Bandile Sikwane started his own publishing company, GingerGoat publishing, writes children's books and worked as a communications manager. Bandile is deeply aware of the need to encourage tolerance and acceptance of differences as an antidote to racism and he encourages bilingualism by writing his stories in both Setswana and English. He started the company in 2012 to address the need for accessible multicultural children's and young adult content. His talents include bursting into quirky songs, and he has a great way of engaging children.
The Malume/Malome series is his multicultural take on the 'Mr Men' series by Roger Hargreaves. He believes the only way for us to have a vibrant reading culture in South Africa is for the content to be relevant, inclusive and multicultural. And that everyone's culture needs to be represented in literature as people love stories that include them. It follows then that some of these stories must be written in other languages! Bandile also lives in Johannesburg, is happily married and a father to one of the cutest little boys you've ever seen! Other children's books written by Bandile are 'Kgabo learns the magic words' and 'Bestest friends ever-ever!'.