James Ranisi Jolobe, Xhosa author and poet, and Presbyterian clergyman, dies in Tsolo, Transkei

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Sunday, 16 May 1976

On 16 May 1976, South Africa lost a poet, author and a clergyman. James Ranisi Jolobe made a contribution to South African arts and culture through poetry. Born in Transkei, Jolobe was best known for his collection of poems, Umyezo (1936). He also played a major role in the compilation and translation of the English-Xhosa-Afrikaans dictionary.


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