Dumisani Sibiya, second-born son of Khethekile and Mshiyeni, was born in 1976 in Nquthu, Northern KwaZulu-Natal. He holds a Masters degree in Publishing Studies and is currently working towards a PhD in African literature. Until recently, when he joined Macmillan Publishers, Sibiya taught African Literature and Media Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. His debut novel, currently prescribed for grade 10 in KwaZulu-Natal, Kungasa Ngifile (Over my dead body) (Tafelberg Publishers, 2002), won the Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature in 2002, and was a finalist in the MNET Book Prize in 2003 and 2004. His other books include two collections of short stories entitled Izinyembezi (Ilitha, 2003), Amancoko (forthcoming) and an anthology of poetry edited by CD Ntuli, Zibuyile Emasisweni (due to be published by Oxford University Press in December). His books have been highly commended by eminent Zulu professors, among them DBZ Ntuli and CT Msimang.
As a student of academic excellence he has been awarded the following scholarships and awards: Murray & Roberts Bursary, Harold & Doris Tothill Bequest Scholarship, Mellon Mentoring Scholarship, Dr Khambule Growing Our Own Timber Programme Award, Vilakazi Memorial Award, Isaac-Moepuli Memorial Award, and ISMA Flior Award. These are mainly for distinctive achievement in both undergraduate and postgraduate studies.
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