Luleka Mhlanzi is an author, youth programmes facilitator, poet and actress. She has multiple qualifications and is driven by the impact of her work. Born and bred in Pietermaritzburg, Mhlanzi wants to live in a society of understanding people that promotes healing and “celebrates diversity, not tolerates it”. Making the decision to write a book about the journey of her life and her experiences was one of her most noble moments. “My biggest mistake was thinking suicide was the answer to end my pain. I have never felt so deliberate about my existence,” the author says. Mhlanzi swears by living in the moment and doesn’t allow herself to sink into negative thinking. Her experiences — such as seeing one of her dreams fulfilled when she performed at the 23rd Poetry Africa Festival — are part of her decision to be happy and to not allow pain to consume her life.
I would like for South Africa to have a thriving classical music industry and I would like for classical music to be relevant and accessible to our society.