Shane Byrne is a former Irish rugby union hooker. As a reference to his hair style, Byrne is nicknamed ‘Munch’ or ‘Mullet’. His international career started comparatively late when got his chance in a World Cup qualifier in Romania he took it and thereafter became a fixture in the national side. In June 2010, Byrne announced his involvement in RuckingBall.com, an online community for the development of school-boy rugby, coaches and parents. In April 2012, Byrne participated in an episode of “Celebrity Come Dine With Me Ireland” and in June 2014, he made his acting debut with the release of Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie.
MPHO POPPS MODIKOANE
Mpho “Popps” Modikoane is a South African comedian who is best known to television viewers for being one of the celebrities to compete in the sixth season of the SABC3 reality competition Strictly Come Dancing, in 2013. Popps made his first appearance on DStv’s Comedy Central channel in May 2012 in the first ever episode of Comedy Central Presents… Live @ Parkers. In 2014, Popps hosted the SABC1 reality competition cooking series The Perfect Sishebo Show.
Pitso Mosimane is a former South African football player, coach and manager of the South Africa national football team. Mosimane is one of the longest serving and highly rated coaches in South African soccer, having won several major trophies with SuperSport United between 2001 and 2007. On 15 July 2010, Mosimane was named as the new head coach of South Africa. He won his first game in charge in a 1–0 win over World Cup Quarter Finalists Ghana.
Grant Lottering is a South African survivor, speaker and ultra-endurance cyclist. Grant has an inspirational journey that took him from death to the top of the Alps in less than one year. Considered, to be a story of astounding recovery and incredible courage, he now rides annual “Im’possible” Tours, taking his second chance at life to the limit, and beyond, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible if we believe ‘we are possible’.
Tats Nkonzo is a South African standup comedian, singer, musician and television personality best known as the host of the e.tv reality competition SA’s Got Talent. Tats received the The BlackBerry Breakthrough Act Award at the 2nd Annual South African Comics Choice Awards, in 2012. In the same year he took over from Rob van Vuuren and Anele Mdoda as sole host of SA’s Got Talent. In 2014 he was one a team captain of the e.tv game show, I Love South Africa. In 2015, he was the co-host of the Mzansi Magic game show, Give Me That Bill Mzansi.
Kyle Gie Brown is a South African rugby union player, currently playing with the South African Sevens team. He became a key member of the sevens side when appearing in the majority of tournament in IRB Sevens World Series, although he did miss most of the 2012–13 IRB Sevens World Series through injury. He returned in time for the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens. He played in seven further legs of the 2013–14 IRB Sevens World Series and then captained the squad that played at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Bruce Fordyce is a South African marathon and ultramarathon athlete. He is best known for having won the South African Comrades Marathon a record nine times, of which eight wins were consecutive. He also won the London to Brighton Marathon three years in a row. He is the current world record holder over 50 miles and the former world record holder over 100 km.
James Vernon Darryl Philander is a South African right-handed bowling all-rounder, he has previously represented his country at under 19 level. He plays for Cape Cobras in South African domestic cricket. Philander made his ODI debut against Ireland at Belfast and took 4 for 12. Philander was chosen for the emerging players tournament in Australia, and took 3 for 30, as well as hitting 59 off 50 balls in the final against New Zealand A. Philander has played English county cricket, firstly for Middlesex in April and May 2008, Somerset in April and May 2012, and Kent in July 2013.
John Vlismas is a South African stand-up comedian and entertainment promoter. John won the 2007 South African Comedy Award for best stand-up comedian of the year and was a finalist in the 2008 Yuk Yuk’s Great Canadian Laugh Off. In 2010, John was in the comedy film Outrageous with many fellow South African comedians. In April 2014, Vlismas was part of the panel at Comedy Central Africa’s Roast of Kenny Kunene and Steve Hofmeyr.
Mark Banks has been in the comedy business for over 25 years. Mark Banks is well known and recognized nationwide on his political satire and commonplace poke among the rich and famous. He has a humour with a unique taste, is well equipped, and states that the reason for his ludicrous behaviour. Mark writes and performs his own comedy shows and material, he is passionate about his comedy work. In Mark’s spare time he runs an organic, hydroponic cocktail cucumber farm in Swellendam.
James Thompson is a South African rower and made his international debut in 2003, when he won bronze at the World Rowing Junior Championships in the coxed four. He went on to win two silver medals at the under-23 level in the lightweight pair before launching his senior career. After winning Olympic gold in the lightweight men’s four at London 2012, James switched to the lightweight double in 2014 and raced to claim his first ever World Championship title.
Chester Williams is a former South African rugby union rugby player. He played as a winger for the Springboks from 1993 to 2000. Williams also played rugby for the Western Province in the Currie Cup. Taking on an entirely new challenge in 2010, Chester completed the Absa Cape Epic mountain bike stage race, joining several former Springbok Rugby players who have also taken on the rugged challenge of the Untamed African MTB Race.
Simmi Areff was rated as one of the top up and coming comedians in the country by City Press. He has toured extensively throughout the country, opened for Riaad Moosa and has appeared on TV shows such as Late Night News with Loyiso Gola and was asked to perform for Comedy Central’s Live at Parkers. Simmi was also a producer on 947’s Breakfast Xpress with Whackhead Simpson and a part of the Big Breakfast team on East Coast Radio. Nowadays you can hear him doing alternative cricket commentary on the web for the show “Comedians at the Cricket”.
Hendrik Egnatius Botha, commonly known as Naas Botha, is a Northern Transvaal and Springboks former Rugby union player. He was voted Rugby Player of the Year in 1979, 1981, 1985 and 1987. Botha played his first Test for the Springboks on 26 April 1980 in the flyhalf position against South America at Wanderers, Johannesburg. Throughout his career, he mostly played in the fly-half position and is now a rugby commentator for the South African Supersport TV channels.
MIGNON DU PREEZ
Mignon du Preez is a South African cricketer, who since 2011 has been the team’s captain in all three forms of cricket Test, ODI and Twenty20. A right-handed batsman and occasional wicket-keeper, du Preez made her debut for the South Africa national women’s cricket team in January 2007. Besides being the South African player with most matches as captain in both ODI and Twenty20, she is also the highest run-scorer for South Africa women in Twenty20 and the second highest in ODI. On 21 February 2016, she became the first South African women to score 1,000 career runs in T20I during a match against England.
Chris is world renown for surfing waves the size of triple story buildings and for taking on extreme challenges such as Stand up Paddleboarding across the Atlantic. Chris has won the Mavericks Big Wave International surfing event in the biggest waves ever recorded in the history of the sport. In addition, he holds the South African Open Ocean SUP 24-hour Distance World Record.
Siyamthanda ‘Siya’ Kolisi is a South African rugby union footballer who plays for Western Province in the Currie Cup and the Stormers in Super Rugby. He has the ability to play in any position in the back-row but has thus far mostly featured as a flank. He made his Springbok debut on 15 June 2013 against Scotland at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit. He was named as Man of the Match as his side won 30–17. Nine further substitute appearances followed during the 2013 international season as he firmly established himself as a regular member of the national squad.
Parents who name their kid Donovan David Goliath (true story) must surely expect that the internal conflicts caused by giving their son such a name would lead him into comedy one day. And, when he leaves a lucrative advertising job for a full time career in comedy, they only have themselves to blame. As a relatively new comic on the circuit, he has rocked stages and fesses all over the country and was also a nominee in the ‘Newcomer of the Year Category’ for the 2012 Comics Choice Awards.
WADE VAN NIEKERK
Wayde van Niekerk is a South African track and field sprinter who competes in the 200 metres and 400 metres. He has held South African records for both but currently he only holds the record for the 400m event. Wayde was the silver medallist in the 400 m at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and took bronze in the 4×400 metres relay at the 2013 Summer Universiade. He also represented South Africa at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships in Athletics. At the latter event he took the gold medal in the 400 and is the reigning world champion.
Dave Levinsohn’s comedy style has been described as ‘off the wall’ and off the cuff. Having started as the host at the Coffee Lounge Comedy club in ‘97, he has become one of South Africa’s most bankable comedy acts. The ex-Art Director made a wise move; graphic design’s loss is comedy’s gain. He loves making people laugh.
Gary made his Test debut against Australia in Melbourne in 1993. He retired from international cricket in 2004 after crafting a match-winning 76 in his final innings, against New Zealand. Against the same country he had made history by becoming the first ever Protea to play in 100 Test matches. As a coach and mentor to some of the greatest players in the history of cricket, Gary Kirsten has needed to understand the dynamics that would see them perform consistently over a period of time and when it mattered most.
Spurred on by a hunger for success, South African actor-comedian Sivuyile “Siv” Ngesi is well on his way to becoming an icon in the South African entertainment scene. After his overwhelming success with his one-man comedy show Dekaf, which ran at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown for three years and won the Golden Ovation Award for best Comedy show in 2010, Siv embarked on a national tour with the show, playing to packed theatres and rave reviews, and opened up a whole new chapter in his life. Since then he has been in demand on the corporate circuit as MC/Entertainer/motivational speaker, and has seen his career skyrocket as both local and international acting offers have come his way.
Kagiso (KG) Rabada is a South African cricketer who is a right-arm fast bowler who bats left-handed. He made his debut for the Gauteng in the CSA Provincial One-Day Competition against Border in December 2013. KG was chosen to represent South Africa’s Under-19 side for the 2014 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup. In February 2016, it was announced that Rabada had signed a short-term deal to play county cricket for Kent in June and July of the English domestic season.
NATALIE DU TOIT
Natalie du Toit is a South African swimmer. She is best known for the gold medals she won at the 2004 Paralympic Games as well as the Commonwealth Games. She was one of two Paralympians to compete at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing; the other being table tennis player Natalia Partyka. Natalie became the third amputee ever to qualify for the Olympics, where she placed 16th in the 10K, “Marathon”, swim. On 27 August 2012, three days before the start of the 2012 Summer Paralympics, she announced her intention to retire at the end of the event.
Hashim Mahomed Amla is a South African cricketer who bats at number three for South Africa in Test matches and opens for them in One Day Internationals (ODIs). He is also a former captain of the Proteas and is a right-handed batsman and occasional medium-pace bowler. In addition, he was South Africa’s Test captain from June 2014 to January 2016.
The Parlotones front man, Kahn Morbee recently launched his solo project performing as K A H N. In 2014, Kahn launch his much talked about debut solo album ‘SALT’ that has received acclaim from the South African music listening public and media alike. 2015 saw K A H N travel extensively throughout South Africa promoting and performing at all major venues and festivals. With a reputation for enthralling audiences, Kahn was selected as one of the four coaches for The Voice SA at end of September 2015.
John Barnes is an English former footballer, rapper and manager of Jamaican and Trinidadian origin, who currently works as a commentator and pundit for ESPN and SuperSport. A fast, skilful left wing player, Barnes had successful periods at Watford and Liverpool in the 1980s and 1990s, and played for the England national team on 79 occasions. In 2006, in a poll of Liverpool fans’ favourite players, Barnes came fifth; a year later FourFourTwo magazine named him Liverpool’s best player of all time.
PIETER DU PREEZ
Pieter du Preez is a professional para athlete and actuarial analyst at Deloitte. Pieter was in a cycling accident where a car hit him and left him a C6 quadriplegic which means he can only move my wrists, biceps, neck and shoulders. Pieter is currently Double World Champion, multiple World and African record holder and history maker over three sporting disciplines which include being the first and only quadriplegic in world history to complete an Ironman triathlon. He is proudly a #WFLWR ambassador and believes when a bad thing happens it’s an opportunity to be great.
Jason Goliath is a larger than life comedian with a commanding stage presence, ridiculous amounts of energy and a character based set focused on making audiences laugh at life’s uncomfortable truths, he has performed successfully at numerous corporate events and leading comedy rooms and events. Nominated as Best Newcomer in the 2012 and Breakthrough Act in 2013, 2014 and 2015 for the Comics Choice Awards this comedian, MC, actor and facilitator is known as the strangely sexy fat guy! Jason was also recognised as one of Africa’s best comedians and was invited to represent Africa in Montreal at the Just for Laughs festival in July 2015.
Patrick Symcox is a former Protea off spinner and much loved cricket commentator. He played 20 Tests and 80 ODIs in the 1990s and played provincial cricket for the Natal Dolphins in Durban. Patrick was a right-arm off-spin bowler and was known for his powerful hitting down the order and has a Test century to his name, scored against Pakistan. Patrick is co-holder of the highest ever ninth-wicket partnership of 195 runs. Patrick retired in 1998 but nowadays he commentates for Supersport and ESPN Star Sports on cricket around the world.
GARRETH “SOLDIERBOY” MCLELLAN
Garreth’s sporting career started by playing flank at Top Flight Club rugby in Durban at Crusaders Rugby Club. Spending time with the Shark’s fitness coach, Jason Vorster, at the time South Africa’s leading MMA coach who used MMA as a form of training, it became clear to Jason that Garreth had a natural ability and he was encouraged pursue this direction. In October 2015, Garreth represented his country in Dublin Ireland against American native Bubba Bush. Garreth won the bout by TKO in the third round and made him the first South African based athlete in history to win at the UFC. Garreth will be competing again on 8 May 2016 in Rotterdam against swede Magnus Cedenblad.
Jonathan Isaac Kaplan is a former international rugby union referee who holds the record for the most international matches as referee. Jonathan began refereeing in 1984 and was appointed to South Africa’s national panel of referees in 1993. In 1996 he made his international debut in a match between Namibia and Zimbabwe in Harare. Jonathan became the first South African to officiate at four World Cups, and referee at three and announced his retirement on 26 October 2013.
South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA) nominee Trevor Gumbi is a South African comedian, writer and actor. While outspoken and sometimes controversial, Gumbi is active in the corporate market, where he can be found entertaining executives and their staff with tailored material. Gumbi has appeared at several major comedy South African comedy events, including performing at Oppikoppi, Rocking the Daisies, King-size comedy jams, Blacks Only, Laugh out Loud and Arts Alive comedy festival.
Quinton Fortune is a South African former footballer who was able to play both as a midfielder and as a defender. He moved to Europe to play for English club Tottenham Hotspur, but moved to Spain with Mallorca in 1995. He joined Atlético Madrid a year later. He moved back to England with Manchester United in 1999.
Kunene, a 23-year-old education honours student from Mpumalanga, said she was determined to make a difference during her reign. She said, “As a little girl growing up in the township – modelling around the house and practicing my speech in front of the mirror – I had always hoped, prayed and believed that one day my name would be called as the new Miss South Africa.”
GINIEL DE VILLIERS
De Villiers began his career in circuit racing, winning the domestic South African touring car championship four times in succession from 1997 to 2000 with a dealer-backed Nissan Primera. Switching to off-road racing thereafter, de Villiers made his Dakar Rally debut in 2003 driving for the works Nissan team. In 2014, de Villiers and Zitzewitz were the best non-Mini crew, winning the final stage of the rally to cement fourth place overall – de Villiers’ eighth top five finish in 11 Dakar starts.
Bridgitte Hartley is a South African sprint canoer who has competed since the late 2000s. She won a bronze medal in the K-1 1000 m event at the 2009 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Dartmouth, at the 2012 Olympic Games in K-1 500m and at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Moscow. Hartley became the first person from both South Africa and the African continent to medal at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships.
Masego ‘Maps’ Maponyane is a Model, TV Presenter, Actor, Writer, Fashion Designer, MC and Entrepreneur. He is 2011 GQ Best Dressed Man, and was voted as the 2013 Cosmopolitan Magazine’s SA Sexiest Man. He had modelled in a number of campaigns (stills and commercials) both locally and internationally; he has presented TV shows in the field of sport as well as lifestyle in South Africa and abroad.
Stephen Craig Cook is a South African Test cricketer for the Proteas, the son of former Test player Jimmy Cook. He is a classic right-handed opening batsman. In 2010 he scored 390 runs in a single innings, surpassing several South African and international first-class cricket records, and was included in the South Africa A squad. On 18 January 2016 he was added to South Africa’s Test squad, and became the 6th South African (and 100th Test player) to score a century on debut during the first day of the fourth Test against England.