First novel for Madzhie

Date:08 March 2020 - By: Kaizer Nengovhela

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Mr Tshilidzi Shadrack Madzhie recently published his first Tshivenda novel, Vhusiwana a Vhuvhulai.

Madzhie was born at Maramanzhi and said that his love of writing started in 2015. “I used to write short stories and my friends were impressed with my ability. I then took it seriously until the birth of my first novel, Vhusiwana a vhuvhulai. I decided to write a novel because I have a lot of experience that I would like to share with the community, and I felt that I would not be able to express myself fully in a short story.”

“The moral of the story is that everything comes to an end. The main character in the novel was hopeless and thought he would never get someone to love,” said Madzhie.

He explained that he was by no means using ancient language, but just pure Tshivenda. He believes that poets are the right people to keep a language alive by reviving it in their work. “I had noticed that our language is fading and getting swallowed by the frequent use of English in our day-to-day life,” he said. “It came as a shock to me that our language is melting like a hailstone, and then I decided to revive Tshivenda. So, it's up to us to record our words and idioms in the form of poetry.”

He also encouraged other youths to utilize their talents to the benefit of their communities.

“It is important to use our skills while we are still young because that could be the foundation of our future. Mine is an inborn talent, but my success is coupled with hard work, determination and a positive attitude. I also want to prove the fact that success does not depend on whether one comes from a disadvantaged rural area like me, but it depends on one’s ability to use the available limited resources profitably.”

People interested in obtaining the book can phone the author on 071 141 2722.




First novel for Tshilidzi Shadrack Madzhie.


By: Kaizer Nengovhela

Kaizer Nengovhela started writing stories for Limpopo Mirror more than a decade ago, in 2 000. Prior to that he had a five year stint at Phala-Phala FM as sports presenter. In 2005 Kaizer received an award from the province's premier as Best Sports Presenter. The same year he was also nominated as Best Sports Reporter by the Makhado Municipality. Kaizer was awarded the Mathatha Tsedu award in 2014.