Simphiwe Nolutshungu was born in Queenstown in the Eastern Cape. He did his elementary schooling at Ezibeleni Township up until his grade 12. He did Personnel Training with Queenstown Technical college before he could finish he was employed by Old Mutual Group Schemes as clerk. He published his first novel Amathunzi Ezolo in 1996 after winning a lot of local writing contests both in English and IsiXhosa. He did his creative writing with Rhodes University and there after qualified as a teacher with Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. Nolutshungu has worked as a writer, teacher, freelance journalist and clerk.
Other publications by this writer include, Iingceba Zegazi (novel), Nolutshungu Avenue, Iingcango Zentliziyo and other publications. Some of his work has been published by national publications, including magazines and newspapers. And his work also appears in the following publications: Tyhini magazine, writing from here, Drum magazine, Sunday sun newspaper and others.
Nolutshungu holds a Master’s degree in Creative writing with Rhodes University, he did his Master’s in both IsiXhosa and English. He currently works as a lecturer at Cape Town University in the African Languages and Literature department in Cape Town, also currently busy with his PhD research project. He is married to Sinoxolo Nolutshungu.