Biographies

Sydney Sipho Sepamla spent most of his life in Soweto, the enormous township southwest of Johannesburg. Sepamla has been grouped with poets... read more
Jabulani Sam Nhlengethwa was born on 9 January 1955 in the Payneville township of Springs, Gauteng (formerly Transvaal). Forc... read more
Paul Weinberg was born in 1956 in Pietermaritzburg into a progressive middle-class Jewish family. His father was a lawyer and his mother a m... read more
Oswald Mbuyiseni Mtshali was born on 17 January 1940 in Vryheid, Natal, where he attended Inkmana High School. His parents were schoolteache... read more
Njabulo Simakahle Ndebele was born on 4 July 1948 in Johannesburg to Nimrod Njabulo Ndebele and Makhosazana Regina Tshabangu. Ndebele comple... read more
Nadine Gordimer was born in Springs, Transvaal (now Gauteng), an East Rand mining town outside Johannesburg in 1923. Her father, Isidore Gor... read more
Miriam Tlali was born in Doornfontein in Johannesburg, Transvaal (Gauteng). She grew up in Sophiatown. Miriam wanted to study literature at... read more
Mafika Pascal Gwala was born on 5 October 1946 in the town of Verulam, a region predominantly inhabited by Zulus and Indians, in what was th... read more
Kay Hassan was born in the Johannesburg township of Alexandra in 1956. His mother brewed traditional beer at a shebeen, defying apartheid la... read more
Jeevenundhan (Jeeva) Rajgopaul was born in Dundee, KwaZulu Natal. He grew up in Clairwood, Durb an and attended Chatsworth High School.... read more
“Art is the spark, the illumination which is socially significant for it brings about understanding.” Jan Gerard Sekoto was born on 9 Septem... read more
George Hallett was born in District Six, Cape Town in the Western Province (now Western Cape) in 1942. He is a Cape Town based photographer.... read more

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