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Sean Jacobs

South African politician and businessman, was born on 5 March 1953 in the then new township of Soweto, south of Johannesburg. His father worked as a clerk at Johannesburg General Hospital. As a child, Sexwale was a keen karate enthusiast, resulting in his receiving the nickname “Tokyo.” In 1973 he matriculated from Orlando West High School in Soweto. While at school Sexwale, a local student leader, had become a follower of Steve Biko’s Black Consciousness Movement. Shortly afterward he left South Africa. By then he had also become involved with the banned African National Congress (ANC). He joined Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), the military wing of the ANC. In 1975 he completed a business degree at the now disbanded University of Botswana, Lesotho, and Swaziland. He later completed a military officers’ course in the Soviet Union.

In 1976 Sexwale reentered South Africa on a mission for MK but was ...

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Zarina Patel

Kenyan trade union activist, was born in Gharjak, a village now in Pakistan. His father, a carpenter of very modest means, migrated to Kenya in 1920 in search of better opportunities. Makhan Singh was a serious and brilliant student whose early childhood was influenced both by the Sikh religion and by the momentous social upheavals in India of that historical period. The Indian Mutiny of 1857, the brutal massacre of civilians in Jalianwalla Bagh in Amritsar, and Gandhi’s call for peaceful non-cooperation in the fight for freedom made deep impressions on him. His own family’s poor economic status drew him to Lenin’s October Revolution and the study of capital versus labor.

The fourteen-year-old Makhan Singh arrived in Kenya in 1927 and studied in a Nairobi school for the next three years Financial constraints denied him access to higher education and he started working in his father s printing ...