Khaya Dlanga: “Who the hell do I think I am”

Describe yourself in a sentence.
I cannot be described in one sentence. Yes, that counts. And I am aware that it’s now three sentences.

Describe your ideal reading matter.
Something that makes me feel or think, ideally both.

What was the originating idea for the book?
There wasn’t one. I was asked to write a book about my life. Naturally I was terrified of exposing myself out there. The idea for me was to just talk about an experience that I knew many other people had too.

Were the years you spent in advertising and as a stand-up comedian significant?
Absolutely. For one thing advertising teaches you to see things differently. Although I don’t know if one gets into advertising because they see things differently or they see things differently because they are in advertising.

Stand-up comedy really taught me to do the things that really scare me. Stand-up is terrifying. And the most terrifying moment is the few minutes before your name is announced, when it is being announced, after it’s been announced and as you are walking towards the mic, when the crowd is cheering as you approach the moment. At that moment, you are terrified that will be the biggest and only cheer you get.

Describe the process of writing the work. How long did it take?
It was not great. It’s deadlines and self-doubt that plagued me. Why would I even think about writing about my life? Who the hell do I think I am? Those were the thoughts. I even wanted to quit but then I remembered I had signed a contract.

Name some writers who have inspired you and tell us briefly why or how.
Ernest Hemingway for his simplicity and honesty, and the openness in his work. I loved how he made me feel for a fish in The Old Man and the Sea.

Do you write by hand, or use a typewriter or computer?
Computer. Is there any other way?

What is the purpose of storytelling?
I think it is for connection and to make sure that we preserve our past. There is something futuristic about storytelling because stories happen in the past but they get carried into the future. That sounds super-fake deep, but I know what I mean and I just don’t know how to simplify it.

Arts Desk
Guest Author

South Africa could use a communist party

The SACP is not building socialism, or even social democracy. Sadly, it has become just another party advancing the politics of patronage

Netflix and the smash hit tax dodge

‘The Laundromat’ is a film about corporates and the superrich using tax havens, something the streaming service itself allegedly excels at

Press Releases

MiX Telematics enhances in-vehicle video camera solution

The company has launched the gold MiX Vision Bureau Service, which includes driver-coaching tools to ensure risky driver behaviour can be addressed proactively and efficiently.

Boosting safety for cargo and drivers

The use of a telematics system for fleet vehicles has proved to be an important tool in helping to drive down costs and improve efficiency, says MiX Telematics Africa.

Silencing the guns and firearms amnesty

Silencing the guns and firearms amnesty

Gender-based violence is an affront to our humanity

Gender-based violence is an affront to our humanity

UK-Africa investment summit 2020: Think Africa Invest SA

UK-Africa investment summit 2020: Think Africa Invest SA

MTN unveils TikTok bundles

Customised MTN TikTok data bundles are available to all prepaid customers on *136*2#.

Marketers need to reinvent themselves

Marketing is an exciting discipline, offering the perfect fit for individuals who are equally interested in business, human dynamics and strategic thinking. But the...

Upskill yourself to land your dream job in 2020

If you received admission to an IIE Higher Certificate qualification, once you have graduated, you can articulate to an IIE Diploma and then IIE Bachelor's degree at IIE Rosebank College.