Sophiatown key figures

  • Herman Tobiansky - Sophiatown's Property Developer and Investor
  • Robert Resha - ANC activist and later a member of the SACP
  • Jane Dakile - Well known educationist and Sophiatown and much quoted informant on the township
  • George "Kortboy" Mbalweni - Well known Sophiatown gangster
  • Don Mattera - Author and former Sophiatown gangster
  • Can Themba - Sophiatown author and Drum journalist
  • Sol Rachilo - Sophiatown's socialite and playwright
  • Henry Nxumalo - Drum journalist and well known Sophiatown personality murdered in the township
  • Nat Nakasa - Drum journalist who died in the US
  • Arthur Maimane - Drum journalist
  • Peter Magubane - Top photojournalist with Drum and later The Rand Daily Mail
  • Dr. A. B. Xuma - Prominent Medical Practitioner in Sophiatown and President of the ANC from 1949 to 1952
  • Dr. Nthato Motlana - Sophiatown Medical Practitioner and member of the ANC Youth League in the township
  • Josias Madzunya - Member of the PAC in the 1950s And 1960s
  • Phillip Vundla - ANC activist in the 1950s
  • Mirriam Makeba - 1950s Showbiz personality and successful artist of international acclaim from the 1960s through to the 1990s during her stay in exile in the US, Europe and West Africa
  • Hugh Masekela - Top South African trumpeter internationally recognized as the finest
  • Jonas Gwanga - Top South African musician who, along with Masekela and Caiphus Semenya were members of the band "the Union of South Africa" before each had successful solo careers