Lauretta Ngcobo (1931–2015) was a South African novelist and essayist. After living in exile between 1963 and 1994, she lived in Durban. In 2006, she received the Lifetime Achievement Literary Award of the South African Literary Awards. In 2008, she was awarded the Order of Ikhamanga for her work in literature and in promoting gender equality. She was named an eThekwini Living Legend in 2012, and in 2014 she received an honorary doctorate of Technology in Arts and Design from Durban University of Technology.