Dr Imtiaz Sooliman

Imtiaz Sooliman is the Founder, Director and Chairman of Gift of the Givers (Waqful Waqifin Foundation). As a young boy, Dr Imtiaz Sooliman grew up in his family’s Potchefstroom shop serving, where his father helped customers in need with loans and preferential pricing. This was the first time Imtiaz was […]

Naledi Pandor

Naledi Pandor was born in Durban, and grew up in an academic family as her father was Joe Matthews and her grandfather was Z.K. Matthews. Her family left South Africa and went into exile during 1961, first in Lesotho and Zambia, before settling in England. Before she could complete her […]

Lt-Gen Vejaynand Ramlakan

Lt-Gen Vejaynand Ramlakan has contributed to many levels of society throughout his life, from a trade unionist, medical doctor, underground ANC cadre, uMkhonto weSizwe combatant to career soldier in the army.

Having grown up in the apartheid system he began student life with a sheltered outlook, but while attending the medical […]

Gift of the Givers

The South African non-profit civil society sector plays a significant role in helping the South African government fulfill its constitutional mandate. The Gift of the givers is one organisation that has been influential and active in many disaster stricken areas, both locally and abroad, but The Gift of the Givers […]

Prof. Kate Wells

Professor Kate Wells holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a Master of Arts in Design from Middlesex University, London. For the past 18 years she has worked in the fields of rural crafts and HIV/AIDS education, both as a researcher and in community development.

Her […]

Mac Maharaj

Mac Maharaj began his political mission as a student in Durban in 1953 when he worked in many areas of anti-apartheid activities. In 1964 he was arrested, charged and convicted for sabotage in the so called “little Rivonia Trial”. During this trial, Mac was exposed to repeated bouts of torture, but […]

Cedric Nunn

Cedric Nunn is a South African photographer best known for his work depicting life in South Africa before and after the end of apartheid. He was introduced to photography by his friend Peter McKenzie, who became the first black student to study photography at the Natal Technikon. As Cedric did […]

KZN Society for the Blind

Established in 1936, the KZN Society for the Blind continues to be a lifeline for many blind and partially sighted people in this province. Located in Umbilo- Durban, the Society has offered many years of sight-related services with its focus on improving rehabilitation, education and employment opportunities for the blind community they […]

Dr Sazi Dlamini

Dr Sazi Dlamini was born in 1966 and matriculated from Amanzimtoti Zulu Training School, formally known as Adams Mission, in 1979. He studied in Durban and graduated from the then University of Natal with a Diploma in Musical Performance in jazz guitar, which was followed by a Bachelor in Music […]

Dawn ‘Maduma’ Leppan

Dawn ‘Maduma’ Leppan was raised in Drummond by her grandparents who owned a restaurant in the area. Her home has always been on the edge of that enormous valley with its great views over a thousand hills, and calls the surrounding community her extended family; a family she has cared […]

Obed ‘3’ Gumede

After his father passed away when he was still a young boy, Obed Gumede well known as ‘3’ left school to begin working at a very early age. He found a job at the West Street branch of Kings Sports, where he became exposed to the widest variety of facets […]

Alzina Zondi

After completing her Standard 8 in the late 1920s, Alzina Zondi moved from Pietermaritzburg to Durban and joined the liberation struggle. She sold the New Age newspaper at taxi ranks and was subsequently engaged in recruiting other women to the African National Congress, especially among vendors selling goods at taxi […]

Tu Nokwe

Tu Nokwe grew up in KwaMashu, and is a member of one of the most famous South African musical families, sometimes referred to as the Jacksons of Africa. Her mother, Patty is a well-known soprano opera singer, while her late father Alfred, is remembered as an iconic actor of stage […]