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Papers of Stephen Mukhesi Maimela Dzivhani

  • ZA HPRA A1075
  • Archief
  • 1913 - 1975

The Papers deal with Dzivhani's love of music and his training in the Lutheran Mission as a teacher and lay preacher in Sibasa. He translated the Lutheran hymn book into Venda, adding his own compositions in words and music. He was also an agent for the Mealie Control Board. There is much music, history of both education and the church in Venda as well as local tribal histories, court proceedings and tribal matters, his relationship with the White government, also his personal letters to and from his daughter, Ulrica, and the education of her son abroad.

Dzivhani, Stephen Mukhesi Maimela

S. M. Dzivhani

Teacher's certificate, 1 August 1916: trade school card; Lutheran Mission subscription card, 1958-1963; passport; Native teacher's registration form outpatients record card 1964-1965; sworn statement 16 July 1970; Donald Fraser Hospital record card; private box card.


Used more for notes than strict diary form. Dates not consecutive either. Mostly dealing with school and education matters.

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Notes on expenses, medicines, names and addresses, biblical verses, words of hymns, poems, dreams, dates and events, some notes in Venda, titles and addresses of books, maths jottings, items of news, educational notes, estimates, names on various committees, meetings, names of chiefs and headmen; collections and agreements on loans, expenditure, quotations, school notes, minutes of meetings, questions and answers, payments of school salaries, music, carbon copies of letters, choir notes, Mealie Control Board notes, history, ledger of Sibasa Otenda Mills.

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Letters in Sesotho re lobola; Mr Maphuto's failure to visit Dzivhani and his visit with his wife; a dream about him marrying a Xhosa teacher who became his wife and which came true to P. Makwela.

Other Venda letters to he translated.

Main correspondents: William Ballinger, P. J. de Beer, Bennett Dzivhani, lashudu Steven Dzivhani; Prof. Richard Gray, Mabel Jackson Haight, Melene Jaume, Hanna Lechler, Chief J. M. Mphaphuli; Victor Ralushai, Dr. P. ka I. Seme.

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