Young author aims to inspire youth to overcome abuse

Date:26 May 2022 - By: Thembi Siaga

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Confidence Mkhabele (28) aims to inspire the youth to overcome abusive relationships and mentor them to become independent by focusing on their own talents and goals in life. This emerging motivational speaker and author from Muchipise village in Malamulele launched three books at the AFM Rock Foundation church last month.

Her latest book, titled Mihandzu (Gondzo ra ku tiyisela), is a non-fiction Xitsonga novel about reaping the fruits of patience and building faith to reach one’s goals. The book has already gained attention and she has begun to motivate youths on social media.

“I have started a motivational show on my Facebook page, called Confidence Destined, and an online WhatsApp group, called Empowered and victorious. I also invite guests to talk about all aspects of life (social, educational, spiritual, career, gender-based violence, business, writing, music, etcetera). It also applies to the Facebook live motivation,” she said.

Mkhabele’s first book, Destined to Overcome, was inspired by Professor Malungani Erasmus, the founder of Vision FM and a pastor at the Don’t blame God International Ministries. “After learning about the teenage challenges that I faced, the professor’s sermon led me to write my book. I learnt how to build up a positive mindset while inside situations, which is vital. Only you have the power to overcome and build yourself,” she said.

In 2021, Mkhablele published her second Xitsonga novel, titled Xinghunghumani xa misava, which addresses Covid-19. “This novel was selected by the Gauteng Department of Education to be on their curriculum,” she added proudly.

She explained that her mentor, Mr Matimba Mabunda, had honed her writing skills, which had empowered her greatly. “He gave me words of wisdom and knowledge on how to be a good public motivational speaker and increased my writing skills.”  

Her passion was sparked in her Grade-7 year, and her journey held many ups and downs. She said she had to write in a hardcover book, but never published any of the manuscripts.

“The challenges I faced made me want to write books to help the world. It was not easy to sell it and reach more targets because of the Covid pandemic, but with the help from God and working harder I managed to sell more than 50 books.”



Upcoming author and motivational speaker Confidence Mkhabele from Muchipise village in Malamulele launched three new books. Photo supplied.


By: Thembi Siaga

Thembi Siaga worked as an intern during 2021. He assisted with video photography and editing. He also produced numerous small documentaries, focusing on the Vhembe region and its people.






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