On 21 March 1914, Lembede was born into a peasant family living on the farm in Eston in Natal. He was baptised as an Anglican. His father, M... read more
Adrian Leftwich grew up in Cape Town, Western Province (now Western Cape), in 1940 in a liberal Jewish family. His father was a doctor, and... read more
His real name was Charles Rawden Maclean and he had run away to sea at the age of 12. He arrived in Natal with Lieutenant J. S. King's party... read more
Mosiuoa Patrick Lekota was born in Kroonstad on 13 August 1948, into a working class family where he was the eldest of seven children. Most... read more
João dos Santos Albasini was born in Lisbon, Portugal on 1 June 1813. Beside the fact that his father was a sea captain, little is known abo... read more
He was born in 19 December,1915 near Mafeteng, Basutoland (now Lesotho), the son of an Anglican minister. In 1940, while a student at L... read more
Benjamin (Ben) Johnson was born February 25,1925. Langa’s father, was a Minister of Religion and his mother was a housewife who was also int... read more
James Arnold La Guma was born August 23,1894 in Bloemfontein. A trade unionist and political activist, was the elder of two children born to... read more
Judson Diza Kuzwayo was born August 25,1941 at Adams Mission in rural Natal and completed his junior certificate at the Loram Secondary Scho... read more
Zubeida “Juby” Mayet was born in 1937 in Fietas, Johannesburg, Transvaal (now Gauteng). Mayet began writing in the mid-1950s while at high s... read more
Mmusi Aloysias Maimane was born in Krugersdorp, Transvaal (now Gauteng) on 6 June 1980 to Ethel and Simon Maimane but grew up in Dobsonville... read more
Mazisi Raymond Kunene was born in Durban on May 12, 1930, at McCord's Hospital. His mother Eva Kunene (nee Ngcobo) was a teacher and his fat... read more