An original short story by Sifiso Mzobe, author of the award-winning Young Blood, has been published by the FunDza Literacy Trust. FunDza releases stories aimed at young people interacting on the mobile network Mxit. Read Mzobe’s “Jack of All Trades” in seven parts:
“You’ve got to hand it to them. These people who came up with instant lighting charcoal. It’s genius.” Nhlanhla gulped whisky from a slender, sweaty glass. “Just one strike with a match and it takes. The dread of making the fire is no more. Everyone is an instant master fire- starter.”
Laughter around the braai stand – half a drum with mesh made to fit. Six rapid instant – lighting, fire-catching, charcoal brown bags placed in the bottom and set ablaze.
We watched the fire. Next to the flames, fresh rump steak strips stacked too many on a large wooden tray. Just slaughtered meat – fresh, fleshy, a dark shade of red – waited for the ambers of charcoal to even out.