- Created: 29 January 2014
Angelina Ntombizanele Sithebe was born and raised in Soweto, Johannesburg and matriculated from Inanda Seminary in Durban. A graduate geologist from Brooklyn College in New York (where she lived for a decade), Sithebe has worked in diverse fields, including human resources, scholarship administration, communications, geotechnical engineering and mining.
In 2001, Sithebe began writing full-time while studying in preparation for an Honours degree in Engineering Geology. At the end of 2004, she moved to London with her children, where she wrote her debut novel Holy Hill. The novel was well received with Radio 702's Kate Turkington calling it “one of the best pieces of African literature [that I've read]” whilst Rehana Rossouw of The Weekender wrote, “Sithebe is a geologist by training and perhaps this contributed to her ability to polish every word in her novel until they shine like gemstones.” Maureen Isaacson, in The Sunday Independent , opined: “Holy Hill's rich detail has a cumulative effect as the story moves along at quite a pace, never faltering.”
During 2006 and 2007 five of Sithebe's short stories, under the title A Target Life Series were published exclusively by Amazon.com. They include ‘Shadows', ‘Love in Jo'burg', ‘Jobs Galore', ‘Where's My Car?' and ‘Play the Fool'.
She is currently editing the first manuscript she wrote, Red Monkey , which will be published in the near future. According to Sithebe, she derives her subjects from her dreams which she then explores psychologically and spiritually and then creates the physical character with a thoroughly researched plot to support the characters. She comments: “Writing is a blessing that I cherish. I write about subjects that I do not understand and I am curious to explore. I also write what I like to read. Writing to me is a profession that I approach seriously in a scientific manner.”
A divorced mother of three Angelina Sithebe lives in Johannesburg.
Target Life Series , Amazon.com, 2006 - 2007
Holy Hill , Umuzi, 2005