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
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.
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