Short Stories

Vignettes on our lives and dreams

The Jamaican-Nigerian writer explores living between cultures in her first short story collection

Slice of life: The day I met my first friend

I will always remember the day we met in the park

Blowtorch prose hits the spot

Filled with great skill and craftsmanship, Fred Khumalo’s short stories are exceptional

The Ant King

Her royal highness Isabella has a problem. The father of her children, much to everyone’s dismay, is still alive

Looking at SA’s bloom and gloom

Ken Barris soaks his work in cynicism that's saved by his wit and a dark sense of humour.

Of love, loss and watermelons …

When in Obs obnoxious hippies are a given — but sometimes you can meet the love of your life and lose them just as swiftly

​Pikoli bites big, chews smart in his first attempt at self-publishing

Phumlani Pikoli used crowdfunding to produce ‘The Fatuous State of Severity’, a collection of short stories. These are three excerpts from the book.

The South African short story is becoming public imagination’s new fascination

Although it still faces obstacles, readers, writers and publishers alike are enjoying the concise writing style

14 stops to transformation

This collection of stories centres on the ‘slow road to purgatory’, from broken relationships to Huletts sugar-sachet wisdom.

Words exchanged on short-story writing

Prizewinning short-story writer Nick Mulgrew questions fellow success story Efemia Chela about her work and the future of local writing.

Writing by the flash of fireflies

In short stories Nadine Gordimer's pen is at its most lucid, establishing this often-underrated text form as a handsome far-reaching genre.

Long and short of literary genius

It was a simple declarative sentence, as are all Nobel Prize announcements...


State capture commission granted a 13-month extension

Judge Wendy Hughes says this is the final extension because finality is "owed to the nation"

eThekwini commuters pay for council’s contracts

Perhaps a commission of inquiry can shine the spotlight on public transport in Durban, where bus and taxi passengers have to contend with fare increases and disrupted services

Bishop Emeritus Rubin Phillip: The guerilla priest

From his adventures with Steve Biko to his support for shack dwellers in KwaZulu-Natal, Bishop Emeritus Rubin Phillip has always walked the talk of radical Christianity

Press Releases

Achieving the litmus test of social relevance

The HSS Awards honours scholarly works based on their social relevance and contribution to the humanities and social sciences

Response to the report of the independent assessors

VUT welcomes the publishing of the report of the independent assessors to investigate concerns of poor governance, leadership, management, corruption and fraud at the university.

NWU student receives international award

Carol-Mari Schulz received the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Occupational Hygiene Top Achiever Award.

Academic programme resumes at all campuses

Lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials will all resume today as per specific academic timetables.

Strategic social investments are a catalyst for social progress

Barloworld Mbewu enables beneficiaries to move away from dependence on grant funding

We all have a part to play to make South Africa work

Powering societal progress demands partnerships between all stakeholders

So you want to be a social entrepreneur?

Do the research first; it will save money and time later

Social entrepreneurship means business

Enterprises with a cause at their core might be exactly what our economy desperately needs