Biographies

Barney “Rissik” Desai was born on 10 April 1932 in Durban. He grew up as an Indian but was "reclassified" Coloured in 1957. Desa... read more
He was commonly referred to as Dada Abdulla. His brother, Abdul Karim Jhaveri, and himself, were the directors of Dada Abdulla and Company.... read more
Frank Chikane, the son of James and Erenia Chikane, was born on 3 January 1951 in Johannesburg. His father was  a preacher in the Apost... read more
Mweli Skota was born in Kimberley in the 1880s and attended school there. He worked at various times as a clerk, journalist, court interpret... read more
Born in the Orange Free State, Tloome became involved in trade union work in the 1930s and joined the Communist Party. In 1941 he was chosen... read more
Oscar Mpetha was born at Mount Fletcher in the Transkei in 1909 and in 1934 sought work in Cape Town, where he was employed as a dock worker... read more
Zephania ‘Zeph’ Lekoane Mothopeng, was born on 10 September 1913, in the Orange Free State (now Free State) near the town of Vre... read more
Molefe was born in 1952 in Sophiatown, Johannesburg. He was one of eight children, and spent most of his youth living with his aunt. His mot... read more
Clarence Makwetu was born on 6 December 1928 in Hoyita, in the Cofimvaba district, Transkei. He was the second of five children of... read more
Johnstone “Johnny” Mfanafuthi Makhathini was born in Durban on 8 February 1932. He attended school at Adams College in Durban wh... read more
He was born in 1924 near Mafeteng, Basutoland (now Lesotho), the son of an Anglican minister. In 1940, while a student at Lovedale, he conce... read more
Harry Snitcher was born on 10 May 1911 in Uniondale. His early schooling was in Uniondale and then in Gouda. After the premature death of hi... read more

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