electricity for how we are now.
Electricity the power.
Where do you come from?
Where does your power of lightness develop?
How does your name get so wide?
Your power, emotions and senses.
With my imagination I can follow your steps to reach
where the power
of your current might have been formed.
Everywhere we go there is electricity.
You're the best.
Go forward continuously all for the high support of your use.
Blessed Thabang Mobosi is a preacher, a Christian coach, a minister, a motivational speaker, the author of several books and a mentor of number of people.
When he discovered his destiny, he gave his life to Jesus Christ and accepted him as his personal Lord and Savior at Jubilee Christian Church International at Nkowankowa Section A under the leadership of Pastors Mr. and Mrs. Emmanuel. He started serving in the church, as part of the choir, instrumentalist, and interpreter. Initially, he was a disciple and later he was ordained as a minister.
While at university, Blessed received the honour of being selected the best student out of 13,000 for three consecutive years.
He has formed his own publishing company in Tzaneen and handles all queries that come to my site from South African authors. He has written a dozen self-help books.
Brian T. Seifrit grew up on a small hobby farm outside of Fruitvale BC. He attended Columbia Academy in Calgary where he majored in Broadcast Journalism and later, he attended Selkirk College in Castlegar where he took English History, Philosophy, Creative Writing, and Print Journalism.
Brian has written for community newspapers and has done freelance writing of human interest.
He finds that one genre gets stale after a while, so he chooses to write in many genres. Imagination and creativity are wonderful tools, and he uses them both.
Many of Brian’s stories were edited and published by me during the period 2012-2019.
All his work has been transferred to him. His many titles are available through Brian's website at https://www.booksbybriant.ca/.
Bridget Mamahlola Patji, affectionately known as Nthabiseng by her friends, was born and bred in Tlhabine Ga-Mogoboya, a village in Tzaneen, Limpopo Province, South Africa.
The 20-year-old is registered with the University of South Africa, in the third year of her studies.
Determined to soar to great heights, Bridget believes she can achieve anything she puts her mind to, including her Bachelor of Laws degree.
She is a member of a great church where she serves as part of the intercession team.
Her mother is raising both her and her younger sister the only way she knows, with impeccable care and unending generosity.
Bridget dotes on literature. Jars of Clay is her first book.
For sports, she plays Wing Attack on the netball court.
Dipolelo Mohale was born in Tzaneen, South Africa in June 1996. She and her brother Ofentse were raised by their mother, Meriam Mokgadi Mohale.
Dipolelo graduated from Hudson Ntsan'wisi Senior Secondary School in Tzaneen and studied Tourism at Letaba Tvet College.
Dipolelo is a multi-talented artist in that in addition to expressing herself in poems, she enjoys singing. She has recorded two songs, one in 2013 and the other in 2014. She now has five “beats” that she would like to record.
Her first poem Death of my Cousin was written in 2009 at the age of 13. Her collection of poetry is titled Poems.
Ephraim Nkhensani Mehlape was born in August 2001. He was raised at a small village called Segwashi, Ga Mamabolo. He is currently living with his sister at Ga-thoka, a village located under Polokwane Municipality.
His dream is to open an insurance company. He studies the Administrative Management course at Tshwane University of Technology.
His book of poems is titled Lighthouse.
Eustacia Ntsakisi Nhlangweni was born in February 2000. She lived at Dan Village, Rhulani, South Africa with her grandmother. She is the only child of Calfonia Mashudu Mamafha and the first child of Tiyani Sambo.
She took her primary education at Banana and Ritavi primary schools and then went to Hudson Ntsan’wisi Senior Secondary school in the science stream.
At Banana primary school, a teacher helped her with poetry as she started to express her feelings in poems. She also wrote a story about her life.
Her dream has always been to see her poems published.
She is a kind girl who likes playing with everyone. She wants to put herself at the same level as others and likes making new friends.
Some of her writing is in the Anthology out of South Africa.
Fortunate Ntsako Nhlungwana was born in February 1997 in Tzaneen, South Africa. She took her schooling at Hudson Ntsan’wisi Senior Secondary School.
She is an ambitious girl who loves reading.
She’s born again. Her friends call her Ntsako wa Christ because she loves God with all her heart. She loves working in the House of the Lord. She is now a member of the Sabbath Ministries.
She believes that a quitter never wins but a winner never quits. The motto on her bedroom wall says “Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off the goal”. Giving up is not her style. She wants to do something that’s worthwhile. She studies medicine because she cares a lot about everyone’s health.
She has two books on Kindle: Hidden Truth and A Hypochondriac Girl.
Given Langa went to Ntshuxeko High School.
He is a student teacher at Laerskool Skukuza.
His parents are Rosinah Mathebula and Daniel Langa. He lives in Phalaborwa, South Africa.
Given is also known as Buven Thepoet.
His book of poems is titled The Other Side of Life.
Hope Moagi Morongwa was born in April in 2002. She lives with her parents and three siblings near Tzaneen, South Africa.
She went to St George College Nkowankowa. She was in Grade Ten when she submitted some writing.
She claims to be a fun-loving person with a sweetheart nature and not judgmental. She would like a career related to medicine.
Her first poem was written in 2016 helped by Thabiso Rakgaole. Her English teacher, Sir Ndou, led her to the road of literature and she has embraced it.
Her first book is titled Teenage Thoughts of Hope.
Jackey Mukhawana was born in 1999 in Tzaneen (Dan Village) where he lived with his parents and a younger sister and brother.
He was a high school student at Hudson Ntsan'wisi Senior Secondary School in Tzaneen when he got in touch asking for assistance in publishing his rags to riches story titled My Life, My Misery.
That was the real start of editing and publishing which is documented on this website.
After his book was published, Jackey and three friends produced an anthology of stories, plays and poems which was sold in a local bookstore and publicized in the Letaba Herald.
Jackey has finished a year or two of university but has had to drop out for financial reasons. He is a talented man with leadership skills and will do well no matter what the world throws at him.
Kuhlula Ngobeni was born in June 1998. He lives in Nkowankowa Section D and is schooling at Bankuna Secondary School. He lives with his adopting mother and a twin brother.
He believes that his calling is to become an author.
He attends the Tabernacle of Praise and Grace Church.
Kuhlula started writing in 2016 but did not realize initially how much his writing was helping people. When people said that they enjoyed his funny messages, he decided to write his first book. His book describes his early upbringing after his parents died. He was raised in extreme poverty by a cousin who was scarcely older than Kuhlula.
The title, Understanding Life, provides a glimpse at how acceptance of what has happened is a valuable lesson in coping with adversity.
Ledia Tumelo Ramodipa was born in July 1993 at Sehlakong, South Africa. She was born into and grew up in a Christian family. She lives with her parents, two younger sisters, two younger brothers and her daughter.
She is studying electrical engineering.
She grew up loving to sing together with her family and as well, she is an instrumentalist, accomplished on the guitar.
Ledia went through a very difficult time as described in her book.
She has a cry in her spirit, a wish that all the people who serve Darkness, after reading her book, may be delivered from Satan and take their place in life in Jesus’ Name.
The title of her book is Set Free from Satanic Bondage.
Lena McCalla Njee majored in Elementary Education and graduated from Sam Sharpe Teacher Training College in Jamaica before emigrating to the United States.
She holds a BA in psychology and a MA in Special Education. She is the recipient of the 2011-2012 Teacher of The Year for Irvington School District in New Jersey. She is also a member of the Autism Society.
Her previous books Ivan Gets a Dream House and Autism Inspires have been translated in Mandarin and Spanish. She has brought her message of Autism Awareness globally to China, England, Scotland, Jamaica and throughout the USA.
She published four books through my services in 2021.
Lukas Groenewald, the former Editor of the Letaba Herald, although not one of our writers, welcomed three of the contributors to An Anthology out of South Africa to his office and actually bought a copy of the book from each of them.
Lukas very kindly permitted us to ship the books to his office. When the books arrived, he invited the authors to his newspaper office, had them interviewed by a reporter and put their photo in the paper along with a very supportive article. Needless to say, the authors were delighted.
Lulama Mandisa Masuku, also known as Mandy, was born in July 1999 and bred in Gauteng. Most of her family resides in Kwa-Zulu Natal.
She is an aspiring Child Psychologist, although currently completing her teaching diploma at a college in Jo'burg. She says she will not give up until she is a qualified Child Psychologist because she believes that children were meant to be emotionally happy and healthy.
She loves writing because it is a way of healing and happiness. Although some may find it boring, she finds it powerful. Her first book is Mbalenhle in a Foreign Land, a novel about a girl's first job after college.
She is sending it to me one chapter at a time so I can give her feedback. We expect to publish her book before 2022.