Biographies

On her completion of Matric in 1972, Nombuso did casual work such as typing documents for the Garment Workers union, while she looked for pe... read more
Mary Susan Malahele-Xakana was born in Polokwane (then Pietersburg). Her father had been ostracized by the BaPedi for becoming a Christian a... read more
Letta Mbulu was born in Soweto and, during her teens, she toured South Africa and then England with the musical King Kong. She ret... read more
Where was Charlotte born? Many sources cite Charlotte Maxeke’s birth place as Fort Beaufort the Eastern Cape, however, there are other sourc... read more
Florence Matomela was born in 1910 and worked as a teacher while raising five children. In 1950, angered by new influx control regulations i... read more
Dorothy Masuka was born and raised in Zimbabwe. A talent scout discovered her when she sang in a school concert and immediately she signed u... read more
Emma Thandi Mashinini was born in Rosettenville, Johannesburg in 1929. In the early 1930s, she and her family were forcibly removed to Orlan... read more
Lutchmee Marie (popularly known as Aunty Doris) was born in 1923 in Mooi River but grew up in Clairwood.  Her mother worked as a domest... 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
She was a daughter of John Cobela Ntuli and his wife, and was born at Mapumulo Mission Station (between Stanger and Kranskop), Natal, probab... read more
Nise Malange was born in Cape Town.  At an early age, she was influenced by her uncle, Rev. Marawu, who had just returned from serving... read more
Early Years Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela was born, the fifth of nine children, in the village of Mbongweni, Bizana, in the Transkei o... read more

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