Zorah Sooliman

Zohra Sooliman is a co-founder and trustee of the internationally acclaimed Gift of the Givers Foundation, the largest disaster response organization of African origin on the continent. Sooliman has special interest in the empowerment of women and children. She founded the Gift of the Givers Careline in […]

Welcome Bhodloza Nzimande

Welcome Nzimande (popularly known as Bhodloza) was born in 1947 at Phatheni Reserve in Richmond in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands.

Nzimande holds a Higher Primary Teacher’s Certificate (HPTC) certificate from Indaleni Training College (1970). In 1995 Nzimande obtained a B. Admin degree at the University of Zululand, […]

Vusa Ximba

Vusa (often referred to as Vusi) was born in 1936 at Siyamu, also known as KwaCaluza in Pietermaritzburg however he moved to KwaSwayimane, near Wartburg.

 Ximba’s interest in music started in 1948. He played for many years in taxi ranks and on city pavements until his musical breakthrough […]

Sipho ‘Thwalofu’ Khoza

Born in 1952 at Maduma eMkhandlweni. Musician Sipho Khoza, also known as ‘Thwalofu’ was a leader of the group Thwalofu NamaKetshane (Thwalofu and his wild dogs). Khoza and his group released their first album in the 1970’s entitled uKhalemini Samsoni and in 1974 he recorded and released his […]

Prof Patricia ‘Pat’ Berjak

Born 29 December 1939 in Johannesburg. Professor Patricia Berjak held a B.Sc. Hons (1st Class) in Biochemistry from WITS University and a PhD on the ageing of stored maize seeds from the (then) University of Natal. She was recognized internationally for her pioneering and fundamental studies on seed recalcitrance.

Prof DBZ Ntuli

Deuteronomy Bhekinkosi Zeblon (“DBZ”) Ntuli was born at Gcotsheni, Eshowe, on 8 May 1940. After working for three years as an announcer/translator/producer for the Zulu service of the SABC, he joined the staff of UNISA as a language assistant for IsiZulu, in the Department of African Languages. Ntuli acquired a […]

Patty Nokwe

Musician and performer Patty Nokwe was born in Eshowe on 26 June 1931. She attended St Michaels School where she participated in the school choir and studied further at M.L. Sultan Technikon. Patty married the late playwright and musician Alfred Nokwe in 1954. Their two children Tu […]

Obed Mbatha

Born on 8 May 1942 in Mthashana in Vryheid. Mbatha is today regarded as the ‘face’ of the Hilton Hotel (Durban) where he has worked as head doorman for over 16 years.

Mbatha attended Bhekuzulu Primary School in Vryheid. In 1953 his family moved to Pietermaritzburg. He […]

Neil Tovey

Born 2 July 1962, in Pretoria. Tovey attended Northlands High School achieving Natal provincial colours in cricket, hockey, football, softball and baseball. Tovey however, furthered his professional sporting career in soccer and is regarded by many as one of the greatest footballing icons in South Africa’s soccer history. […]

Michael ‘Bizzah’ Dlamini

Born 20 October 1942, in Sobantu Village, Pietermaritzburg. Dlamini played amateur league for Sobantu Manchester and in professional league for Maritzburg City. He went onto win the Professional Federation League.

He joined the Natal Pick XI under unusual circumstances; Orlando Pirates played against Maritzburg City in their […]

Melvin Peters

Born 13 March 1963 in Overport, Durban. Peters attended St Anthony’s School in Durban, matriculating from Reservoir Hills High in 1980. Peters started piano lessons at the age of six. In 1981 he embarked on a Bachelor of Music degree at the (then) University of Natal. In 1983 […]

Lindiwe Kuzwayo

Lindiwe Kuzwayo Fashion Design Studio cc was established in 1986, having grown from using just one sewing machine to being involved in many prestigious events worldwide. Her sister company, Lindiwe Kuzwayo Academy of Fashion Design (Pty) Ltd provides teaching facilities and inspiration to young people wishing to pursue […]

Helen Lucre

Helen Lucre was born on 9th October 1955, in Motueka, Nelson, New Zealand. Lucre attended Nelson College for Girls and Motueka High School in New Zealand. In 1980 Lucre immigrated to Pretoria, South Africa.

Helen started participating in road running in the 1980’s. The following year, she […]

Gordon Igesund

Born 26 July 1956, in Durban. Igesund played professional soccer from 1972 to 1993, in various clubs locally and internationally, including Durban United, Durban City, Westham, Crystal Palace (UK), Admira Wacker (Austria), Witbank Black Aces (1985), AmaZulu (1990), Umtata Bush Bucks (1989), Leeds United (1988), D`Alberton Callies (1993), […]

Elijah ‘Tap-Tap’ Makhathini

Elijah or ‘Tap Tap’ as he was popularly known by his boxing supporters was born in Eshowe. Coming from humble beginnings with little formal education. He started working at a very early age to contribute to the well-being of his family. He took up boxing when there were […]

Dr Isaac Sibusiso Kubeka

Dr. Isaac Sibusiso Kubeka is honoured for the numerous lives that he has touched and the minds that he shaped over a career that spanned more than four decades.

Dr. Kubeka began his teaching career in 1956 as an assistant teacher at Loram Secondary School. In 1961 […]

Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier

Wilfrid Fox Cardinal Napier OFM, the third son of Tom and Mary Napier, was born in Matatiele on 8 March 1941. He received his primary education at the Holy Cross Convent in Matatiele. On completion of his high school studies at Little Flower School Ixopo, he went to […]

Blanche Moila

Blanche Moila, a psychiatric nurse by profession, was born 31 January 1957 in Pietersburg. Her love for running began in Durban.

Dr. Shorty Moolla, a Registrar at a Psychiatric Hospital impressed by Blanche’s economical running style convinced her to run competitively. Moila competed in cross country, 1500m, […]

Ashwin Trikamjee

Born 29 November 1944 in the Grey Street area, Durban. Trikamjee grew up in Durban and has practised there since the completion of his articles in clerkship with Amin and Company. A graduate from UNISA, Mr. Trikamjee practised for his own account as a partner of Amin & […]

Alpha Mchunu

Mchunu played football in an amateur capacity. In the early 1980s he became Chairman of a club in the Inter Association in Durban.

Mchunu served on the disciplinary committee of the Durban and Country Football Association. He was elected to serve in the Provincial structure as the […]