- Meshack Bevhula was once unemployed
- He even took to the streets to appeal to publishers to consider his book
- He is now a published author and has a job at Sanral
A 28-year-old man went from being an unemployed street beggar to a published author — and inspired thousands of South Africans in the process.
Meshack Bevhula, from Giyani in Limpopo, wrote a book in 2016 but couldn't find a publisher after several rejections, Briefly.co.za learned.
Desperate, he took to a street corner in Vooslurus, Gauteng, with a placard appealing for help in finding a publisher for his book.
According to Sowetan, Meshack's persistence paid off after Classic Age Publishers accepted his novel, Drowning In Own Tears.
The novel is set in Soweto and highlights issues facing the black community, especially poverty. It was published in May and has already sold more than 200 copies so far.
Even more encouraging is the fact that Meshack also landed a job as a data processor at rail agency Sanral.
Meshack explained that he never gave up even when it all seemed impossible:
There was a time when I wanted to give up because things were not coming through for me, but I [persisted in looking] for a publisher.
He already has a business administration qualification and is currently pursuing another one in film making. He added:
I have a strong passion for storytelling. It is for that reason that I also want to tell untold stories, not only in my books but also in movies.
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