Uncle Lenny

Retired whaler. Wills Rd, Berea. Shaded by a large Syringa tree, Uncle Lenny’s house in Wills Road provides a refuge from the urban environment.  A thick hedge hides a secluded garden while dappled sunlight filters onto a Durban verandah.  The illusion of peace is tempered by the realities of this inner city neighbourhood.  Taxi owners … Read more

Umlando Wesibongo sakwaMabhida

UMabhida wayezalwa kwaMkhize. Kwakunensizwa yakwaMkhize egama linguDlebe. Yayakhe umuzi wayo eNgomankulu. Kodwa wenza okungajwayelekile okwayiholela ekutheni igcine isithole isibongo esisha. UMadlebe waganwa intombi yakwaMkhize naye enguMkhize, lokho kwamenza wangabamuhle ozalweni nasemphakathini. Lokhu kwenza ukuthi bamkhuze bethi, “Ayikhona Mkhize usubhide ekhaya.” Waqala kanjalo ukuba uMabhida. UMadlebe wazala umfana wamqamba igama wathi uStimela, okuwuyena uMabhida wesibili. Kuthiwa … Read more

Umkhwekazi Namasi

Kwasukasukela. Kwakukhona unkosikazi owayehlala nendodakazi yakhe nomyeni wayo. Zonke izinsuku babevuka bonke baye kohlakula emasimini bashiye bevube amasi abazowadla sebebuya. Babuvuba izinkamba ezimbili olunye olomkhwenyana olunye olwendodakazi. Umkhwekazi wayengawadli amasi akandodakazi wakhe. Bavuka-ke baya emasimini bathi besashaye indima encane umkhwekazi usayochitha amanzi wanyonyoba waya ekhaya wathi angafika wakhumula isidwaba wagqoka ibheshu lomkhwenyana wathatha nesigqiki sikamkhwenyana … Read more

USlinyana NoHlakaniphane

Kwasukasukela! Cosu… Kudala kwakukhona abafana ababili ababengabandawonye, owokuqala kwakunguSlinyana owesibili kunguHlakaniphane. UHlakaniphane wayehlakaniphile kanti uSlinyane wayeyisilima njengegama lakhe. Kwathi ngelinye ilanga bahamba baya kodlala umshini wemali uSlinyana wawina imali eningi eyamaphepha uHlakaniphane wathola uhlweza. USlinyana wabe esecela bashintshane nomfowabo yena athathe eyamaphepha. Wavuma ke uHlakaniphane bagoduka baya kubo. Ngakusasa bavuka baya kothenga izimpahla. Ukusa kwabonwa … Read more