From Barefoot country boy to something big in IT
‘We do not live an equal life, but one of contrasts and patchwork, now a little joy, then a sorrow, now a sin, then a generous or brave action.’
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The book tells Themba Sibiya’s story. Although he was born in Johannesburg, he moved with his family to Zululand, quite close to Ulundi, where he went to school. He then worked on the coal mines in northern Natal. Later he became a diesel mechanic, working with heavy machinery, and living in a large greater Durban township. He then worked on computers, taking courses, and is now in a senior IT position in Johannesburg.
The value of the book is in its insights into an individual life whose experience echoes the transformation of Africa as a whole: from village life, the importance of family and community, the morality of the countryside, to township life, to the impact of urbanisation with all its cons and pros.
The book is not political, although the growing consciousness of 1994 is almost dutifully described.