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Delve into Zake Mda’s eloquent writing

Phemelo could not contain her excitement as she profiles literary legend Zanemvula Kizito Gatyeni Mda who commonly knows and referred to as Zakes Mda.
Mda was born in Herschel, Eastern Cape, South Africa, in 1948. When he was 15 years old, his first short story Igqira lase Mvubase appeared in a youth magazine called Wamba. Mda then adopted the pen name Zakes Mda when he began writing. He mentions that the name Zakes is nostalgic and reminds him of his youth and growing up in Dobsonville…Read more


Farewell Bra Willie, forever our literal legend

Professor Keorapetse William Kgositsile, who died on 3 January 2018, was the official patron of Xarra Books. A regular and loyal customer. Prof Kgositsile had over the years supported, encouraged and contributed immensely to the repositioning of Xarra Books. The well-versed and well-traveled South African poet and political activist was born in 1938 in Mahikeng in the north-western part of South Africa. He attended school in Johannesburg, went to Matibane High School and was bitten by a writing bug thanks to the influence of great European authors such as Charles Dickens and D.H. Lawrence.

Because of the political turmoil (apartheid), he left the country in 1961 to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where he worked for Spearhead magazine…Read more