Local young writer launches third book amid Covid-19 pandemic

DENNILTON – Elandsdoorn’s own 27 year-old writer and poet, Vusi Mabena, has published his third book titled ‘Tears of Pain’.

Mabena, from Elandsdoorn in Moutse outside Groblersdal, launched his latest work on Saturday 18 July 2020.

He says the motivational book features a number of poems about the socio-economic issues worldwide amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The 175 page book has 68 chapters with a bonus chapter, telling an uplifting tale about preventative measures people should consider during the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic and offer emotional support to the public affected negatively by the virus.

 “I started writing the book in March this year when President Cyril Ramaphosa first announced the Covid-19 national lockdown,” Mabena said.

Mabena says the book aims to inspire the young and old and that the storytelling emphasizes on situations currently faced by every individual in the society.

“The moral of the book is that every challenge is not meant to last forever, we just have to learn to face and overcome them in a different way. Which is why I have noted facts that people should explore their minds during this period and focus on ways that can benefit them instead of complaining about the outcomes of the pandemic,” he said.

The young writer added that the book, which caters for people of different beliefs, religion and cultural backgrounds, would inspire and restore hope.

“I have indicated bible verses and cultural beliefs in the book with a vision to broaden the fight against the virus in different spheres of lives so that those who believe in prayer and the ones who hold traditional beliefs make something out of those for all of us to be able to defeat the pandemic,” he said.

Mabena said the book stated guidelines to be followed by the public in order not to contravene the regulations as set out by the government.

“This pandemic is going to be with us for quite some time. This is the reason I am encouraging people to live by the rules and continue to wear their masks, wash their hands frequently and observe social distance. The ultimate goal is to see Covid-19 gone forever,” he said.

Mabena said he was happy that his other books were doing well in the market and encouraged other young people to write and not be deterred by personal challenges.

 He published his first book, ‘Tears of Life’, in October 2019, which is a compilation of poems. His second, a novel titled, ‘Tears of a Crawling Hustler’, was released in February 2020. Mabena is busy writing a Zulu novel alongside legendary writer and radio personality, Sibusiso Tshabalala. The book is expected to be released late this year.

Thapelo Motseo

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