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Famous South Africans

People listed are almost always native to the country. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within the country for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the country in their personal endeavors.

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  • Sydney Nomis rugby union player
  • Siyabonga Nomvete footballer (soccer)
  • Winston Ntshona playwright, actor
  • Makhaya Ntini cricketer
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  • Michael Oblowitz filmmaker
  • Justin Ontong cricketer
  • Harry Oppenheimer businessman
  • D. C. S. Oosthuizen philosopher
  • Bennie Osler rugby union player
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  • Jerome Pathon American football coach, former wide receiver
  • Alan Paton author, anti-apartheid activist
  • Marmaduke Pattle aviator, fighter pilot
  • George Pemba painter, writer
  • Robin Peterson cricketer
  • Francois Pienaar rugby union player
  • Steven Pienaar footballer (soccer)
  • Jacobus Hendrik Pierneef landscape artist
  • Sasha Pieterse actress, singer
  • Kevin Pietersen cricketer
  • Oscar Pistorius sprint runner, Paralympic gold medalist
  • Gary Player professional golfer
  • Mrs. Ples nickname for the most complete skull of an Australopithecus africanus specimen ever found in South Africa
  • Sarah Poewe swimmer
  • Graeme Pollock cricketer
  • Shaun Pollock cricketer
  • Nic Pothas cricketer
  • Andries Pretorius Boer leader
  • Marthinus Wessel Pretorius first president of the South African Republic
  • Aquiles Priester musician, drummer
  • Ashwell Prince cricketer
  • Meyrick Pringle cricketer
  • Sandra Prinsloo actress
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  • Trevor Rabin musician
  • Lucas Radebe footballer (soccer)
  • Mamphela Ramphele politician, activist
  • Cyril Ramaphosa businessman, trade unionist, politician
  • Koos Ras comedian, singer, composer, writer
  • Basil Rathbone actor
  • Tyla Rattray motocross world champion
  • Koos de la Rey Boer general
  • Deneys Reitz war soldier, politician
  • Francis William Reitz lawyer, politician, statesman, publicist, poet
  • Cecil Rhodes businessman, politician (born in the UK)
  • Jonty Rhodes cricketer
  • Austin Roberts zoologist
  • Tracey Rose artist
  • Shaun Rubenstein canoer
  • Harold Rubin visual artist, musician
  • Christiaan Rudolph de Wet Boer general, rebel leader, politician
  • Jacques Rudolph cricketer
  • Anton Rupert entrepreneur, businessman, conservationist
  • Johann Rupert business tycoon
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  • Rory Sabbatini professional golfer
  • Albie Sachsb judge
  • Corrie Sanders former professional boxer
  • Peter Sarnak mathematician
  • Stelio Savante actor, producer, writer
  • Jürgen Schadeberg photographer, artist
  • Ian Scheckter former racing driver
  • Jody Scheckter former racing driver
  • Tomas Scheckter former racing driver
  • Karel Schoeman novelist, historian, translator
  • Roland Mark Schoeman swimmer
  • Olive Schreiner author
  • Leon Schuster filmmaker, comedian, actor, presenter, singer
  • Harry Schwarz political opposition leader against apartheid
  • Charl Schwartzel professional golfer
  • Gerard Sekoto artist, musician
  • Pixley ka Isaka Seme lawyer
  • Hezekiél Sepeng middle distance runner
  • Sewsunker "Papwa" Sewgolum golfer
  • Tokyo Sexwale businessman, politician, anti-apartheid activist
  • Joseph Shabalala musical director
  • Shaka monarch of the Zulu Kingdom
  • Antony Sher actor, writer, theatre director
  • Mthuli ka Shezi playwright, political activist
  • Mark Shuttleworth entrepreneur, space tourist
  • Mzukisi Sikali boxer
  • Cliff Simon athlete, actor
  • Albertina Sisulu anti–apartheid activist
  • Walter Sisulu politician, anti-apartheid activist
  • Cecil Skotnes artist (born in London)
  • Joe Slovo politician
  • Greg Smith cricketer
  • J.L.B. Smith ichthyologist, organic chemist
  • Jordy Smith professional surfer
  • John Smit rugby union player
  • Jan Smuts politician
  • Robert Sobukwe politician, anti-apartheid activist
  • Jomo Sono footballer (soccer)
  • Enoch Sontonga music Composer
  • Irma Stern artist
  • Austin Stevens herpetologist, wildlife photographer, film maker, author
  • Dale Steyn cricketer
  • François Steyn rugby union player
  • Martinus Theunis Steyn politician
  • Conrad Stoltz triathlete
  • Joel Stransky rugby union player
  • Candice Swanepoel model
  • Charles Robberts Swart politician
  • Helen Suzman politician, anti-apartheid activist
  • Janet Suzman actress, director
  • Carla Swart cyclist
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  • Oliver Tambo politician, anti-apartheid activist
  • ZP Theart singer, songwriter
  • Arnold Theiler father of veterinary science in South Africa
  • Max Theiler virologist, Nobel Prize winner for vaccine against yellow fever
  • Charlize Theron actress, producer, director, fashion model
  • Josia Thugwane athlete, Olympic gold medalist
  • Hilda Tloubatla singer
  • Phillip Tobias palaeoanthropologist
  • Alexander du Toit geologist
  • S.J. du Toit nationalist, theologian, journalist, politician
  • J. R. R. Tolkien author
  • Shaun Tomson professional surfer, environmentalist, actor, author, businessman
  • Darian Townsend swimmer, Olympic gold medalist
  • Vladimir Tretchikoff artist
  • Watkin Tudor Jones rapper, record producer, performance artist, satirist
  • Desmond Tutu social rights activist, former bishop
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  • Jamie Uys director
  • Pieter-Dirk Uys satirist
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  • Irene van Dyk netball player
  • Etienne van Heerden author
  • Marlene van Niekerk author
  • Anton van Wouw sculptor (born in the Netherlands)
  • Minki van der Westhuizen model, television presenter
  • Musetta Vander actress, model
  • Louis Jacob van Zyl athlete
  • Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd politician, former Prime Minister
  • Marais Viljoen politician, former President
  • Pierre de Villiers Pienaar academic
  • Yolandi Visser singer, rapper
  • Balthazar Johannes Vorster politician, former Prime Minister
  • Arnold Vosloo actor
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  • Lyall Watson botanist, zoologist, biologist, anthropologist, ethologist, author
  • Kepler Wessels cricketer
  • John Whitmore surfer, pioneered the sport of surfing in South Africa
  • Charl Willoughby cricketer
  • Charlene Wittstock swimmer, Princess of Monaco
  • Lewis Wolpert developmental biologist
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  • Rachel Zadok writer
  • Zapiro cartoonist
  • Helen Zille politician
  • Monde Zondeki cricketer
  • Jacob Zuma politician, President
  • Goodwill Zwelethini king of the Zulu nation

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This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.