ANDRE BRINK born 29 May 1935 died 6 February 2015. He was one of the founders of the Afrikaans literary movement,  Die Sestigers (the sixty-ers).  His early writings were on apartheid but after 1994 he wrote more on the life in South Africa after the coming of democracy. He studied Afrikaans literature at Potchefstroom University in Pretoria, then moved to Paris in 1961 where he graduated at Sorbonne University.  Book titles 1973:  Kennis van die Aand was banned in South Africa. Brink later translated it into Englsih as Looking at Darkness. Other works: A dry White Season 1979, An Act of Terror 1992, Before I Forget, The Other Side of Silence, etc.

ELIZABETH CONNELL born 22 October 1946 died 18 February 2012, South African born mezzo soprano. Won a scholarship to the London Opera Centre. Her career took her in 1973 to the Sydney Opera House to sing in War and Peace by Prokofiev. In 1985 she made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, Paris Opera House in 1997 and in 2004 she sang the part of Leonore in Fidelio with the Cape Town Opera, on Robben Island.