RIP Dr Phyllis Ntantala (1920 – 2016)
16 Aug 2016
Academic, activist and author Phyllis Ntantala passed away last month at the age of 96. Cress Funeral Home published an obituary detailing her life and work and Paul Trewhela wrote an opinion piece about Ntantala, calling her “the greatest South African feminist intellectual”.
Cress Funeral Home obituary:
Dr. Phyllis P. Ntantala-Jordan, maiden name Priscilla Phyllis Ntantala, was born into a relatively privileged Transkei family in the 1920. Her father, George Govan Ntantala was a prosperous farmer who served on the Transkei General Council, iBhunga. Her mother, Ida Balfour, was a descendant of the earliest African Christian community, founded by the prophet Ntsikana during the second decade of the 19th century in the Eastern Cape.
From the local primary school, she was sent to Healdtown College, outside of Fort Beaufort. She went on to continue her education at the University of Fort Hare, in Alice, where she attained a BA and became one of the first African women graduates of that college.
Trewhela’s article on Ntantala:
Phyllis Ntantala, who died in the United States last week aged 96, was surely the greatest South African feminist intellectual of our lifetime.
Born in Dutywa, a daughter of Gqubeni on the Nqabarha River, a daughter of Lovedale College and of Fort Hare, a liberation struggle stalwart and international academic, she was also the wife to one of South Africa’s greatest black academics and scholars of his generation, Professor AC Jordan, and the mother of one of the most eminent political intellectuals of the subsequent generation, the former Culture Minister, Pallo Jordan.
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