TV star helps his house­keeper to pub­lish book

All Siph­e­sihle Vazi wants now is to en­sure that she is known as an au­thor and not his helper

Move! - - CONTENTS - By Phaka­mani Mve­lashe

IT’S ABOUT THE HARD­SHIPS OF FAM­ILY FEUDS

SELIMATHUNZI pre­sen­ter, Siph­e­sihle Vazi, may have the good looks that make many men want to be him and women want to be with him. How­ever, un­der­neath all that lies a good heart. The heart-throb re­cently grabbed head­lines for his noble act of as­sist­ing his house­keeper, Siphetheni Ncube, to pub­lish her first book, an IsiNde­bele fic­tion ti­tled Ngo­neni.

HELP­ING HIS HELPER

Vazi, as he is known, says he has al­ways known that the woman keep­ing his house in or­der is also a writer.

He re­calls when they first met two years ago and she told him that she writes short sto­ries.

Siphetheni is a part of Iz­im­pande Zomd­abuko, a group of women from Hill­brow who come to­gether to sup­port each other’s writ­ing so she had been work­ing on the book for some time.

It’s when she handed him a draft of the book that it dawned on Vazi that this woman means busi­ness.

Ever since read­ing it, Vazi took it upon him­self to help her pub­lish and mar­ket the book but he is re­luc­tant to take all the credit. He says it was a team ef­fort to re­alise the dream be­cause they got help from var­i­ous peo­ple, com­pa­nies and or­gan­i­sa­tions.

AU­THEN­TI­CALLY AFRICAN

The young man says Ngo­neni is a duo of au­then­ti­cally African short sto­ries. “Most books are writ­ten in a western way and this book has a real African feel. It’s an authen­tic African story be­cause it ad­dresses things we go through or at least we can re­late to,” he ex­plains.

Ngo­neni is a book with two short sto­ries, one be­ing the ti­tle and the other is called Ngiyak­wesaba. He says both sto­ries are loosely based on the au­thor’s ex­pe­ri­ences and things that were hap­pen­ing in Zim­babwe where she grew up. “It’s about the hard­ships of fam­ily feuds, rape, jeal­ousy and witch­craft,” he says.

The lad is now on a mis­sion to en­sure that Siphetheni be­comes a well-known and re­spected nov­el­ist.

“I don’t want her to be my house­keeper for­ever. I hope one day that she is known as an au­thor and not just my helper,” he says.

Selimathunzi pre­sen­ter, Siph­e­sihle Vazi, helped his helper launch a book and her chil­dren were there to sup­port their mother, Siphetheni Ncube

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