Founder of Siyafunda Online, an independent publisher of picture books in indigenous languages, Siya's works may be described as visceral whilst maintaining a simplicity which makes learning a new language easy.
A recipient of the David Koloane Arts Writing Award, Siya has written reviews on arts and has authored and self-published graphic novels,
uNjabulo: emkhathini, uLanga and KwaNhliziyo-Ngise.
Siya has collaborated with well-known South African charities and organizations that aim to uplift the children of South Africa through reading and education. These include Book Dash, Puku Children's Literature Foundation, NICE Magazine and Ethnikids.
Reviews by Siya
Maxhosa by Laduma has been showing the world how Africa glows with pride. I learnt this on my first visit to the Johannesburg-based factory of the knitwear brand in 2018. In fact, “knitwear brand” makes me cringe. Maxhosa by Laduma...Read More
Ngelinye ilanga ngavakashela abangani bami, uThabo noLudwe, ngamangala uma ngifika ngibabulisa bengitshela ukuthi wusuku lokuzalwa lwendodakazi yabo uLiyana. Nango-ke eseza egijima ezongibingelela. Wangigabisela, ethi yena useneminyaka emine. Saphela sonke yinsini, kodwa sizama ukuzifihla ukuze angaphoxeki. Kuthe ngihlezi noThabo sinethezekile, weza...Read More
As a child Maaike Bakker came up with strange inventions by combining found objects. Her creations seemed to end up as random props in some odd narrative. ‘Art making always came natural to me,’ she says. ‘I felt comfortable with...Read More
Art by Siya
isiZulu fun and easy
Siya illustrated the images using the "negative and positive space" method. This is to influence the viewer to create parts of the image out of imagination; a great visual tool to help children improve their creativity.