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ZANELE SITU – 21 ICONS – ICON OF THE MONTH

21/02/2018 • 21 Icons South Africa, head, Home, Latest News, NewsComments (0)

Zanele Situ got sick on a Sunday. “I was fetching water with my brother and I just started to feel tired,” she says. After three days of fatigue and weakness, she awoke with no feeling in the lower half of her body. She was admitted to hospital, where she would remain incapacitated for years, drifting …

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KAREL BENADIE – 21 ICONS – ICON OF THE MONTH

01/05/2017 • 21 Icons South Africa, Home, NewsComments (0)

A boy, slight and quick on his feet, runs up a hill close to his house in the jagged Karoo landscape. The hill is steep, and the days are hot, but he does this every morning. His daily routine: running, tracking, and looking for the caracals that prey on

PHILLIP TOBIAS – 21 ICON

14/11/2016 • 21 Icons South Africa, Home, Latest News, News, On the GoComments (0)

Phillip Tobias’s father owned a toyshop. Imagine the treasures unearthed by the wide-eyed son. He’d go down to the store and ride the scooters and tricycles for sale. Sadly, the dream didn’t last. The toyshop flourished in the early years, but the

GARY PLAYER – 21 ICON

19/09/2016 • 21 Icons South Africa, Latest News, NewsComments (0)

Muirfield, 1959. A 23-year-old Gary Player has come from four shots behind at the start of the final day to lead the field at the British Open. Conditions are mild – surprisingly, for England in July, the rain has held off – and the young South African is

HELEN SEBIDI – 21 ICONS

07/08/2016 • 21 Icons South Africa, Editors PicksComments (0)

It’s a typical South African scene: a black woman bent over a mop, scrubbing the floor in a white woman’s house. She leans into the mop from her hips, pushing back and forwards. The tiles glisten, covered in a soapy film. Once she finishes her day’s

YVONNE CHAKA CHAKA — 21 ICON

06/07/2016 • 21 Icons South Africa, Africa News, Editors PicksComments (0)

“Let’s do it for Madiba!” shouts Yvonne Chaka Chaka as she walks on stage at the first 46664 concert in Cape Town. She’s decked out in South African flags, looking like a soccer fan crossed with a diva. There are two on her dress and eight on her hat;

NARDINE GORDIMER – 21 ICON

21/03/2016 • 21 Icons South Africa, Africa News, Editors Picks, NewsComments (0)

Nadine Gordimer’s typewriter has run out of ribbon. Her precious Olivetti, the instrument used in inking thousands of pages, is now a relic of a romantic past. The first South African to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, Gordimer has published

PETER MAGUBANE

28/01/2016 • 21 Icons South Africa, Africa NewsComments (0)

Peter Magubane was made to stand on bricks for five days and nights. Given nothing but the sporadic sip of black coffee to sustain him, on the fifth day he collapsed. He faced an indefinite period in solitary confinement. The crime? Photographing a 1969

ZUBEIDA JAFFER

07/12/2015 • 21 Icons South AfricaComments (0)

In South Africa in 1980, protests and riots abounded. Detention and arrests were commonplace. Pointless deaths were routine. Senselessness became a trademark of apartheid tyranny. Zubeida Jaffer experienced this first-hand when she was jailed for uncovering

JILL FARRANT

28/10/2015 • 21 Icons South AfricaComments (0)

“There’s something magic going on down by the river,” Jill Farrant told her dad. The child had noticed a green plant that, the previous day, had appeared devoid of life. She was nine. The experience sparked a curiosity that has led to a career