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Dr Mhlobo Wabantwana Jadezweni

Dr Mhlobo Wabantwana Jadezweni

Was born in Dutywa in the Transkei. Matriculated at St Johns College in Mthatha and trained as a teacher in Cicirha Teachers’ Training College. Studied at Fort Hare (BA), Stellenbosch (BA Hons and MA) and at Rhodes (PhD). For several years taught isiXhosa language and literature at Stellenbosch University. While on academic exchange in Germany in 1998 and in 2002 he taught isiXhosa at the universities of Leipzig and Bayreuth. In 2011 taught isiXhosa at the University of the Western Cape.

In addition to various translations of official documents and books he has published a poetry anthology, Umdiliya wesihobe (2008) and a bilingual children’s book, UTshepo Mde /Tall Enough (2006) which won the Exclusive Books award in 2007. This award-winning children’s book has since been translated into IsiZulu, Afrikaans, Swedish and Portuguese. A lot of interest has been shown in this book by publishers from other countries of the world.

Has been involved in IsiXhosa Language Boards since1983.  Serves as chairman of the Board of Directors of IsiXhosa National Lexicography Unit (funded by PanSALB) based at the University of Fort Hare in Alice. Is a member of SAFOS (Southern Africa Folklore Society) and ALASA (African Language Association of Southern Africa). Was chairman of iMAG (Multilingualism Action Group) based in the Western Cape.

In 2011 won the PanSALB Multilingualism Award for the promotion of isiXhosa language and literature. In 2013 won the Western Cape department of Cultural Affairs award for the promotion of isiXhosa.

In June 2015 co-presented a paper with Ms Lulu Mfazwe-Mojapelo of UNISA at the ALASA conference held at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. The paper is entitled, Achieving Public Acceptability of Taboo Words translated into isiXhosa.

For a number of years is a facilitator of Creative Writing Workshops for the Northern Cape’s Department of Sport, Arts and Culture and the Franschhoek Literary Festival (FLF).

For a number of years has been involved with a number of community development organisations in the Western Cape.

Since 2012 he teaches isiXhosa at Rhodes University specialising in isiXhosa literature.


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