Sibusiso Nyembezi (1919 - 2000) was born in Babanango and is known as a Zulu novelist, poet, scholar, teacher and editor. The second of four brothers, Cyril Nyembezi attended local primary schools, then went to Mariannhill for high school. He received a B.A. from the University of South Africa in 1946, and his B.A. Honours in 1947 from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. From 1948 to 1953, Nyembezi was a lecturer in the Department of Bantu Studies, at the University of Witwatersrand, teaching Zulu and Xhosa. He took an M.A. at Wits in 1954 and the next year was appointed to the lecturing staff at the University College of Fort Hare, remaining there until 1959 when he resigned in protest against the restrictive new policies being enforced at Fort Hare by the government. Others who resigned were Ambrose Phahle, Ethan Mayisele, and Selbourne Ngcobo. Out of work for a period, he took an editorial job with the publishers Shuter and Shooter in Pietermaritzburg, where he stayed until he retired
Nyembezi has received several accolades highlighting his literary talent. His book, The Rich Man of Pietermaritzburg, was voted one of Africa's 100 best books of the 20th century. In 2005, Symonds Centre, a Pietermaritzburg landmark building, was renamed Professor Nyembezi Centre in his honour.
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1950. Mntanami! Mntanami! (Later entitled Ushicilelo lwesithathu in third printing, 1965). Johannesburg: Bona-Pers.
1954. Zulu Proverbs. Johannesburg: Shuter and Shooter.
1956. Uhlelo lwesiZulu. Johannesburg: Shuter and Shooter.
1958. Cry, The Beloved Country, by Alan Paton, into Zulu as Lafa elihle kakhulu. Johannesburg: Shuter and Shooter.
1958. Izibongo zamakhosi. Johannesburg: Shuter and Shooter.
1961. Inkinsela yase Mgungundlovu. (Later translated as The Rich Man of Pietermaritzburg, 2008). Johannesburg: Shuter and Shooter.
1961. A review of Zulu literature. University lecture delivered in the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday, 7th June, 1961, etc.. Pietermaritzburg.
1963. Izimpophoma zomphefumulo. Pietermaritzburg : Shuter and Shooter.
1964. Compact Zulu dictionary : English-Zulu, Zulu-English. Pietermaritzburg : Shuter and Shooter.
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1981. IGoda. Pietermaritzburg, South Africa : Lincroft Books.
1981. Isibuko senhliziyo. Pietermaritzburg, South Africa : Shuter & Shooter.
1983. Colenso : linguist. Pietermaritzburg : University of Natal.
1983. (co-author) Kgabane ya Mokokotlofo. Pietermaritzburg : Shuter & Shooter.
1987. Ulutya. Pietermaritzburg : Lincroft Books, 1964-1965 (1987 printing).
1988. (co-author) Anthology of articles on African linguistics and literature : a festschrift to C.L.S. Nyembezi. Johannesburg : Lexicon Publishers.
1990. Learn more Zulu. Pietermaritzburg : Shuter & Shooter ; Johannesburg : Thorold's Books.
1992. AZ : isichazimazwi sanamuhla nangomuso. Pietermaritzburg : Reach Out Publishers.
1995. (co-author) Scholar's Zulu dictionary : English-Zulu, Zulu-English. Pietermaritzburg : Shuter and Shooter.
1996. (co-author) Interview with Sibusiso Nyembezi. Pietermaritzburg: University of Natal.
2008. The Rich Man of Pietermaritzburg. Laverstock, U.K. : Aflame Books.
2010. (co-author) My child! My child!. Cape Town : Maskew Miller Longman.