Magaisa's book aims to preserve Xitsonga language

Date:09 March 2019 - By: Mbulaheni Ridovhona

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A renowned local author, Themba Patrick Magaisa, recently published a collection of poems, entitled Ri xa ri ya mahlweni.

Magaisa, who hails from Tiyani village, said: "The main aim of this book is to educate the nation and preserve the Xitsonga language for the coming generations." He added that the book highlighted various themes such as the importance of education, love, death, and hope. "The book is very rich in language and lessons," he said. 

Magaisa has already published more than 15 books and co-authored 14 books.

He is a prolific poet who has taken it upon himself to invest in developing indigenous literature. His focus is mainly on the Xitsonga language. His novels and poems have been taught in many public schools where Xitsonga is offered. He has also played a crucial role in the development of Xitsonga learning- and teaching-support materials for the present curriculum.

"The marginalisation of indigenous languages has sparked a debate in South Africa. At the centre of the debate is the contention that if indigenous languages are not given adequate recognition, at least at the same level as English, they run the risk of extinction," he said. 

Magaisa has earned several literary awards in recognition of his work, which include the South African Poetry Award from the South African Literary Awards and the Order of Ikhamanga.

Those interested in the book can phone him on 083 827 3709 or visit Guyo bookshops. He is also available on Facebook at TP Magaisa.



Themba Patrick Magaisa. Photo supplied.


By: Mbulaheni Ridovhona

The 22-year-old Mbulaheni (Gary) Ridovhona has been passionate about journalism to the extent that he would buy himself a copy of weekly Univen students' newsletter, Our Voice. After reading, he would write stories about his rural village, Mamvuka, and submit them to the very newsletter for publication. His deep-rooted love for words and writing saw him register for a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies at the University of Venda, and joined the Limpopo Mirror team in February 2016 as a journalism intern.