With the end of the year in sight, Masicorp staff and volunteers met at the Chasmay Road offices to look back on another successful year for the various educational projects in the community. This year the end of year celebrations were boosted by local author and motivational speaker, Sonwabiso Ngcowa. Originally from Mpozisa village in the Eastern Cape, Sonwabiso lived in Masiphumelele for many years during which time he became a published author. He regularly writes reviews for the literature section of the Cape Times and his short story, “In Search of Happiness” was printed (2013) and used at Human Rights youth workshops ran by the Holocaust Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. The book was dedicated to all young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or intersex, a subject he spoke eloquently about and has also written about for the Daily Maverick.
Sonwabiso informed the gathering of the Masicorp team of what drives him and his definitions of success. In particular, he told the story of how he resigned from a permanent position at Standard Bank in 2011 to study at UCT and eventually follow his dream to become an author. A move that took some explaining to his family.
Among the books that Sonwabiso left with us at Chasmay Road were copies of 21 at 21: The Coming of Age of a Nation, which in wrote in collaboration with Melanie Verwoerd. Together, the two authors travelled the country speaking to 21 young South Africans about the lives in the 21 years since democracy. The book is a compilation of personal narratives that feature some of the local residents of Masiphumelele and Ocean View. It proved to be the highlight of the day, with many of the Masicorp team purchasing signed copies.
A selection of Sonwabiso’s books are still available from our Chasmay Road offices. The office is open from 9 to 5 on all week days and the books will be available to purchase until 13th December. An ideal Christmas present for any bookworms among your family and friends and a great way to reward one of Masiphumelele’s most inspirational residents.