Countdown To The 8th Africa Century International African Writers Conference:


7th November 2019


Ditsong National Museum of Cultural History of South Africa. Bosman and Visagie Streets Pretoria Central, Pretoria, 0002, Gauteng Province, RSA


“Africa Writing in Tongues: Towards Social, Political, Heritage and Culture Justice”

Celebrating UNESCO’s International Year of Indigenous Languages (IY2019)

Main Speaker

Prof Mandla Makhanya

  Principal and Vice Chancellor – University of South Africa



8th International African Writers Day Lecture  



“Africa Writing in Tongues: Towards Social, Political, Heritage and Cultural Justice”  


Muyanga Innocent Ziba 

Previous Post           : Chief Information Officer

Present Posts           : Lecturer in Communication and Journalism, University of

Livingstonia, Malawi

: Editor In Chief, The African Light Magazine


Master of Arts in Communication–, Dublin City University, Ireland (Validated by the South African Qualifications Authority as fit for employment and education)

Bachelor of Journalism-University of Malawi

PhD student University of Kwazulu Natal, South Africa- ongoing

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Mr Sandile Tshabalala is a MPhil Commercial Law candidate at the University of Cape Town, a Junior Company Secretary at TMF Group based in Amsterdam, Netherlands , Legal Research in Governance and Strategy for Mazars South Africa.

His expertise is in corporate governance, board governance and company secretarial.

BA (Law), Post-Graduate Diploma in Corporate Governance, MPhil Commercial Law – in progress

Member of Chartered Secretaries Southern Africa

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Director: Transformation, Social Cohesion & Diversity: Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT):

Ms Nonkosi Tyolwana is responsible for transformation, social cohesion & diversity at the Cape Peninsula, University of Technology (CPUT). Ms Tyolwana holds Master of Arts (M.A.) in Transformation & Governance from Free State University and M.A in socio-linguistics from the University of Stellenbosch. Before joining the CPUT, she worked as the Director at the Department of Women in the Presidency (formerly Department of Women, Children & People with Disabilities).

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Mr Menzi Thango is an academic, poet, editor and publisher. He lectures isiZulu Linguistics in the Department of African Languages at the University of the Free State, QwaQwa Campus. He has presented academic articles at local and international conferences. Menzi Thango is the Founder and Director of Bhiyoza Publishers (Pty) Ltd, a publishing company which mainly publishes literary books written in the indigenous African languages of South Africa. Among his other duties at Bhiyoza Publishers, he reviews, edits and proofreads all the manuscripts before they are published.

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Mr Moses Metileni holds three Masters Degrees, in Urban Planning (Wits), Development Economics (Wits), and Creative Writing (Rhodes). He is the author of Mpimavayeni (novel), Nhlalala (novel), and U Ya Va Rungula (poetry). His poetry has been published in a number of local and international journals, and he has translated the works of Peter Horn and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o into Xitsonga. He is also the Founding Director of Nhlalala Books, a small publishing firm focusing on indigenous languages.

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Monicca Thulisile Bhuda is a culture activist, indigenous researcher and an ethnomathematician. She is originally from Kwaggafontein, KwaNdebele in Mpumalanga. Thulisile holds a Bachelor (Hons) degree in Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) from the North West University (2017) with distinction, a Master’s degree in IKS also from the North West University (2019) with distinction and currently doing her PhD in IKS. Some of her achievements include being a Golden Key International Honour Society member, representing the North West University in South Korea in 2016. She has monthly live radio interviews on Ikwekwezi FM (African Science and Technology show), Motsweding FM, Mahikeng FM and has previously done live television interviews on Daily-thetha TV on SABC 1 and Ndebele news bulleting in 2018, focusing on decolonization of education and other culture related topics.

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Vuyisile Msila is a professor at University of South Africa’s (Unisa’s) Leadership and Transformation. He is the former Head of the Institute for African Renaissance Studies at Unisa. He is a published author whose main interest is biography. He has also published poetry in various literary journals. Msila has also published several articles on culture, identity and language. His latest books include A Place to Live: The Red Location, and its History, Ubuntu: Shaping the Current Workplace with (African) Wisdom as well as Africanising the Curriculum: Indigenous Perspectives and Theories.

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Itumeleng Molefi is a science educator and freelance writer whose writing focuses on science and the arts. He has done science reporting and profiling and his arts writing has mainly been reviews of theatre, film and books with an emphasis on how these works of art speak to our current moment in history. Molefi’s work has appeared in the Mail & Guardian, Sunday Times, The Daily Vox and Business Day, amongst others. Molefi also writes, directs and produces video-essays on African literature for the YouTube channel BOTLHALE. These video essays discuss pieces of literature from a particular lens (for example, using oral literature as a way to understand the first poem in Koleka Putuma’s collection Collective Amnesia or placing Taiye Selasi’s novel Ghana Must Go in the tradition of epic poetry) in an attempt to make the books more accessible to readers and to provide further scholarship for the purposes of archive creation.

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Gugulethu Neo Bodibe Ke mokwadi le mmatlisisi o sale a dira tiro eno go feta nako eo e kanang ka ngwagasome, sentle-sentle sale ka 2007. Ke na le makwalo-molokololo ao a sale a phasaladiwa go tloga ka ngwaga wa 2009 ebile ke ntse ke le modiragatsi le modirisi wa dipuo tsa seTho go tswa pele ga nako eo. Ke ntse ke dira tiro ya diphetolelo go tloga ka 2016 mme ebile ke setse ke eme ka ditiro tse pedi tseo di emetseng go phasaladiwa mo nakong e tlang mo ngwageng eno.

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About the South African Literary Awards

Founded by the wRite associates, in partnership with the National Department of Arts and Culture in 2005, the main aim of the South African Literary Awards is to pay tribute to South African writers who have distinguished themselves as ground-breaking producers and creators of literature, while it celebrates literary excellence in the depiction and sharing of South Africa’s histories, value systems and philosophies and art as inscribed and preserved in all the languages of South Africa, particularly the official languages.

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About wRite associates

Formed in 2000, the wRite associates is a one-stop events & project management company with a particular focus on the arts, culture and heritage realm. South Africa’s and Africa’s literary heritage remains one of the major focus areas for the company.

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