Journalist Sizwe Sama Yende to speak on his book

He will do a talk during an event organised by the Lowvelder newspaper.

City Press journalist Sizwe Sama Yende will speak this week on his newly published book.

He will be at Bica Coffee Shop in the Belladonna Centre, Mbombela on Thursday this week (25 May).

The event will start at 6 in the evening.

His book – Eerie Assignment – is a memoir detailing his experience as an investigative journalist probing the corruption of the Mpumalanga government officials under the leadership of Premier David Mabuza.

The event is a Lowvelder initiative called ‘Pen in My Hand’.

Same Yende was introduced to the media industry by influential investigative Sunday Times journalist Mzilikazi wa Afrika in 1997.

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Wa Afrika had gone to Daggakraal to cover late President Nelson Mandela who had come to visit the area.

He was still working for African Eye News Service and while he was enjoying Mandela’s speech, an 18-year-old boy kept following him and when Wa Afrika asked why he kept following him, the boy replied: ‘I want to be a journalist like you,’ Wa Afrika recalled the day on chapter 10 of his memoir Nothing Left to Steal.

Sama Yende told 013NEWS: “I was a scrawny 19-year-old teenager then with a burning desire to be journalist.

“I told him about my dreams and he agreed to support me. I started working then at African Eye News Service in Mbombela,” he said.

“Mzilikazi wa Afrika wrote a foreword for my book, which is, incidentally, an extension of his memoir – Nothing Left to Steal,” Sama Yende said.

Entry will cost R50 at the door and this includes a hearty meal.

To book a place, please phone the restaurant directly on 073 329 9238.

(edited by MLM)

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