Kabelo-1The author of five novels for young people, each of which has won an award, Kabelo Duncan Kgatea studied at the Writing School of South Africa in the 1990s. He completed his diploma in Business Communications with the correspondence college Standford in 2001 as well as a diploma in Journalism and Media Studies at INTEC correspondence college.


It was when he worked as a mineworker at Anglo Platinum in Rustenburg in 2000, that Kgatea’s first book Njeng manong fa ke sule! (Devour me, vultures, when I’m dead!) was published. The following year, this book was awarded the Sanlam Prize Youth Literature (silver) in the Sotho category as well as the M-Net Prize in the Sotho category. Subsequent to these achievements, Kgatea was promoted to communications officer and no longer worked below ground.


In 2002, Kgatea won the Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature for his novel Leba Seipone (Look in the mirror). In 2004 and 2008, his novels Ntshware ka letsogo (Hold my Hand) and Monwana wa bosupa (The fingers that point back) received the same award in the gold and silver categories respectively. Kgatea has also been recipient of the South African Literary Award in 2009, the PANSALB 2009 Setswana Multilingualism Nation Building Writer Of The Year as well as the K Sello Duiker award for Monwana wa bosupa in 2011.


Kgatea has written 14 radio dramas that were broadcasted by Radio Setswana (SABC) and Radio Mmabatho (BBC).

He is married to Sechongwang and they have two children. They live in Rustenburg.

Published in 2012, Kgatea’s novel Mmudubudu, is his latest offering.


Selected Bibliography

Mmudubudu, 2012, Tafelberg

Monwana wa bosupa, 2008, Tafelberg

Leba Seipone, 2002, Tafelberg