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Abrahams, Yvonne

  • Person

Yvonne Silbert was born in Krugersdorp In 1926. Before she was twenty she wrote a musical play called 'Take It or Leave It!' The play was produced in Johannesburg by Norah Taylor in August 1948.

Yvonne Silbert travelled around the reef teaching Speech and Drama, and acted in amateur theatre productions in South Africa. A play she wrote about Crippen was presented on Springbok Radio.

In 1950 Yvonne Silbert married Rupert Abrahams, an attorney. Two weeks later she contracted poliomyelitis and was confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life. She regained the use of one hand but composed no more songs as she could no longer play the piano.

She continued to write plays and short stories. Most of her time was taken up with teaching speech and drama, and she produced a number of Shakespearean plays at Afrikaans high schools.

She died in 1975

Adams, Fiona

  • Person
  • 21st century

Fiona Adams was the former Chairperson of the End Conscription Campaign (ECC), Grahamstown off-campus branch.

Alan Stewart Paton

  • Person
  • 1903-1988

Alan Paton was a South African author and anti-Apartheid activist. He is probably most famous as the author of the novel "Cry, the beloved country" which he wrote in 1946.

Albert Lutuli

  • Person
  • 1898 - 21 July 1967

Chief Albert Lutuli, a teacher and activist, became the President-General of the African National Congress (ANC) from December 1952, which he remained until his death in 1967. He was the first African to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 1960.

Alfred Beit

  • Person
  • 1853-1906

Alfred Beit was a German born South African gold and diamond magnate. He was also a major donor of University education in South Africa and abroad.

He was a contemporary and business friend of Cecil Rhodes, and became instrumental in gold field mining on the Witwatersrand. He took part in the planning of the James Raid in 1895.

He set up the Beit Trust, bequeathing large funding for infrastructure development, education and research in Southern Africa.

Anthony Asher

  • Person

Head of School and Professor of Statistics and Actuarial Science at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Auerbach, Dr. Franz

  • Person

Dr. Franz Auerbach originated from a Jewish family who moved to South Africa in1936 to escape Nazi Germany. After his tertiary education he obtained a Teaching Diploma at the Johannesburg Teachers' Training College in 1947. He became one of South Africa's renowned educators through his contributions towards educational change. He was a founder of Jews for Social Justice and a Vice-President of The World Conference on Religion and Peace - South African Chapter (WCRP-SA).

Baneshik, Percy

  • Person

Baneshik was an influential theatre and film critic in South Africa.

Benjamin Pogrund

  • Person
  • 1933-

South African born Israeli author and journalist. He was the former Deputy editor of the Rand Daily Mail, which was forced to close in 1985, when he emigrated to London and eventually to Israel.

He was a close friend of Robert Sobukwe, founder and leader of the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC).

Benjamin Pogrund reported extensively on Apartheid South Africa, for which he was put on trial and in prison. He is the author of the books "Sobukwe and Apartheid" and "How can man die better: the life of Robert Sobukwe".

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