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Jaco Botha

Biographical info

Christoffel Jacobus (Jaco) Botha was born on September 17 1972 in Vereeniging. He matriculated at the Pionier School for the Blind in Worcester in 1991.

He obtained a BA degree at the University of Stellenbosch, a BA honours degree (in literature) and a MA degree in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town. He is the writer of two short story collections: In drie riviere and Sweisbril. He was also the editor, together with Etienne van Heerden, of Die rooi rom@n, an interactive novel on the internet, that was published later. Miskruier is his first novel. He worked for a few years in the IT industry, and he is since 2003 a partner in the small advertising agency, Big Bad Wolf.

He and his wife, the actress Ingrid Lehmensich, live in Johannesburg. He is a regular contributor to BY, Die Burger and Beeld’s Saturday supplement.

Did you know?  

  • He was born with only 10% sight, and that is where the nickname “Ten” came from when he was at university.
  • Miskruier was the first Afrikaans book that was published with braille and audio versions the same time than the book.
  • Jaco was in the South African National Blind cricket team that won the World Cup in 1998 in India.
  • He wrote and composed two songs that were recorded by Alta Joubert on her debut album, Malta Bella.


He received the M-Net bursary for creative writing in 1997, and then completed his honours and masters degrees under Etienne van Heerden at the University of Cape Town.

List of titles

1997 Drie Riviere (short stories)
1999 Die Rooi Roman (assistant editor)
2001 Sweisbril (short stories)
2005 Miskruier (novel)

In compilations:
1998 Storiepalet
1999 Die mooiste liefde is verby
2001 Briewe deur die lug

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