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Famous South Africans

South Africa's Information

Flag of South Africa
Land Area 1,214,470 km2
Water Area 4,620 km2
Total Area 1,219,090km2 (#24)
Population 54,300,704 (#25)
Population Density 44.71/km2
Government Type Parliamentary Republic
GDP (PPP) $739.00 Billion
GDP Per Capita $13,500
Currency Rand (ZAR)
Largest Cities
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.


  • Zackie Achmat activist, film director
  • Greg Albertyn motocross racer
  • Jani Allan journalist, broadcaster
  • Gary Anderson placekicker for the NFL
  • Barry Armitage baseball pitcher
  • Kader Asmal politician
  • John-Lee Augustyn professional road racing cyclist
  • Adam Bacher cricketer
  • Andrew Geddes Bain geologist, road engineer, palaeontologist, explorer
  • Grant Baker professional surfer
  • Herbert Baker architect
  • Cassius Baloyi professional boxer
  • Edgar John Barlow cricketer
  • Christiaan Barnard cardiac surgeon, performed the world's first successful human-to-human heart transplant
  • Shaun Bartlett footballer (soccer)
  • Sibusiso Bengu politician
  • Mike Bernardo kickboxer, boxer
  • Zain Bhikha singer-songwriter
  • Steve Biko anti-apartheid activist
  • Neill Blomkamp director, writer, producer, animator
  • Nicky Boje cricketer
  • David Bosch missiologist, theologian
  • Jacobus Boshoff politician
  • Herman Charles Bosman writer
  • Bakkies Botha rugby union player
  • Francois Botha boxer
  • Johan Botha cricketer
  • Johan Botha operatic tenor
  • Louis Botha Boer War General
  • Naas Botha former Rugby union player
  • Pieter Willem Botha politician
  • Roelof Botha venture capitalist
  • Thozamile Botha politician
  • Mark Boucher cricketer
  • Wilhelm Bleek linguist (born in Germany)
  • Johannes Henricus Brand politician
  • Sydney Brenner biologist
  • André P. Brink novelist
  • Okkert Brits pole-vaulter
  • Neil Broad tennis player
  • Zola Budd track and field competitor
  • Vuyani Bungu boxer
  • Schalk Burger rugby union player
  • Schalk Willem Burger military leader, lawyer, statesman
  • Thomas François Burgers politician, former President of the South African Republic
  • Mangosuthu Buthelezi politician
  • Ezra Butler American football linebacker
  • Rory Byrne engineer and car designer
  • Kevin Carter photojournalist
  • Peter Cartwright actor
  • Arthur Chaskalson former Chief Justice of South Africa
  • Hestrie Cloete high jumper
  • Chad le Clos swimmer, Olympic gold medalist
  • Steven Cohen professional wrestler
  • Ernest Cole photographer
  • Sharlto Copley actor, director
  • Mimi Coertse soprano
  • Gerrie Coetzee former boxer
  • John Maxwell Coetzee novelist, essayist, literary critic, linguist, translator
  • Amanda Coetzer professional tennis player
  • Pierre Coetzer former heavyweight boxer
  • Allan McLeod Cormack physicist
  • Ryan Cox professional road racing cyclist
  • Danie Craven rugby union player
  • Hansie Cronje cricketer
  • Piet Cronjé soldier, politician (born in the UK)
  • Riaan Cruywagen news presenter
  • Kevin Curren professional tennis player


  • Lev David writer, radio producer and radio presenter, media consultant
  • Embeth Davidtz actress (born in Indiana)
  • Ahmed Deedat missionary, orator, public speaker, writer
  • Trevor Denman sports commentator
  • Abraham de Villiers cricketer
  • Jean de Villiers rugby union footballer
  • Peter de Villiers rugby union coach
  • Nicolaas Johannes Diederichs politician
  • Kagisho Dikgacoi footballer (soccer)
  • Boeta Dippenaar cricketer
  • Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma politician
  • Clement Martyn Doke linguist (born in the UK)
  • Allan Donald cricketer
  • Cliff Drysdale professional tennis player, announcer
  • Lucky Dube musician
  • K. Sello Duiker novelist
  • Jean-Paul Duminy cricketer
  • Morne du Plessis rugby union player
  • Os du Randt rugby union loosehead prop
  • Natalie du Toit swimmer, Paralympic gold medalist
  • Robert Allen Dyer botanist, taxonomist
  • Abba Eban diplomat, politician
  • Ernie Els professional golfer
  • Steve Elworthy cricketer
  • Garth Erasmus artist
  • Clinton Fein artist, writer, activist
  • Lyndon Ferns swimmer, Olympic gold medalist
  • Wayne Ferreira former professional tennis player
  • C. G. Finch-Davies painter
  • Gavin Fingleson professional baseball player
  • Bram Fischer advocate
  • Mark Fish footballer (soccer)
  • Sir Percy FitzPatrick author, politician, mining financier, farmer
  • Bruce Fordyce marathon athlete (born in Hong Kong)
  • Jacobus Johannes Fouché politician, former President
  • Pierre Fourie boxer
  • Quinton Fortune footballer (soccer)
  • Jacques Freitag high jumper
  • Daniel Friedman "Deep Fried Man" musical comedian, writer
  • Graeme Friedman psychologist, writer
  • David Frost professional golfer
  • Athol Fugard playwright, novelist, actor, director
  • Dean Furman footballer (soccer)
  • Damon Galgut novelist, playwright
  • Dennis Gamsy cricketer
  • Okey Geffin rugby union player
  • David George cyclist
  • Herschelle Gibbs cricketer
  • David Goldblatt photographer
  • Brett Goldin actor
  • Richard Goldstone lawyer

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This page was last updated on July 10, 2020.

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What is the Largest Ethnic Group in South Africa?

An estimated 80.48% of the population self-identifies as black South African making this the most populous ethnic group in the country.

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What Kind of Fish Live in South Africa?

Some of the fish species that are native to South Africa include the plain squeaker, the sixgill hagfish, and the hyphen barb.

Native Fish Of South Africa

About the Author

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