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Award Winning TUT Alum’s Books Get Green Light From GDE



Award Winning TUT Alum’s Books Get Green Light From GDE

Thabani Magubane, a TUT alumnus and multiple award-winning author, has contributed two new books to the Gauteng Department of Education’s school catalogue.  

Young Writers Project (YWP), which consists of a creative community of writers and visual artists, screened ‘The Carpenter’s Son’ and ‘The Black Ants’ for inclusion in the catalogue. Each year, the YWP publishes the best of 10,000 submissions from writers, photographers, and artists around the world.

Award Winning TUT Alum’s Books Get Green Light From GDE

Thabani Magubane

Award Winning TUT Alum’s Books Get Green Light From GDE

I had three goals after completing my manuscripts, the main one being to distribute my books to young people, particularly high school students. Despite the fact that it feels strange, this is exactly what Magubane had hoped to accomplish.

Throughout the country, Magubane was inspired by true-life experiences and events that happened around him. The death of Winnie Mandela and the growth of the Black Lives Matter movement were among these events. They represent both the actual challenges young, black South African men and women face, as well as the historical factors that influence coexistence in a multiracial, rainbow nation.

Magubane has no problem grabbing the attention of the public. The Book Behind Awards gave him the Best Upcoming Author award for the year in 2022 for his novel “The Black Ants”, published less than a year ago.

Awarded in 2022 for his inaugural book, Magubane still considers it his favorite, despite the latter’s success. The first manuscript I ever held was my most precious possession. Symbolizing both self-actualization and the launch of many self-initiated successes, it was a moment of self-actualization.”

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One more box must be ticked by the self-published author, which will be revealed at a later date. As of right now, we can only speculate, but all intention is good. The art of writing must be preserved, and making it fashionable is one way to do so. The book shelves cannot be the only places where information is preserved in our time,” he concluded.

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