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“I just made my dad proud” says Sokhela PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 November 2014 10:44

By: Sbongiseni Dladla

Durban’s Albany Hotel saw Smiso “Slashfire” Sokhela launch his debut collection Wordography with a Pen (Grashyo Publishers).  With his father and numerous fellow poets in attendance, he cited perseverance as the key to his success.  Sokhela is poet, writer, and website developer at Awali Solutions. His career as a poet began when he first attended and participated in poetry sessions in and around Durban. Sokhela is a Co-founding member of Peumarella Artists where he nurtures young aspiring writers from surrounding townships in and around Durban. He matriculated from Hillview Secondary and later studied Information Technology at Durban University of Technology. Wordography with a Pen focuses mostly on children and women abuse as Sokhela writes about societal issues which people choose to ignore for fear of losing their lives.

Sokhela cited patience and dedication as instrumental in launching the collection.  The collection also focuses on the inspirational people he has met during his poetic career. He mentioned that the happenings and traumatic experiences in the township of Umlazi were the reasons he wrote the collection and, at the launch, spoke of himself as “hope to any kid in the township that it is possible to be whatever that person wants to be as long as they stay focused on what they want to achieve.’’

“Some people never believed in me, saying that writing is for exclusive people and it’s not for me. However, I did not succumb all those pressures by ignoring them’’ Sokhela says. At the launch of his book Sokhela thanked the DDP (Democracy Development Program) which assisted him with funds to turn his ideas into a written artefact.

Launch: Letters to My Native Soil: Lewis Nkosi Writes Home (2001-2009) PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 19:10

On the Twitter Trail: October Roundup PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 10 November 2014 13:34


By Rasvanth Chunylall

Many writers have embraced twitter as a medium to engage with fans, develop their brand identities, share news stories and express their thoughts and opinions. Here are some highlights from the twitter accounts of a few KZN writers.

Durban weather these days.. Iyabola

— Minenhle Mthembu (@IamMinenhle_ZN) October 01, 2014

You cannot put a price to freedom. Mostly because it's a costly thing in itself

— Shafinaaz Hassim (@shafinaaz) October 02, 2014

The #DalaiLama visa debacle has damaged SA's international human rights standing. #leadership has failed us.

— Jay Naidoo(@Jay_Naidoo) October 02, 2014

"You live but once; you might as well be amusing." - Coco Chanel

— Michelle McGrane (@MichelleMcGrane) October 02, 2014

The #Springboks did it against The All Blacks. I feel energised. Nice one Bokke.

— Eric Miyeni (@EricMiyeni) October 05, 2014

If somebody offers you Absinthe in Prague, rather say no, and stab yourself in the stomach instead. #catch22

— John van de Ruit (@johnvanderuit) October 08, 2014

There can't be a more stupid approach to growing a TV and film industry than to choose killing an institutional show than pay your stars.

— Eric Miyeni (@EricMiyeni) October 08, 2014

Bafana-Bafana does us proud in Congo Brazaville. Niiiice.

— Eric Miyeni (@EricMiyeni) October 11, 2014

Gotta love the only country on Earth able to pronounce your surname.#dutchcourage

— John van de Ruit (@johnvanderuit) October 13, 2014

My advice to the next generation. Question Everyone. Question Everything. Be Fearless.

— Jay Naidoo(@Jay_Naidoo) October 15, 2014

"It is of immense importance to learn to laugh at ourselves." - Katherine Mansfield

— Michelle McGrane (@MichelleMcGrane) October 15, 2014

In the words of @TheEllenShow, "Be kind to one another."

— Trevor Kleinhans (@secretsmakeusic) October 16, 2014

First Spud3 film interview done and dusted. I solemnly and humbly declare Spud season open. #again

— John van de Ruit (@johnvanderuit) October 16, 2014

"Perfectionism is just fear in really good shoes," says Elizabeth Gilbert. Love it. :)

— Janet van Eeden (@janetvaneeden) October 16, 2014

The only thing positive about me is my mind. #HIV #positivemindset

— Trevor Kleinhans (@secretsmakeusic) October 19, 2014

MnG reports that Mthembu was shot in the face when accosted by a mugger, while withdrawing money at an ATM. Horrific!

— Shafinaaz Hassim (@shafinaaz) October 20, 2014

@clancycnn no justice for Reeva! How do we South Africans respect the judicial system now! If u have money and fame u get away with murder!

— Nazia Peer (@PeerNazia) October 21, 2014

It is unclear how Cosas thought putting a pig’s head in Woolies would be an effective way to support Palestine

— Azad Essa (@azadessa) October 26, 2014

Very shaken by Nick Broomfield's #GrimSleeper. Powerful, moving, shocking film.

— Jann Turner (@JannTurner) October 27, 2014

Our public institutions are weakening under the weight of political cronyism in appointments. Criminals & the corrupt thrive.#SenzoMiyewa

— Jay Naidoo(@Jay_Naidoo) October 27, 2014

#HappyDiwali My wish is that we work together to #endwars & build lasting #PEACE

— Jay Naidoo(@Jay_Naidoo) October 30, 2014

Just saw @JayJames audition for X factor...there are no words.

Melissa Delport (@melissadelport) October 31, 2014

Recently discovered @caroemerald (don't know what took me so long!). Just loving her music.


— Rosamund Kendal (@Rosamundkendal) October 31, 2014

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