- Category: TOW 2011
SIFISO MZOBE was born and bred in the Durban township of Umlazi, where he obtained his primary schooling and where he currently resides. After attending St Francis College, he studied Journalism at the Damelin Business Campus in Durban.
It was during a fruitful time in his work within the construction industry, that Mzobe declares the moment had come for him to finally “heed the call” of writing. With his earliest writing memory dating back to when he was just thirteen years old, Mzobe maintains that it was at this young age that the seed for his writing fervor was planted.
While doing Science subjects in high school, Mzobe would also read a lot of history books; a pastime that not only fed his interest and curiosity about the human condition, but also developed what he articulates as a “love affair with words”. It was Mzobe’s zeal for writing which led to the production of his literary debut, Young Blood.
Young Blood appeared in the January 2011 issue of the ‘O’ Magazine, among the 'Top 20 Books of the Summer'. The book was among only four thrillers that were chosen worldwide to make this notable list. Young Blood was also listed in the “Sunday Independent's Top Ten Books Of 2010".
Offering a glimpse of what the reader can expect from his next book which he is currently working on, Mzobe simply states: “It is like untangling a gigantic web.”
Mzobe expresses his appreciation for the beauty of invention that is afforded by writing by observing: “It (writing) is beautiful for being a comfortable window to view a sometimes-uncomfortable world. It is an art-form that lets the artist start from a blank page, to then invent. I’m in love with it for that; this vision or delusion that in this world, you can still invent.”
Mzobe currently works for a community newspaper as a journalist.
Young Blood, Kwela Books, 2010