Famous People From South Africa

The very mention of the country South Africa brings to our minds the image of Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician who served as the country’s first democratically elected black president. South Africa is one country which boasts of a very diverse and multiethnic population—and this is the reason behind both the nation’s achievements and misfortune. The nation has emerged from great political turmoil to become one of the most developed countries in Africa. South African men—of all races, ethnicities and culture—have played a pivotal role in the transition of their nation from one torn by war and strife to one that other African nations look up to today.

Elon MuskElon Musk
(Entrepreneur, Engineer, Inventor)

28 June 1971

Nelson MandelaNelson Mandela
(Anti-Apartheid Activist, President of ANC and Former President of South Africa)

18 July 1918

Trevor NoahTrevor Noah
(Actor, Comedian,TV host)

20 February 1984

Oscar PistoriusOscar Pistorius

22 November 1986

Kevin CarterKevin Carter

13 September 1960

Dave MatthewsDave Matthews
(Lead vocalist and guitarist for the Dave Matthews Band.)

09 January 1967

Cyril RamaphosaCyril Ramaphosa
(President of South Africa)

17 November 1952

AB de VilliersAB de Villiers

17 February 1984

Desmond TutuDesmond Tutu
(Anti-Apartheid Activist)

07 October 1931

John KaniJohn Kani
(Actor, Playwright, Director)

30 August 1942

Kimbal MuskKimbal Musk
(Venture Capitalist, Restaurateurs)

20 September 1972

(Zulu Emperor)

1787 AD

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Watkin Tudor JonesWatkin Tudor Jones

26 September 1974

Jacob ZumaJacob Zuma
(Fourth President of South Africa)

12 April 1942

steve bikoSteve Biko
(Anti-apartheid Activist)

18 December 1946

Caspar LeeCaspar Lee
(YouTuber, Vlogger)

24 April 1994

Christiaan BarnardChristiaan Barnard
(Cardiac Surgeon)

08 November 1922

J. M. CoetzeeJ. M. Coetzee
(Novelist, Author)

09 February 1940

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Gary PlayerGary Player
(South African golfer)

01 November 1935

Ernie ElsErnie Els
(Professional Golfer)

17 October 1969

Errol MuskErrol Musk
(Elon Musk's Father)

1946 AD

Alex LangeAlex Lange
(Instagram Model)

03 March 2001

Bryce CourtenayBryce Courtenay

14 August 1933

Abdullah IbrahimAbdullah Ibrahim
(Pianist, Composer)

09 October 1934

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Byron LangleyByron Langley

01 July 1993

Joshua PietersJoshua Pieters
(Social Media Star)

17 September 1993

Allan McLeod Cormack Allan McLeod Cormack

23 February 1924

Max TheilerMax Theiler

30 January 1899

Wilco FronemanWilco Froneman
(Rugby Player, Jonathan Van Ness’ Boyfriend)

1986 AD

Albert John LuthuliAlbert John Luthuli
(President of African National Congress (ANC))

04 June 1898

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Arnold VoslooArnold Vosloo
(Film actor, Stage actor, Television actor)

16 June 1962

Sharlto CopleySharlto Copley
(Actor, Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter)

27 November 1973

Hashim AmlaHashim Amla

31 March 1983

Kevin PietersenKevin Pietersen

27 June 1980

Dale SteynDale Steyn

27 June 1983

Neill BlomkampNeill Blomkamp
(Film director, Screenwriter)

17 September 1979

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Jacques KallisJacques Kallis

16 October 1975

Johann RupertJohann Rupert
(Entrepreneur, Businessperson)

01 June 1950

Thabo MbekiThabo Mbeki
(Politician, Economist)

18 June 1942

Patrice MotsepePatrice Motsepe
(Entrepreneur, Businessperson)

28 January 1962

Keorapetse KgositsileKeorapetse Kgositsile
(Poet, Journalist, Writer)

19 September 1938

Lucky DubeLucky Dube
(Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist)

03 August 1964

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Jan SmutsJan Smuts
(Botanist, Officer, Lawyer)

24 May 1870

Julius MalemaJulius Malema

03 March 1981

Hugh MasekelaHugh Masekela
(Trumpeter, Composer, Jazz musician)

04 April 1939

Hansie CronjeHansie Cronje

25 September 1969

Paul KrugerPaul Kruger

10 October 1825

Justin GabrielJustin Gabriel
(Professional wrestler)

03 March 1981

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Faf du PlessisFaf du Plessis

13 July 1984

P. W. BothaP. W. Botha

12 January 1916

Benni McCarthyBenni McCarthy
(Association football player)

12 November 1977

Cyril CusackCyril Cusack

26 November 1910

Nicky OppenheimerNicky Oppenheimer
(Businessperson, Banker)

08 June 1945

Corrie SandersCorrie Sanders

07 January 1966

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Shaun MorganShaun Morgan
(Singer, Guitarist)

21 December 1978

Moses SitholeMoses Sithole
(Serial killer)

17 November 1964

Francois PienaarFrancois Pienaar
(Rugby union player)

02 January 1967

Hendrik VerwoerdHendrik Verwoerd
(Politician, University teacher, Faculty)

08 September 1901

Mark ShuttleworthMark Shuttleworth
(Entrepreneur, Astronaut, Engineer, Inventor, Scientist, Blogger, Businessperson, Computer scientist)

18 September 1973

Steven PienaarSteven Pienaar
(Association football player)

17 March 1982

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Graeme SmithGraeme Smith

01 February 1981

Jonty RhodesJonty Rhodes

27 July 1969

Mickey ArthurMickey Arthur

17 May 1968

Ivan GazidisIvan Gazidis
(Lawyer, Businessperson)

13 September 1964

Blondie ChaplinBlondie Chaplin
(Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Record producer)

07 July 1951

Imran TahirImran Tahir

27 March 1979

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ZP TheartZP Theart

22 January 1975

Francois BothaFrancois Botha
(Boxer, Kickboxer)

28 September 1968

Jody ScheckterJody Scheckter
(South African racing driver)

29 January 1950

Shaun PollockShaun Pollock

16 July 1973

Kgalema MotlantheKgalema Motlanthe

19 July 1949

Dean GeyerDean Geyer
(Actor, Singer, Songwriter)

20 March 1986

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Leon BothaLeon Botha
(Painter, Singer, Disc jockey)

04 June 1985

Herschelle GibbsHerschelle Gibbs
(Rugby union player, Cricketer, Association football player)

23 February 1974

Lucas RadebeLucas Radebe
(Association football player)

12 April 1969

Quinton FortuneQuinton Fortune
(Association football player)

21 May 1977

Mark BoucherMark Boucher

03 December 1976

Chris HaniChris Hani

28 June 1942

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Gary KirstenGary Kirsten

23 November 1967

Joost van der WesthuizenJoost van der Westhuizen
(Rugby union player)

20 February 1971

Siphiwe TshabalalaSiphiwe Tshabalala
(Association football player)

25 September 1984