South African Female Writers

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Nadine Gordimer
(Writer, Political Activist)
Nadine Gordimer
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Birthdate: November 20, 1923
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Transvaal, South Africa
Died: July 13, 2014

Nadine Gordimer was a South African political activist and writer. Gordimer, who wrote extensively on racial and moral issues such as apartheid in South Africa, was honored with the 1991 Nobel Prize in Literature. An important member of the anti-apartheid movement, Nadine Gordimer's advice to Nelson Mandela led to his famous 1964 defense speech, which eventually led to his conviction.

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Zindzi Mandela
(Diplomat)
Zindzi Mandela
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Birthdate: December 23, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
Died: July 13, 2020

Zindzi Mandela was a South African poet and diplomat best known as the daughter of the famous anti-apartheid activist, Nelson Mandela. From 1996 to 1998, she also served as a temporary First Lady of South Africa. Over the years, she has been portrayed in films and TV films, such as Mrs Mandela (2009), Invictus (2009), and Mandela (1987).

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Mary Renault
(Writer)
Mary Renault
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Birthdate: September 4, 1905
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: December 13, 1983

Mary Renault was a British writer best remembered for her historical novels. Some of her historical novels, such as The King Must Die and The Bull from the Sea were adapted into a BBC Radio 4 serial. Although she is renowned for her fictional portrayals of prominent real-life characters like Alexander the Great, Mary Renault also wrote Alexander's non-fiction biography.

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Ruth First
(Author, Politician, University teacher, Writer, Journalist, Martyr, Political activist)
Ruth First
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Birthdate: May 4, 1925
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Johannesburg
Died: August 17, 1982

South African activist/journalist Ruth First is remembered for her relentless fight against apartheid. Born to Latvian immigrants and founders of the South African Communist Party, First was later tried for treason and detained. While working at a Mozambican university in exile, she was assassinated in a parcel bomb attack

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Fatima Meer
(Writer)
Fatima Meer
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Birthdate: August 12, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Durban, South Africa
Died: March 12, 2010
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Olive Schreiner
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Birthdate: March 24, 1855
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lesotho
Died: December 11, 1920
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Ingrid Jonker
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Birthdate: September 19, 1933
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Douglas, South Africa
Died: July 19, 1965
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Bessie Emery Head
(Former writer who wrote novels, short fiction and autobiographical works that are infused with spiritual questioning and reflection)
Bessie Emery Head
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Birthdate: July 6, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Died: April 17, 1986
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Lauren St John
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Birthdate: 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kadoma, Zimbabwe
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Heidi Holland
(Journalist)
Heidi Holland
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Birthdate: October 6, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
Died: August 11, 2012
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Elsa Joubert
(Writer)
Elsa Joubert
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Birthdate: October 19, 1922
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paarl, Cape Province, Union of South Africa
Died: June 14, 2020
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Mary Benson
(Activist)
Mary Benson
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Birthdate: December 8, 1919
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa
Died: June 19, 2000
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Sarah Millin
(Author)
Sarah Millin
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Birthdate: March 19, 1889
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: South Africa
Died: July 6, 1968