Tag: Issue 78

Pioneer: Helen Nontando (Noni) Jabavu

(1919 – 2008)

Writer and journalist Noni Jabavu was a pioneer in many fields. She was the first black South African woman to publish autobiographies. In a remarkable career, she studied music, was a prolific writer, had a stint as a radio personality for the BBC and worked as a film technician and semi-skilled engineer and oxyacetylene welder, working on bomber engine parts during the Second World War.Helen Nontando Jabavu was born on 20 August 1919…

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