Leading South African comedian David Kau’s name is synonymous with many firsts. At just 32-years-old, this Kroonstad-born comic began his career as the first black stand-up comedian in the 1998 Smirnoff Comedy Festival in Cape Town . David has appeared on TV shows such as, The Phat Joe Show. He has carved out a niche in the market as the best black comedian in the country and is one of the founding members of the popular Blacks Only comedy show.
Victor captained the Springbok rugby team as well as the Blue Bulls in the Currie Cup and the Bulls franchise in Super Rugby. He is considered one of the best locks in the world and has had a long successful partnership with Springbok and Blue Bulls teammate Bakkies Botha.
Besides almost always winning his own line-out ball, Victor is known for his exceptional skill at disrupting opposition line-outs – this skill was a cornerstone of their 2007 World Cup success, where he was crowned IRB (International Rugby Board) player of the Rugby World Cup.
From growing up as a shy, sports-mad boy in Pietersburg to reaching the pinnacle of success in his rugby career, Victor learnt the hard way about dealing with the pleasures and pressures of life as a professional sportsman.
James is a well renowned former rugby player and successful businessman, running his own manufacturing company. Having performed brilliantly in the opening game of the 1995 World Cup, he is proud to have been part of the squad that played with such vigour and conviction. The year 2015 also marks the 20 year anniversary when South Africa won the 1995 Rugby World cup.
Fearless, adventurous and always inspiring, Riaan is one of South Africa’s most remarkable people. From cycling round Africa and rowing across the Atlantic, to kayaking around both Madagascar and Iceland, there’s nothing the bearded adventurer won’t do; find out what’s next this week!
The Elvis hairdo and permanent smile make Kurt one of South Africa’s most recognised comedians. A hugely popular stand-up, he’s the man behind Jou Ma Se Comedy Club, now the Cape Town Comedy Club, the home of stand-up in the Mother City. An accomplished actor, his latest movie, ’Stone Cold Jane Austen’, made its debut at the Cannes Film Festival this year.
JEAN DE VILLIERS
With over 100 Test matches behind him, the Springbok captain is one of South Africa’s most celebrated rugby players, combining speed and strength with natural flair and an eye for an intercept try. Ill fortune with injuries has dogged his career, but Jean is hoping to be back to lead the Boks to a World Cup victory later this year.
The Western Cape wakes up to Ryan and his KFM breakfast team every morning, with over a million dedicated listeners tuning in to start the day. But his popularity is about to get even bigger: the car-mad DJ is extending his reach into television, as the host of M-Net’s hotly anticipated new reality show ‘Power Couple’.
He might not be as large as some of his fellow rugby superstars, but Pat is one of South Africa’s most naturally gifted players. A superb reader of the game, with a lethal boot and an eye for space, he’s also not afraid to stand up to far bigger men in the tackle – and he’s still on 24 years old!
A teenage star with Ajax Cape Town, the now veteran goalkeeper has starred for both club and country for close on two decades, as popular with fans as he is respected by opponents. Now with Wits, Moeneeb was crowned PSL Goalkeeper of the Season this year, and just seems to be getting better with age!
Emmy Award-nominee, comedian Loyiso Gola is one of South Africa’s most celebrated and accomplished performers. He has received international acclaim for Late Night News, and his stand-up performances have sold out both locally and abroad. Loyiso has just joined the cast of satirical Australian news show ‘The Weekly’, and might just be the tallest guest we’ve had on the Dan Nicholl show so far!
His television career began with appearances on the Phat Joe Live talk show in 2002, and subsequently on the Pure Monate Show, a sketch comedy series created by comedians David Kau and Kasigo Lediga in 2003. In 2007 he became the co-host of the Dinner with the President talk show created by Pieter-Dirk Uys, playing the role of the black grandson of the satirist’s alter ego Evita Bezuidenhout.
Caroline Wöstmann from Pretoria is an ultramarathon runner who won the 2015 editions of the Two Oceans Marathon and Comrades Marathon in 06:12:22. She is a mother of two and is employed as a senior lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand and is a Chartered Accountant.
A gentle giant off the field, ferocious fast bowler on it, Morné Morkel has been a key member of South Africa’s cricket team for nearly a decade. Capable of producing completely unplayable spells of aggressive quick bowling, Morné regularly terrifies opposition batsmen away from the field. He is quiet, friendly, and vested with a great sense of humour – and likes nothing better than escaping to the bush.
Morné made his ODI debut playing for an Africa XI side. In the following game he opened the bowling with his brother Albie, making ODI history. He was then selected for the South African squad for the inaugural Twenty20 World Championship in South Africa, and went on to become one of the stars of the tournament.
American Basket Ball player Buckets Blakes was born and raised in Phoenix Arizona, his first exposure to basketball was when he was watching the Phoenix Suns at the age of five. He would cut a hole at the top of his dad’s hat, flip it over and shoot a tennis ball through it. Former Suns star Kevin Johnson was a large influence on him. Buckets took the work ethic that he developed first at Arizona Western College, where he earned an associate’s degree, he then joined the University of Wyoming, where he was a team captain and MVP. In his senior season, Buckets was one of only two players in the Mountain West Conference to finish in the top 15.
Now in his ninth season with the Globetrotters, Buckets enjoys working and mentoring kids, he relishes the opportunities he’s had to present the Globetrotters’ widely through the popular “C.H.E.E.R.™ For Character” programme around the world. He sees himself running his own gym and helping kids build character and self-esteem through sports mentoring.
Stuart Taylor is probably best known to South Africans as the presenter of SABC 3’s hit travel show, ‘Going Nowhere Slowly’. But when this Stellenbosch University science graduate is not in front of the camera with a mud-powdered face and wind-styled hair, Taylor is enchanting local and international audiences with his headline, stand-up comedy and magic shows.
His award-winning formula of a meticulous fusion of comedy and magic earned him recognition as South Africa’s Comedy Magic Champion, a title he held for three years.
His theatre production ‘Learner Husband’ played to critical acclaim across the country from the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town to the Market Theatre in Johannesburg as well as a successful run at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown and The Montecasino Main Theatre.
Matthew Booth started playing soccer for Fish Hoek AFC in 1982 at the tender age of 5. In 1993, he played in the Bayhill U19 tournament for Fish Hoek where he was spotted by Cape Town Spurs coach Richard Gomes, who saw a lanky youngster flying into tackles and towering above the opposition. He invited him to train with the club’s youth.
Matthew then started playing professionally in 1996, alongside experienced players like Shaun Bartlett and Craig Rosslee. He later joined Mamelodi Sundowns for three seasons. His international debut for South Africa was in 1999, where Bafana Bafana played against Botswana at the Cosafa Castle Cup.
Matthew retired from professional soccer in 2014 and now owns and runs junior coaching clinics at a few public schools and is also a soccer analyst for television and print media.
Over the past decade well known singer and songwriter, Ard Matthews, has been honing his craft and moving people the music world over. As the front man of South African band Just Jinjer, his indelible lyrics and melody arrangements has led the way to the incredible success of their debut album title “All Comes Round,” becoming one of the biggest selling rock genre albums of all time in South Africa, achieving double platinum status in its first year, with the follow up album “Something for now” reaching the same status a year later.
Just Jinjer have shared the stage with many iconic local and international artists on many stages across the world. Most notably at the Nelson Mandela 46664 Concert, Johannesburg in 2009 where they performed with the likes of The Goo Goo Dolls, Annie Lennox, Razorlight, Ludacris, Corrinne Bailey Rae, Peter Gabriel, Live, and Angélique Kidjo.
Ard released his debut solo album in the winter of 2012 to critical acclaim and also recently teamed up with South African folk icon Vusi Mahlasela for Ard’s track ‘Umuntu’. Ard now performs regularly as a solo act, while fronting Just Jinjer, with many well-known and talented musicians joining him on bass guitar and drums on an ad-hoc and dynamic basis, most recently at Oppikoppi 2014 and the Rocking The Daisies festival in Darling, Cape Town.
Bernard Melvin Parker is a South African professional association football midfielder/striker, playing for Kaizer Chiefs.
His football talents was nurtured at the School of Excellence, where Parker made his debut in the professional ranks for Cape Town’s Hellenic FC, which was later bought and renamed Benoni Premier United. After the club was once again renamed and moved to Durban he remained with Thanda Royal Zulu F.C. until early 2009 when he obtained a transfer to European Cup Winners Red Star in Serbia.
Bernard joined Leicester City on trial in December 2010 with a view to a permanent move away from the Dutch club. On 18 January 2011 he moved to Panserraikos F.C. on loan, to secure extra game time and returned to FC Twente after the end of the 2010/11 Greek season. After receiving interest from Swedish clubs Malmö FF and Helsingborgs IF as well as South Africa’s Kaizer Chiefs, Parker chose the latter ahead of the other clubs.
In the 2012/13 season, Parker scored 12 league goals in 28 matches and finished as runner up to Katlego Mashego who had 13 and helped Chiefs to a league and cup double. The following season he won the Lesley Manyathela Golden Boot with 10 goals.
Cricketer Neil Douglas McKenzie is a right-handed opening batsman who has played for South Africa, making his first appearance in the year 2000. Strong on the leg side, he is also a very good player of spin. He plays for the Highveld Lions in SA domestic cricket and has also played county cricket for Somerset and Durham.
McKenzie is married to SA model, Kerry McGregor and they have two beautiful boys.
In January 2010, McKenzie joined English county side Hampshire as a Kolpak player for the 2010 County Championship. On the 5th of August 2011 McKenzie hit his career best first-class score of 237 in a County Championship match against Yorkshire.Not only did he make his highest score, but during his innings a number of records fell. He and Michael Carberry set a new Hampshire record for the 3rd wicket in first-class cricket, setting a partnership of 523 runs to surpass the previous best partnership for the 3rd wicket, which was set by George Brown and Phil Mead in 1927.
David Kibuuka is a Ugandan-born South African comedian best known as a field correspondent on the e.tv and eNews satirical show, Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola, since 2010.
Other television shows he has appeared on include the Pure Monate Show, FONT, Laugh Out Loud, The Coconuts, Last Say on Sunday and Going Nowhere Slowly.
A regular on the stand-up comedy circuit, David has performed at such events as the Kingsize Comedy Festival, Blacks Only and the Heavyweight Comedy Jam.
He has also performed regularly at comedy venues like Tanz Café, Comedy Underground, Parkers and the Blues Room. He has also featured in the feature film Bunny Chow.
He was one of the three stars of the SABC1 reality show Jozi – Moving the City, as project manager of the hip hop group Jozi, in 2011.
Lucas Radebe is arguably one of the best and most successful South African footballers of all time. He is a sporting icon in South Africa and has achieved legendary status with English team Leeds United F.C.
He was a member of the first non-racial team to represent South Africa following its return to international football in 1992. Besides captaining SA in the first ever World Cup appearance in France in 1998 and Japan/ South Korea in 2002, Lucas has received a resounding 70 caps for the national team. He was also a member of the Bafana Bafana team when they won the African Nations Cup in 1996.
Lucas is also involved in socially responsible projects, one of which is Learning with Lucas and believes that education, opportunity and upliftment, when combined provide everyone with the basis of reaching their potential in achieving their dreams.
Paul Regan Adams (born 20 January 1977 in Cape Town) is a former South African cricketer, a chinaman bowler who played for the national team sporadically since the 1990s. Meanwhile, his first class cricket career registered 412 wickets.
Adams’s bowling action was highly unorthodox and Mike Gatting likened it to the now infamous phrase – “frog in a blender”. He announced his retirement from professional cricket on 2 October 2008, more than four years after his last Test match and five years after his last ODI.
ANDREW VAN ZYL
His nickname is ‘One Gear’ and he was undefeated in seven bouts when he challenged Ruan Potts for the heavyweight title for the first time in November 2011 (he was defeated via first round submission).
He then went on another winning tear and challenged Potts again for the title, claiming EFC gold via unanimous decision in a dominating five round war. He defended the belt successfully once against the dangerous striking of Sors Grobbelaar, but was beaten via submission in the trilogy bout with his rival Potts.
Van Zyl has once again rebuilt himself into the number one contender and will face Cape Town’s heavy-hitting BJJ specialist Brendon Groenewald in his fifth EFC title fight.
With a career spanning several years, Zanele Mdodana started playing netball at the tender age of 10. Lauded as the most capped national player in Netball, Zanele proudly holds 81 caps under her belt. In addition to her many accomplishments, she recently completed her 1st Half Ironman Triathlon event.
Zanele is a Laureus Ambassador and currently works for the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University as a Sports Manager.
Chris Forrest has been on the forefront of the South African Comedy scene since the late nineties. His unique dry sense of humour, quick wit and intelligent comedy has made him one of the country’s most popular comedians and ensured that audiences are left in stitches wherever he goes.
Chris has also hosted his own episode of “Comedy Central Presents Live at Parker’s” and performed four successful one-man shows namely “Chris Forrest, He’s a really nice guy” which was recently broadcast on Comedy Central, “The Flipside” “The Guy from TV” and most recently “Who’s Your Daddy?”
John William Smit former rugby union player and currently chief executive officer of the Sharks. He was the 50th captain of the South African national team, the Springboks, and led the team to win the 2007 Rugby World Cup.
He played most of his senior career as a hooker, but also won 13 caps as a prop, where he had also played for South Africa’s under-21 team.
He retired from international rugby following the 2011 Rugby World Cup as the most-capped South African player ever, with 111 appearances.
Chef Benny Masekwameng is one of the judges on the popular MasterChef South Africa reality television series – he became an overnight sensation with his quick wit and kindly manner.
Benny comes from entrepreneurial stock; growing up in Alexandra township in Johannesburg, his mother supplemented the family’s income by preparing meals for construction workers. He believes it is the example she set that helped him find success on his chosen career path.
He graduated from what is now the Durban University of Technology with a diploma in catering management, and thereafter commenced his culinary journey, which would see him become executive chef at the then Mondo Vino restaurant at Montecasino in Fourways, Johannesburg.
He is now known as the Tsogo Sun celebrity chef and MasterChef South Africa judge and is much in demand for public appearances and TV interviews. And it must be said that with his charming manner and friendly outlook, he’s pure television gold.
Vuyisanani Mangisa known as Sanani is a South African field hockey player who competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics. Selected when barely out of her teens for the Beijing 2008 Olympics, as understudy to Mariette Rix, post-Beijing she spent considerable time in the wilderness before regaining her place as the No 2 keeper in the SA team through sheer hard work on and off the pitch.
A travelling reserve to Rix for the London 2012 Olympics, the immediate retirement of the Western Province goalkeeper gave Mangisa the opportunity to shine on the international stage – and shine she did with a number of unofficial player-of-the-match performances against the world’s best penalty corner drag-flickers and strikers.
Ryk Neethling is a South African swimmer born and bred in Bloemfontein, where he attended Grey College and excelled in swimming.
Ryk earned a place in the South African swimming team for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta and won an Olympic gold medal in the 4 x 100m freestyle relay at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens .
After competing at the 2008 Summer Olympics, he become the first South African to participate in four successive Olympic Games.
Unathi Msengana is a South African musician, songwriter and radio personality. She is best known for hosting the Metro FM morning show with Glen Lewis and is a two-time SAMA nominated artist.
To date, she has shared the stage with world renowned musicians like John Legend and Youssou N’Dour.
Unathi replaced Mara Louw as one of the three judges on the M-Net Idols reality show in 2011.
SCHALK BURGER SENIOR
Schalk Burger Senior (fondly referred to as Groot Schalk) was an international lock who played for the Boks during the isolation years in the 1980s. He’s also known as an award-winning winefarmer at Welbedacht in Wellington. Groot Schalk is the father of Schalk Burger Junior, a seasoned Springbok rugbyplayer and winner of the 2015 Comeback of the Year at the Laureus Sports Awards in Shanghai.
Perfect 10 gymnast – Nadia Elena Comăneci is a Romanian former gymnast, winner of three Olympic gold medals at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal and the first female gymnast to be awarded a perfect score of 10 in an Olympic gymnastic event.
Skiing legend – Franz Klammer is a former champion alpine ski racer from Austria. Klammer overwhelmingly dominated the downhill event for four consecutive World Cup seasons.
Rugby great, Hugo Porta is a former Argentine Rugby Union footballer, an inductee of both the International Rugby Hall of Fame and IRB Hall of Fame, and one of the best fly-halves the sport has seen.
Gugu Zulu is a South African racing driver and television who has won numerous local racing titles. His racing career began in 1999, after graduating from the Isondo Racing Academy. Since 2005, Gugu has been a presenter of the SABC motoring show Car Torque.
He is affectionately known as “the fastest brother in Africa” in the world of racing.
MISS SOUTH AFRICA – LIESL LAURIE
Liesl Laurie from Eldorado Park was born 1991 in Johannesburg. She has a degree in Bachelor of Communication. On the 29th of March 2015, Liesl crowned as Miss South Africa 2015.
She will represent South Africa at the Miss World 2015 and Miss Universe 2015.
CAMERON VAN DER BURGH
26 year old Cameron van der Burgh is an Olympic Gold Medallist, 5 time world champion, has broken 15 world records in total and is the only current South African swimmer to hold a World Record in an Olympic event.
Cameron and Michael Phelps are also the only swimmers able to break three world records in 24 hours.
He considers himself the FIFA king, although Trevor Noah constantly disputes that fact.
1995 Rugby World Cup-winning captain, Matt Damon-lookalike, and Lays crisps salesman Francois Pienaar!
Peter Goffe-Wood is a South African chef and television personality and a judge on the MasterChef South Africa, M-Net reality competition cooking series.
Shaun Bartlett’s career as a professional soccer player spans over 14 years. He played for Bafana Bafana for 10 years and became captain in 2001. Shaun made his international debut against Egypt in the Four Nations Cup in November 1995, the last match that he played for Bafana was against Germany in Bremen 2005.