Sol Plaatje was born 9 October 1876, and died 19 June 1932
Awaking on Friday morning, June 20, 1913, the South African Native found himself, not actually a slave, but a pariah in the land of his birth.
Plaatje was a South African intellectual, journalist, linguist, politician, translator and writer. He was the first person to translate Shakespeare into an African language. The Sol Plaatje Local Municipality, which includes the city of Kimberley, is named after him, as is the Sol Plaatje University, due to open its doors in 2014.
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