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John Beaver (JB) Marks was born on 21 March 1903, Ventersdorp, Western Transvaal (now North West Province).  His father was a railway w... read more
Breytenbach was an opponent of the apartheid regime, whose work represented a milestone in the development of Afrikaans poetry, formally and... read more
Archibald (also known as ‘Archie’) Mafeje was born in Ngcobo in South Africa on 30 March 1936. Both of his parents were involved... read more
Bonisile John Kani was born on 30 August 1943 in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth. He matriculated from Newell High School where he performed in... read more
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Chris van Wyk was born at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Soweto, Johannesburg in  1957 and grew up in Newclare, before moving to Rive... read more
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This article was written by Lorna Mungur and forms part of the SAHO Public History Internship. Kasturba Kapadia was born on April... read more
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Baloyi moved to Alexandra north of Johannesburg in 1922. His first job was that of a taxi driver but in 1925 he became a taxi owner. In 1927... read more
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Kasrils was born in Yeoville, Johannesburg, in November 1938.  His grandparents were immigrants from Latvia and Lithuania, who had fled... read more
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Robert McBride was born on 6 July 1963 at the segregated Addington Hospital in Durban, in the section set aside for Coloured people. His par... read more
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Josiah Tshangana Gumede was born on 9 October 1867 in Healdtown Village, Fort Beaufort in the Eastern Cape. His father, John Gumede, and his... read more
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A chairman of the Orlando African National Congress (ANC) during the 1952 Defiance Campaign and elected to the ANC natio... read more
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Dr. James Sebe Moroka was the great grandson of Chief Moroka I of the Barolong, from Thaba Nchu in the then Orange Free State. Moroka w... read more

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