FORMER DUT JOURNALISM STUDENT ONE OF THE WRITERS AT TIME OF THE WRITER 2014
By: Nasiphi Mvunyiswa
A DUT alumnus, Khulekani Magubane, is one of the writers that are part of the world class festival of writing Time of the writer, for 2014.
Magubane obtained his Btech in journalism at the Durban University of Technology. He described his time at DUT as an experience that formed him into an adult. “It was a learning experience I doubt I could replicate anywhere else. The work integrated learning programme in the third year also gave me an advantage when the time came to enter the world of work full time”, said Magubane.
He very was excited to be in the group of writers that were chosen to be part of Time of the writer for 2014 it’s an opportunity he said is humbling. “I’m humbled that someone saw it fit to invite me out of many great writers in SA, Africa and around the world. I’m a bit nervous to tell the truth and I don’t take it lightly.”
At the tender age of 24, Magubane has already published over 17 books and is currently a political journalist for Business Day newspaper and BDlive. The young writer published his first book at the age of 16. “I had been writing creatively for a while before I got into publishing. It’s something some of my friends and I have always enjoyed doing and at some point I used to write so much that my room would become cluttered with scribbled pages. So I guess it had to go somewhere other than the rubbish bin”, said Magubane. He added that his parents were generally supportive of his writing as long as he committed to all his endeavours and saw them through.
He described his childhood growing up in Escourt as being quiet, mainly because he was a shy child. His parents sent him to a hostel at Moorleigh Primary School “because of the political situation in the area around 1993 and 1994”. He then discovered the art of creative writing in primary school he was a daydreamer and had an active imagination.
Magubane is passionate about being an author and a journalist equally he considers both these careers as being his purpose in life. “I’m passionate about telling stories. I get to do that in both disciplines.”
This young writer is influenced and inspired by numerous authors and journalists. Authors that he admires are James Patterson, Matt Zurbo, Zakes Mda and the list goes on. As for journalists, he looks up to people like
Nicholas Kotch, Sibongakonke Shoba, Hajra Omarjee and many others. He looks up to various people for inspiration for both his creative writing and journalism career.
Magubane maintains that he doesn’t see himself as being successful yet; he said there’s still much more he wants to achieve. “I haven’t written a piece of work I’m completely happy with yet and to this point I’ve been writing simply because I enjoy it”. He concluded by giving advice to all the young authors and journalists, advice that his mentor Felicity Keats, gave him “write and don’t stop”.