|Lifetime Achievement Literary Award|
| Deuteronomy Bhekinkosi ‘DBZ’ Ntuli was born at Gcotsheni, Eshowe, on 8 May 1940. He matriculated at St Francis College, Marrianhill, and completed his junior degree at the University College of Zululand. After working for three years as an announcer/ producer for the Zulu service of the SABC, Ntuli joined the University of South Africa as a lecturer in the Department of African Languages. In 1978 Unisa awarded him a D Litt degree. He was head of the Sub-department of Zulu before his retirement in 1999.Ntuli was 21 years old when his first book, a novel, UBheka, was published. To date he has published 16 volumes of short stories and essays – including 10 books of drama and eight anthologies of poetry he authored or co-authored or edited. He published his second novel Ngiyoze ngimthole in 1969 and has translated into Zulu numerous manuals and books, including Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom (Uhambo olude oluya enkululekweni) and Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet (UMpholofethi). His novels include UBheka (1962), Ngiyoze Ngimthole (1970) and his short story collections have appeared in Imicibisholo (1970), Uthingo Lwenkosazana (1971) and Isicamelo (1990) among others. Ntuli is the biographer of the late famous traditional healer Sosobala Mbatha.
In 2006 he was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Literary Award by the South African Literary Awards, a project of the wRite associates in partnership with the national Department of Arts and Culture and Sowetan.