List of famous South Africans with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

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

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

18 July 1918

05 December 2013

Mvezo

Cancer

AB de VilliersAB de Villiers
(Cricketer)

17 February 1984

Pretoria

Aquarius

Charlize TheronCharlize Theron

07 August 1975

Benoni, Gauteng

Leo

ShakaShaka
(Zulu Emperor)

1787 AD

22 September 1828

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Oscar PistoriusOscar Pistorius
(Runner)

22 November 1986

Sandton

Scorpio

Candice SwanepoelCandice Swanepoel
(Supermodel)

20 October 1988

Mooiriver

Libra

Caspar LeeCaspar Lee
(YouTuber, Vlogger)

24 April 1994

London

Taurus

steve bikoSteve Biko
(Anti-apartheid Activist)

18 December 1946

12 September 1977

Ginsberg, South Africa

Sagittarius

Hyun Bin Hyun Bin
(Actor)

25 September 1982

Seoul, South Korea

Libra

Desmond TutuDesmond Tutu
(Anti-Apartheid Activist)

07 October 1931

Klerksdorp

Libra

Jacob ZumaJacob Zuma
(President of South Africa)

12 April 1942

Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal

Aries

Reeva SteenkampReeva Steenkamp
(Model)

19 August 1983

14 February 2013

Cape Town

Leo

Miriam MakebaMiriam Makeba
(Singer)

04 March 1932

10 November 2008

Johannesburg, South Africa

Pisces

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

09 January 1967

Johannesburg

Capricorn

Alex LangeAlex Lange
(Social Media Personality & Model)

03 March 2001

Paris, France

Pisces

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

09 February 1940

Cape Town

Aquarius

Christiaan BarnardChristiaan Barnard
(Cardiac Surgeon)

08 November 1922

02 September 2001

Beaufort West

Scorpio

Bryce CourtenayBryce Courtenay
(Novelist)

14 August 1933

22 November 2012

Johannesburg

Leo

Gary PlayerGary Player
(South African golfer)

01 November 1935

Johannesburg, South Africa

Scorpio

Abdullah IbrahimAbdullah Ibrahim
(Pianist, Composer)

09 October 1934

Cape Town

Libra

YolandiYolandi
(Singer, Songwriter, Actress)

01 December 1984

Port Alfred, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Sagittarius

Sarah BaartmanSarah Baartman
(A Freak Show Attraction)

1787 AD

1815 AD

Gamtoos River, Kouga Local Municipality, South Africa

Nikki WilliamsNikki Williams
(Singer and Songwriter)

09 November 1988

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Scorpio

Allan McLeod Cormack Allan McLeod Cormack
(Physicist)

23 February 1924

07 May 1998

Johannesburg, South Africa

Pisces

Max TheilerMax Theiler
(Virologist)

30 January 1899

11 August 1972

Pretoria, South Africa

Aquarius

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

04 June 1898

21 July 1967

Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia

Gemini

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

Trevor NoahTrevor Noah
(South African television host)

20 February 1984

Johannesburg, South Africa

Pisces

Watkin Tudor JonesWatkin Tudor Jones
(Singer, Actor)

26 September 1974

Johannesburg

Libra

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

27 November 1973

Pretoria

Sagittarius

Hashim AmlaHashim Amla
(Cricketer)

31 March 1983

Durban

Aries

Neill BlomkampNeill Blomkamp
(Film director, Screenwriter)

17 September 1979

Johannesburg

Virgo

Corrie SandersCorrie Sanders
(Boxer)

07 January 1966

23 September 2012

Pretoria

Capricorn

Justin GabrielJustin Gabriel
(Professional wrestler)

03 March 1981

Cape Town

Pisces

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

25 January 1978

Bulawayo

Aquarius

Kimbal MuskKimbal Musk
(Restaurateur)

20 September 1972

Pretoria

Virgo

Tokyo SexwaleTokyo Sexwale
(Politician, Businessperson)

05 March 1953

Transvaal

Pisces

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

16 June 1962

Pretoria

Gemini

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

18 September 1973

Welkom

Virgo

Alice KrigeAlice Krige
(Actor, Film producer, Film actor, Television actor)

28 June 1954

Upington

Cancer

Francois PienaarFrancois Pienaar
(Rugby union player)

02 January 1967

Vereeniging

Capricorn

Thabo MbekiThabo Mbeki
(Politician, Economist)

18 June 1942

Mbewuleni

Gemini

Kevin PietersenKevin Pietersen
(Cricketer)

27 June 1980

Pietermaritzburg

Cancer

Winnie Madikizela-MandelaWinnie Madikizela-Mandela
(Politician)

26 September 1936

Maputaland-Pondoland

Libra

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

20 February 1971

06 February 2017

Pretoria

Pisces

Schalk BurgerSchalk Burger
(Rugby union player)

13 April 1983

Port Elizabeth

Aries

Tanit PhoenixTanit Phoenix
(Actor, Television actor, Model)

24 September 1984

Durban

Libra

Caster SemenyaCaster Semenya
(Middle-distance runner)

07 January 1991

Polokwane

Capricorn

Victor MatfieldVictor Matfield
(Rugby union player)

11 May 1977

Polokwane

Taurus

Dale SteynDale Steyn
(Cricketer)

27 June 1983

Phalaborwa

Cancer

Ken OosterbroekKen Oosterbroek
(Photographer, War photographer, Photojournalist, Journalist)

14 February 1963

18 April 1994

Johannesburg

Aquarius

Mangosuthu ButheleziMangosuthu Buthelezi
(Politician)

27 August 1928

KwaZulu-Natal

Virgo

Shaun MorganShaun Morgan
(Singer, Guitarist)

21 December 1978

Pietermaritzburg

Sagittarius

Francois BothaFrancois Botha
(Boxer, Kickboxer)

28 September 1968

Witbank

Libra

Adhir KalyanAdhir Kalyan
(Actor)

04 August 1983

Durban

Leo

Cariba HeineCariba Heine
(Actor, Film actor)

01 October 1988

Johannesburg

Libra

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

12 January 1916

31 October 2006

Paul Roux

Capricorn

Julius MalemaJulius Malema
(Politician)

03 March 1981

Seshego

Pisces

Steven PienaarSteven Pienaar
(Association football player)

17 March 1982

Johannesburg

Pisces

Graça MachelGraça Machel
(Teacher)

17 October 1945

Portuguese Mozambique

Libra

Tammin SursokTammin Sursok
(Actor, Singer, Film actor)

19 August 1983

Johannesburg

Leo

Jacques KallisJacques Kallis
(Cricketer)

16 October 1975

Pinelands, Cape Town

Libra

Cyril RamaphosaCyril Ramaphosa
(Politician, Lawyer, Trade unionist)

17 November 1952

Soweto

Scorpio

Imran TahirImran Tahir
(Cricketer)

27 March 1979

Lahore

Aries

Cyril CusackCyril Cusack
(Actor)

26 November 1910

07 October 1993

Durban

Sagittarius

William KentridgeWilliam Kentridge
(Film director, Artist, Painter)

28 April 1955

Johannesburg

Taurus

Graeme SmithGraeme Smith
(Cricketer)

01 February 1981

Johannesburg

Aquarius

Hendrik VerwoerdHendrik Verwoerd
(Politician, University teacher, Faculty)

08 September 1901

06 September 1966

Amsterdam

Virgo

Kgalema MotlantheKgalema Motlanthe
(Politician)

19 July 1949

Johannesburg

Cancer

Hansie CronjeHansie Cronje
(Cricketer)

25 September 1969

01 June 2002

Bloemfontein

Libra

Lucky DubeLucky Dube
(Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist)

03 August 1964

18 October 2007

Ermelo

Leo

Daniel MindelDaniel Mindel

27 May 1958

Johannesburg

Gemini

Hugh MasekelaHugh Masekela
(Trumpeter, Composer, Jazz musician)

04 April 1939

Witbank

Aries

Benni McCarthyBenni McCarthy
(Association football player)

12 November 1977

Cape Town

Scorpio

Nkosazana Dlamini-ZumaNkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
(Politician)

27 January 1949

Natal Province

Aquarius

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

07 July 1951

Durban

Cancer

Dean GeyerDean Geyer
(Actor, Singer, Songwriter)

20 March 1986

Johannesburg

Pisces

Norman GordonNorman Gordon
(Cricketer)

06 August 1911

02 September 2014

Boksburg

Leo

Leon BothaLeon Botha
(Painter, Singer, Disc jockey)

04 June 1985

05 June 2011

Cape Town

Gemini

Magnus MalanMagnus Malan
(Politician)

30 January 1930

18 July 2011

Pretoria

Aquarius

Lood de JagerLood de Jager
(Rugby union player)

17 December 1992

Alberton

Sagittarius

Arlene DickinsonArlene Dickinson
(Entrepreneur)

08 October 1956

Germiston

Libra

Glynis BarberGlynis Barber
(Actor, Film actor, Television actor)

25 October 1955

Durban

Scorpio

Jessica MaraisJessica Marais
(Actor, Film actor, Television actor, Model)

29 January 1985

Johannesburg

Aquarius

Jonty RhodesJonty Rhodes
(Cricketer)

27 July 1969

Pietermaritzburg

Leo

Faf du PlessisFaf du Plessis
(Cricketer)

13 July 1984

Pretoria

Cancer

Helen ZilleHelen Zille
(Politician, Journalist)

09 March 1951

Johannesburg

Pisces

Bismarck du PlessisBismarck du Plessis
(Rugby union player)

22 May 1984

Bethlehem, Free State

Gemini

Johann RupertJohann Rupert
(Entrepreneur, Businessperson)

01 June 1950

Stellenbosch

Gemini

Frederik Willem de KlerkFrederik Willem de Klerk

18 March 1936

Johannesburg

Pisces

Ivan GlasenbergIvan Glasenberg
(entrepreneur, entrepreneur)

07 January 1957

Johannesburg

Capricorn

Andrew MehrtensAndrew Mehrtens
(Rugby union player)

28 April 1973

Durban

Taurus

ZP TheartZP Theart
(singer)

22 January 1975

Clanwilliam, Western Cape

Aquarius

Jake WhiteJake White
(coach)

13 December 1963

Johannesburg

Sagittarius

Phil RamonePhil Ramone
(Record producer, Audio engineer, Composer, Music executive, Violinist)

05 January 1934

30 March 2013

South Africa

Capricorn

Oliver TamboOliver Tambo
(Politician)

27 October 1917

24 April 1993

Mbizana Local Municipality

Scorpio

Joel StranskyJoel Stransky
(Rugby union player)

16 July 1967

Pietermaritzburg

Cancer

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.

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