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Alf Wannenburgh

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Who is Alf Wannenburgh?

Alf Wannenburgh: Alfred John Wannenburgh is a South African writer and journalist of German descent. Wannenburgh attended RBHS and later studied at the University of Cape Town. He worked as a land-surveyor's assistant, salesman, clerk and window-dresser in his university days. Associated with the Sophiatown Renaissance,. He was also an Umkhonto we Sizwe noted for his part in the Underground Movement where he became close friends with Dennis Goldberg. Wannenburgh remained in South Africa in the early 1960s rather than going into exile. A close friend of Richard Rive at this time, he contributed stories to anthologies edited by Rive for Heinemann's African Writers Series: the short story anthology Quartet and the prose anthology Modern African Prose. He later wrote about the Southern African landscape and Kalahari Bushmen, collaborating with photographers on books and instances of photojournalism for which he provided the text. He wrote Forgotten frontiersmen which covered the history of the Griqua and KhoiKhoi people .

  • born in (79 years ago) in South Africa
  • written works: "Diamond people", "The natural wonder of southern Africa", "Forgotten frontiersmen"

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