Find out more about the greatest South African, including Elon Musk, Charlize Theron, Nelson Mandela, Oscar Pistorius and Candice Swanepoel.

Resilient, gritty, and hardworking are some of the words that describe the people of South Africa. For a country that has been plagued by political turmoil and unrest for the major part of the 20th century, her inhabitants have always managed to bounce back with even higher determination than before. Centuries ago the country’s vast reserves of gold and diamond attracted the Europeans to settle here thereby influencing not just the cultural heritage, but also the social make up.

Elon MuskElon Musk
(Entrepreneur, Engineer, Inventor)

28 June 1971

Pretoria

Cancer

Charlize TheronCharlize Theron

07 August 1975

Benoni, Gauteng

Leo

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

18 July 1918

05 December 2013

Mvezo

Cancer

Jacob ZumaJacob Zuma
(Fourth President of South Africa)

12 April 1942

Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal

Aries

Cyril RamaphosaCyril Ramaphosa
(President of South Africa)

17 November 1952

Soweto

Scorpio

AB de VilliersAB de Villiers
(Cricketer)

17 February 1984

Bela-Bela, South Africa

Aquarius

Kimbal MuskKimbal Musk
(Venture Capitalist, Restaurateurs)

20 September 1972

Pretoria, South Africa

Virgo

Oscar PistoriusOscar Pistorius
(Runner)

22 November 1986

Sandton

Scorpio

Desmond TutuDesmond Tutu
(Anti-Apartheid Activist)

07 October 1931

Klerksdorp

Libra

ShakaShaka
(Zulu Emperor)

1787 AD

22 September 1828

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Gary PlayerGary Player
(South African golfer)

01 November 1935

Johannesburg, South Africa

Scorpio

Candice SwanepoelCandice Swanepoel
(Supermodel)

20 October 1988

Mooiriver

Libra

Miriam MakebaMiriam Makeba
(Singer)

04 March 1932

10 November 2008

Johannesburg, South Africa

Pisces

Sarah BaartmanSarah Baartman
(A Freak Show Attraction)

1787 AD

1815 AD

Gamtoos River, Kouga Local Municipality, South Africa

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

09 January 1967

Johannesburg

Capricorn

Hyun Bin Hyun Bin
(Actor)

25 September 1982

Seoul, South Korea

Libra

steve bikoSteve Biko
(Anti-apartheid Activist)

18 December 1946

12 September 1977

Ginsberg, South Africa

Sagittarius

Reeva SteenkampReeva Steenkamp
(Model)

19 August 1983

14 February 2013

Cape Town

Leo

Ernie ElsErnie Els
(Professional Golfer)

17 October 1969

Johannesburg

Libra

Alice KrigeAlice Krige
(Actress)

28 June 1954

Upington

Cancer

Cariba HeineCariba Heine
(Actress)

01 October 1988

Johannesburg

Libra

Christiaan BarnardChristiaan Barnard
(Cardiac Surgeon)

08 November 1922

02 September 2001

Beaufort West

Scorpio

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

09 February 1940

Cape Town

Aquarius

Caspar LeeCaspar Lee
(YouTuber, Vlogger)

24 April 1994

London , England

Taurus

Nadine GordimerNadine Gordimer
(Writer, Political Activist)

20 November 1923

13 July 2014

Transvaal, South Africa

Scorpio

Alex LangeAlex Lange
(Instagram Model)

03 March 2001

Paris

Pisces

YolandiYolandi
(Singer, Actress)

01 December 1984

Port Alfred, Eastern Cape

Sagittarius

Bryce CourtenayBryce Courtenay
(Novelist)

14 August 1933

22 November 2012

Johannesburg

Leo

Abdullah IbrahimAbdullah Ibrahim
(Pianist, Composer)

09 October 1934

Cape Town

Libra

Allan McLeod Cormack Allan McLeod Cormack
(Physicist)

23 February 1924

07 May 1998

Johannesburg, South Africa

Pisces

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

04 June 1898

21 July 1967

Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia

Gemini

Max TheilerMax Theiler
(Virologist)

30 January 1899

11 August 1972

Pretoria, South Africa

Aquarius

Nikki WilliamsNikki Williams
(Singer and Songwriter)

09 November 1988

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Scorpio

Candice PoolCandice Pool
(Jewelry Designer, Entrepreneur)

19 October 1977

Cape Town, South Africa

Libra

Princess CharlenePrincess Charlene of Monaco
(Princess consort of Monaco)

25 January 1978

Bulawayo

Aquarius

Joshua PietersJoshua Pieters
(Social Media Star)

17 September 1993

Knysna, Western Cape

Virgo

Winnie Madikizela-MandelaWinnie Madikizela-Mandela
(Politician)

26 September 1936

Maputaland-Pondoland

Libra

Trevor NoahTrevor Noah
(South African television host)

20 February 1984

Johannesburg, South Africa

Pisces

John KaniJohn Kani
(author, stage actor, film actor, writer)

30 August 1943

New Brighton, Eastern Cape

Virgo

Caster SemenyaCaster Semenya
(Middle-distance runner)

07 January 1991

Polokwane

Capricorn

Julius MalemaJulius Malema
(Politician)

03 March 1981

Seshego

Pisces

Hashim AmlaHashim Amla
(Cricketer)

31 March 1983

Durban

Aries

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

27 November 1973

Pretoria

Sagittarius

Kevin PietersenKevin Pietersen
(Cricketer)

27 June 1980

Pietermaritzburg

Cancer

Thabo MbekiThabo Mbeki
(Politician, Economist)

18 June 1942

Transkei

Gemini

Watkin Tudor JonesWatkin Tudor Jones
(Singer, Actor)

26 September 1974

Johannesburg

Libra

Morné MorkelMorné Morkel
(Cricketer)

06 October 1984

Vereeniging

Libra

Evelyn MaseEvelyn Mase
(Nurse)

18 May 1922

30 April 2004

Transkei

Taurus

Imran TahirImran Tahir
(Cricketer)

27 March 1979

Lahore

Aries

Jan SmutsJan Smuts
(Botanist, Officer, Lawyer)

24 May 1870

11 September 1950

Malmesbury, Western Cape

Gemini

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

16 June 1962

Pretoria

Gemini

Kevin CarterKevin Carter
(Photojournalist)

13 September 1960

27 July 1994

Johannesburg

Virgo

Faf du PlessisFaf du Plessis
(Cricketer)

13 July 1984

Pretoria

Cancer

Neill BlomkampNeill Blomkamp
(Film director, Screenwriter)

17 September 1979

Johannesburg

Virgo

Hansie CronjeHansie Cronje
(Cricketer)

25 September 1969

01 June 2002

Bloemfontein

Libra

Jacques KallisJacques Kallis
(Cricketer)

16 October 1975

Pinelands, Cape Town

Libra

Dale SteynDale Steyn
(Cricketer)

27 June 1983

Phalaborwa

Cancer

Patrice MotsepePatrice Motsepe
(Entrepreneur, Businessperson)

28 January 1962

Soweto

Aquarius

Charlene, Princess of MonacoCharlene, Princess of Monaco
(Swimmer, Model)

25 January 1978

Zimbabwe

Aquarius

Kgalema MotlantheKgalema Motlanthe
(Politician)

19 July 1949

Johannesburg

Cancer

Tanit PhoenixTanit Phoenix
(Actor, Television actor, Model)

24 September 1984

Durban

Libra

Hugh MasekelaHugh Masekela
(Trumpeter, Composer, Jazz musician)

04 April 1939

Witbank

Aries

P. W. BothaP. W. Botha
(Politician)

12 January 1916

31 October 2006

Orange Free State

Capricorn

JP DuminyJP Duminy
(Cricketer)

14 April 1984

Cape Town

Aries

Lucky DubeLucky Dube
(Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist)

03 August 1964

18 October 2007

Ermelo

Leo

Steven PienaarSteven Pienaar
(Association football player)

17 March 1982

Johannesburg

Pisces

Justin GabrielJustin Gabriel
(Professional wrestler)

03 March 1981

Cape Town

Pisces

Albie MorkelAlbie Morkel
(Cricketer)

10 June 1981

Vereeniging

Gemini

Graeme SmithGraeme Smith
(Cricketer)

01 February 1981

Johannesburg

Aquarius

Francois BothaFrancois Botha
(Boxer, Kickboxer)

28 September 1968

Witbank

Libra

Chris HaniChris Hani
(Politician)

28 June 1942

10 April 1993

Transkei

Cancer

Louis OosthuizenLouis Oosthuizen
(Golfer)

19 October 1982

Mossel Bay

Libra

Hendrik VerwoerdHendrik Verwoerd
(Politician, University teacher, Faculty)

08 September 1901

06 September 1966

Amsterdam

Virgo

Cyril CusackCyril Cusack
(Actor)

26 November 1910

07 October 1993

Durban

Sagittarius

Tammin SursokTammin Sursok
(Actor, Singer, Film actor)

19 August 1983

Johannesburg

Leo

Paul KrugerPaul Kruger
(Politician)

10 October 1825

14 July 1904

South Africa

Libra

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

18 September 1973

Welkom

Virgo

Shaun MorganShaun Morgan
(Singer, Guitarist)

21 December 1978

Pietermaritzburg

Sagittarius

Kepler WesselsKepler Wessels
(Cricketer)

14 September 1957

Bloemfontein

Virgo

Shaun PollockShaun Pollock
(Cricketer)

16 July 1973

Port Elizabeth

Cancer

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

23 February 1974

Green Point, Cape Town

Pisces

Today South Africa boasts off a multiethnic population and a staggering 11 official languages! Compared to several other countries, South Africa is a young country, having become a Republic only in 1961. However, in spite of all the difficulties, South Africans have contributed immensely to the development of the world in the fields of literature, philosophy, science and fine arts. Cardiac surgeon Christiaan Barnard performed the world’s first successful human-to-human heart transplant while the nation’s first black president Nelson Mandela gave hopes of a better future to not just the citizens of his country, but to the whole world. The nation has also given the world modern literary geniuses in the form of Nadine Gordimer and John Maxwell Coetzee. Read on to discover more about famous South Africans.