Blind author launches book

2016-02-18 06:00
 Siphelele Daniso with a copy of his recently published book title Iziyobisi.  PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Siphelele Daniso with a copy of his recently published book title Iziyobisi. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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Khayelitsha writer Siphelele Danisohas not let his disability to constrain him in his quest to become an author.

The partially blind author,24, has publish his first literary offering in the vernacular.

The book, entitled Iziyobisi is about the challenges faced by young boy, Thamsanqa, whose fate was determined even before he was born or first saw the light of day.

Daniso said that he wrote the book to address the scourge of drug use in the community.

“I want, through this story, to enlighten young people about the effects of drug use.

This is a story of a boy whose life was ruined from a young age because his mother was embroiled in life of crime and drugs. The difficulties he faced as a result of his mother’s lifestyle,” he said.

He said his aim was for the book to be distributed around schools so that young pupils can gain life lesson from the story of Thamsanqa.

“If young children can read about this book from an early age, they can be able to make better choices, because the truth is that drugs are wreaking havoc in our communities,” he said.

Daniso started writing by penning poems while in grade 9 at Lower Langanesi Primary School in Cala in the Eastern Cape in 2008.

“I began by writing about social ills as a way to vent out. Crime drugs, poverty and the challenges I face as a person with a disability.

But at that time I never thought I would ever be published so I would write something then tear it up and throw it away as most of my material was written in frustration,” he explained.

In 2009 he moved to Cape Town and lived in Delft where her did grade 10 at Simunye High School.

“There, I couldn’t write and didn’t do well because of being teased and bullied for my disability. It got so worse that I just didn’t want to go to school(again) and I couldn’t even write.

The following year I just didn’t want to go to school but I couldn’t tell my family why,” he said.

Through the intervention of loving family members, Daniso said he was assisted and enrolled at the Athlone School For The Blind in Bellville.

“There there was no bullying, instead I was supported and encouraged to do better. I began writing again and continued until I met a man name Loyiso Mfaku who advised me to publish a book. He mentored me and edited my book,” he said.

Daniso said that he would really love for a sponsor to come and help him print more so he can take them to libraries all over the country.

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