Thula Bopela

Thula Bopela is Chairman of the Council of the Organization PSIRA that regulates the private security industry in South Africa.
As a young man in the early 1960s, Bopela sacrificed his boyhood dream of becoming a lawyer, to follow his duty as a Zulu man to be a warrior against apartheid.  […]

Theo Bophela

Mr. Theo Bophela was born on March 15, 1931 in Estcourt (Esiphangweni). His mother died when he was only 2 years old, and his father passed away five years later, leaving him as an orphan to be raised by his grandmother in Cator Manor. His first exposure to music was […]

Khulekani Reginald Myeza

For over 50 years, through the hardships of apartheid, Khulekani Reginald Myeza has relentlessly pursued his passion for the improvement of black education.

Being politically active in the 1950s meant Myeza was forced to suspend his teaching career in South Africa. He sought posts in Basutholand and later, Swaziland. He furthered […]

Prof Himansu Baijnath

Professor Himansu ‘Snowy’ Baijnath is an Honorary Research Professor in the School of Biological & Conservation Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He has a passion for plants and conservation, which he enthusiastically shares with his students.

Many of the plants that Professor Baijnath has researched are endemic to the Durban […]

Navanethem “Navi” Pillay

As the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 2008-2014, Navanethem Pillay had a mandate from the international community to promote and protect all human rights.
Navi Pillay was born in 23 September 1941 into a humble Tamil family during apartheid days and was brought up in the poor neighbourhood […]

Michael Paul Sibisi

Michael Paul Sibisi was born in Umkhumbane, Durban on 23 September 1948. He went to Chersterville Secondary School where he completed Standard 9 in 1965. He proceeded to study for teaching at Adams Teachers’ Training College. His talent was uncovered by Innocent Masondo who was his teacher. As there no […]

Lauretta Ngcobo

Lauretta Ngcobo was a South African novelist, born and raised in the rural community of Ixopo and educated at Fort Hare University. Ngcobo was well known as a feminist writer since the early 1950s, although her work was only published in the ’80s and ’90s.
She was an inspirational speaker during […]

Cecil CJ ‘Roddy’ Ward

Growing up at Isipingo Beach, CJ or ‘Roddy’ Cecil Ward as he was better known, developed a love of nature from a young age. However, Ecology was hardly known as a word let alone a subject when starting at University in 1946.
Later at the University of Durban Westville, Roddy was […]

Caroline Smart

Caroline Smart is the editor of artSMart, has been active in the arts field in Durban for close on 30 years. She is an experienced broadcaster and newspaper columnist as well as a television presenter and producer. Through her work in the media, she has built up a strong and […]

Bishop Rubin Phillip

At the age of 16. Bishop Rubin Phillip attended St Michaels Church in Merebank where he met the love of his life at youth group, Rosemary Phillip who he later on married and had two sons with. When he was 23, he decided he wanted to become an ordained priest in […]

Baleka Mbete

Baleka Mbete born on the 24th September 1949 in Durban, was the first woman to be elected National Chairperson of the ANC and an outspoken proponent for women’s rights. Mbete grew up as the eldest girl in a family of eight children. The expectations of this role forged budding leadership […]