Biographies

John James Issel was born on 17 August 1946 in the wine-growing area of Worcester outside Cape Town. At a tender age, he worked on a vineyar... read more
Yunus Ismail Mahomed was born in Johannesburg, Transvaal (now Gauteng) on 30 December 1950 to Amina and Ismail Mahomed. Mahomed grew up in J... read more
Justice Zakeria “Zac” Mohammed Yacoob was born on 3 March 1948.  He became blind at 16 months because of meningitis. Yacoob attended Du... read more
Allison George Champion was born on 4 December 1893 at Sans Souci School near the mouth of the Tugela River in Natal. His father had been ad... read more
Chief Albert John Mvumbi Luthuli, Africa’s first Nobel Peace Prize Laureate in 1960, was President-General of the African National Congress... read more
Dimitri Tsafendas was the parliamentary messenger who assassinated Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd on 06 September 1966 by stabbing him four... read more
Keorapetse William Kgositsile (popularly known as Bra Willie) was born in Johannesburg, Transvaal (now Gauteng). He attended Matibane High S... read more
Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa was born in Johannesburg, Transvaal (now Gauteng) on 17 November 1952. He is the second of the three children of Er... read more
Kgalema Petrus Motlanthe was born on 19 July 1949 at the Boksburg-Benoni Hospital. He grew up in Alexandra, Johannesburg, Transvaal (now Gau... read more
Helen Zille attended school at St. Mary's Waverley in Johannesburg. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the Witwat... read more
Marlise Joubert was born in Elim (near Levubu), Northern Transvaal (now Limpopo Province). She grew up in Warmbaths (Bela Bela) and has... read more
Isaac Bangani Tabata (known as I.B. Tabata) was born near Queenstown in the Cape in 1909 and received his secondary schooling at L... read more

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