Biographies

Edward Roux was born in the northern Transvaal in 1903, the son of an English mother and. an Afrikaner father. He grew up in Johannesbu... read more
Lionel “Rusty” Bernstein was born on 20th of  March in 1920 Durban, Natal (now KwaZulu-Natal) of European Jewish immigrants. He was the... read more
Motsoko Pheko was born on 13 November 1933 to a wealthy rural family in Lesotho. In the late 1930s, after the sudden death of their parents,... read more
This article was written by Nicolas Magnien and forms part of the SAHO Public History Internship. Neville Edward Alexander was the... read more
Benny Alexander, the third child of Estelle and Johann Alexander, a labourer, was born on 4th of March 1955 in Kimberley, where he also grew... read more
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Pixley Seme was born on 1 October 1881 in Natal, the son of Isaka Sarah (nee Mseleku) Seme. Little is documented of his early life as a prim... read more
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Tiyani Lybon Mabasa was born in Johannesburg on 17 June 1952. The second of eight children, his single mother brought up Mabasa in Soweto.... read more
Joseph Johannes Marks was born on 22 April 1936 in Mossel Bay, where his father, a fisherman, was also born.  He grew up in Pacaltsdorp... read more
Born in Port Elizabeth, Stanley Mabizela joined the liberation struggle at an early age when he first joined the ANC Youth League. A son to... read more
Alfred Nzo was born on 19 June 1925 at Benoni, Transvaal, into a family of five children. His father was a clerk at Modder B mine, which was... read more

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