Biographies

Hamilton Naki was born in the small village of Ngcangane in the Eastern Cape in 1930. His family was poor and after completing primary schoo... read more
Gomolemo Mokae was born in Ga-Mokopane. He was the last of the eight children born of a Methodist minister, Reverend Modisagarekwe Michael a... read more
Professor Hoosen Mahomed "Jerry" Coovadia was born in Durban, in 1940.   His grandparents had come to South Africa aroun... read more
Dr. Silas Modiri Molema (Silas Modiri) was born in 1891 in Mafikeng, South Africa. His father was a member of the Royal family of the Barolo... read more
Johannes de Klerk was born on 22 July 1903 in Burgersdorp. He was the eldest son of Reverend Willem de Klerk and Aletta Johannes van Rooy. D... read more
Moebien Wadee was born in Sophiatown in 1943. He schooled in the area before his family moved to Kliptown. He studied medicine at Glasgow Un... read more
Hans Merensky was born on 16 March 1871 in Botshabelo. His father was the famous missionary and writer, Alexander Merensky. Hans studied geo... read more
Thomas Maclear was born on 17 March 1794 in Newton Steward, Ireland. He trained to be a medical doctor. He was a keen amateur astronomer and... read more
Dr. Mpofu noticed that the field of dermatology tended to be neglected by black doctors, and felt she could have an effect in this field. Sh... read more
Gertrud Theiler was the youngest daughter of sir Arnold Theiler KCMG, founder and first director of the Veterinary Institute, Onderstepoort,... read more
Of Lithuanian Jewish extraction, Louis Washkansky came to South Africa aged 9, and became a grocer in Cape Town’s Greenpoint area. Was... read more
Monica Wilson's parents, Scots Presbyterian missionaries, emigrated to Lovedale at the end of the 19th century; Monica was born there on... read more

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