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Elon Musk
(CEO of Tesla)
Elon Musk
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: June 28, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer

Entrepreneur, engineer and industrial designer, Elon Musk, is famous as founder of the electronic payment firm PayPal, and the SpaceX spacecraft company. He is also the CEO of Tesla Motors. Elon Musk has plans to revolutionize transportation on earth as well as to space through futuristic technology.

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Kimbal Musk
(The Founder of 'The Kitchen Restaurant Group' and Co-Founder of 'Big Green' a 501 non profit organization)
Kimbal Musk
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Listed In: Food Experts
Birthdate: September 20, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Kimbal Musk, the younger brother of business tycoon and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, owns the community restaurant chain known as The Kitchen Restaurant Group. He also co-founded the non-profit Big Green, which builds outdoor classrooms, and Square Roots, which specializes in urban farming. He is also a prime Tesla shareholder.
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Sharlto Copley
(South African Actor Best Known for His Performance in the Science Fiction Film ‘District 9')
Sharlto Copley
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Birthdate: November 27, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Sharlto Copley is a South African actor best known for playing important roles in science fiction films, such as District 9, Elysium, Europa Report, Chappie, and Hardcore Henry. His portrayal of Wikus van der Merwe in District 9 earned him several accolades including a couple of IGN Movie Awards.

 4 
Arnold Vosloo
(Famous for His Roles as 'Imhotep' in the Movies: 'Mummy' and 'The Mummy Returns')
Arnold Vosloo
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Birthdate: June 16, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini

Born to stage-actor parents in South Africa, Arnold Vosloo is best known as Imhotep from The Mummy franchise. He is also often mistaken for Billy Zane from Titanic for his uncanny resemblance to the actor. The Dalro Award-winning actor has also appeared in series such as 24 and Bosch.

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Joost van der Westhuizen
(South African Professional Rugby Union Player)
Joost van der Westhuizen
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: February 6, 2017

Joost van der Westhuizen was a South African rugby player. He took part in three Rugby World Cups, helping his national team win the 1995 World Cup. Widely regarded as the greatest scrumhalf in the history of the game, van der Westhuizen was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame in 2007.

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Glynis Johns
(Retired Actress, Dancer, Musician and Singer, Known for Her Film ‘The Sundowners’)
Glynis Johns
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Birthdate: October 5, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: January 4, 2024

The veteran British actress who belongs to the Golden Age of Hollywood is known for her stellar roles in films like Miranda, Third Time Lucky and State Secret. Glynis Johns is also a singer, distinguished by her husky voice. She acted on the stage and the television. The daughter of actor, Mervyn Johns, has a son from her first marriage.

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Oti Mabuse
(Dancer on the British television series, Strictly Come Dancing, and its German equivalent, Let's Dance)
Oti Mabuse
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Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: August 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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Faf du Plessis
(South African Professional Cricketer)
Faf du Plessis
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 13, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer

Faf du Plessis is a South African cricketer who captained the national team in the ODI format from 2013 to 2019. He has also captained the national team in the other two formats of the game. He became the first South African player to score centuries in ODI, T20, and Test cricket after he scored his first T20I century in 2015.

 9 
Roger Michell
(Director Best Known for "Notting Hill" and "Venus")
Roger Michell
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Birthdate: June 5, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: September 22, 2021
 10 
Nigel Green
(Actor)
Nigel Green
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Birthdate: October 15, 1924
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: May 15, 1972

Nigel Green was an English actor best remembered for playing supporting roles in movies like Jason and the Argonauts and The Ipcress File. Thanks to his commanding height of 6 ft 4 in, strapping build, and regimental demeanor, Green was often cast to play men of action and characters with imposing physique.

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Neil Wagner
(New Zealand Cricketer)
Neil Wagner
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 13, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
 12 
Dane van Niekerk
(South African Cricket All-rounder)
Dane van Niekerk
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 14, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
 13 
Seymour Papert
(South African-Born American Mathematician and Computer Scientist Who Co-Invented Logo)
Seymour Papert
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 29, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: July 31, 2016

South African-born American mathematician and computer scientist Seymour Papert is best remembered for co-inventing the computer programming language Logo, which is also an educational tool. He was part of the faculty at MIT and was known for his pioneering research on children’s learning processes, the constructionist movement, and AI.

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Fourie du Preez
(South African Former Professional Rugby Union Player)
Fourie du Preez
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 24, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Michael Levitt
(Physicist, Biologist, Bioinformatician, Chemist, Scientist, Educationist, University teacher)
Michael Levitt
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 9, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus

Michael Levitt is a biophysicist who has been serving as a Stanford University professor of structural biology since 1987. Along with Arieh Warshel and Martin Karplus, Levitt received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2013. He has also received several other awards, including the DeLano Award for Computational Biosciences and was inducted into the National Academy of Sciences in 2002.

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Austin Stevens
(Photographer, Writer)
Austin Stevens
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Birthdate: May 19, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus

Austin Stevens is a South African-born Australian herpetologist, television personality, naturalist, wildlife photographer, author, and documentarian. Stevens is renowned for hosting the popular TV series Austin Stevens: Snakemaster on Animal Planet from 2004 to 2009. Apart from showcasing snakes, the show also focused on other wild animals like rhinos and hyenas.

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Kotaro Matsushima
(Japanese International Rugby Union Player)
Kotaro Matsushima
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 26, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Robert Calvert
(South African-British Writer, Poet and Musician)
Robert Calvert
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 9, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: August 14, 1988

Better known as the resident poet of the space rock band Hawkwind, Robert Calvert was born in South Africa and later moved to England with his family. Initially a building surveyor, he later joined the counterculture movement of the late ‘60s. He is best remembered for songs such as Urban Guerrilla.

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Magnus Malan
(Former Minister of Defence and Military Veterans of South Africa)
Magnus Malan
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 30, 1930
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: July 18, 2011

Magnus Malan was a South African military man and politician active during the last years of apartheid in South Africa. He joined the Permanent Force as a cadet and steadily rose through the ranks in the ensuing years. He began his political career in the 1980s. A controversial figure, he was allegedly involved in the KwaMakhutha massacre.

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Steve Hofmeyr
(Actor, Singer)
Steve Hofmeyr
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 29, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo

South African actor-singer Steve Hofmeyr is best known for his role in Egoli: Place of Gold. He is also the former husband of actor Natasha Sutherland. He seems to have turned into controversy’s favorite child, with exaggerated claims of whites being killed in South Africa and his denial of apartheid.

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Max Theiler
(Virologist)
Max Theiler
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 30, 1899
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: August 11, 1972

Max Theiler was a South African-American virologist and physician. After getting his medical degree in South Africa, he went on to earn a diploma in tropical medicine and hygiene in London. During his career, he developed a vaccine against yellow fever, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1951. 

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Frederik van Zyl Slabbert
(South African Politician)
Frederik van Zyl Slabbert
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 2, 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: May 14, 2010

Frederik van Zyl Slabbert initially studied theology, before switching streams and taking up sociology, eventually earning a PhD in the subject. Apart from leading the Progressive Federal Party, the South African politician also made a mark as a successful entrepreneur, eventually co-founding the trust Khula and serving several corporate boards.

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Mignon du Preez
(Former South African Cricket Batter)
Mignon du Preez
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
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Pierre Spies
(Retired South African Rugby Union Player)
Pierre Spies
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 8, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini

Pierre Spies is a South African former rugby player who played for the South African national team from 2006 to 2013. He also represented the Bulls at Super Rugby where he spent the majority of his career. Renowned for his great strength, Spies was adjudged South Africa's Sportsman of the Year and Most Promising Player of the Year in 2008.

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Gail Kelly
(Entrepreneur)
Gail Kelly
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 25, 1956
Sun Sign: Taurus
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Gerhard de Beer
(American football player)
Gerhard de Beer
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 5, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer

While breaking junior records in discus, Gerhard de Beer was also fascinated by rugby. He later moved to the University of Arizona on a track and field scholarship and began playing American football. Beer has played for the Buffalo Bills, the Indianapolis Colts, and the Houston Roughnecks.

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Stephan Myburgh
(Dutch-South African Cricketer)
Stephan Myburgh
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 28, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
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Ismail Mahomed
(Judge, Lawyer)
Ismail Mahomed
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: July 5, 1931
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: June 17, 2000
 29 
Can Themba
(Writer)
Can Themba
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 21, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: 1968 AD
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Christi Viljoen
(Namibian Cricketer)
Christi Viljoen
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 28, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
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Solomon Mahlangu
(Activist)
Solomon Mahlangu
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: July 10, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: April 6, 1979
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Andrew Pattison
(Tennis Player)
Andrew Pattison
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 30, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Winner of four singles and seven doubles tournaments. South Africa born right handed tennis player, Andrew Pattison, began his professional career in 1970 and won his first singles tournament in 1974. In the same year he reached his career-high ATP singles ranking, attaining a career record of 270-247 in singles and 239-237 in doubles over a period of thirteen years.

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Dirkie Chamberlain
(Field hockey player)
Dirkie Chamberlain
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 3, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio

South African field hockey player Dirkie Chamberlain is an Olympian and also has an African Cup of Nations gold. She began playing hockey as a teenager and later played for clubs such as MOP Vught, Kampong Hockey, and HGC Ladies! She now plays for Holcombe and is also a fitness instructor.

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Laurie Ackermann
(Former justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, where he served from 1994 to 2004)
Laurie Ackermann
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: January 14, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
 35 
Mary Benson
(Activist)
Mary Benson
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: December 8, 1919
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: June 19, 2000
 36 
Damiansnp
(South African TikTok Star)
Damiansnp
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Birthdate: November 14, 2001
Sun Sign: Scorpio
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Sipho Sibiya
(Retired South African-Canadian Soccer Player)
Sipho Sibiya
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 28, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Former South African-Canadian soccer player Sipho Sibiya has also coached the Vancouver Whitecaps women's team. He has played for the World Cup-qualifying Canadian men’s national beach soccer team and has also coached it later. He has also played indoor soccer for teams such as Milwaukee and St. Louis.
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Leoné Stofberg
(Comedy, Lip-sync, and Dance TikToker)
Leoné Stofberg
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Birthdate: April 3, 2000
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)