Abdul Milazi

Abdul Madoda MilaziAbdul Madoda Milazi is a South African journalist who holds the position as the news editor of the Sunday Times newspaper. He was born in Port Shepstone which is on the outskirts of Durban in 1966. He currently lives in Johannesburg. He has won a vast array of awards during his journalism career and has also won awards for his poetry. He has written for many newspapers and magazines in South Africa during his career.

Personal information
Born on the 6th of September 1966, in the small Bhobhoyi village in Port Shepstone, KwaZulu Natal, Abdul Madoda Milazi is one of South Africa’s most well-respected poets, authors and financial journalists. According to his co-authored book, My Father, Milazi left home at the age of 13 to escape his abusive father, Mohammed Moosa Milazi. The story reads: "All transgressions, no matter how minor, were punishable by heavy beatings”. Despite this harsh childhood, Milazi continued his schooling and went on to become a writer (as opposed to an Imam as his father wanted). Milazi attended Sister Joan’s High school where he matriculated in 1986. From there he went on to study journalism, receiving a journalism certificate from Intec College in 1990. Milazi currently resides in Johannesburg where he works as a news editor for the Sunday Times. He lives with his wife, Theona Madiba, and their four children (two sons and two daughters).

Career information
While studying for his journalism certificate, Milazi took on the job of the local newspaper (the South Coast Herald Africa edition) in 1988 until 1992. He received his journalism certificate in 1990. From 1992 until 1999 Milazi pursued his interest in poetry as well as his studies to further his career as a financial journalist. In 1999 he became the deputy editor of GQ, which is a well-known mens magazine. In 2002 he moved from GQ to take up the position of editor in chief of Penta Publications and thereafter senior editor of the Financial Mail. Between 2004 and 2007 Milazi worked as the editor of the Sunday World. He then moved on to become the associate editor of the Sunday Times, simultaneously working as trade and industry editor of Business Day. In 2009 he was promoted to the prominent position of news editor of the Sunday Times.
He has also worked sporadically for The Star, Sowetan and Sunday Tribune.

After spending time abroad, he was able to attain acollection of awards for his poetic works.

Recognitions and awards

Milazi's passion for poetry can be observed from the plethora of award he has received. In 1996 he won the Journalist of the Year award from the Sowetan. The following year he won a Merit Award for Poetry at the Sanlam/Tribune Annual Poetry Competition in Johannesburg. Five years later his poetry reached international acclaim when he won the Editor's Choice Award from the International Library of Poetry in Washington, D.C. Within the International Society of Poets he has won both the Silver Bowl Award (2004) and the Crystal Award (2005). He again won the Editor's Choice Award from the International Library of Poetry in 2005.

Other professional activities

Milazi's poetry has reached internationally acclaimed status. He regularly performs his poetry, having helped to found Mo Faya Poetry and Music Productions. His poetry has been included in Words Gone Two Soon, Green Dragon and Timbila which are all South African poetry anthologies. His poems have also appeared in an array of international anthologies including The International Who's WHo in Poetry 2006, Best Poems and Poets 2004, Endless Mysteries. The Living Word, Letter from the Soul and Best Poems and Poets 2002. He is also

He has also helped to co-author a book entitled My Dad: By South African Sons which explores the relationships between the authors and their respective fathers. Other co-authors of the book include Lucas Radebe, Grant Warren, Sean O’Toole, Ajith Bridgraj, Justin Fox, Arnold Geerdts, Kevin Fine, Neil McCarthy, Grant Schreiber, Mark Jackson and Ierephaan Abrahams.

This is a man who has kept himself intensively busy for the past 25 years yet retirement is still in the distant future. He has achieved so much in such a small space of time, it makes you wonder what else he has up his sleeve for the next 25 years.

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