Biographies

Van den Heever was born in Windhoek in 1926 but attended school in Bloemfontein. She went on to complete her MA in English at the University... read more
Jean van der Poel was born in Cape Town in 1904, and went on to become a prominent historian. Her studies began at the University of Cape To... read more
Marlene van Niekerk was born in 1954, on a farm in Tygerhoek near Caledon. An outstanding intellectual, philosopher and prodigious literary... read more
Dr Benedict Wallet Vilakazi was born on 6 January 1906 in Groutville, Natal. Vilakazi was appointed bantu languages assistant at the Univers... read more
Andrew Vester was born in Johannesburg in 1937. He obtained a National Diploma in Design (1959) from the Camberwell College of Art, London,... read more
Anton van Wouw was born in Driedergen, Netherlands on 20 November 1862. He is regarded as the father of South African sculpture. He decided... read more
Reggie Vandeyar was born into a poor family on 15 July 1931 in Newclare. His father was originally from India, who had come to South Africa... read more
Simon van der Stel was born on 14 October 1639 to parents Adrian van der Stel and Maria Leviens. The couple were en route to Mauritius when... read more
Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on 8 September 1901. He was the second child of Anje Strik and Wilhelmus Joh... read more
Van der Gucht moved to South Africa in 1939 and took up a position at the Grahamstown Training College where she started a career in speech... read more
Dr Vosloo was South Africa's first female heart surgeon. She joined the heart team at the Groote Schuur hospital in 1984, and completed her... read more
Johan Anthoniszoon van Riebeeck was born in Culemborg in the Netherlands on 21 April 1619, as the son of a surgeon. He grew up in Schiedam,... read more

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