Anthologies like African Delights remind us that the short story form is far from dead. Siphiwo Mahala, who says he’s been writing in this form since his two short stories were published in the Rhodes University journal Aerial in 2001, is no doubt an emerging master at this craft. Mahala has a knack for weaving an idea into a number of tributaries feeding from one another. In this four part collection of stories, published in September 2011 by Jacana Media, Mahala takes us across time and space in modern day South Africa.
Planet Savage (published in 2011 by Jacana Media), takes us into a world seen through the eyes of Leungo, a precocious nine year-old. He turns ten while out on a December break to his grandparents in the bundus – his first trip ever. His life world is shaped by the adult-speak of the men who frequent his home visiting his father, their pal and oftentimes benefactor. All they do is sit and drink, shoot the breeze over nothing significant really. This is the world Leungo has come to accept as normal.