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History begins in her stories

Like the tales told by my grandmother, the short story invites us to take part in its telling

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...

Directors’ note on Rust and Bone movie

Something gripping about Rust and Bone.

The joy of Jobson’ glorious versatility

Liesl Jobson has been published in many short story collections and that this, her first solo collection, is a book worth reading.

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Hope grows on Durban beachfront

Ten homeless men who turned a vacant lot into an organic vegetable garden are now reaping the rewards of their toil

Zuma maintains his true colours at Zondo commission

The former president’s escapades at the commission of inquiry into state capture are a far cry from Nelson Mandela’s response when summonsed to testify in the high court

Shadow of eviction looms over farm dwellers

In part two of a series on the lives of farm dwellers, Tshepiso Mabula ka Ndongeni finds a community haunted by the scourge of eviction

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Touching lives through innovation

Africa has a high youth population that adapts to technology quickly, and this phenomenon is something which should be taken advantage of

Festive Reading

In The Whistleblowers, Mandy Wiener talks to a wide range of the people who have revealed corruption and malfeasance in government and business

Centre for Women & Gender Studies

The CWGS aims to resuscitate the histories of African women from all walks of life in an intellectual cleansing/ukuhlambulula of her story

Greening the Future

The awards are a way of encouraging progress and celebrating those who wake up every day and work to make this country a better more sustainable place

Failing to learn the lessons? The impact of Covid-19 on a Broken and Unequal Education System

If the president was serious about fixing basic education, he would appoint his most competent minister with a powerful mandate to start fixing it

National Science and Technology Forum

It's an independent SETI platform, an essential element of an active democracy and an important part of the collaboration process needed in SETI

Milestones over the NSTF’s 25-year history

The organisation celebrates its Silver Jubilee as an established player in the NSI and as promoter and influencer of SET and innovation in South Africa

Huawei Cloud’s Year-End Sales Carnival

Massive discounts on hot cloud services are on offer along with special coupons and other privileges, but hurry, supplies are limited!