Thabiso Mahlape

She holds a Bachelor of Information Science specialising in Publishing from the University of Pretoria.
She started working as an intern at Jacana Media in 2010 and worked her way up the ranks to her current position. She is now a partner with her former employers on the imprint, Blackbird Books, which was founded in August of 2015.

“Thabiso Mahlape, founder of Blackbird Books has broadened the space for black narratives and experiences. She has given a voice to those whose life’s journey can impact broader society.” – Redi Tlhabi, former 702 broadcaster and author of award winning book, Endings & Beginnings.It is because of this that she is one of the most sought after publishers in the country.

While at Jacana Media, Mahlape honed her skills as publisher with several highly acclaimed bestsellers; the award-winning Endings & Beginnings by Redi Tlhabi, the ground-breaking My Father My Monster by Mcintosh Polela and Malaika wa Azania’s Memoirs of a Born Free, all books which talk to multiple audiences on issues which impact us as South Africans. Other titles published include Bonnie Henna’s Eyebags & Dimples and Zoleka Mandela’s When Hope Whispers.

The 33-year-old Mahlape describes Blackbird Books as a ground-breaking move in the South African literary landscape and looks forward to pioneering and establishing a framework for new South African narratives.
Mahlape is a columnist for the Sowetan and focuses on issues that she and many other women face in South Africa. She is part of the Mail & Guardian Top 200 2017. Her most cherished role is that of mother to her daughter Lesedi.

She is a speaker and her areas of focus are women empowerment, purpose driven life, following your passion and is continually growing and adding to this list.

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