She takes a sip of tea. “It’s eight thousand rand to get a driver’s licence. And it’s two thousand five hundred to get a learner’s.”
“You’re not serious,” I say, “you’re not really going to do it.”
She shrugs, smiles, in her strange accented English she says, “You know I need a licence. Without it I can’t get a better job. It’s easier this way, quicker. I could wait years otherwise. What if I don’t pass my test?”
Pauli swallows the last of her tea, looks at her watch, another half an hour remaining before her lunch hour is over. She’s talking on condition of anonymity...Read more here
My debut collection of short stories, The Thin Line, was published by Modjaji Books, in 2010. My first poetry collection, A life stripped of illusions, received the 1994 Sanlam Award for poetry, while a short story, ‘Couple on the Beach’ was a winner of the same award in 1999 for short fiction. My second collection of poetry, The fire in which we burn, was published by Dye Hard Press in 2000. An anthology of prose and poetry, Glass Jars Among Trees, which I co-edited with Alan Finlay, was published by Jacana Media in 2003. My poetry is also collected in Isis X (Botsotso, 2005). I edited the anthology The Edge of Things: South African Short Fiction, published by Dye Hard Press in 2011. I am editor of the Life supplement in the Johannesburg-based The Sunday Independent.