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Narainsamy Thambi Naidoo, also known as “Naran” or “Roy.” was born in 1901 in Pietermaritzburg, Natal (now kwaZulu... read more
H. A. Naidoo was born in Durban in 1915 and was recruited into the Communist Party in the mid-1930s by Edward Roux. He became an active trad... read more
The son of a farm worker, Kopi Ben Baartman was born in the Eastern Province (now Eastern Cape) town of Molteno on 1 March 1924. He worked o... read more
Gana Makabeni  was born in the Transkei.  He attended a Communist night school and joined the Communist Party of South Africa... read more
Zanele Muholi is a photographer and visual activist based in Johannesburg. Muholi’s work has been recognized for its radical emphasis... read more
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
James Philips was born in Sophiatown into a working class family on 11 December 1919. His father died while he was still young and this had... read more
Mosibudi Aaron Mangena was born on 7 August 1947 in Tzaneen, in the Northern Province (now Limpopo) to Tlodipyane Makwela and Tebele Rephard... read more
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