“Write for the sake of knowledge”

Date:25 February 2019 - By: Frank Mavhungu

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A resident of Tshidimbini village, Mr Ndivhuwo Phillip Netshishivhe, is an ecstatic man. His dream to have his book published has finally become a reality.

According to him, his writing skill started to develop way back in 1987. At that stage, he was a pupil at the Tshidimbini Secondary School. He said that he wrote numerous poems that won him cash prizes in the then Radio Venda poetry competition.

After passing Grade 12, Netshishivhe started to compile poems with the aim of publishing a  collection one day. He revealed that he had met several people who had stolen his poems under false pretenses, saying they would introduce him to publishers.

As a professional football coach, Netshishivhe said at some stage he felt like quitting writing and pursuing his coaching career. His passion for football coaching grew to a level where he decided to establish a soccer academy of his own. “Establishing a soccer academy was an exercise that needed someone who had strong political connections, so I gave up,” he said.

Netshidzivhe revealed that he started to compile Venda poems for his newly published collection, Mudzili, in 2014.  After compiling 53 poems, Netshishivhe decided to approach a local printing company, Thina Printers and Distributors, towards the end of last year. The book was published by Dzuvha Publishers about a month ago.

Netshishivhe said that the message of his poetry was clear: there is a good life after poverty. He severely criticized people who write books to fight hunger, saying people should write for the sake of knowledge. According to him, the book is available at most of the local bookshops.

Netshishivhe, an English teacher at the Hector Peterson Primary School in Dobsonville, can be phoned on 076 683 8455 for more information. 


Mr Ndivhuwo Phillip Netshishivhe.


By: Frank Mavhungu

Frank is a Human Resources Manager at the Department of Public Works in Limpopo. He is the longest serving correspondent of the Mirror, having joined us at the end of 1990.  He mainly writes sports reports and resides at Tsianda Village. In 2004, Frank won the National Castle League Award, an award for the best reporter in the SAB league in South Africa.