Sindiwe Magona SALA 2007
Sindiwe Magona
Lifetime Achievement Literary Award
 Author, poet, playwright, story-teller, actor, and inspirational speaker Sindiwe Magona was born in the former Transkei, and grew up in the harsh surroundings of the Cape Flats. Her writings that chronicle her personal and political struggles of growing up in South Africa as black woman, draws on the traditional Xhosa storytelling techniques remembered from her early childhood.While working as a domestic servant, Magona with no fixed abode at the time and a single mother of three obtained her matric by correspondence. She graduated with a BA degree from the University of South Africa as well as a Master of Science Degree in Organizational Social Work from Columbia University. In 1993 Hartwick College (USA) awarded her a honourary Doctorate in Humane Letters and in 1997; she was a New York Foundation of the Arts Fellow in the non-fiction category.Her books include autobiographical books, To My Children’s Children, which she later translated as Kubantwana Babantwana Bam, and Forced to Grow and two collections of short stories, Living, Loving and Lying Awake at Night and Push-Push! And Other Stories. Her novel, Mother to Mother, was recently optioned by Universal Studios for a film on the life of Amy Biehl, the American Fulbright scholar who was killed in Gugulethu, Cape Town.