Buhle Mthethwa was born in Midrand on the 14 September 2007, she is the youngest and only girl in a family of three.

Buhle started her schooling at Foointeintjie Kindergarten in Birch Acres. She continued with her schooling at Laerskool Mooifontein in Kempton Park. Her insatiable passion is reading. She’s also highly conscientious as she strongly believes in helping others. She believes in the dictum: “mens sana corpore sano” – which means, sound mind in a sound body, and so she believes in regular exercise by playing hockey and netball. Dispelling the myth that those who are creative aren’t mathematically gifted – the same way that art master Leonardo Da Vinci – her favourite subjects are Mathematics and Science and would like to pursue medicine one day.

Buhle is an author of the “Big Fat Naughty Cat”, a book she wrote at the age of nine and was published in October 2017 followed by an acclaimed launch two months later in December. At that tender age, she was determined to change the trajectory of literacy and instill the culture of reading amongst her peers.

She developed a passion for reading because some of her friends could not read properly. She helped them through her spare time mostly after school using the books from the library.

This led her to decide on writing stories that her peers could relate to in order to inspire them to learn to read and to enjoy reading for pleasure. Her goal is to write books for young children so that they can start reading at an early age. She has started a book club at home and has received support from her teachers and the Headmaster, Mr Jorrie Jordaan, who also contributed to the “Foreword” to the “The Big Fat Naughty Cat”. She hopes a Good Samaritan may come forward to help her reach many more kids in her drive to inculcate a culture of reading among her peers.

Following the successful launch of her debut book in December 2017, Buhle made it to “The Top 10 of South African Heroes”. More accolades, recognition and support followed. In January 2018 Cell C sponsored a special print run for Thabaneng Primary School in Orlando West where she donated 1000 copies of The Big Fat Naughty Cat. This was part of the Cell C’s “Act of Kindness” programme. 

Furthermore, Miss South Africa, Ade Van Heerden, distributed donations of her book with the author herself. She is the recipient of the African Authors Award and the  recipient of the Gauteng Women’s Award “Girl Child Category”. She’s a consummate motivational speaker who encourages her peers to believe in themselves, have self confidence, and read as much as possible so that they could be knowledgeable about their environment and the world they live in.

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To order Buhle Mthethwa’s book and to book her for your event, please call: +27 82 635 1627.