James Filbert Sojane, sports administrator and pioneer in the taxi industry, dies

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James Filbert Sojane. Source: scanned from Sonderling N.E, New Dictionary of South African Biography Vol.2scanned from Sonderling N.E, New Dictionary of South African Biography Vol.2,Vis

Saturday, 16 February 1985

James Filbert Sojane was born in the Free State in 1925. After qualifying as a teacher in the Free State, Sojane moved to Johannesburg to stay with his sister in Orlando East. He got a job at a clothing factory and before long, managed to buy himself a car. He operated the car as a taxi and thus began his career in the industry.

Sojane joined Orlando Pirates as a supporter in 1966 He was soon elected Secretary of the Supporters Club and subsequently Secretary of the club its self. In 1973, Sojane was appointed club manager, a position that had a reputation for being unsafe since those people holding it usually had to fend off threats from competitors. . Somehow Sojane managed to bring about peace to the club as well as respect to the taxi industry.

Sojane was married to Zipporah and they had a son and two daughters. He died on 16 February 1985.

References:
• Sonderling N.E, New Dictionary of South African Biography Vol.2, Vista University, Pretoria, pp 220-221

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This article was produced for South African History Online on 10-Feb-2012