South Africa
 
Christa Biyela 
 
Biyela’s writing experience dates back to 1994 where she began writing radio dramas. She self-published her first motivational book Getting Dirty, Sex is Great, but let’s be honest in 2014. She is currently an Uzalo telenovela Writer and Storyliner, a programme which airs daily on SABC 1. She writes a drama series Rockville Season 4 and Igazi Season 1 both to be broadcast on Multichoice’s channel Umzansi Magic. Furthermore she is a Scriptwriting External Moderator for DUT (Durban University of Technology) Drama and Performance Studies Department. Biyela was a Head Writer for Kusa Kusa, Ukhozi FM’s first soapie for a period of three years. She has worked as a translator for a television series Skeem Saam Season 1 & 2 broadcast on SABC 1. 
Besides being a writer, she was a creator, writer and producer of ‘Sihlomulelana Ngolwazi’ HIV/AIDS weekly show on Ukhozi FM and Siphila Kayi 1 Ukhozi FM’s first sitcom. 
Biyela’s performing arts passion extends to the theatre industry, where she was a Durban Theatre Judge for a period of seven years. She is one of the judges for the PANSA/NLDTF Festival of Reading of New Writing. 
Biyela has travelled throughout KwaZulu-Natal giving motivational talks on HIV/AIDS issues, primarily focusing on positive living. She has presented approximately 100 talks to private companies, governments departments, schools, correctional centres and rural communities. Her motivational talks are influenced by her life living with HIV for a period of 18 years. 
 
 
Bibliography
Getting Dirty, Sex is Great, but Let’s be Honest, 2014, Porcupine Press