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When he’s not smiling at motorists, offering oil and water checks and cleaning windshields, Engen gas station attendant Ernest Mnyaka writes poetry, recently releasing his first collection titled Waphela Umda kaLoval.
Mnyaka, who has worked at Engen Malmesbury for seven years, translates the title of his collection as “The End of the Road for a Thug”.
And although he has been writing poetry for more than ten years, he confesses that “getting my work published was beyond my wildest dreams”.
Mnyaka was later invited to share his inspirational life lessons at school talks and on the radio where he talks about the consequences of making bad decisions and how he managed to turn his life around.
“Through my poetry, I describe the many twists and turns of my life, including the time spent in prison and the many valuable lessons I have learned over the years,” adds Mnyaka, who now views life as a second chance. of God to start over and make a difference by inspiring young people to make better choices.
Engen Malmesbury owner Gey Kriek says he and his team are incredibly proud of Ernest.
“Ernest is a gentle person with a positive outlook on life. When I heard about his story and his dream of publishing his book of poetry, I was inspired to help and support him.
Waphela Umda kaLoval will officially launch at Ningulethu Sports Center at the end of October with copies available to buy there or in Engen Malmesbury for R150.
Engen wishes Ernest every success with his first book of poetry and congratulates him on transforming his life and being a shining example in the community.