Brice Ngobeni  SALA 2007
Bruce Ngobeni
K. Sello Duiker Memorial Literary Award
 Playwright, poet, short story writer and award-winning novelist Bruce Mikhomazi Ngobeni made an invaluable contribution to the growth and development of the Xitsonga language in particular, and the preservation and promotion of indigenous languages in general. His writing talent was deservedly recognized when the then Radio Tsonga( now Mugana Lonene) awarded him first prize for his radio drama entitled, “ Hakunene tiko ri file.”From then on he soared to greater heights in the literary scene, receiving several awards including third prize for his story, Tibangi ta vutomi in the Limpopo Province’s Department of Sports, Arts and Culture Literary Competition in 2002. In 2004 Ngobeni scooped first prize for his novel, Xigwitsirisi xa malovisi in the Limpopo Department of Sport, Arts and Culture.A prolific poet, his collections include Ndzheko wa Rixaka and Xitladi xa Vatsonga. Most of his poems have appeared in the Timbila journal, a publication of the Timbila Poetry Project. In 2007, Ngobeni was recipient of the SALA K. Sello Duiker Literary Memorial Award for young novel writers.

Ngobeni passed away in 2009 after a long illness.

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