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Multitalented, Nompumezo Euphonia Buzani was born in Daweti and grew up in a small village called Krwakrwa Location at Alice, in the Eastern Cape on the 24th November 1960. She is the eldest daughter of Vuyelwa and Mzwandile Daweti. Nompumezo is the mother of four girls Thandile, Nozuko, Zolisa and Khanya and three grandchildren Mthomboyolo, Thubalisekho and Zezamzonke. She got her primary education at Mabandla primary school in Alice. Whilst in high school under the mentorship of Mxolisi Matyhila, an English teacher she started showing her talent in writing drama.

She directed and played in her works. Her first short drama was called “Ukuba ubusazi” was rejected by the then Bantu Radio in 1976. That never stopped her from writing and in 1979 her musical stage play “Nonyembezi” was the best loved in the area. She staged it on various school halls and local functions.

The play was later criticized by the elders and she was commanded to bring forward every piece of work she has written. Late in 1979 her father, Mzwandile Daweti was detained under section R252 of the then Ciskie Government.

Nompumezo was accused of using the might of a pen to confuse the youth. Amongst the songs in the play was “Waniken’induku zawo” which was mostly sung as igwijo in school grounds and youth gatherings. She was then forced to quit writing. After she matriculated she went to study nursing at Lovedale College of Nursing and got married to Zola Livingstone Buzani. She moved to Port Elizabeth in 1983.

As a Poet:
Consumed by the love of art, she started writing poetry. Some of her works are in Carapace magazine, Kotaz, Incanda, Isivivane and Nawe Unako. In 2007 two of her Xhosa poems were used in a TV project called the “Voices of Africa.” It ran for two years on SABC1.

In 2007 Nompumezo resumed her acting career and appeared in Grahamstown National Arts Festival Theatre production called “Love is never Enough” by Monde Ngonyama. In 2009 she was again in a production called “Time of the Princess” also by Monde Ngonyama, that was also performed in Grahamstown National Arts Festival. Presently she is acting in a soapie in Umhlobo Wenene radio station.

She has two Drama books:
1.    IMIDA that is presently with Nashua Via Africa.
2.    Hamba Nam; Ndipheleke awaiting a run in the mainstream.

As a poet Nompumezo Buzani is a singer. She writes, harmonizes and performs her own songs. “Bho-bho Mlambo” is a master piece, spiritual song that enhances and communicates her spiritual relationship with nature itself. Most of her songs have an African rhythm. “Makubenjalo” is another song based on African Renaissance.

Workshops and community building projects:
In 1996 Nompumezo together with Mzi Mahola, Doctor Vuyisile Msila, Monde Ngonyama, Mxolisi Nyezwa and Mr. Dick initiated the formation of Uncwadi Writers Association, which hosted writers conferences for all South African writers including writers from abroad such as Mr. Tinashe Mushakavanhu from Zimbabwe, Bra Ike Muila from Johannesburg and Vonani waka Bila from Limpopo to mention the few but the list is endless. In these conferences there were workshops done by icons like Mirriam Tlale from Johannesburg, Bra Mzi Mahola from Port Elizabeth, Sonwabile Mfecane from Umthatha. She also attended various workshops,  in a few to mention one, Script writing workshop at the Opera House which was run by Professor Roy Sergeant in 2004 from Western Cape, Script writing workshop in University of Port Elizabeth by Professor Jafta in 2005.

Contact Details:

Province: Eastern Cape

City: Port Elizabeth

Category: Scriptwriter, Actress, Poet and Singer

Cell: 073 077 0231

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