Paul Snodgrass is an actor and a comedian, best know for his work on eTV, he’s currently trying to get films made in South Africa. Paul Snodgrass started his career at the fresh faces section of the Smirnoff International Comedy Festival. He is best known for his work on eTV’s “That Sport Show” and for his work as reporter and producer for eTV Sports News. He has also successfully performed for many corporate clients and he has quickly made a name for himself as a multi-talented stand-up comedian and MC for many SA rock bands.
Jacques Rudolph is a former South African cricketer who played for Glamorgan and in South Africa with Titans. He attended Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool, a popular and renowned public school located in Pretoria.
Rudolph was chosen for South Africa’s Test team in 2003. The selectors noticed him during one of his performances in domestic cricket. Rudolph was named the South African Cricket Annual Cricketer of the Year in 2003.
In his debut Test match against Bangladesh he scored 222 not out, his best first class score. It is still the highest Test debut score by a left-handed batsman and a Test opener as of 2013, when Hamish Rutherford made 171 for New Zealand against England.
He also broke the South African third-wicket partnership record, alongside Boeta Dippenaar, reaching 429* against Bangladesh at Chittagong. He saved a Test for South Africa in the Perth Test match in December 2005 after defying the Australian bowlers for more than a day to score 102* and ensure a draw. After declaring himself unavailable for selection by South Africa after agreeing to join Yorkshire under the Kolpak ruling he stated he did not want to represent South Africa again and hoped to possibly represent England, qualifying by residency, after deciding to buy a house and live permanently in Yorkshire.
Rudolph was recalled to the South African Test squad in October 2011, for the two-Test home series against Austrailia.
Ryan is a young ambitious Striker currently playing for Kazier Chiefs and Bafana Bafana, Ryan was an all-round athlete at School. Little known fact is that Ryan went to Maritzburg College on a rugby Bursary but his passion for football overtook all his other sporting interest. Amongst the many things that make Ryan happy is his family, with his brother Bryce Moon former and Pananthiakos player as his role model and all in all a tight nit family of 4 boys.
Rob played 19 tests for the Springbok squad from 1980 – 1985 with 6 tries. He played flank. He received 6 Currie Cup Winner’s Medals. He also played for Wiggins Rugby League from 1985 – 1988 and won 4 Rugby League Medals for Wiggins.
Rob was involved with the Sevens Rugby squad as the team manager. He is also the owner of Robbi Thatch a thatching company that has been going for the past 21 years. One of his prestigious achievements was securing the Ratanga Junction contract for Murray & Roberts where his company did all the thatching, Cape Reed ceilings as well as the cape reed fencing around the walkways. He also did all the work for Mr Rupert, including his houses at Leopard Creek and Somerset West.
Rob is married to Azille (Bekker). They have three daughters, Roxanne, Mistique, D’Shahnee and one boy, Robbie. He and his family live on a smallholding in Durbanville. Rob is fanatical about nature and the outdoors. He is a keen surfer, paddles and plays touch rugby to keep fit.
Kurt Schoonraad is one of South Africa’s most instantly recognisable stand-up comedians. With his earthy humour and comedic range he connects with audiences from every corner of South Africa, not to mention internationally, even making the front page of the New York Times.
The actor and comedian says that hailing from Mitchell’s Plain in Cape Town, one of South Africa’s largest townships, was highly influential in developing his sense of humour and comedy style.
Kurt’s professional comedy career took off almost two decades ago. In that time he has been consistently performing stand-up comedy onstage, and has also gone on to produce and perform his hugely successful one man shows all over the country.
Kurt first earned attention as the quirky accidental tourist on the hit TV series “Going Nowhere Slowly”. He has since been acknowledged as one of SA’s favourite TV personalities, hosting game shows, appearing in the well-known BBC format “Who Do You Think You Are?” and “Comedy Central presents Kurt Schoonraad”. He stars in various big screen productions, with his most recent lead performance in the international award-winning South African movie “Skeem”.
Kurt pioneered Cape Town Comedy Club from its humble festival origins, to its exciting permanent home at the historic Pumphouse at the V&A Waterfront, becoming Cape Town’s only dedicated international stand-up comedy venue. The club was recently acknowledged as one of the ten best comedy clubs in the world.
Tamraiz Shamsi is a South African cricketer. He has played first-class cricket for teams such as Dolphins, Gauteng, Gauteng Under-19s, KwaZulu Natal, KwaZulu-Natal Inland, Lions, and Titans.
His batting style is right-handed and he is known for his slow left-arm chinaman bowling.He has been criticised for his fielding during the one day and T20 series against India by dropping more than 6 catches.
Shamsi was the leading wicket-taker for the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the Caribbean Premier League T20 in 2015. He was included in the Easterns cricket team squad for the 2015 Africa T20 Cup.
In April 2016, Shamsi was signed by Royal Challengers Bangalore as a replacement player for the injured Samuel Badree during the 2016 IPL and made his debut against Rising Pune Supergiants at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune where he took 1/36 in 4 overs as Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 13 runs.
In August 2017, he was named in Stellenbosch Monarchs’ squad for the first season of the T20 Global League. However, in October 2017, Cricket South Africa postponed the tournament until November 2018.
He was the leading wicket-taker in the 2017–18 Ram Slam T20 Challenge, finishing the tournament with 16 wickets from 11 matches. He was also the leading wicket-taker in the 2017–18 Momentum One Day Cup, with 26 wickets in 9 matches.
Dean Furman is a South African professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for SuperSport United in the Premier Soccer League.
He made his debut for the South Africa national team in 2012, representing the nation at two Africa Cup of Nationstournaments.
Furman received his first international call-up for South Africa for a friendly on 19 August 2008 against Australia. He was an unused substitute in that match. Furman earned his first cap for South Africa in a friendly against Brazil on 8 September 2012. Furman earned his first man of the match award in the country’s 2–0 defeat of Mozambique on 11 September 2012.
Furman was selected for the final squad of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations tournament hosted by his home country. In the second group match of the tournament, the Bafana Bafana convincingly defeated Angola 2–0 and Furman was named as Man of the Match. Furman played the full 90 in South Africa’s final group game, a 2–2 draw with Morocco, that secured Bafana Bafana top spot in the group and ensured their first passage to the quarter-finals of the competition since 2002. The quarter-final game against Mali on 2 February ended 1–1 after extra time and Furman had his penalty kick saved by Soumaila Diakité, as Mali won 3–1 in the penalty shoot-out.
Furman was named captain of Bafana Bafana ahead of 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sudan in Durban on 15 November 2014.
Jenny Morris, also known as The Giggling Gourmet, is a celebrity chef and radio personality from South Africa. She has starred in four series with Food Network, and has become a household name among audiences in Europe, the Middle East and Africa she also broadcasts a weekly show on Heart Radio Breakfast show one of the largest Radio Stations in South Africa and you will find her annually at the Taste of Abu Dharbi and Taste of Dubai.
She has cooked for many presidents and royals hosts her own shows on Food Network, Creator of Yumcious a fine casual dining restaurant. Author, of 5 books, a Contributor to Next 48 Hours she was voted onto the 2012 Oprah Winfrey Power List alongside amongst others Madonna, Lady Gaga and Hilary Clinton, she an accredited international judge and examiner, teacher and culinary tour guide, Events MC and Voiceover artiste. Jenny has had an on-going love affair with food since she was a child. It’s a love affair in the true sense of the word, one that employs all the senses,. Jenny is the founder and creator of the Giggling Gourmet Cooks Playgound now known as South Africa’s biggest and leading recreational and corporate TeamCooking cooking school.
Ashwell Prince is a former South African cricketer who played all formats of the game for South Africa and a former captain. A left-handed middle order batsman, he has a high-batted stance and is strong through the offside. He is noted for his gritty style of batting and also for being an athletic fielder in the covers. At the age of 29, he became the first non-white man to captain the South African cricket team when he stood in for the injured Graeme Smith in two Tests.
Prince started his career with Eastern Province in the 1995/6 South African cricket season. Since then, he has represented Western Province, Western Province Boland, Cape Cobras, and Warriors in South Africa’s domestic competitions. He has also had spells in England, first at Nottinghamshire and later Lancashire where he is currently playing.
In 2002, Prince made his Test and One Day International (ODI) debuts for South Africa. He played 52 ODIs between 2002 and 2007, and 66 Tests between 2002 and 2011. All eleven of his international centuries came in Test cricket, in which he averaged 41.64. He originally announced his intention to retire from professional cricket at the end of the 2014 English cricket season, but stayed on for another season before announcing his retirement for a second time in September 2015.
Laura attended Parklands College and started playing cricket with boys teams at the age of 5. Throughout Primary school, she continued to play with the boys teams and started playing for WP girls u19 when she was 11.
Laura made the South African u19 squad at the age of 13. Laura worked her way through the ranks, playing for WP women a year later.
Laura got invited to a South African training camp and debuted for South African Womens side against England at the age of 16.
Cricket has always been one of Laura’s passion and what she does for fun. School work was always extremely important for Laura, she started studying Medicine at Stellenbosch University earlier this year, however, due to it being such a busy cricketing year for our team, Stellenbosch has granted her an ‘interruption of studies’ allowing Laura to play cricket full time and get re-apply for Medicine next year.
South Africa finally has another female swimmer who can hold her own in the pool.
Tatjana Schoenmaker won South Africa a gold medal while setting a new record time for Africa in the 200m breaststroke at the Commonwealth Games in Australia. Tatjana Schoenmaker won gold medals in women’s 100 meter breaststroke and the women’s 200 meter breaststroke.
Schoenmaker set a time of 2.22.02 and toppled the previous African record, which was set by Suzaan van Biljon in 2012. Remarkably, Schoenmaker is the first able-bodied female swimmer to win Commonwealth gold since South Africa’s readmission to international sport.
For the first 150m of the 200m race, Schoenmaker was in a tight battle with England’s Molly Renshaw, but the South African broke loose after the last turn and beat Renshaw by more than a second. After being the first to touch the wall, the Pretoria-based swimmer looked up at her time and her eyes grew wide. She said she hadn’t expected to clock such a good time.
It’s not often that a newcomer gets to open a show for mega comedy stars such as Trevor Noah but the hilariously funny Khanyisa Bunu will have this privilege.
The former teacher from the Eastern Cape left teaching nine years ago. It had taken longer for her to realise that her gift of the gab can turn into a fruitful career. After matric, she first registered for law, and never studied for her exams. As a result she failed dismally and admits to wasting her parents’ money.
She had to stay home in Whittlesea, a small town south of Queenstown in Eastern Cape, for a year until she figured out what to do.Teaching was a way forward because she figured it was “easy”. Khanyisa taught Geography and English at Zolani High (in Whittlesea) but was not entirely happy. She came to Gauteng in 2008 and entered a writing competition organised by Maskew Miller Longman publishers. The company published her Xhosa novel Umbhodamo, which is currently a set book for Grade 8 and 9 in Eastern Cape. Still, she wasn’t completely fulfilled. After coming across an advert, asking “So you think you are funny”, she decided to enter. She was confident because her whole life people have told her she was funny. During the auditions in Bloemfontein, she was told the judges don’t laugh – but when it was her turn the judges fell off their chairs. She made it to the top six.
In 2011 Bunu came back to Joburg and started pursuing her comedy career. Three years later her career reached new heights as she won the 2014 Savanna Comic’s Choice Audience Choice Award – the first woman to win the coveted award. Soon after she performed and hosted a number of major headline events, including Kings & Queens of Comedy, Blacks Only and the Comedy Central Roast Battle in 2016.Bunu has performed on the international circuit too, with outstanding performances in Botswana, Nigeria, Swaziland and most notably at the Greenwich Village Comedy Club in the capital of comedy, New York. Her most well-known performances have been on Season 4 of Ses Top La on SABC 1 and recent appearances on e.tv’s Scandal.
Ryk Neethling is one of the most accomplished swimmers in history. An Olympic Gold Medallist and the first South African athlete to represent his country in four consecutive Olympic Games, he also holds the title of three-times World Champion and four-times World Record Breaker.
Following his retirement from swimming, Ryk’s successful business career started with the launch of the Ryk Neethling Swimming Schools franchise in 2008 before he moved to the elite Val de Vie Estate in the Western Cape where he is both a Shareholder and the Marketing Director.
Since 2016, Ryk has served as an Ambassador to the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation alongside Francois Pienaar and Terence Parkin in South Africa. He is also actively involved in the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and is an Ambassador for Hope Through Action. In 2017 Ryk was named CEO of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation.
The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation was established in 2012 and has since reached over 300,000 people worldwide in its quest to reduce death by drowning, with operations being established in South Africa in 2013. The work of the Foundation is internationally acknowledged and celebrated for raising public awareness about the dangers of water, teaching children essential water safety skills and how to swim.
In 2016, the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation SA taught 2,507 children to swim and 27,242 children essential water safety skills through 23 projects in South Africa.
Aphiwe Dyantyi is a South African rugby union player, currently playing with the Lions in Super Rugby and the Golden Lions domestically. His regular position is winger.
The Lions speedster actually gave up rugby after school when he was told he was too small to play. However, he forced his way into the professional ranks after impressive performances in the Varsity Cup.
After representing Eastern Province at U13 level in 2007, Aphiwe Dyantyi was touted as an exciting talent at school level. However, during his time in High School, he was told he was too small to play for the 1st XV during his matric year. Having missed out on his rugby goals, he eventually gave up on the sport after school and decided to pursue other interests. He enrolled at University of Johannesburg to study BCom Marketing and played soccer. However, he quickly found his way back to his first love. “I was living on res at campus. Some of my friends from school asked me if I could play for the Koshuis team as they needed players. They played on a Wednesday, so I was happy to help them out. After a few games, I was asked to train with the Varsity Cup team and that’s when things started happening,” Dyantyi.
In 2014, he played for UJ’s Young Guns and sevens. In 2015, he played for the senior side and was one of the star performers during the Varsity Cup. This saw him called up to the Golden Lions U21s.
Connell Cruise is charm and charisma personified. The South African singer-songwriter has a smile to brighten any room and an attitude to match. With a stylish elegance, reminiscent of a bygone age and boyish sense of curiosity, Connell has a love for life that has seeped into his music.
His rise in the music industry can only be described as meteoric. After being discovered locally by David Gresham Records, he released his South African debut in 2013 and received three South African Music Award nominations for the following year.
In April 2014, a social media frenzy surrounding the iTunes release of his single “Into the Wild” grabbed the attention of none other than music industry titan, L.A Reid. Connell’s subsequent deal with Island Records in New York City is considered the largest and most significant record deal in South African music history, introducing him to the international music scene and trailblazing the way for a new wave of South African talent.
Connell was born in a small suburb of Johannesburg into a very musical family. His grandmother a well-known Spanish performer who toured extensively throughout Europe, had each of her grandchildren learn a performance art at a young age. “It was a rite of passage for us” he remembers. “ My grandmother loved music and wanted us to experience that same passion for ourselves.” For Connell she selected the piano, classical training began on his fourth birthday and years dedicated would later earn him a qualification for Trinity College in London.
36 year old Ryan Sandes is a local and international trail running sensation, competing on all corners of the globe. He was the first person to win all 4 races in the 4 Desert Series and in 2013 became the first person to ever win an ultra trail race on all 7 continents. In 2011, Ryan won the Leadville 100 miler mountain race in Leadville, Colorado, setting the 3rd fastest time in the history of the race and the fastest time by a non-American – it was his first 100 miler.
He is an ambassador of the prestigious Laureus Foundation and special mention about his phenomenal career was made at the International Laureus Awards in Abu Dhabi. Ryan’s biography, Trail Blazer, written by Steve Smit, was launched in English in 2016. In 2017 his book was translated into Spanish – the 2nd most spoken language on earth. What started out as a “passion project” has turned into a best-selling book.
At the beginning of 2018 Ryan and a friend, Ryno Griesel, set a new trail running record on a section of the Great Himalayan Trail through Nepal. An eye-watering time of 25 days 4 hours and 24 minutes was set on a combination of the high and cultural route on the GHT. A distance of 1 435km was covered, which the men ran virtually non-stop, climbing 63 721m in elevation gain which is the equivalent of climbing 7.5 Mount Everest’s.
Ryan is a doting father to son Max, as well as their adopted fur-child, Thandi and he has been married to his actress/business-woman wife, Vanessa Haywood-Sandes for 3 years. People are inspired not only by Ryan’s athletic ability but also his humble and down-to-earth approach to life. He is a highly sought after motivational speaker and is considered one of the world’s leading ultra trail runners.
Pearl Thusi, a true force to be reckoned with, is a treasured gem of South African waters. Her combination of fierce talent and admirable beauty continues to make waves internationally. Her audience spans across the globe, starring as lead actress in Universal’s The Scorpion King: The Book of Souls alongside Zach McGowan, along with her recurring role in ABC’s Drama Series Quantico.
As ‘Best Actress’ nominee at the Rapid Lion Awards, Pearl has starred in feature films including Tremors 5, Rosa 2, and Kalushi – The Solomon Mahlangu Story. Her magnetism translates onto the small screen too, in popular South African TV shows Isidingo, The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Rhythm City and Zone14, naming but a few. Pearl Thusi’s talent and work ethic has moved her into businesswoman stature with the popularity of her Afro Botanics hair care range patented Black Pearl. Her ever-growing list of accolades includes hosting the highly acclaimed TV show MTV Lip Sync Battle Africa as well as an outstanding host at the BET Red Carpet in Los Angeles. Pearl Thusi has been editorial cover star of multiple famous glossies such as Elle, Cosmopolitan, True Love, Grazia, Glamour, and Women’s Health in both South Africa and the United Arab Emirates.
Henricho Bruintjies is a South African sprinter. He broke the 10-second barrier with a run of 9.97 seconds in 2015. He has represented his country at the Summer Olympics, World Championships and Commonwealth Games. He is a silver medalist in the 100 meters in the 2018 Commonwealth Games
Bruintjies took up athletics as a grade 1 schoolboy. In 2013, he was the South African under-23 champion in the 100m, defeating Akani Simbine in 10.44; at the national senior championships, he placed second behind Simon Magakwein 10.58. In 2014, Bruintjies improved his personal best to 10.17 and ran the opening leg for South Africa’s relay team at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow; South Africa placed fourth in a national record 38.35. Bruintjies also competed in the 2014 African Championships, taking part in both the individual 100m and the 4 × 100m relay; in the individual event, he was eliminated in the semi-finals.
Jeremy Russell Brockie was born 7 October 1987 in New Zealand. Jermey is a professional footballer who currently plays for Mamelodi Sundowns in the South African Premier Soccer League.
He has represented New Zealand at senior international level, including the 2010 FIFA World Cup and at the 2008 Olympic Games, earning him 51 caps.
Brockie started his youth football for Richmond Athletic and his senior career at Matson’s Premier Football Leagueside Nelson Suburbs before going on to play for Canterbury United in the 2004–05 season of the New Zealand Football Championship.
A young comedian from Venda, who happens to speak 2 minutes of Afrikaans and English like he was raised by The Jeersons, themselves. Bongani Dube has been in the scene well over 2 years. Nominated for the Savanna Comics Choice Awards in the best newcomer category.
With passion and enthusiasm to entertain crowds with mic-in-hand, Bongani can often be found at Parker’s Comedy and Jive Club, The Goliath Comedy Club and The Box Comedy in Maboneng. He also enjoys hosting and has embellished many a corporate as an MC. This all round fun guy has not only found his passion in life, but also carries the charsima and charm it requires.
Bongani is one, highly animated comic and naturally imprints a positive energy on those he encounters, leaving you as an audience member in stitches and wanting more. 2018 has been so far a great year for this young comic. Recently on the Trevor Noah Nationwild Tour, this young man is destined for great things.
Don’s obsession with martial arts began at 6yrs old with traditional forms such as karate. Always an athlete, Don excelled at school with sports like rugby, cricket etc. Once in high school, Don’s love for combat sports grew and he fell in love with Muay Thai at age 14. Soon after starting Muay Thai, Don had his first fight which he won in spectavular fashion by knocking out his opponent with brutal knees from the clinch.
Don displayed incredible talent for fighting and by age 16 was the South African Muay Thai champion, finishing every one of his opponents. Travelling to Thailand soon after, to pursue his Muay Thai career; living, fighting and gaining experience in Thailand. By 18, Don was already a seasoned veteran of Muay Thai, racking up multiple titles.
Now with over 70 professional Muay Thai fights in and around Thailand and only ever losing three fights; two to then world champion Panom Kaewsamrit, Don had become a star in the Thai fighting scene. In 2011, Don returned to South Africa and was met by the massive populariy of mixed martial arts. He soon followed suit and began training MMA full time at age 20.
In June 2013, Don became the youngest EFC champion at 22yrs old by defeating then champion and BJJ black belt, Costa Iannou by rear naked choke in the fifth round. This was a real display of Don’s evolution as a mixed martial artist.
December 2015, Don received his bjj brown belt and now holds three stripes, bringing him to near master status. After only 6 years of MMA & BJJ training, Don’s evolution has been fast and exciting. Being one of the most popular MMA athletes in South Africa, Don has graced the covers of multiple magazines, including the cover of Men’s Health magazine, making him the first South African MMA athlete to do so.
Don regained the lightweight strap in April 2017, by defeating champion Dave “The Pain Train” Mazany from Las Vegas, USA by submission in the second round of their sold out main event at Grand West Arena. Making Don’s finish win/finish ratio at 100%; 7 wins, 4 TKO’s & 3 Submissions.
SARU Manager and Head coach of the SA 7’s Academy. Head coach of the blitzbok, and a prior 7’s player with 47 caps for the blitzbok.
Justin Harrison, born 20 April 1974 in Sydney, is a former Australian international rugby union player, who played lock forward and is currently head coach for RC Narbonne in France. Played 34 test matches for Australia 2001 – 2004.
Mils Muliaina is a professional rugby union player who most recently played for San Francisco Rush in the US PRO Rugby competition. He plays primarily as a fullback, though he has also played as a centre and on the wing.
Born in Salelesi, Samoa, Muliaina moved with his family to Invercargill, New Zealand, at the age of three. At international level Muliaina played for New Zealand from 2003 until his retirement after the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Muliaina became only the second All Black to reach 100 caps during the World Cup quarter-final against Argentina in 2011. He scored 33 tries for New Zealand and remains among the top 30 highest try scorers in rugby union test history.
A tall, imposing paceman, Lungi Ngidi can reach speeds in the 140s kph making him one of South Africa’s most promising cricketing prospects.
Lungi Ngidi came to light as a young bowler of exceptional pace during the inaugural edition of the Africa T20 Cup competition. He was then given his international chance at the age of 20 for the Proteas in the T20 International Series against Sri Lanka in 2017
He achieved the standout feat of being named Man of the Match on debut and followed it with career best figures of 4/19 in his second match.
He was chosen for the subsequent SA A tour of England but injury cost him the chance of continuing his T20 International career in the England series.
He made his Test and ODI debuts against India in 2018, taking an impressive 6/39 on his Test debut at his home ground, SuperSport Park in Centurion.
Ndumiso Lindi, the comedy Gentleman we know as the Roosta, is a brilliant and genuinely funny South Africa comedian.
His novel blend of nu-school style and solid tradition makes for a brilliant and outstanding South African comedy act.
With rave reviews in Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya and playing shows in the U.K. and U.S., this man is taking SA comedy to places few would manage or imagine.His sold out second one-man show, “Diluted People”, followed on the success of his first show, “Colour Mine” which was aired on Comedy Central Africa. He is an expert at capturing characters and moments directly from life around him, and sketching himself for the amusement of his fans.
Pierre Spies is a retired South African rugby union player. Between 2005 and 2015, he spent the majority of his career playing Super Rugby for the Bulls and domestic South African rugby for the Blue Bulls. He also represented South Africa between 2006 and 2013.
He made his first class debut for the Blue Bulls in 2005 in a match against Griquas. He made his Super 12 debut against the Brumbies, becoming the youngest player ever to represent the Bulls.
After representing the South African Under-21 side at the 2006 Under 21 Rugby World Championship in France, Spies made his Springbok debut in 2006 against Australia.
Pierre Spies was nominated for the 2008 Currie Cup Player of the Year, South African Player of the Year, International Player of the Year and won the award for South Africa’s Most Promising Player of the Year and Sportsman of the Year.