Behind the Icon – Miriam Tlali: Her story

2014-12-07 15:00

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The 19th icon of the second season of 21 Icons SA is Miriam Tlali, the first black woman in South Africa to publish a novel. Muriel at Metropolitan, which was published in 1975, was a semi-autobiographical work.

In an intimate conversation, Tlali talks about her life as the first black South African female author. Born in Doornfontein, Joburg, she grew up in Sophiatown – the legendary community within Joburg that was completely destroyed because it was the sole area where Africans were permitted to take permanent title to land.

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