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Arndt Leonard Thesen (1816 - 1875)

Thesen Islands is steeped in the history of the Southern Cape. It is situated in the midst of the tranquil waters of one of the richest ecological estuaries in South Africa – home to the rare ...

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Onze Jan Hofmeyr (1845 - 1909)

Jan Hendrik Hofmeyr (Onze Jan) (4 Julie 1845 - Londen, 16 Oktober 1909) is in Kaapstad gebore. Tydens sy loopbaan was hy 'n joernalis by de Zuid-Afrikaan, Ons Land en die Zuid Afrikaansche Tijdschrift....

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Kommandant Sarel Johannes Eloff (1822 - 1889)

Kommandant van Swartruggens en boesemvriend van President Paul Kruger.

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Frederik Christoffel Eloff, b1c3d2e3 (1850 - 1924)

Frederik Christoffel Eloff was the private secretary & son-in-law of President Paul Kruger. Frederik accompanied President Kruger to Europe during Pres. Kruger's exile. Frederik settled on the North-Ea...

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Geerard Leendert Pieter Moerdijk, b1 (1890 - 1958)

MOERDYK, Gerard Leendert Pieter Born: 1890 03 04 Died: 1958 03 29 Is probably the best-known Afrikaans architect; it is notable that no monograph on Moerdyk has yet appeared in South Africa alt...

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Dingaan kaSenzangakhona, King of the Zulus (c.1795 - 1840)

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Dinuzulu kaCetshwayo (1868 - 1913)

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Nkayishana Maphumzana 'Phumuzuzulu' Solomom kaDinuzulu, King of the Zulus (1891 - 1933)

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Senzangakhona kaJama, King of the Zulus (c.1762 - c.1816)

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Bhekuzulu Cyprian kaSolomon, King of the Zulus (c.1924 - 1968)

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Mpande kaSenzangakhona, King of the Zulus (1798 - 1872)

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Jama kaNdaba, King of Zulus (c.1727 - 1781)

Jama s grave is on the farm Heelgoed that lies within the Emakosini Valley. (The Valley of the Kings)The farm was sold to the Amalfa Historical Society by Mr.,W.H.Els in 1996. ----------------

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Mageba kaGumede, King of the Zulus, PROG (c.1667 - c.1745)

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Nandi Ndlovukazi kaBhebe, of the eLangeni, Queen Mother of the Zulus (1766 - 1827)

( ) The history of Nandi and that of her son, Shaka,the great Zulu king and founder of the Zulu nation has mostly been gleaned from oral sources and some written references from the diary of the Afri...

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Labotsibeni Gwamile Mdluli, Queen Regent of Swaziland (c.1859 - 1925)

Indlovukazi Labotsibeni Gwamile Ndluli laMvelase of Swaziland 1899-1921 Regent 1921-25 Joint-Head of State She was regent until the installation of her grand-son as King Shobuza II (1921-82)....

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Makobo Modjadji, Rain Queen, VI (1978 - 2005)

The Rain Queens of South Africa According to legend, a Kranga chief named Mugodo was warned by his ancestral spirits of a plot by his sons to overthrow him. He had them killed and told his daughter D...

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Makoma Modjadji, Rain Queen, IV (1905 - 1980)

The Rain Queens of South Africa According to legend, a Kranga chief named Mugodo was warned by his ancestral spirits of a plot by his sons to overthrow him. He had them killed and told his daughter D...

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Khetoane Modjadji, Rain Queen, III (1869 - 1959)

The Rain Queens of South Africa According to legend, a Kranga chief named Mugodo was warned by his ancestral spirits of a plot by his sons to overthrow him. He had them killed and told his daughter D...

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Maselekwane Modjadji, Rain Queen, I (b. - 1855)

The Rain Queens of South Africa According to legend, a Kranga chief named Mugodo was warned by his ancestral spirits of a plot by his sons to overthrow him. He had them killed and told his daughter D...

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Pieter Gerrit Wessel Grobler, (g2h1) (1873 - 1942)

Offices held by Piet Grobler Deputy State-Secretary on 17.10.1899 Foreign Secretary to Pres. Paul Kruger during the Anglo-Boer War Elected Member of Volksraad in 1910 Elected Leader of the NP i...

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Masalandbo Modjadji, Rain Queen, II (b. - 1894)

The Rain Queens of South Africa According to legend, a Kranga chief named Mugodo was warned by his ancestral spirits of a plot by his sons to overthrow him. He had them killed and told his daughter D...

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Mokope Modjadji, Rain Queen, V (1936 - 2001)

The Rain Queens of South Africa According to legend, a Kranga chief named Mugodo was warned by his ancestral spirits of a plot by his sons to overthrow him. He had them killed and told his daughter D...

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Kmdt. Koos Grootvoet Potgieter (1801 - c.1849)

(Potgieter: b7c8d6e4/1.7.8.6.4) : Potgieter, Jacobus Christoffel (Koos Grootvoet) - b7c8d6e4 = 22.3.1801, Veldkornet van die wyk Tarka in die Kaapkolonie ca. 1831-1834, Voortrekkerleier en Voortrekkerk...

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Jacobus Philippus Snyman (1838 - 1925)

General Jacobus Philippus Snyman [Kootjie], farmer and soldier (*29.01.1838 Marico district) (≈21.03.1840) farmed in the Marico district of the Transvaal and led its commando in the Anglo-Boer W...

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Gert Andries Jacobus, Kmdt. en leier van die 1ste Dorslandtrek MP (1836 - 1927)

Gert Andries Jacobus Alberts (Grootpa Gert) Commandant and Leader of the First Dorsland Trek (*03.01.1836 Swellendam) (≈17.05.1836 Cradock) He left his farm in the Pretoria district on 15.05.187...

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Johannes Hermanus Grobler, b6c2d6 (1795 - 1876)

Johannes Hermanus Grobler (Hans) (*12.12.1795) (≈14.02.1796 Tulbagh) (†28.05.1876 Rustenburg) He went on the Great Trek with his brother-in-law Voortrekker leader Andries Hendrik Potgiete...

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Shaka kaSenzangakhona, King of the Zulus (c.1787 - c.1828)

As a youth, Shaka was the butt of many jokes because of his illegitimacy, however, such taunting turned the boy into a fearless, aggressive man. When Shaka's father died, Shaka assumed control of the Z...

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Mkabayi kaJama, Regent Princess of the Zulus (c.1760 - c.1840)

Mnkabayi (Mkabayi) c1760-c1840 She was the elder sister of the Zulu chief Senzagakhona, for whom she acted as a co-regent during his youth (c1780s) She remained unmarried in order to retain her polit...

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Cetshwayo kaMpande, King of the Zulus (1826 - 1884)

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Constance Magogo Sibilile Mantithi Ngangezinye kaDinuzulu, Princess of the Zulus (1900 - 1984)

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George McCall Theal (1837 - 1919)

was the most prolific and influential South African historian, archivist and genealogist of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The son of Canadian physician, William Young Theal, who wa...

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John Vernon Lochart Rennie, Prof. (1903 - 1994)

Death of Prof John Rennie, 91 Herald Reporter ESTEEMED palaeonologist, former Rhodes University vice-principal and political activist, Professor John Vernon Lockhart Rennie, has died in Grahamstown...

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Harry Frederick (Frederich) Oppenheimer (1908 - 2000)

Harry Oppenheimer (1908–2000) Born 28 October 1908 and died at age 91 on 19 August 2000, Harry Oppenheimer was a leading South African businessman and one of the richest men in the world. His ...

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Johnny Clegg MP

Johnny Clegg Jonathan "Johnny" Clegg was born near Manchester, England in Bacup, Lancashire (or in Rochdale, sources differ) on June 7, 1953. His mother's parents were Lithuanian Jewish immigrants, w...

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Thomas Charles John Bain, b7 (1830 - 1893)

Thomas Charles Bain (29 September 1830–1893) became an even more famous road builder than his father and is the best known of the 19th century road builders. Famous for his 24 mountain passes. H...

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Jacobus Daniel 'Japie' Krige (1879 - 1961)

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Sir Andries Stockenstrom MP (1792 - 1864)

The eldest son of Anders Stockenström (1757-1811), he received an elementary education in Cape Town and in 1808 took up an appointment as clerk in his father’s office at Graaff-Reinet. On...

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Robert Tressell (1870 - 1911)

Robert Tressell Born in Dublin, Ireland, the illegitimate son of Samuel Croker, a senior member of the Royal Irish Constabulary. Baptized and raised a Roman Catholic. His father, who wasn't Catho...

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Hermanus d' Jonge STEYN, President of Swellendam (c.1743 - c.1804)

Hermanus STEYN b1c3d6 was born on the farm Bruintjiesrivier of his father, Hermanus STEYN d'Oude. When he was about nine years old, the family moved to the farm Doornfontein adjacent to the Sondagsrivi...

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Francis William Reitz, President of the OFS MP (1844 - 1934)

Francis William Reitz, Jr. (Swellendam, 5 October 1844 – Cape Town, 27 March 1934) was a South African lawyer, politician, statesman, publicist and poet, member of parliament of the Cape Colony,...

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Gen. Lord Charles Henry Somerset, Governor of the Cape MP (1767 - 1831)

General Lord Charles Henry Somerset (2 December 1767 – 18 February 1831) was a British soldier, politician and colonial administrator. He was governor of the Cape Colony, South Africa, from 1814...

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Kingsley Ogilvie Fairbridge MP (1885 - 1924)

Kinglsey Ogilvie Fairbridge (5 May 1885 – 19 July 1924) was the founder of a child emigration scheme to British colonies and the Fairbridge Schools. His life work was the founding of the "Societ...

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Ruth First Slovo MP (1925 - 1982)

Ruth First Jeppe High School for Girls Memorial Trust 25 August 2010 A small group of staff and learners from Jeppe High School for Girls recently attended the Ruth First Memorial Lecture at Wits U...

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Meent Jacobus Borcherds (1792 - 1844)

Borcherds, ds. Meent, Predikant. 1762: Op 3 September gebore in Jemmigen, Friesland. 1786: Kom op 19 April in Suid-Afrika aan en word benoem tot derde predikant van die N.G. gemeente van Kaapstad...

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Rabbi Natan Gamedze (Prince Nkosinathi Gamedze) MP

Jerusalem, Israel

Rabbi Natan Gamedze is a linguist with an honors degree from Oxford. He is the grandson of a former king of Swaziland and scion of the royal Gamedze dynasty that had ruled Swaziland for generations. Ga...

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Johannes Petrus Meyer MP (1842 - 1919)

Farmer, Transport rider, Field Cornet, Mining Magnate, Member of Parliament, founding member of the Witwatersrand Agricultural Society, Businessman and first Mining Commissioner of the ZAR When settl...

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John Charles Molteno, Sir MP (1814 - 1886)

First Prime Minister of the Cape Colony, tenure from 1872-1878 Sir John Charles Molteno was an early citizen of Beaufort Wes - a wool trader, creator of the extensive Nelspoort Estate , and such a cham...

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William Walter Harding, Captain (c.1782 - 1831)

Irish Records Extraction Database about William Harding Name: William Harding Sex: Male Marriage: 1809 Marriage Place: Diocese of Cork & Ross, County Cork, Ireland Spouse: Eliza Herrick Source: A...

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Generaal Christiaan Rudolf de Wet MP (1854 - 1922)

Christiaan R. de Wet was een van die mees befaamde en heroiëse van die Boeregeneraals. Sy ontsnappings en oorwinnings het die wêreld aan sy voete gehad. Volgens navorsing was hy die s...

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Guillaume du Toit, SV/PROG MP (c.1660 - 1710)

Guillaume left Lille (Flanders) on the Vrijheit along with Francois (his brother) and Susanne (Francois's wife [Sources required to prove this as Francois only married Susanne in 1690, after his arriva...

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Francois du Toit, SV/PROG MP (1664 - 1731)

Hy kom from Lille (in Flandre) in 1686 na die Kaap aan boord die Vrijheit. Hy besit die plase Kleinbosch, Schoongezicht en Palmietvallei in Daljosafat, Soetendal en Lemietrivier in Wagenmakersvallei....

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Jacobus Retief, b4c7 (1754 - 1821)

Jacobus Retief was a farmer near Wellington, his original farm was called “Soetendal”. He also bought the farm “Welvanpas”, formerly known as “De Krakeelhoek” ...

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Francois Retief, SV/PROG MP (1663 - 1721)

Jacobus Retief was a farmer near Wellington, his original farm was called “Soetendal”. He also bought the farm “Welvanpas”, formerly known as “De Krakeelhoek” ...

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Pierre Theron, b4 MP (1709 - 1778)

Birth Cape of Good Hope Anno 1709 den 10 Augustus is geboren Pieter Theron - Geslacht Lyst, Pieter Francois Theron, Manuscript, 1823-1826, South African Library, Cape Town, Manuscript, 1823-1826 ...

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Jacques de la Porte, SV/PROG MP (c.1673 - 1739)

Jacques de la PORTE (vandag bekend as DELPORT) van Ryssel (Lille), was 'n Franse Hugenoot wat in 13 April 1699 aangekom het op die Cattendyk met sy vrou Sara VITOUT met wie hy in Oktober 1698 getrou he...

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Louis Cordier, SV/PROG MP (c.1656 - 1702)

Marriage to Francoise Martinet SM/PROG Epense, Marne, Champagne-Ardenne, France Etat Civil - Acte de mariage/Mariage Date de l'acte : 1679.12.03 (03/12/1679) Lieu de l'acte : Epense (51) SUJET : MA...

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Jacques Malan SV/PROG MP (c.1665 - c.1742)

Bronne: Kriel register en ander Hugo A.M. met medewerking van Van der Bijl J. 1963. Die Kerk van Stellenbosch 1686-1963 : ‘n geskiedenis van die kerkgeboue van die Nederduits Gereformeerde Gemee...

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Jacques (Jacob) de Villiers, SV/PROG 3 MP (c.1661 - 1735)

A letter from the Chamber of Delft, dated 16 December 1688, stated: With this ship we have again permitted the following French Refugees to sail to the Cape and earn their living as freemen, Pierre de ...

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Thomas Hartley, Jr. MP (1803 - 1886)

1820 British Settler Thomas Hartley 18, Blacksmith, together with his parents and 9 Siblings, were members of Thomas Calton's 's Party of 167 Settlers on the Settler Ship Albury . Party originate...

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Lt. Col. Joseph Crowe, VC MP (1826 - 1876)

The South African Military History Society Die Suid-Afrikaanse Krygshistoriese Vereniging Military History Journal Vol 2 No 3 - June 1972 J.P.H. CROWE First South African born recipient of the Vict...

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Reinhold Cassirer (1908 - 2001)

For Nadine Gordimer and Reinhold's meeting and her introduction to his Berlin click on Nadine Gordimer . In 1954 Cassirer became Gordimer's second husband, and she his third wife. Sunday Times Obitua...

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Sailor Malan MP (1910 - 1963)

" Adolph Gysbert Malan DSO & Bar DFC (24 March 1910 – 17 September 1963), better known as Sailor Malan , was a famed South African World War II RAF fighter pilot who led No. 74 Squadron RAF duri...

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Charlize Theron MP

United States

Academy Award winning South African actress Charlize Theron rose to fame in the late 1990s following her roles in 2 Days in the Valley, Mighty Joe Young, The Devil's Advocate and The Cider House Rules....

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Guy Butler MP (1918 - 2001)

Prof. Guy Butler (poet) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Guy Butler Born 21 January 1918 Cradock, Eastern Cape, South Africa Died 26 April 2001 (2001-04-27) (aged 83) Grahamstown, South Africa...

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Zach de Beer MP (1928 - 1999)

Former Politician and leader of Progressive Federal Party (PFP), then the Democratic Party (DP) 1988-1994. .Zac de Beer was born on 11 October 1928. He was the second of four children of Jean Isobel an...

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JGN Strauss MP (1900 - 1990)

From Wiki: Jacobus Gideon Nel Strauss, known as Koos Strauss, Kosie Strauss or J. G. N. Strauss (Calvinia, Northern Cape 1900-1990), was leader of the South African United Party from 1950 to 1956. In t...

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Gillian Slovo MP

Gillian Slovo is a South African born novelist, playwright and memoirist. Her novels were at first predominantly of the crime and thriller genres, including a series featuring the detective Kate Baei...

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Deneys Reitz MP (1882 - 1944)

Deneys Reitz (1882—1944), son of Francis William Reitz, was a Boer soldier, South African soldier in the First World War, and politician. While in exile in Madagascar he wrote about his experi...

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George Herbert Hyde Villiers, 6th Earl of Clarendon MP (1877 - 1955)

George Herbert Hyde Villiers, 6th Earl of Clarendon KG, PC (7 June 1877 – 13 December 1955), known as Lord Hyde from 1877 to 1914, was a British Conservative politician. He served as Governor-Ge...

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President Marthinus Wessel Pretorius MP (1819 - 1901)

Voortrekker to Natal on 1 OCT 1838. -------------------- The son of the famous Voortrekker leader Andries Pretorius, Marthinus Wessel Pretorius (17 September 1819 - 19 May 1901) was the first presi...

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Herbert Gladstone, 1st & last Viscount Gladstone MP (1854 - 1930)

Herbert Gladstone was M.P. for Leeds (1880). On 17 December 1885, Herbert revealed to the press that his father was dedicated to achieving Home Rule for Ireland: the incident has become known as the 'H...

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Schalk Willem Burger MP (1852 - 1918)

Schalk Willem Burger (6 September 1852 – 5 December 1918) was a South African military leader, lawyer, and statesman, and was acting President of the South African Republic from 1900 to 1902, wh...

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Jacob Daniël 'Totius' du Toit MP (1877 - 1953)

Totius (TOE-she-us) was the pen name of the Afrikaner poet Jacob Daniël du Toit (Yah-kob Dun-ee-el doo-Toy) (21 February 1877 in Paarl, near Cape Town in South Africa – 1 July 1953, in Pr...

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Daniel Retief (Dana) Niehaus (1918 - 1995)

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Eugène Nielen Marais MP (1871 - 1936)

South African Lawyer, naturalist, poet and writer Eugene Nielen Marais (1871-1936) He is usually regarded as the herald of the true Afrikaans poetry. His "Winternag" was used as a symbol of the i...

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P.W. Botha MP (1916 - 2006)

Biography Early life Botha was born on the farm Telegraaf in the Paul Roux district of the Orange Free State, the son of Afrikaner parents. His father, also named Pieter, fought in a commando again...

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John (Balthazar Johannes) Vorster MP (1915 - 1983)

Balthazar Johannes Vorster (13 December 1915 - 10 September 1983), better known as John Vorster, served as the Prime Minister of South Africa from 1966 to 1978 and as the fourth State President of So...

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Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd MP (1901 - 1966)

Source - Wikipedia Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd (8 September 1901 - 6 September 1966) was Prime Minister of South Africa from 1958 until his assassination in 1966. Verwoerd was born in the Netherlands an...

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Dr D.F. Malan MP (1874 - 1959)

Daniel François Malan (22 May 1874 – 7 February 1959), more commonly known as D.F. Malan, was the Prime Minister of South Africa from 1948 to 1954. He is seen as the champion of Afrikaner...

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Lord John Henry de Villiers SV1b3c1d17e1f5 (1842 - 1914)

John Henry, Lord de Villiers, first Baron de Villiers of Wynberg born in Paarl on 15 June 1842, died in Pretoria, 2 September 1914, judge and Cape politician, was the second son and fourth child of t...

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Melius de Villiers SV1b3c1d17e1f8 MP (1849 - 1938)

MELIUS DE VILLIERS Melius de Villiers was born 5 September 1849, Paarl v. He attended Paarl Gymnasium and South African College School. In 1872 he obtained the “Certificate of the Higher Class...

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Dick King MP (1811 - 1871)

An 1820 settler, part of the Bradshaw party on the Kennersley Castle. Richard was 8 years old according to M D Nash in The Settlers Handbook. That would put his birth at approximately 1811 since the ...

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Beyers Naudé MP (1915 - 2004)

Christiaan Frederick Beyers Naudé (10 May 1915 – 7 September 2004) was a South African cleric, theologian and the leading Afrikaner anti-apartheid activist. [1 He was known simply as Beye...

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James Barry Munnik Hertzog MP (1867 - 1942)

James Barry Munnik Hertzog, better known as J. B. M. Hertzog (3 April 1867 near Wellington, Cape Colony – 21 November 1942 in Pretoria, Union of South Africa) was a Boer general during the secon...

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President Paul Kruger MP (1825 - 1904)

-------------------- Paul Kruger (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) Stephanus Johannes Paulus Kruger (10 October 1825 – 14 July 1904), better known as Paul Kruger and affectionately k...

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General Louis Botha MP (1862 - 1919)

Louis Botha (27 September 1862 – 27 August 1919) was an Afrikaner and first Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa . He was born in Greytown (now in KwaZulu-Natal) as one of 13 children b...

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Joe Slovo MP (1926 - 1995)

Yossel Mashel Slovo was born in Lithuiania in 1926 to a Jewish family who emigrated to South Africa when he was eight. His father worked as a truck driver in Johannesburg. Slovo left school in 1941 and...

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Andries Wilhelmus Jacobus Pretorius, Kommandant-Generaal MP (1798 - 1853)

Uit Andries Pretorius deur Gustav Preller- Uitgegee deur Colin Pretorius en eGGSA e/winkel. Andries Wilhelmus Jacobus, bestem was om in Piet Retief se plek op te tree, Dingane te verslaan, en die Suid ...

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Johan Anthoniszoon van Riebeeck, SV/PROG MP (1619 - 1677)

Resolutions of the Cape of Good Hope - With aknowledgement to Dr Helena Liebenberg(Author) Zaterdach den 30en December 1651 (Sat. 30/112/1651) De wint westelijck, vrij hard aencoelende. Bevinden 't s...

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Simon van der Stel, SV/PROG MP (1639 - 1712)

Source: GISA Questions raised in 1988 regarding some portraits of Simon van der Stel - (PDF)

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General "Koos" de la Rey MP (1847 - 1914)

General Jacobus Herculaas de la Rey (22 October 1847 - 15 September 1914), known as Koos de la Rey was a Boer general during the Second Boer War and is widely regarded as being one of the strongest mil...

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Cecil John Rhodes MP (1853 - 1902)

Cecil John Rhodes (1853-1902) was father of the De Beers Consolidated Mining Company and the British South Africa Company, as well as a major architect of British policy in southern Africa, founder of ...

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Barney Barnato MP (1851 - 1897)

Barney Barnato (21 February 1851 – 14 June 1897), born Barnet Isaacs , was a British Randlord, one of the entrepreneurs who gained control of diamond mining, and later gold mining, in South Afri...

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NP van Wyk Louw MP (1906 - 1970)

Nicolaas Petrus van Wyk Louw was born at Sutherland on June 11th 1906. He was second in line of four brothers, of which the youngest was W E G Louw the poet. Their parents Von Moltke and Poppie Louw wi...

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Roy Campbell MP (1901 - 1957)

Roy Campbell, (October 2, 1901 – April 22, 1957) was an Anglo-African poet and satirist. )

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