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GEORGE PEMBA HONOURED (article first published : 2000-04-3)

Recently turned 80. George Mnyalaza Milwa Pemba has made a major contribution to art in South Africa. He studied at Rhodes University and the University of Fort Hare, initially completing water colour classes in 1931 at the latter and then undertaking in 1937 a short course under Professor Austin Winter Moore at Rhodes. In 1937 and 1947, he was awarded scholarships from the Fort Hare African Trust, with the University paying tribute to his visionary talent in 1979 by awarding him an honorary master of arts degree. Pemba has participated in numerous exhibitions, including the 1986 Alliance Française’s Historical Perspective of Black Arts in SA Exhibition and others.

In paying tribute to the artist, Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology Dr Ben Ngubane expressed his pride in the work and achievements of Pemba and others, affirming that Pemba was a master of South African Modernism who had played an integral role in raising the profile of South African artists locally and abroad.




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