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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.


  • Corporate body

The weekly newspaper "Advance" was the successor to the newspaper "Guardian" and was published under this name from November 1952 to October 1954.

Brian Bunting, who became managing editor of the "Guardian" in September 1948, had changed the name of the newspaper from "Guardian" to "Clarion" between May to August 1952, after which it was named "Advance". In October 1954 the name was changed again to "New Age", and from December 1962 to March 1963, after the banning of "New Age" the newspaper was published as "Spark". The final edition of "Spark" appeared on the 28 March 1963, after the banning of its editor and other people like Sonia Bunting, Rica Hodgson, Wolfie Kodesh, Ruth First and Fred Carneson, amongst many others.

Aids Law Project

  • Corporate body
  • 2007-

AIDS LAW PROJECT (ALP) is a non-governmental organization which works exclusively to promote equal rights and justice for people living with HIV and AIDS. ALP focuses on using legal strategies to advance health rights for people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS. It was founded by lawyers whose desire was to give back to society, through applying their legal expertise in assisting people living with HIV and AIDS to acquire equal rights and treatment.

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.

Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA)

  • Corporate body
  • 1847-

The Anglican Church of Southern Africa, previously known as the Church of the Province of Southern Africa, is the province of the Anglican Communion in Southern Africa. Its primate is the Archbishop of Cape Town. The church includes dioceses in present day South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Angola, Lesotho, Swaziland and St. Helena.

An agreement was signed in 1937 between the Church of the Province of South Africa (CPSA) - now known as the Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA) - and the University of the Witwatersrand, whereby the church's central record library was places on loan with the University. The library consisted of books, pamphlets, periodicals and manuscripts. The richness of the Anglican Church's manuscript collection is due to the efforts of the provincial archivists appointed by the church to collect material and transfer it to the university. The first, 1937-1957, was Father Osmund Victor, followed by Canon Cecil Thomas Wood from 1958-1979. Mrs AR Kotze then took over from 1979-2000, until Carol Archibald was appointed as Provincial Archivist in 2001.

Anthony Asher

  • Person

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

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