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Vaal’s award-winning author Sbusiso Manqa, ploughs back to the community

It is always heart-warming to see young people giving back to the community. After spending World Book Day at Future Scholars Preschool in Vereeniging with the learners, the morning after, Sbusiso Manqa was at Vanderbijlpark Library holding a workshop for writers -for free!

Sbusiso Manqa, Instagram

The workshop on Saturday the 24th of April was just one in a series of workshops that began on the 3rd of April and are to end on the 22nd of May.

Sbu is the author of award-winning book, I think I’m Depressed. He also authored My Tears Miss You, a book that is now in fifteen countries worldwide. He is also the founder of Inyani Books.

The workshop was extremely informative and worth it, a must attend for every person who considers him/herself a writer. Giving a brief talk at the workshop was Fortescue Helepi, one of the founding members of African Flavour Books. Helepi touched on the History of books, the book industry and other topics.

Sbusiso Manqa

I personally enjoyed the workshop and applaud Manqa for having such a powerful workshop, for free. Writers in the Vaal should take this opportunity for empowerment without spending a dime.

In attendance was Semakaleng Moeketsi, from the Emfuleni Arts and Culture Department, James Motaung an author, an editor Basetsana Mohalanyane among many others. The workshops are coordinated by Pearly Khumalo. A participant can only attend once as the workshops are the same. I really encourage any writer to attend regardless of whether they’re published or not.

About Constance van Niekerk

Constance van Niekerk, (Connie V) is a creative writer, poet, music lover, spoken word artist, freelance writer, blogger and educator. She has contributed to several anthologies and published her own collection, Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection available for purchase on all Amazon Stores Worldwide. Follow her on Twitter : @convanniekerk Connect with her on Facebook and Linkedin.


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