Biographies

Barbara Mosima Joyce Masekela was born on 18 July 1941 in Johannesburg. She was the second of four children born to Pauline and Th... read more
Gill Marcus was born in 1949 to parents who were active members of the African National Congress (ANC). She grew up in Johannesburg, where s... read more
Miriam Makeba was born in Johannesburg in 1932, during a time of economic depression. Her mother, a domestic worker, was imprisoned for six... read more
Graça Simbine Machel was born on 17 October 1945, in Gaza, Mozambique, the last in a family of six children. Her father, a Methodist ministe... read more
Brigitte Mabandla was born on the 23rd of November 1948. In the mid-1970s, she worked as a youth co-ordinator at the Institute of Race Relat... read more
Robert Mokxotho Matji was born on 22 August 1922 in Pretoria, Transvaal (now Gauteng). He later moved to the Eastern Cape, settling in Port... read more
Nomvula Paula Mokonyane was born on 28 June 1963 in Kagiso on the West Rand, Transvaal (now Gauteng). She is the youngest in a family of 12,... read more
Dr Oshadi Mangena was born in a toilet on 12 June 1931 when her father’s employer refused to allow her mother to wait for an ambulance insid... read more
Lindiwe Mazibuko was born on 9 April 1980 in Swaziland. At the age of six she moved to KwaZulu-Natal with her parents. Her father was a bank... read more
Lucy Buyaphi Mvubelo (née Twala) was born in 1920 in Johannesburg, Transvaal (now Gauteng).  She started her education at the Doornfont... read more
Mavivi Manzini was born in Alexandra Township, outside of Johannesburg, Transvaal (now Gauteng) in 1956, and then moved to Soweto.  Man... read more
Hilary Mutch (née Hilary Claire) was born on 4 November 1941 in Erith, south-east London into a Jewish family. Her father, a South African w... read more

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