Zamani Makhanya

Visual Artist, Zamani Makhanya, grew up in Lamontville township on the outskirts of Durban, the youngest of seven children. He was born on 22 August 1959. Contents 1 Good Education – Influenced by Three Schools 2 Fine Arts Degree at Fort Hare University 3 Third Eye Vision – African Symbols 4 Death in his Family … Read more

Smart Gumede

Smart Gumede, printmaker and sculptor in wood, was born and died at Ndwedwe, KwaZulu-Natal. He also attended school in the Ndwedwe district, excelling at craftwork. He went to Amanzimtoti Training College to train as a teacher. While there, he received a bursary to train as an art teacher at the Ndaleni Teacher Training College. Taught … Read more

Mlu Zondi – Dancer, Performance Artist

Mlu Zondi, 34 year old male who is born-and-bred in Durban, is the 2010 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for dance. This dynamic, out-of-the-box performer moves seamlessly between the stage, gallery and public spaces, and challenges the boundaries of the dance discipline with his cutting edge performance art, videos and multimedia installations. “As a young artist, winning … Read more

Andrew Verster – Artist, Designer and Playwright

Andrew Verster was born in Johannesburg in 1937. He attended the Camberwell School of Art and Reading University. Andrew Verster lectured at the University of Durban Westville (then University College, Durban) and the Natal Technikon until 1976, when he gave up teaching to become a full-time painter. Andrew collaborated with the architect Hans Hallen on … Read more

Mzwakhe Mbuli

Mzwakhe Mbuli, known as “The People’s Poet”. Mzwakhe Mbuli, also known as “The People’s Poet”, is a popular poet and mbaqanga singer in South Africa. He was born in Sophiatown in 1958, but his family was forced to move to Soweto when the government bulldozed his home town. His work includes a book of poems, … Read more