Black publisher opens first Kasi bookstore after rejection

2016-04-07 06:00
 Author and pianist Don Laka

Author and pianist Don Laka

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Even as he was being turned down by more than 30 publishers, author and motivational speaker Tshepo Nketle did not despair.

On Saturday he will be at the Way of Life Church in Khayelitsha to launch a novelty in South African publishing.

Nketle now heads his own publishing company called Lesedi House will be launching the first ever bookstore in Khayelitsha called Passage of Black Ideas.

“We established Lesedi House last year after many battling to find a publishing company that would accommodate us.

They kept on rejecting my first book until I was later joined by Pastor Xola Skosana, and we formed a partnership,” he said.

Nketle said Lesedi House’s vision is to assist aspiring authors to get started in writing their own books and getting them published.

Since its establishment, Lesedi House has already attracted the likes Pastor Nozewu who has published a book called Imihlinzo.

Others include musician Don Laka who wrote the Re-Introduction Of African History, Naledi Moleo (SAfm presenter), Andile Gaelesiwe (Khumbulekhaya presenter) and other authors.

Their aim is to “reach out to African authors and help them get their stories out.”

Nketle said the bookshop was the first Black owned bookshop in the country.

“This will be a space where Black people’s ideas can be transmuted into books and be given an opportunity to be shared,” he said.

He said their mission was to re-introduce the art of reading and writing in Black societies. There are also books by Vuyani Green: Road To Thornhill, Dr Jongi Klaas’s South African Diplomat in the African Union and United Nations.


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