Johannesburg Portraits: From Lionel Phillips to Sibongile Khumalo

Johannesburg Portraits: From Lionel Phillips to Sibongile Khumalo


By (author) Mike Alfred


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  • Publisher: Jacana Media
  • Format: Paperback | 132 pages
  • Dimensions: 208mm x 208mm x 13mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 28 April 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Johannesburg
  • ISBN 10: 1919931333
  • ISBN 13: 9781919931333
  • Illustrations note: b & w illustrations

Product description

How many people can truly say that they know the history of the city in which they live? It is true to say that for most of us who live in Johannesburg, the rich political and social history, and the many fascinations of the city, remain hidden. In "Johannesburg Portraits" Mike Alfred tells the story of Johannesburg through the lives of a group of prominent Johannesburg citizens both living and dead. The people featured, from Lionel and Florrie Phillips through to Philip Tobias, Lionel Abrahams and Sibongile Khumalo, have all lived through stimulating, often turbulent times. And every one of them has contributed, and continues to contribute, to Johannesburg's cultural heritage. Every story tells the reader as much about the city's geography, its economic, political and social history, as it does about each vibrant personality.

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Author information

Mike Alfred grew up and was educated in Johannesburg. He worked for large corporations before starting his own human resources consultancy. During the eighties and nineties he wrote and published the Manpower Brief, a human resources, industrial relations and socio-political newsletter, purchased by many leading South African companies. He is the author of four business books. Mike Alfred's poetry has been featured in many South African literary magazines and anthologies. His book of poems, Life in the Suburbs (Snail Press), was published in 1994. Mike has written features on Johannesburg for The Sunday Independent, The Star and most recently, Sunday Times Lifestyle and leads walking tours through the city. He and his wife reside in a house on Langermann's Kop in Kensington. They have a son and daughter who also live in Johannesburg and are proud grandparents to three young boys.

Table of contents

Prologue; Johannesburg - a history in four pages; why write this book? Johannesburg aristocrats - Lionel and Florrie Phillips; Indian Mutiny - Hermann Kallenbach and Mohandas Gandhi; Travail - Percy Fisher; South African revolution - Walter and Albertina Sisulu; Archaeological Johannesburg - Phillip Vallentine Tobias; Afrikaans Idealist - Bram Fischer; History in pictures - Peter Magubane; City of birds - Geoff Lockwood; Literary urbanscape - Lionel Abrahams; Egoli's music - Sibongile Khumalo and Khabi Mngoma; bibliography.