Caleb Humalebe Motshabi was born on the 5th of November 1923 in Bethanie [a location that used to exist in Waaihoek]. The third child of the late Solomon Batshabeng and Maria Panyane Motshabi, he grew up in the Batho Township in Mangaung and attended school at St Bernard Primary School where he completed his Standard Six during the 1930s.
Constance Boniswa Tshabalala, the daughter of Sienah and Joseph Mothlale, was born on the 19thof July 1961 in Bloemfontein – 49 days after South Africa became a republic outside the British Commonwealth. At the age of one and a half years, she went to live with her grandparents, Michael and Mary Mothlale, and her brother in Elsies River, Cape Town.
Digaretene and the 1947 royal visit in Bloemfontein: an oral history overview
he narrative of Digaretene in Bochabela Township, East of Bloemfontein, dated back to 1947 when the British Royal family – King George VI, his wife Queen Elizabeth and their two daughters, Princess Elizabeth (the current Queen Elizabeth) and Princess Margaret – visited South Africa.
King George VI and his Royal family visited Bloemfontein as part of their tour of South Africa. The reason for the visit was to thank South Africa for the support that the country gave Britain during the Second World War [WWII]. The Municipality of Bloemfontein organized the construction of 24 houses, 12 built in Abdurahman Street and 12 built in Nyokong Street.
Audrey Hepburn once said that the best thing to hold onto in life is each other. In this month of love, we look at the inspiring love story of two struggle heroes, Walter and Albertina Sisulu. Their love survived the dark days of apartheid, when Walter Sisulu was imprisoned eight times, banned, placed under house arrest, tried twice for treason, and, in 1964, jailed for life.