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Love on the Menu

Love on the Menu

Media statement by Prof Nqabomzi Gawe, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Institutional Support

Love on the Menu

Former journalist and a graduate of the Durban University of Technology, Lerato Matsaneng has published a life inspired book called “Love on the Menu”. Love on the Menu is her first published material.

“The book is inspired by my life. I lead a very interesting and colourful life. There’s always something to laugh at, be inspired by and feel. I wanted to use it as a template when writing this book,” says Lerato. She describes her book as “a fictional romance novel. A light yet lovely read that everybody will enjoy. Something for everyone.”
Lerato is a 25 year old former journalist who has worked for various publications in the country. She currently works as an independent marketing and communications consultant. She is an avid reader who also delves into poetry. This is her first book. Lerato is working on her second and third novel concurrently and hopefully the second one should be out before the end of the year. The second one will be very interesting and a refreshing taste of love, ever the bit as romantic as “Love on the Menu” and hopefully as entertaining.

The book is about Lebo Mokoena an entertainment journalist who’s tired of the mundane 9-5 routine and wants to start her own catering business. She’s introduced to Molemo Tladi a successful businessman who mentors her. The pair fall in love. The book explores a whole range of emotions – from falling in love to dealing with disappointment.

The target market for the book is 18 years and older upwardly mobile young people. “One of the biggest misconceptions is that young black people don’t read. Not only did I want to dispel this rumour, but I wanted to create a product for this market that they will enjoy,” she explains.

Lerato says the response from readers is phenomenal, adding that people are loving it, and they relate to the content.
The book was published by NB Publishers romance inprint Sapphire Press. The book is now available at all bookshops at big malls in South Africa including Gateway in Durban. The book can also be ordered from
She is currently working on her next book, which should be out later this year.

Pictured: Cover of the book Love on the Menu.

To speak to Lerato Matsaneng, please contact Grace Kadzere of Continuum Studios on 073 317 6581,