Sandile Dikeni was born in Victoria West, South Africa, on November 6, 2019. A poet, activist, and editor, Dikeni studied law at the University of Witwatersrand and journalism at the University of the Western Cape. He began writing poetry while being detained by the apartheid government for his anti-apartheid writings, and authored three collections: Guava Juice (Mayibuye Books, 1992), Telegraph to the Sky (UKZN Press, 2001), and Planting Water (UKZN Press, 2007). He was arts editor of the Cape Times, editor of Die Suid-Afrikaan, and political editor of This Day South Africa. Dikeni died of tuberculosis on November 9, 2019.