NOVEMBER 21 2018 – PUBLISHED when most Zimbabweans in SA find themselves between a rock and a hard place, as their home country slides into an economic meltdown, SA based Zimbabwean journalist Sibanengi Dube has released a new eBook revealing the scandalous and painful life styles of some Zimbabweans living in South Africa.
No Gold in eGoli is centred on the character, of Fortunate Mhoshiwa, who abandoned his teaching job at Funye Second School in Mberengwa and fled to Johannesburg expecting instant gold, but instead he was immediately confronted with destitution, prostitution and crime.
When he eventually made it back home after a stint in a SA jail he finds his mother buried and fiancé married.
The riveting tale, which has is being sold on Amazon chronicles of how some Zimbabweans have to contend with colossal challenges in the streets of Mzansi has painted a bleak picture of life in Diaspora.
The narrative is completely different from zviri kufaya (financial prosperity) mantra associated with staying in eGoli.
Those who anticipate to elope to Johannesburg must first read this book before they dare abandon the comfort of their homes.
Instead his book, Dube, exposes how gold or wealth is eluding foreigners in eGoli (Johannesburg).
The book candidly outlines how some Zimbabweans go to the extra mil in a very unsympathetic terrain that is marred with xenophobia, crime and prostitution.
The idea being to circumvent the abomination of going back home empty handed to families that desperately need immediate salvage from the hostile economic environment in Zimbabwe.
Dube creates characters to dramatise true disgusting situations which Zimbabweans find themselves in as soon as they land in South Africa.
“This is a quasi-fiction kind of a book in the sense that some characters are fictitious but the story line is genuine. The action packed book tackles issues of family pressure and Zimbabweans’ general burning desire to excel by any means necessary,” says Dube in an interview a few hours after his eBook put on Amazon market.
Dube added that his book only covered a section of Zimbabweans who were compelled by circumstances to earn their livelihood by hook or crook.
The book’s plot is built on traditional family systems and values that get shattered when a member finds himself trapped in unfamiliar and hostile environments endowed with guns and bullets.
“I have listened to tear-jerking tales of how some people go to Joburg in search of green pastures, only to return home after five years to find parents buried or wives remarried,” said Dube who has extensive media experience in both South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Dube added that the sad situation in some cases is that they would either be in jails or dont have proper travel documents or without means to visit their families or just ashamed of going back home empty-handed.
The book also examines conflicting norms and values between the two communities.
A must read the book is only $33.35 and available on Amazon. -edited by Patience Rusere