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Lizzy Adrian Abrahams (nee Joseph) was born on 19 September 1925 in Paarl, in the Western Cape. She was born into a ..read more
Feroza Adam was born on the 16 August 1961. She was drawn into political activity in 1976 while she was a student at ..read more
Albert Adams was born At the Crown Gold Mine near Johannesburg on 23 June 1929. Adams was a child of Indian and Cape ..read more
Neil Hudson Aggett was born in Nanyuki, Kenya on 6 October 1953, the first-born child of Aubrey and Joy Aggett. He ..read more
Mohamed (Bob) Suleman Asmal was born in 1923 in Piet Retief.  He was accused in the Treason Trial, and the trial ..read more
Kader Asmal was born on 8 October 1934, in the small rural town of Stanger, KwaZulu Natal (then Natal). Young Asmal was ..read more
Zainab Asvat, daughter of EI Asvat, came under the tutelage of her father as a young girl. She accompanied him to ..read more
This article was written by Michelle Hayman and forms part of the SAHO Public History Internship. The ‘ ..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 ..read more
Omar Badsha was born in Durban in 1945 and grew up in a Gujarati Muslim family.  His grandparents emigrated to ..read more
Born in 1894 in Britain, in 1928 he was sent to South Africa by the British Independent Labour Party as an Advisor to ..read more
Baloyi moved to Alexandra north of Johannesburg in 1922. His first job was that of a taxi driver but in 1925 he became ..read more
Mohammed Cassim Bassa the estate agent and community leader was born on 11 August 1925 in India. He was the eighth of ..read more
Lionel “Rusty” Bernstein was born on 3 March 1920 in Durban, Natal (now KwaZulu-Natal) of European Jewish ..read more
Hilda Bernstein (nee Watts) was born in London in 1915. She was educated at state schools. Bernstein relocated to South ..read more
Stephen (Steve) Bantu Biko was not alone in forging the Black Consciousness Movement  (BCM); he was nevertheless ..read more
Harriet Bolton was born in the former Transvaal, the eldest of four children – a younger brother and two sisters ..read more
Russel Botman was born on 18 October 1953 in Bloemfontein, Orange Free State (now Free State Province). His mother had ..read more
Breytenbach was an opponent of the apartheid regime, whose work represented a milestone in the development of Afrikaans ..read more
Dennis Brutus was born in Salisbury, Rhodesia (present day Zimbabwe) in 1924.  His parents moved to Port Elizabeth ..read more


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