Mandla Langa

Mandla Langa is a South African poet, short story writer, and novelist. He was born in Stanger in 1950, and grew up at KwaMashu, Durban. He studied for a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Fort Hare. In 1980 he won the Drum story contest for ‘The Dead Men Who Lost Their […]

Madala Kunene

Madala Kunene was born in Cato Manor, Durban in 1951. He is commonly refered as the King of Zulu guitar. He began his musical career at the age of seven. Making his first guitar out of a cooking oil tin and fish gut for strings, he soon became a popular […]

Leleti Khumalo

Leleti Khumalo was born in 1970, in KwaMashu. She became a member a youth backyard dance group called Amajika where she met Tu Nokwe, who became her mentor. At the age of 15, she auditioned for a musical piece, which was to become the international blockbuster “Sarafina.” She later starred […]

Lawrence Ngubane

Lawrence “Big Bear” Ngubane was born in Durban, in 1947. He played football at a young age and was a successful amateur player.
In the 1960’s Mr. Ngubane played for a club from Hammarsdale called Iyasha Swallows. He left Iyasha Swallows to form his own team called Young Stars. Young Stars […]

Kumara Naidoo

Kumara ‘Kumi’ Naidoo was born in Durban in 1965. Kumi Naidoo’s political activism began at the age of 15 years. In 1981, he was expelled from school for protesting against apartheid. Kumi was constantly harassed by the police. In 1986, the Apartheid Regime declared a state of emergency. Kumi was […]

Judge Vuka Tshabalala

Vuka Eliakim Maswazi Tshabalala is the Chancellor of the Durban University of Technology. He served as Judge President of Natal. In 1969 he became the first Black Advocate to practice in Natal. In September 1994, Tshabalala was elevated to Senior Counsel Status by the State President.

Vuka, as he is fondly known, […]

Jerry Kunene

Saxophonist Jerry Kunene “KZN Old Lion of Jazz” began his music career in the 1950’s. His group Jerry’s Sextet (formed in the 1960s) changed their name to Jerry and His Men when its membership grew. Kunene has played with a number of local and famous musicians and has traveled extensively […]

Humish Kyd

Humish Kyd was born in Kokstad in 1959, and moved to Durban at the tender age of three years. He has written, produced, directed and acted in several theatre works over the past 25 years, adding to these, his debut novel “Charlie” which was published in 2008.
Kyd has worked on […]

Gcina Mhlophe

Nokugcina Elsie ‘Gcina’ Mhlophe born in Hammersdale in 1959 is a well-known South African freedom fighter, activist, actor, storyteller, poet, playwright, director and author. after completing her matric at in 1979 at Mfundisweni High School. She did a Cadet Journalism course at the Rhodes University, 6 months Film Making Course […]

Ela Gandhi

Ela Gandhi was born in Phoenix, Durban in 1940 July 1. She is known for her activism during apartheid era. She is the grand daughter of Mahatma Gandhi. Ela Gandhi is Chancellor of the Durban University of Technology and a peace activist.  She is Honorary President of World Council on Religions […]

Dudley Dlamini

Dlamini was born in Umzinto in 1931 and moved to Glebelands, South of Durban. He started playing trumpet at the tender age of 19 years. He played for the Mezzow Swing Band which was based at Umlazi.
In 1956, he joined Modern Masters Band, and they played mostly at the hostels. He […]

Dr. Balkrishna Morarjee

Balkrishna Morarjee was born 1 August 1948. He is an activist for the oppressed, marginalized and people with disabilities, all done through his personal purse and volunteering. He assists the NGOs for the blind, provincially and nationally, in setting up the infrastructure, and associations for sound table tennis.

Always volunteering to […]

Dr Fred Roberts

Dr. Fred Roberts was born in Durban in 1932. He established one of the first Inter-denominational non-racial charismatic Churches in South Africa and called it “Durban Christian Centre”. In 1952 he sailed from Durban to Britain where he studied at the Assemblies of God College. 1956 he moved to Estcourt […]

David Masondo

David Masondo was born in Hammersdale, Durban in 1950. He started his musical career, doing gigs in townships as Groovy Boys. He later founded the Soul Brothers, the band that has successfully realized the South African soul concept (umbhaqanga). He was the writer of all of the group’s songs, and […]

Cynthia Shange

Cynthia Shange was born in Lamontville, Durban. Shange was the first black beauty queen to represent South Africa in Miss World in 1972. She is well-known for her leading role in uDeliwe, and her other role as Mkabi in the five part mini-series Shaka Zulu.
Shange became a household name in […]

Clive Barker

Clive William Barker nicknamed “The Dog” was born on the 23rd June 1944 in Durban, is a South African football coach. He guided the South African national team to their only African Nations Cup title in 1996.

Barker was a professional footballer in the 1960s, playing for Durban City and Durban […]

Buddy Govender

Buddy Govender was born in Sydenham, Durban in 1960. Buddy’s love for karate  and soccer began in 1969.  At the age 9, he joined Goju Kai Karate school. This dojo was run by Stan Hart and Leo Lapinski. In 1976 Buddy was graded to Shodan under Yamaguchi Goshi Shihan. He […]

Anant Singh

Anant Singh was born in Durban. He is a producer of many of the greatest anti-apartheid films made in South Africa, including “Place of Weeping,” Sarafina!” and “Cry, the Beloved Country”.
He acquired film rights to “Cry the Beloved Country” in 1991 but delayed production until SA obtained democracy;  
He was […]