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ZONDI, Michael Gagashe

Born: 1926 03 10
Died: 2008 03 15


Michael Zondi was born on 10 March 1926 in Msinga in Greytown, Natal. Zondi spent his childhood at a Swedish Lutheran mission station at Mtulwa, Natal. He attended school in Dundee, Natal and was later trained in woodwork by Mr Magni at the Swedish Lutheran mission trade school. At the age of twenty-five while an instructor at the Edendale Vocational Training School (possibly the Dundee industrial school) in Natal he began sculpting. After 1949 Zondi was a woodwork instructor at the Swedish Lutheran mission trade school. During the late 1950s he received instruction in Fine Arts at the UN, Pietermaritzburg.

He obtained certificates in building construction and design and worked at the Appelsbosch mission hospital in Natal, executing the design, construction and decoration for the hospital chapel. After leaving the hospital he served with the Department of Information until 1972. In 1992 and 2008 Zondi suffered strokes that left him paralysed and unable to work. He passed away on 15 March 2008.

(South African History Online)

Books citing ZONDI

Werth, Albert & Harmsen, Frieda. 1993. Our Art/Ons Kuns 4. Pretoria: Foundation for Education, Science and Technology. pp 130–137

Chapters in books citing ZONDI

Rankin, Elizabeth. Michael Zondi: in 1993. Our Art/Ons Kuns 4: pp 130