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Wits University Graduate Writes Book to Raise Money to Access Her University Transcripts

Ezintakeni – A Literary Rite of PassageA former Wits University student, Thobeka Sinxo, has written a book to raise money to further her education.

The self-published ebook is entitled Ezintakeni – A Literary Rite of Passage and contains eight short stories and 13 poems. Sinxo writes about her life in Motherwell in the Eastern Cape where she grew up, and hopes that by sharing her life story she will be able to continue her journey into the creative arts.

The Star reporter Tebogo Monama spoke to Sinxo about the hard times that have motivated her to write the book. Sinxo explained that she completed her BA honours degree last year and returned to the Eastern Cape from Johannesburg. Owing to her financial circumstances she was unable attend her graduation ceremony and cannot afford to pay for the delivery of her university transcript. Sinxo hopes to study towards a masters degree in creative writing or applied drama and theatre, but she needs a record of her marks in order to apply.

“Instead of being despondent at home, she decided to publish an ebook,” Monama writes.

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Thobeka Sinxo, 25, studied for a BA honours and was supposed to graduate at the end of June, but was unable to attend the ceremony because she couldn’t afford to. She returned home to Motherwell in the Eastern Cape last year after finishing her studies.

Now, Sinxo has written a book to try to raise funds and get her university transcript. “When I realised I couldn’t afford to attend the ceremony, I applied and notified the university that I would be absent. But now I need to get my transcript so I can get on with my life,” she said.

Sinxo wants to apply for jobs and also do a master’s degree, but she can’t do that without her transcript.

The book is available from Sinxo directly and costs R50 per copy. Email Sinxo at

The author shared a snippet from her book on Amazon, where the Kindle edition is also available:

A girl-child’s voice had arrived to a resolve:
to indite the history of her identity.
Dear reader, I hope that the process of reading
it does for you, as it has for me, reveal the
psycho-social constraints that do tend to
hinder us from achieving natural development.

© Thobeka Sinxo 2015

Sinxo tweeted yesterday about her book and why stories need to be told:


Check out her videos on Vimeo, or follow her blog, baNtu Literature and Theatre.

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Photographs courtesy of The Star and Thobeka Sinxo on Google Plus


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