William Mtolo

William Bhekizizwe ‘Willie’ Mtolo was born in 1965 in Kilmon, and grew up in Hillcrest. Mtolo is the South African running legend, a former New York Marathon winner and two time runner-up of the Comrades Marathon. He has participated in more than 23 marathons in South Africa and around the world.

He ran […]

Winnie Mahlangu

Radio personality Winnie Busisiwe Mahlangu was born in Witbank in 1932. Whilst women were discriminated against because of their gender in the SABC, they were given only temporary employment. Winnie was the first woman to be employed permanently by SABC for Radio Bantu in 1962.

She was named by K.E. Masinga […]

Welcome Msomi

A writer, director and choreographer, Welcome Themba Msomi started writing at the age of 15.
He founded the IZulu Dance Theatre and Music, which was established in 1965 in Durban, South Africa. In 1979 Msomi established the extension of the Theatre in New York City.
His many works include “Mntanami Nomhlangano mntanami”, […]

Thuli Dumakude

Thulie Daisy Dumakude was born in Lamontville, Durban in 1949. She has played and performed international for plays such Rafiki, Poppie Nongena, Bongi to mention but the few. She is best known for having originated the title role in 1983’s Poppie Nongena, for which she received the Laurence Olivier Award for […]

Thembi Mtshali

Thembi Mtshali-Jones was born on 7 November 1949 in Durban, eMkhumbane and grew up in KwaMashu Township where she started singing in school concerts.
Thembi is a South African singer, actress and playwright best known for her starring role as aspiring actress Thoko on the CCV sitcom ‘Sgudi ‘Snaysi, from 1986-1992. […]

Themba Thwala

Themba Robert ‘Tizzah’ Thwala was born in 1949 in Germiston, grew up in Lamontville, Durban. Before he moved to Durban, he played for Kaizer Eleven which was the first squad that led to the formation of Kaizer Chiefs. At school Thwala was the captain of the Lamontville School team.
He later […]

Teddyboy Buthelezi

Teddyboy Buthelezi was born in November 23 1953, in Glebelands, South of Durban. Buthelezi started his career in tennis coaching in early 1980s. Due to apartheid laws he could not be admitted to any Tennis Academy because of his colour. His passion for the game, inspired him to study abroad […]

Shaka Ngcobo

Abednigo Valdez Shaka Ngcobo was born in Cato Manor near Durban, started playing soccer at a very young age. He played for African Bush Rangers as juvenile. In 1968, he played for Rand Koreans, and in the same year he was promoted to playing in the First Division. He played […]

Sam Pillay

Sam Pillay was born in 1957 in Cato Manor, Durban. At the age of 17 founded a youth club called Sunshine. The youth club organizing sporting and social function. They also raised funds for the funeral of pupils from Meadowlands who were killed whilst on a school excursion.
Sam Pillay played an […]

Ros Sarkin

Ros Sarkin is currently involved in cultural and educational affairs and is a co-founder of the Durban International Film Festival. During the dark days of apartheid, Sarkin showed many films that were banned by the regime, especially films that dealt with political themes, e.g. Bernardo Bertolucci’s film 1900 about the […]

Ronnie Govender

Ronnie Govender was born in 1934, in Cato Manor, Durban. He is a well known playwright. To date Govender has written and directed more than 16 plays, including “Beyond Calvary”, “At the Edge”, “The Lahnee’s Pleasure” was one of South Africa’s longest-running plays and “Off-Side”. He founded the Shah Theatre Academy […]

Richard Richman Ngubane

Richard Ngubane was born in 1948 in Greytown and moved to Kwa-Mashu, Durban. He made a conscious decision to play football at an early age as a way to escape poverty. He played amateur for Young Dribblers FC of Kwa-Mashu but was recruited by Amazulu FC when they joined the […]

Rev B K Dludla

Rev. Bekizipho Khulekani ‘BK’ Dludla was born in Melmoth in 1926, and moved to Durban. Dludla was ordained to Christian ministry in 1955. He was the Chair of Inanda Seminary from 1965-1981.
He was the first president of the Soldiers of Christ Movement and together with the late Rev.Wing, formulated the […]

Prof Jerry Coovadia

Professor Hoosen Mahomed ‘Jerry’ Coovadia was born in Durban in 1940. He is currently (from July, 2003) the Scientific Director of the Doris Duke Medical Research Institute at the University of Natal, which is busy establishing itself as the premier centre for HIV/AIDS research in the developing world.
Jerry Coovadia is […]

PJ Powers

Penelope Jane Dunlop also known as PJ Powers or Thandeka was born in 1960 in Durban. She has enjoyed a highly successful musical career in South Africa spanning more than 15 years, during which time she has been one of the few white entertainers who has crossed cultural barriers and […]

Prof Phillip Tobias

Professor Phillip Vallentine Tobias was born in Durban in 1925. He went to St Andrew School and later moved to Durban High School in 1939 where he matriculating in 1942. At the age of 15 even before he finished his schooling, he decided to study medicine after his sister, Val, who […]

Phillip Zwane

Bafana Phillip Zwane was born in 1928, in Ashburton, he joined Umsakazo wesiZulu (as it was then known) in 1960. Zwane was the first Black Zulu commentator to broadcast events such as the July Handicap, Gold Cup, Metropolitan Boxing, Comrades Marathon and the Rapport Cycle Tour. He used the station’s […]

Norman Steenkamp

Norman “Winono Mnomzane (Mr. Clean)” Steenkamp was born in 1963 in Wentworth. Norman Steenkamp’s love for soccer began at Merebank Primary School.
Norman Steenkamp initial played as a striker. In 1980 he was converted in to a defender whilst playing for the local premier league club Everton. In 1981 Steenkamp was […]

Morris Fynn

Morris Lorens Fynn was born in Mthwalume in 1930 and grew up in Wentworth, South of Durban. When separate education along racial lines was introduced, he was moved to a then newly built Coloured school in the area.
This is when his political awareness began. He joined a political party to […]

Mark Tovey

Mark Tovey was born in Pretoria on 7th May 1955. He attended Northlands Primary and Northlands Secondary, north of Durban.
His love for football began at an early age. He played junior football for Durban City, representing the club at under 10, 12 and 14 levels. In 1971 Mark Tovey turned professional […]