UJ Lecturer Wins Writing Award

In a ceremony held in Sandton on 15 June 2022, University of Johannesburg lecturer, Dr Siphiwo Mahala was announced as the winner of the PanSALB Multilingualism Award for English Literature. The awards were established by the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) in 2002 with the objective of promoting the use of mother tongue and the furtherance of multilingualism in the country. The awards are bestowed on individuals who “have excelled in the promotion, protection and preservation of our languages through various forms of artistic expressions”. Dr Mahala is the author of six books, the latest being Can Themba: The Making and Breaking of the Intellectual Tsotsi (2022), published by Wits University Press earlier this year. He is the editor of Imbiza Journal for African Writing, which publishes articles, essays, short stories, poems and book reviews in a variety of languages. His articles are published in various journals, newspapers and magazines locally and internationally. His play, Bloke and His American Bantu, is currently on stage at the State Theatre in Pretoria. He is a Senior Lecturer in the English Department and a Senior Research Fellow at the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study.

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