MZANSI’S book authors shone at the 2017 South African Literary Awards held at the University of South Africa in Pretoria.
The awards ceremony honoured South African writers and poets for their contribution to the world of literature.
Speaking at the awards, author and former deputy chief justice of the South African Constitutional Court, Dikgang Moseneke, said he had won many awards in his life, but this one was special.
“Being recognised for your own work is truly special. I am deeply grateful for this.”
Moseneke won the creative non-fiction award for his memoir, My Own Liberator.
This is the 12th year since the South African Literary Awards were celebrated. Other category award winners were:
The first-time published author award
Moses Seletisha for his sePedi book, Tšhutšhumakgala
The K Sello Duiker memorial literary award
Nthikeng Mohlele for Pleasure
The poetry award
Simphiwe Ali Nolutshungu for his isiXhosa book, Iingcango Zentliziyoisi, and Helen Moffett for Prunings
Literary journalism award
Don Makatile and Phakama Mbonambi for their acclaimed publications
Literary translators award
The award was shared by Bridget Theron-Bushell, Jeff Opland, Wandile Kuse and Pamela Maseko
Nadine Gordimer short story award
Roela Hattingh for Kamee
Posthumous literary award
The award was shared by |A!kunta, !Kabbo, *Kasin, Dia!kwain and Han*kass’o for their work towards the body of linguistic documents studying the !Xam and !Kung languages.
Acknowledged as part of the study of !Xam and !Kung languages and cultures were the recorders and compilers, Wilhelm Bleek and Lucy Lloyd
Lifetime achievement literary awards
Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa, Aletta Matshedisð Motimele and Etienne van Heerden shared the award.