M W Jadezweni
Author of Xhosa publications
Lectured at the Department of African Languages, Stellenbosch University, until 2011
Mhlobo Jadezweni was born in Idutywa on 14 June 1954. He matriculated from St
John's College in Umtata and studied at the universities of Fort Hare (BA) and
[HonsBA, MA]. He qualified as a teacher at Cicirha Teachers' Training College
in 1974 and taught at various schools in the Transkei.
He has been at the Department of African Languages, University of Stellenbosch,
since 1983. During 1987 Jadezweni undertook special training in Suggestopedia
for the classroom by the Institute for Language Teaching at the University. He
was invited as a guest academic by the University of Leipzig in 1998 / 99 and
in 2002 by the University of Bayreuth, both in Germany.
Since 1996 he has been a member of the Open Day Committee; from 1998 a member
of Stellenbosch's Strategic Planning Committee; and from 2001 a member of the
Marketing Committee of the Faculty of Arts. He also serves on provincial and
national language committees and organizations, viz ALASA, SAFOS, i-MAG and
He is the author of several reports and publications on Xhosa poets and writers, has translated stories and contributed the chapter, Xhosa Skrywers, to the Ensiklopedie van die Wêreld.
His price winning children's book, UTshepo Mde, has been published in several bilingual editions, including Afrikaans, English, Swedish and Portuguese.
Mhlobo Jadezweni is married to Nokuzola, a high school teacher in Khayelitsha.
They have three children: two sons and a daughter.
Awards and Honours:
The original Engels/Xhosa-edition of Groot genoeg
(2010), UTshepo Mde/Tall Enough
, was nominated as a South African honorary book by IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People).
PANSALB award 2011 for the promotion of Xhosa language and literature
IsiXhosa Esitsha, Cape Town: Book Studio, 1986
Isahluko sokugqibela, a novel by Zibele Sisusa, 2000 (Editor )
(A Sanlam award winner by Tafelberg Publishers, Cape Town)
The rights of a child, Kwela Books, 2004 (availble in Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, sePedi, seSotho, seTswana, siSwati, tshiVenda and xiTsonga)Groot genoeg. Mhle lo mthi. Mde kamnandi. Ubona yonke into. Ufikelela kuyo yonke into. UTshepo uyatshiseka. Ufuna ukuba ngumthi, 2010
1992. Time to fly. Stellenbosch: UPTRAIL.
Stories South of the Sun, Tafelberg, 1994
Sandile and the Silver City, Tafelberg, 1995
Hot off the Press, Leo Books, 1996
The Animals of Africa by Philippa Alys-Browne, 1996