Biographies

Head was the daughter of a white woman and black man. After her mother’s parents found she was pregnant she was sent to a mental asylum, whe... read more
Mpumelelo Grootboom, controversial and liberal playwright was born in Meadowlands, Soweto in 1975, were he was raised by his grandparents. H... read more
Lebo Mathosa was born in Daveyton in the East Rand. She began singing at the age of seven in the local church choir. The Mathosa family move... read more
Jonathan ‘Johnny’ Clegg was born in Bacup, near Rochdale in England on 7 June 1953. His father was from England but his mother was from Sout... read more
Hassan Howa was born in 1922 in Cape Town, into a large working-class family. He matriculated from Trafalgar High School in District Six, af... read more
Alan Stewart Paton was born in Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu Natal on 11 January 1903. His father, James Paton, a Scottish immigrant and civil... read more
Vicky Sampson was born in 1969, to Faye and Victor Sampson. Her father, Victor, was a member of the Golden City Dixies, a travelling vaudevi... read more
Gert Johannes “Jakes” Gerwel was born on 18 January 1946 in the town of Kommadagga in the district of Somerset East, Eastern Province (now E... read more
Philemon Masinga or ‘Chippa’ as he is affectionately known by thousands of soccer lovers was born on 28 June 1969 in Klerksdorp, Western Tra... read more
Kaizer Motaung was born on 16 October 1944 in Orlando East, Soweto, a township South West of Johannesburg. Motaung began playing soccer at a... read more
Theophilus Doctorson  Khumalo also known as “16 Valve” was born in Soweto, Johannesburg on 26 June 1967. His father Eliakim “Pro” Khuma... read more
Lucas Radebe was born on 12 April 1969 in Diepkloof, Soweto. When he was 15 years old, his parents sent him away to Bophuthatswana to avoid... read more

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