Biographies

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Little is known about Elias Moretsele's youth. At an early age he moved to Johannesburg where he joined the South African Native Nationa... read more
Peter Matseke was born in Pretoria in 1878, but little is known about his early life except that he was a member of the Bakgatlo tribe. He w... read more
Ismail Ahmed (Maulvi) Cachalia was born in the then Transvaal province of South Africa on 5 December 1908. At the time Cachalia’s fath... read more
Hilda Bernstein (nee Watts) was born in London in 1915. She was educated at state schools. Bernstein relocated to South Africa in 1932 where... read more
Walter Ulyate Max Sisulu was born in the village of Qutubeni in the Engcobo district of the Transkei on 18 May 1912. Sisulu was born out of... read more
Edwin Thabo Mofutsanyana was born in the Witzieshoek area of the Orange Free State in 1899. He worked at various times as a teacher, a miner... read more
Alfred Bitini Xuma was born on 8 March 1893, in Manzana, Ngcobo District, in the Eastern Province (now Eastern Cape). Xuma was the seventh c... read more
Journalist, academic and political activist, Ruth Heloise First was born on 4 May 1925. She was the daughter of Jewish immigrants Julius and... read more
Brian Bunting son of Sidney and Rebecca Bunting was born in 1920, in  the buntings Regent St home in Johannesburg. He matriculated at a... read more
Born in 1916 in Johannesburg Mathole was a miner and an organiser for the African Mineworkers' Union. He was active in the 1946 minework... read more
Harry Snitcher was born on 10 May 1911 in Uniondale. His early schooling was in Uniondale and then in Gouda. After the premature death of hi... read more
Fred Carneson was born on 13 January 1920 in Goodwood, Cape Town to Anthony and Annie Carneson, a poor Catholic working class family, the si... read more

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