Ryan Nicholas Sandes “Hedgie” (born 10 March 1982 in Cape Town), is a South African trail runner. Sandes was winner of the Sahara Race in 2008, the Gobi March in 2008, second in 2009 RacingThePlanet Namibia, and winner of the Jungle Ultra Marathon in Floresta Nacional do Tapajós in Pará, Brazil, setting a new course record. In 2010 he became the first competitor to have won all four of the 4 Deserts races, each a 6/7-day, 250-kilometer (160 mi) self-supported footrace through the Atacama Desert in Chile, the Gobi Desert in China, the Sahara Desert in Egypt, and lastly Antarctica. To date only 81 individuals have completed all four trails. Sandes won the 2011 Leadville Trail 100 in a time of 16:46:54, more than half an hour ahead of runner-up Dylan Bowman. He won the 2012 North Face 100 in Australia in a time of 9:22:45, and had placed 3rd in 2011. In August 2012, Sandes bettered Russell Pasche’s record for the 90K Fish River Canyon hiking trail from 10:54 to 6:57.
Tumi Morake is a South African actress and comedienne best known for her starring television sitcom roles as Millicent in Izoso Connexion (2006-2007) and as Persistence in Askies, in 2009. Tumi entered the comedy scene officially in July 2005 with Parker Leisure Management and performs regular stand-up gigs in Johannesburg and Pretoria. She has shared the stage with comics such as David Kau, Marc Lottering, Barry Hilton and Chris Forrest; at festivals such as Heavyweights Comedy Jam, Blacks Only, Have a Heart, Just Because Comedy Festival, The Tshwane Comedy Festival, The Lifestyle SA Festival and Old Mutual Comedy Encounters. Tumi was the fifth host of the Comedy Central series Comedy Central Presents… Live at Parker’s, in 2012. In 2013, her stand-up special Tumi Morake: HERStory aired on Comedy Central and in 2014 she co-hosted the 8th Annual South African Film and Television Awards. She also began hosting the Mzansi Magic reality series Our Perfect Wedding, taking over from Phumeza Mdabe. She hosted 13 episodes of Season 4 and the first 13 episodes of Season 5, after which she made way for new presenter Aya Mpama, as per the show’s tradition.
Gavin Hunt (born 11 July 1964) is a South African former football (soccer) player and coach currently managing Premier Soccer League club Bidvest Wits. A right-back, Hunt spent almost his entire playing career with Hellenic. He had to retire because of an achilles tendon injury and went straight into coaching. Hunt’s greatest success came at SuperSport United, where he won three consecutive PSL championships from 2007-08 to 2009-10. He previously managed Seven Stars, Hellenic FC, Black Leopards and Moroka Swallows.
Tbo Touch has made his name as a successful radio personality having hosted the drive time show and working on Metro FM for over 10 years. He’s partnership with One organisation has seen him work alongside U2 lead singer Bono, Nigerian superstar D’banj and many more. T-Bo Touch began his career as a radio intern on US radio station Hot 97. On his return to South Africa, he was appointed as host of a show on MetroFM.
Charl Adriaan Schwartzel (born 31 August 1984) is a South African professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour, European Tour, and the Sunshine Tour. He has won one major title, the Masters in 2011. Schwartzel’s highest world ranking has been number six, after finishing in a tie for fourth at the WGC-Cadillac Championship in 2012.
Andrew David “Butch” James (born 8 January 1979) is a former South African rugby union player who represented South Africa 40 times and was a member of the team that won the 2007 Rugby World Cup. James’s usual position was fly-half, though he also played inside centre. He retired at the end of 2013 and joined the Varsity Shield side UKZN Impi as backline and kicking coach. James has taken up amateur mountain biking and has now completed two Absa Cape Epics. The Untamed African MTB Race takes 1200 riders through the scenic Western Cape region of South African each March. The two-person team stage race covers approximately 700km and has 15 000m of vertical ascent.
Temba Bavuma (born 17 May 1990 in Cape Town, Cape Province) is a South African cricketer who plays for Gauteng in domestic level and for South Africa in Test level. He is the first black African cricketer to make a Test century for South Africa. Temba’s performances have earned him five matches so far for the South Africa A cricket team. The first was in July 2012 against Sri Lanka A in Durban. He also played a match against Ireland in the A side’s tour of the country in August of that year. He didn’t make contributions in either of those two matches. His next appearances for the A side were in the series of matches played in South Africa between South Africa A and the Indian and Australian A sides. He faced Australia once, and India twice. His best performance was a 65 in the second match of an innings defeat against the Indians. He was included in the Gauteng squad for the 2015 Africa T20 Cup.
Robert Brian (Bobby or Bob) Skinstad (born 3 July 1976 in Bulawayo, Rhodesia) is a Zimbabwean-born South African rugby union player who has represented the national team, the Springboks, 42 times, scoring 55 points (11 tries). Skinstad was selected by Western Province for the Currie Cup and Super 12, and went on to captain both sides. He then moved to Johannesburg and played the 2003 season for the Golden Lions (Currie Cup) and the Cats (Super 12) before leaving for the United Kingdom. Having represented South Africa at all levels, including captaining the under 21 Springbok side in 1996 and 1997, and playing for the SA Sevens team in 1997, Skinstad made his début for the Springboks as a replacement on 29 November 1997 against England. In all he played 42 tests for the Springboks, scoring 11 tries.
His inclusion in the 1999 World Cup squad at the expense of successful captain Gary Teichmann was highly controversial in South Africa, and although South Africa finished third in the competition there were many who believed that Teichmann should have been retained as captain for that tournament. Skinstad carried a leg injury into the competition, and made little impression. Skinstad captained the Springboks in 12 tests, since 24 October 2003.
Nik Rabinowitz is a South African comedian, actor and author, who has made guest appearances on several comedy shows, including the British panel show Mock the Week. He also appeared in the 2012 film Material. He currently resides in Cape Town. He is also a presenter on SABC, where he has presented Coca-Cola Megamillions Gameshow. He currently presents The Week that Wasn’t. His book “South Africa: Long Walk to a Free Ride” was launched in early 2012.
Robert Frank Fleck better known as Robbie (born 17 July 1975 in Cape Town) is a former rugby union footballer who played at centre for South Africa. He is also the current head coach of the Stormers Super Rugby team. He made his international debut in the Tour of the UK and Ireland in 1998 and went on to make his test debut in 1999 against Italy. He played for Bath Rugby in the English Premiership for a number of seasons.
Thato Sikwane, aka DJ Fresh, started out in radio in Botswana in the early nineties and from the minute he was shown the mic he knew that broadcasting was the only career for him. Despite his enormous success, Fresh remains humble about his achievements and still has many goals to pursue: “I feel I still have a way to go – if I could use the analogy of a truck with ten gears I’d only be in sixth gear now. I’m still building the foundations of my career – so much can still be done. I like to push myself, the boundaries, and people’s perceptions of the boundaries. Fresh describes 5FM as having extremely high standards and benchmarks which inspire him to be even more inspired. Having spent almost 10 years on the DriveTime show, he moved on to present breakfast last year, taking over from Gareth Cliff. It was a move he took on in a heartbeat and the super early start in the mornings don’t bother him at all. He’s been quoted as saying as long as he has a mic and someone who will listen to him; he doesn’t mind doing any slot on radio.
A professional mixed martial artist and cage fighter, Danella Eliasov was the first South African woman to be signed by EFC Worldwide. Danella is also a respected psychiatrist, working at Akeso Clinic in Parktown, Johannesburg. Danella first started fighting as a hobby, doing boxing and Muay Thai as a means of keeping fit and giving her some much-needed time out while she studied medicine. In 2009, she discovered Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (also known as BJJ), and in her own words “fell in love”. She started taking training more seriously, and progressed naturally to the world of mixed martial arts, or MMA. In 2010, Eliasov started competing on the amateur circuit – the first South African woman to do so. And in 2014, she became the first South African woman to be signed by EFC Worldwide, launching her professional fighting career. 2015 saw Danella participated in the first professional women’s fight in South Africa, staged by EFC at Carnival City in Johannesburg, which she won.
Trevor Ntando Nyakane (born 4 May 1989) is a South African rugby union footballer. His regular playing position is prop and he has the ability to play at both loosehead and tighthead. Following his summer move from Toyota Cheetahs, Nyakane currently represents the Blue Bulls in both the Currie Cup and in Super Rugby.
Jo-Ann Cindy Strauss (born 3 February 1981 in Cape Town) is a South African model, public speaker and businesswoman. In 2001, she represented her country as Miss South Africa at the Miss Universe pageant in Puerto Rico as well as at the Miss World pageant hosted at Sun City in her home country in 2001.
David Andrew Miller (born 10 June 1989) is a South African cricketer. He is a left-handed batsman and a right-arm off spin bowler who plays domestic cricket for Dolphins and Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and has represented South Africa in both One Day Internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 Internationals.
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AB de Villiers is a South African cricketer, who captains the South African Test and One Day International (ODI) teams, having succeeded Graeme Smith after the 2011 Cricket World Cup for the ODI captaincy and Hashim Amla after the Second Test of the England in South Africa series for the Test captaincy.
He is widely regarded as the current best batsman in the world and one of the greatest of all time.
Local comedic heavyweight, Joey Rasdien is the face of a new generation of South African comedy. He is also known for appearances in movies such as Running Riot, Bunny Chow, Vaatjie Sien Sy Gat, Dollars and White Pipes, as well as Blitz Patrollie and “Material” with Riaad Moosa.
South Africa’s UCI Downhill Mountain Bike Champion, Greg Minnaar is a World Champion mountain bike racer, competing in downhill cycling. He competes in the NORBA and Mountain Bike World Cup points series races, in the Elite Downhill and Four Cross events. Minnaar is currently the most winning professional downhill mountain bike racer, with 18 world cup career victories.
The iconic Mr. Chester Missing and his associate, Conrad Koch, offer an evening full of side-splitting laughter and a performance that isn’t altogether human. The duo’s intelligent and satirical comedy has brought them international acclaim as they tackle some of the most hot-button issues in the country.
Lewis William Gordon Pugh is an ocean advocate, a maritime lawyer and a pioneer swimmer. He has been described as the “Sir Edmund Hillary of swimming.” He was the first person to complete a long-distance swim in every ocean of the world, and he frequently swims in vulnerable ecosystems to draw attention to their plight.
Bongani Sandile Khumalo (born 6 January 1987) is a South African professional footballer who plays as a centre back, for Supersport United, and South Africa.
This week, we welcomed Springbok, Lions Captain and Gauteng’s Golden boy to the show, Warren Whitely. Whiteley is a South African rugby union footballer. His regular playing position is eighthman. He represents the Lions in Super Rugby and the Golden Lions in the Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup.
Changing the shape of the ball is Bafana Bafana star and midfielder Dean Furman. Furman is a South African professional footballer who plays as a midfielder forSuperSport United in the Premier Soccer League.
We also chatted with one of the biggest Hip Hop artists in South Africa, AKA. Kiernan Jarryd Forbes (born 28 January 1988), better known by his stage name AKA, he went on to win Male Artist of the Year and Best Street Urban Music Album at the 8th South African Music Awards in 2011.
The smiling Bulls supporter from Pretoria is also one of South Africa’s foremost golfers, with three European Tour victories, multiple Sunshine Tour wins, and a top-10 finish at this year’s PGA Championship, George is best known for appearing in nothing but swimwear on a Mauritian beach in season one of The Dan Nicholl, to the delight of our female viewers.
The ageless host of Carte Blanche is one of South Africa’s most popular television stars, having helmed the iconic current affairs show for more than 20 years. He’s met some of the world’s biggest names, broken huge stories, and travelled anywhere worth travelling – including the set of The Dan Nicholl Show.
Anaso Jobodwana is a South African athlete. He competed in 200 metres at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London where he ran a new personal best of 20.13 seconds to reach the final. In the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, Jobodwana won bronze in the 200m final, with a national record time of 19.87s.
Multiple Olympic and World Championship participant, medal winner and record holder, Roland Schoeman to the United States in his college days and has been largely based here ever since. He continues to train from his home in Phoenix, but hopes to swim for South Africa in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
You may know her as a co-presenter of a popular morning radio show, or perhaps you know her from popular comedy shows such as SABC 3’s Comedy Showcase or the Blacks Only Comedy Show, but Cape Town- bred comedian Mel Jones would rather describe herself as “the favourite” of her three siblings.
One of the most recognized faces in global cricket, former South African cricketer and former captain of the Proteas test team Graeme Smith holds the world record of captaining in the most test matches.
The fastest man on South African soil, Akani Simbine competed in the 100 metres event at the 2013 World Championships in Athletics. Whilst an Information Science student at University of Pretoria, Simbine equaled the South African record while setting an event record on the 9th of July 2015 in his gold medal winning run at the 2015 Universiade in Gwangju, South Korea.
Double Olympian Shelley Russell joins us in studio, after her team’s impressive and convincing win at the recent Greenfields African Hockey Championship 2015.
Kurt Johan van Heerden better known as Kurt Darren, is a South African singer, songwriter and television presenter. He has won 7 South African Music Awards (SAMA) from 2007 to 2011. He has also appeared in a number of South African films.
The Daily Telegraph headline said it all: ’South African fan cycles 43 000 kilometres to watch his team lose’. But the final destination was but a fraction of Ron’s improbable quest to take his bike through every country in continental Africa, and get to the World Cup in the most memorable of ways.
Comedian, actor, producer, director – one of the most industrious people in the South African entertainment world. Whether it’s his stand-up work, numerous movie cameos, or his deadpan roles in Savanna commercials, the laid-back comic with the cool hair is instantly recognisable – and very, very funny.
Is there a bigger name in world cricket than KP? The South African who found fame and fortune in England has frequently found headlines on both front and back pages, and his England career ended in controversial circumstances, but love him or hate him, there’s no doubting the natural genius of the Maritzburg College old boy.
From university radio to breakfast host on 702, Gareth shot to stardom overnight – and then went stratospheric with 5FM’s breakfast show and his role as a judge on Idols. He now runs an internet radio station out of his garage, in between gently explaining to people that they really can’t sing.
Gangster turned World Cup winner, the Ashwin Willemse story is remarkable, and his recently released book has been a huge success. Now a highly regarded commentator and analyst, he’s probably best known for putting ‘Saaaks’ into South Africa’s vocabulary.
An extraordinary cricket career ended when a freak accident all but destroyed Mark’s eye, bringing the record-breaking wicketkeeper’s time in the South African team to a sudden halt. But cricket has been replaced by conservation, and Mark has become one of the foremost activists in the fight against rhino poaching.