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Elizabeth Hope Timbs

was born in Babanango, South Africa. I. N. Nyembezi, his father, worked as a Methodist minister, meaning that the family moved frequently. They lived in Babanango, Ingwavuma, Vryheid, Indaleni, Edendale, and Nyanyadu. Concerned with the impact of frequent moves on their sons’ education, Nyembezi’s mother and father sent the children to Driefontein to stay with his mother’s family. During his childhood, he attended schools in Vryheid and Driefontein, before training to become a teacher at Nuttall Training College in Edendale and Adams College in Amanzimtoti.

Nyembezi took his first teaching position at Newcastle Secondary School in 1938. He later earned a college education diploma and distinctions in English and Zulu at the University of Fort Hare in 1943. He continued his education at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1945 pursuing a B A Honors degree During his time there he became a language assistant in the ...