Zibokwakhe ‘Phuzekhemisi’ Mnyandu

Born Zibokwakhe Johnstone Mnyandu in 1963, Phuzekhemisi, is widely acknowledged as the king of the indigenous music genre maskandi.

Among the few musicians from KwaZulu Natal to draw on the social ills that plague rural society, his nickname “Phuzekhemisi” translates as “drink the medicine” – reference to the sometimes unpleasant truths […]

Jay Pather

Jay Pather was born in Durban in 1959, Jay Pather is one of the leading choreographers working in South Africa today, and is among the most innovative creative forces for his discipline in the world.

In 1984, Jay followed his Honours degrees in Literature and Drama from the University of Durban-Westville […]

Felix Mshololo

Felix Mshololo was born in 1954 in Durban. He attended Adams College, and obtained a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Zululand then finished his B.eD at the University of Natal. Between 1977 and 1987 he worked at Swelihle High School as a teacher. In 1988 he was appointed […]

Themba Mkhize

Themba Mkhize, born in Durban in 1957, was introduced to music at an early age. He discovered jazz while in high school and was spotted by local band, “Dukes Combo”. In 1981 he started performing professionally with the band “Sakhile”.

In 1984 Themba joined renowned band “Bayete”, and remained part of […]

Paddy Meskin

President of the World Conference on Religions for Peace (WCRP), South Africa, and Honorary Life Vice-President of Temple David Durban, Paddy Meskin was born in England and moved to KwaZulu-Natal in 1948. By the age of 18, she was already active in her temple doing voluntary community work. She has […]

Kim Matthews

A pivotal force in transformation through music, Kim Matthews studied the piano from a young age and did exams through Trinity College of London. She studied jewelry design at the Durban Technikon and worked as a goldsmith for 25 years.

In 2004 she joined the KwaZulu-Natal Youth Wind Band’s committee and […]

Paddy Kearney

Born in 1942 in Pietermaritzburg, Gerald Patrick Kearney, known fondly as Paddy, epitomises grace, integrity, humility and compassion; an astute and visionary campaigner working for peace and justice.

In 1971 Paddy was employed at Inanda Seminary, an all-girls school for black students, where he was exposed to the injustices of apartheid […]

Penny Heyns

Penelope ‘Penny’ Heyns was born in Springs in 1974, her family moved to Amanzimtoti when she was young. She excelled in both academics and athletics and became a swimming prodigy as a teenager.

Penny was the youngest member of the South African Olympic team at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. […]

Prof Rodney Harber

Prof Rodney Harber was born in Pietermaritzburg in 1940. He came to Durban to complete his Bachelor of Architecture degree at the University of Natal in 1965.

In 1969 he founded Harber & Associates: Architects, Urban & Regional Planners, a small practice operating from the Harber home where he and his […]

Muzomusha Lameck Chamane

Sensei Muzomusho Lameck Chamane was born in Durban in 1941. Chamane began practicing karate in 1966 at the age of 25, he had little faith in the use of violent weapons for defense and saw potential in the art form to benefit his community.

In 1968, he began training under Mr. […]

Val Adamson

Val Adamson was born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1961 and moved to South Africa after graduating from Napier College in Edinburgh with a Higher Diploma in Photography in 1984.

During the five years Val spent as the photographer for The Playhouse Company, she held two exhibitions, Caught in the Act (1988) […]

Jeff Thamsanqa Radebe

Jeff Radebe was born in Cato Manor in Durban in 1953 and lived there until 1958 when his family was forcibly removed to Kwa-Mashu. He obtained a B. Juris Degree from the University of Zululand in 1976; LLM in International Law from Leipzig University and studied at the Lenin International […]

Greta Schoeman

Founder of the Highway Hospice and bereavement director of Lasting Post, Greta Schoeman was born in England in 1935 and began her career as a nurse in Britain before moving to South Africa with her husband.

Greta trained as a hospice nurse at the Sir Michael Sobell House in Oxford then […]

Willowton Group

Willowton Group opened its doors for business in 1970 and has grown to become South Africa’s largest sunflower seed crusher as well as one of the leading competitors in the South African ‘Fast Moving Consumer Goods’ market. The group’s success is founded on service excellence, continued investment in technology and […]

Highway Hospice

The Highway Hospice is the oldest palliative care hospice in South Africa, and was founded in June 1982 by Greta Schoeman. The Hospice provides care and comfort to patients with terminal illnesses, as well as support for their care-givers and families. The area covered by the services of this […]