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Baartman, Sara

  • ZA-COM-07693
  • Person
  • 1789 - 1815
Best known of at least two South African khoikhoi women who, due to their large buttocks, were exhibited as freak show attraction in 19th-century Europe under the name Hottento Venus.


  • ZA-COM-03057
  • Corporate body
  • 1911-1995

Bach, Johann Sebastian

  • ZA-COM-09707
  • Person
  • 1671 - 1721
He was a German musician and composer of the late Baroque period. He was also known for his instrumental compositions such as Cello Suites and Brandenburg Concetos.

Bacher, Ali

  • ZA-COM-03058
  • Person
  • 1942-

Backhouse, William

  • ZA-COM-10516
  • Person
  • 17 January 1593 - 30 May 1662
William Backhouse was an English philosopher, alchemist, astrologer, translator, and the esoteric mentor of Elias Ashmole. Born into the wealthy Backhouse family, Backhouse enjoyed an education at Oxford, and was likely exposed to alchemical teachings and the Rosicrucian manifestos of the 1610s

Bader Ginsburg, Ruth

  • ZA-COM-09780
  • Person
  • 15 March 1933 - 18 September 2020
Bader Ginsburg was an American lawyer and jurist who served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from the year 1993 until her death in September 2020.

Badouin, King

  • ZA-COM-10623
  • Person
  • 07 September 1930 - 31 July 1993
Badouin, King was King of the Belgians from 1951 until his death in 1993. He was the last Belgian king to be sovereign of the Congo. Baudouin was the elder son of King Leopold III and his first wife, Princess Astrid of Sweden.

Bak, Greg

  • ZA-COM-11143
  • Person
Bak, Greg has worked as a curator and librarian at the Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies in the past. Ottawa Canada is where he resides.

Baker, Herbert (Sir)

  • ZA-COM-10567
  • Person
  • 1862 - 1946
Baker, Herbert (Sir) was an English architect remembered as the dominant force in South African architecture for two decades, and a major designer of some of New Delhi's most notable government structures.


  • ZA-COM-04731
  • Corporate body

Bam, Fikile Charles

  • ZA-COM-02472
  • Person
  • 1937–2011
Lawyer and anti-apartheid activist. Imprisoned on Robben Island between 1965 and 1975 with Mandela with whom he shared a birthday. He served as a mediator for the Independent Electoral Committee in 1994, when the first democratic election took place in South Africa. At the time of his passing he had served as the Judge President of the Land Claims Court for 15 years - the longest serving judicial officer in this capacity.

Bambani, Harry

  • ZA-COM-00173
  • Person

Harry Bambani was a prosecution witness at the Rivonia Trial. He testified that he had been recruited as a military trainee, and was arrested while en route to a training camp in Tanzania.

Banana, Canaan

  • ZA-COM-10615
  • Person
  • 1936 - 2003
Banana, Canaan was a Zimbabwean Methodist minister, theologian, and politician who served as the first President of Zimbabwe from 1980 to 1987. He was Zimbabwe's first head of state after the Lancaster House Agreement that led to the country’s independence.

Banda, Hastings Kamuzu

  • ZA-COM-04736
  • Person
  • ?1898 – 1997
In 1963 he became prime minister of Nyasaland, now Malawi. Later Malawi experienced economic problems as a result of the iron fist rule, mismanagement and drought. In 1993 there was a threat to cut down humanitarian aid and this led to Malawi's voters showing their support for democratisation. In 1994 because of ill health Banda lost control of the country to Bakili Muluzi. He died in South Africa on November 25, 1997.
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