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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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  • Retief Goosen professional golfer
  • Nadine Gordimer writer, political activist, Nobel Prize winner
  • Norman Gordon cricketer
  • Bob Gosani photographer
  • Tony Greig commentator
  • Bryan Habana rugby union player
  • Andrew Hall cricketer
  • Thomas Hamilton-Brown boxer
  • Ronald Harrison artist
  • Ronald Harwood author, playwright and screenwriter
  • Nantie Hayward cricketer
  • Claude Henderson cricketer
  • Llewellyn Herbert athlete
  • Steven Herzberg cricketer
  • James Barry Munnik Hertzog Boer general, politician
  • Johan Heyns theologian
  • Penny Heyns swimmer, Olympic gold medalist
  • Josias Hoffman politician, statesman
  • Jan Hendrik Hofmeyr politician
  • T.O. Honiball cartoonists
  • Gavin Hood filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, actor
  • Dan Hugo triathlete
  • Robbie Hunte professional road racing cyclist
  • Trevor Immelman professional golfer
  • Daryl Impey road cyclist
  • Hennie Jacobs musician, songwriter, actor
  • Fanie de Jager operatic tenor, singer
  • Butch James rugby union player
  • David James actor
  • Sid James actor, comedian
  • Nkosi Johnson child known for raising awareness against AIDS
  • Claire Johnston musician
  • Danny Jordaan politician, president of SAFA
  • Petrus Jacobus Joubert soldier, politician
  • Dinuzulu kaCetshwayo former king of the Zulu nation
  • Solomon kaDinuzulu former Zulu king
  • Jacques Kallis cricketer
  • Adhir Kalyan actor
  • Zibhebhu kaMaphitha Zulu chief
  • Cetshwayo kaMpande former king of the Zulu kingdom
  • John Kani actor, director, playwright
  • Sigananda kaSokufa Zulu aristocrat
  • Dingane kaSenzangakhona former king of the Zulu kingdom
  • Cyprian Bhekuzulu kaSolomon former king of the Zulu nation
  • Ahmed Kathrada politician, anti-apartheid activist
  • William Kentridge artist
  • Alan Khan media and radio personality
  • Khoisan X political activist
  • Doctor Khumalo footballer (soccer)
  • Gary Kirsten cricketer
  • Peter Kirsten cricketer
  • Frederik Willem de Klerk politician
  • Ilana Kloss former professional tennis player, tennis coach
  • Lance Klusener cricketer
  • Kallie Knoetze retired heavyweight boxer
  • David Kramer singer, songwriter, playwright, director
  • Johan Kriek professional tennis player
  • Alice Krige actress, producer
  • Frantz Kruger discus thrower
  • Paul Kruger politician
  • Alf Kumalo photographer, photojournalist
  • Pius Langa judge
  • John Langalibalele Dube essayist, philosopher, educator, politician, publisher, editor, novelist, poet
  • C. J. Langenhoven author
  • Grant Langston motocross world champion
  • Maggie Laubser painter, printmaker
  • Tony Leon politician
  • Neville Lewis artist
  • David Lewis-Williams scholar
  • Patricia de Lille politician
  • Paul Lloyd Jr "Justin Gabriel" professional wrestler
  • Albert Luthuli politician


  • Winnie Madikizela-Mandela activist, politician
  • Jeremy Maggs journalist, television, radio host
  • Peter Magubane photographer
  • Mahlathini mbaqanga singer
  • Miriam Makeba singer, civil rights activist
  • Thabo Makgoba archbishop
  • Adolph Malan fighter pilot
  • Daniel François Malan soldier, politician, former Prime Minister
  • Magnus Malan politician, military chief
  • Nelson Mandela activist, politician, philanthropist, freedom fighter, lawyer
  • Winston Ngozi Mankunku musician
  • Manfred Mann musician
  • Jeremy Mansfield radio and television personality
  • Trevor Manuel politician
  • Hugh Masekela musician
  • Gwendolyn Masin violinist
  • Victor Matfield rugby union player
  • "Baby" Jakes Matlala boxer, junior flyweight champion
  • Dalene Matthee author
  • Dave Matthews singer-songwriter, musician, actor
  • Lindiwe Mazibuko politician
  • Thabo Mbeki politician, former President
  • Benni McCarthy footballer (soccer)
  • Conor Mccreedy artist, entrepreneur, philanthropist, conservationist
  • Neil McKenzie cricketer
  • Frew McMillan former professional tennis player
  • Thebe Medupe astrophysicist
  • Fatima Meer writer, anti-apartheid activist
  • Hans Merensky geologist, prospector, scientist, conservationist, philanthropist (born in Germany)
  • John X. Merriman politician, former Prime Minister
  • Deon Meyer novelist
  • Roelf Meyer politician
  • Gcina Mhlope activist, actor, storyteller, poet, playwright, director, author
  • Sean Michael actor, writer, singer
  • Brian Mitchell former professional boxer
  • Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka politician
  • Mpande monarch of the Zulu Kingdom
  • Makobo Modjadji Rain Queen
  • Gerard Moerdijk architect
  • Aaron Mokoena footballer (soccer)
  • Shaun Morgan musician
  • Albie Morkel cricketer
  • Morné Morkel cricketer
  • Kgalema Motlanthe politician, former President
  • Patrice Motsepe mining magnate
  • Elias Motsoaledi anti-apartheid activist
  • Phaswane Mpe poet, novelist
  • Chief Mqalo Amakhuze chief
  • Karen Muir swimmer
  • Mbulaeni Mulaudzi middle distance runner
  • Andrew Murray writer, teacher, minister
  • Brett Murray artist
  • Gordon Murray designer of Formula One race cars and the McLaren F1 road car
  • Elon Musk business magnate, investor, inventor
  • Victoria Mxenge anti-apartheid activist
  • Patrick Mynhardt actor
  • Mzilikazi king of Matabeleland
  • Steve Nash professional basketball player
  • Beyers Naudé cleric, theologian, leading Afrikaner anti-apartheid activist
  • Jozua François Naudé politician
  • Welcome Ncita former professional boxer
  • Jeremy Nell cartoonist, satirist, social commentator
  • Ryk Neethling swimmer, Olympic gold medalist
  • Mbongeni Ngema writer, lyricist, composer, director
  • Lilian Ngoyi politician, anti-apartheid activist
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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)
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This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.