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Sindiwe Magona

Writer

Sindiwe Magona was born in Umtata on 27 August 1943 and grew up in Gugulethu on the Cape Flats. She finished high school through a correspondence course, followed by a BA Degree from the University of South Africa. In 1981 she embarked on a Masters’ Degree in Social Work at Columbia University in New York. On completion, she successfully applied for a position at the United Nations. Until 1994 she presented UN radio programmes about the UN’s role in ending Apartheid. She then worked in the UN’s Public Information Department until 2003, when she retired and returned to Cape Town.

Sindiwe is a writer, poet, dramatist, storyteller, actress and motivational speaker. She has published two autobiographical works: To My Children’s Children (1990) and Forced to Grow (1992). Her first novel, The Best Meal Ever!, was published in 1998. She has also written a number of children’s books, including The Best Meal Ever! and Life is a Hard But Beautiful Thing. In 2008 her novel Beauty’s Gift was published. The AIDS-activist Zackie Achmat described it as “one of the most important books about HIV/AIDS in our country”.