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Dali Tambo
Born (1961-03-01)1 March 1961
Nationality "South African
Known for Anti apartheid activist, TV presenter

Dali Tambo is a South African media personality best known as the presenter of the "SABC television talk-show People of the South and as the founder of the "anti-apartheid organisation Artists Against Apartheid.[1]


Early life[edit]

Dali Tambo is the son of "Oliver Tambo, former president of the "African National Congress, and "Adelaide Tambo. Tambo attended "Lancing College in "West Sussex, United Kingdom, before going on to study at the "American University and the "Sorbonne in Paris, France[1] where he acquired a Bachelor's Degree in International Affairs and Political Science.[2]

Dali Tambo is married to Rachael Tambo and they have four children, their oldest son is named after his father (OR Tambo).

Artists Against Apartheid[edit]

In 1983 he founded the anti-apartheid organisation Artists Against Apartheid with musician "Jerry Dammers. The organisation organised numerous anti-apartheid concerts in Europe during the 1980s. He returned to South Africa in 1991 as apartheid ended.[1]

People of the South[edit]

Tambo hosted the talk show People of the South on SABC from 1994-2002 and again from 2012-2013.[2]

Mugabe interview[edit]

On 2 June 2013 People of the South aired an interview Tambo did with the President of Zimbabwe "Robert Mugabe only two months before the "2013 Zimbabwean general election. It reportedly took Tambo three years to organise the interview with the Mugabe family. The interview generated some controversy[3] and was criticised for being "sycophantic" by the "Mail & Guardian newspaper[4] and a “public relations exercise” for Mugabe by CapeTalk567 radio presenter Kieno Kammies.[5] In the heated interview with Kammies on CapeTalk567 Tambo replied that "People of the South [is] not "Hard Talk"[5] and that the show's laid back non-confrontational style would be at odds with challenging Mugabe on the allegations of human rights abuses, election fraud, and the controversial "land reform program that Mugabe led.[3][5]

Sculpture park[edit]

After leaving People of the South in 2013 Tambo has focused his attention on promoting the idea of a commemorative sculpture park in "city of Tshwane. The planned park will feature 400 to 500 life-size bronze statues of highly regarded anti-apartheid activists.[6]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Bauer, Charlotte (14 January 1994). "Brother with perfect timing". "Mail & Guardian. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Dali Tambo". TV South Africa. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Ncube, Thamsanqa (4 June 2014). "Interview with a despot - Dali Tambo and the Robert Mugabe interview". Bulawayo 24. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  4. ^ Pillay, Verashni (4 June 2014). "Why Dali Tambo's Robert Mugabe interview was just PR". "Mail & Guardian. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c "Dali Tambo hits back after Mugabe interview criticism". City Press. 3 June 2013. Archived from the original on 22 November 2014. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  6. ^ Partridge, Matthew (2 May 2014). "Dali Tambo's R600m struggle theme park". Financial Mail. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
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