Jackie Branfield

Long-term campaigner Jackie Branfield was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe in 1952 and has often been described as a ‘maverick crusader’.
Her ‘life’s work’ began 20 years ago at the church youth group when youngsters started approaching her for help with personal problems. Working mainly with her own common sense in the […]

Sizwe Nxasana

Chartered Accountant Sizwe Nxasana, was born in 1958 at Lamontville and matriculated at Mariannhill in 1976. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Fort Hare) and a Bachelor of Accounting Science (Honours) degree (UNISA) and was one of the first 10 African CA’s in South Africa.
In 1989 Nxasana established Sizwe & […]

Professor Malegapuru William Makgoba

Born in rural Sekhukhune, Limpopo Province, Professor Malegapuru Makgoba has an illustrious career spanning well over 30 years. Currently the vice-chancellor and principal of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Makgoba, came from humble beginnings to become one of South Africa’s living legends.
As an immunologist, physician, public health advocate and academic, Makgoba […]

Tich Smith

Tich Smith was born in 1951 and grew up in a white middle class home in Johannesburg and educated at St Stithian’s College and King Edward VII High School. He went to university in Pietermaritzburg. Smith was a talented sportsman. He played rugby for Natal at the age of 19 […]

Velisiwe Mary Mkhwanazi

A pioneer from the onset, Velisiwe Mary Mkhwanazi, sought to rise above her circumstances and challenge prevailing oppression. Born in 1932, in rural Mbongolwane, KwaZulu-Natal, Mary completed her primary school education with ease and moved on to attend high school, a rarity at a time when a standard two education […]

Joseph Shabalala

Joseph Shabalala, born Bhekizizwe Joseph Siphatimandla Mxoveni Mshengu Bigboy Shabalala in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, is the founder and musical director of the South African choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
Shabalala’s musical career began with his move from Ladysmith to Durban. After a short stint with the Durban Choir, he joined an isicathamiya […]

Rev Sue Brittion

Rev. Sue Brittion is an Anglican priest who was born in Łódź, Poland, in 1938. Her family left Poland on holiday to Britain when she was 18 months old in August 1939. As a result of the Nazi Germany invasion of Poland, the family never returned to their homeland and […]

Sam Draai

Born in 1922, in East Griqualand, Samuel Draai showed an enduring commitment to his country and community.  In his early life he served in the South African Navy during the Second World War. Upon returning to South Africa he settled in the community of Sydenham, where he was actively involved in […]

Ranjith Kally

Internationally acclaimed, Durban-born photographer Ranjith Kally, has documented some of the key people and events involved in South Africa’s struggle for democracy. His pictures, dating back over 60 years, give us a glimpse into the tensions of the past, of the events that shaped our future.
Kally’s first camera, a humble […]

Mkhuluwe Cele

Dr Mkhuluwe Protas Cele fondly known as “Zihlahla Zemithi” was born on 6 November 1935, in Durban. He is an expert traditional healer and famous as an inyanga who has particular and specialised knowledge on paediatric remedies.
He has done remarkable work on the conservation of indigenous plants used for medicines. […]

Desmond Makhanya

Desmond Makhanya was born near Adam’s Mission on 14 September 1935. At age seven he began school in the infants section of Adams College, the fourth generation in his family to do so. He remained at the college until he matriculated in 1954 and had an ongoing affiliation with the […]