Ms. Sizakele I. Mokhele is a published author and a renowned poet who obtained her MA in Creative Writing in 2018 from the Rhodes University and her thesis was a collection of poems focusing on real stories about poverty, love, politics, past pains and healing, – written in demotic language. Her poetry has been published in local and international literary magazines and journals such the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology, JALADA Africa etc.
She is also an author of children’s stories, written in IsiZulu, with Oxford University Press. Before she joined Sol Plaatje University in October 2019, she taught English and IsiZulu in Soweto and Parkhurst. She has a vast and varied experience in running community development programmes. Since 2009, she has coordinated various local and regional (SADC) literary projects and works voluntarily as an Executive Director of House of Siza – a registered NPO that seeks to change people’s lives through literature, music and art. Her research interest is in isicamtho poetry. Isicamtho is an informal urban language spoken in South Africa and infuses different languages.