Diale Thlolwe
First-Time Published Author Award
 Tlholwe was born in Meyerton and attended school in Alexandra Township, Mofolo (Soweto).Baitshoki (Itsoseng, Lichternburg) and Tlakula High School (Kwa Thema, Springs). It is at Tlakula that he developed his interest in writing when a play he wrote for his school won the first prize in a local competition. He then went to Fort Hare University to study Law. Due to the student disruptions at the university his bursary was cancelled and he gave up his studies there. He then worked as a production clerk for a metal company in springs before moving to Katlehong in Germiston. He then enrolled at the then Transvaal teachers training college, in soshanguve where he received his teachers certificate. He was elected to be the chairman of the cultural committee at the institution. After leaving the college he argus journalism cadet school run by the star newspaper. He did not however pursue a career in journalism and returned briefly to teaching. He was appointed an acting principal at a rural primary school in the Free State. He later became a client and local government liaison officer for a consultancy company in germiston.Tlholwe has always loved reading. He became a member of a group of book lovers and writing that met monthly in katlehong. Though the group was primarily focused on poetry he enjoyed the meetings. In 2004 the group brought out an anthology sponsored by the centre for the book called walala wasala. He contributed a Setswana short story titled Gaufi.

In 2008 his debut novel Ancient Rites was published by Kwela Books. In 2009 another short story-Anger Mismanagement-was included in the anthology Bad Company published by pan Macmillan. An article of his: “place of rocks” appeared in the July 2010 British Airways Magazine Horizon. It was a special edition featuring four South African authors, writing on the theme “inspiration” and the places that inspired their writing.

He stays in Spruitview, Ekurhuleni in the East Rand

Tlholwe has always wanted to write stories and ever since he won a prize for a play he wrote while still at school this dream had been there in his mind. He holds a diploma in journalism but fiction has always been his goal. He has worked as a production clerk at a metal company, a teacher and for a consultancy company. His first published work was short story written in Setswana called Gaufi. His first novel titled Ancient Rites was brought out in 2008 by Kwela Books. Another short story of his-Anger Mismanagement- was published by pan macmillan in 2009 in the anthology Bad Company