Pholisa is coming to make a fresh start in Cape Town with her older brother Masi. Her old friend Lelethu is there to welcome her to Harmony High, where she meets the lovely Lazola, and romance is in the air … But at home Masi is becoming aggressive and moody, and Pholisa is worried about what he is doing late at night. When Masi spirals out of control, all of their lives are shattered, and Pholisa is forced to make one of the most difficult choices of her life, and face just how strong blood ties really are …
Zimkhitha Mlanzeli grew up in Port Elizabeth where she started studying engineering at NMMU, but decided that wasn’t where her passion lay. While working in a call centre, she discovered the FunDza Literacy Trust on Mxit, and, as a regular poetry writer, decided that she wanted to explore her writing more seriously and sent in her story which was published on the FunDza mobi site. She now works for FunDza in a full-time capacity mentoring other aspirant writers.
Title: Blood ties
Author: Zimkhitha Mlanzeli
Recommended selling price: R75
Release date: October 2014
Journalist and blogger Catriona Ross wrote about Zimkhitha and the Harmony High collaborative writing project in an article for the Foshini Club.