Brandon Stone is a South African professional golfer who plays on the European Tour and Sunshine Tour. Stone won several amateur tournaments in South Africa and played on the 2012 South Africa Eisenhower Trophy team. He played one year of college golf at the University of Texas, winning three events in his freshman year, before turning professional in 2013. In 2015, Stone played on the Sunshine Tour and Challenge Tour. In November 2015, he earned his first professional win at the Sunshine Tour’s Lion of Africa Cape Town Open. In January 2016, Stone won the South African Open by two strokes.
Minnie Dlamini is a South African on-air personality, actress and model. In 2010 she was selected as the new presenter for LIVE, a South African music show that airs on SABC 1. While studying at the University of Cape Town, Dlamini was a presenter for LIVE on 16 June 2010 after she made her debut screen appearance while covering the ‘Youth Day’ and ‘World Cup celebrations’ shows. She later co-hosted Mzansi Insider, a SABC 1’s lifestyle show. In 2013, Minnie switched to sports broadcasting by co-hosting Soccerzone with Thomas Mlambo until in 2016. She has since co-hosted several local and international award ceremonies including the 14th Metro FM Music Awards, 2016 Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards, the PSL Awards and the South African Film and Television Awards.
Kevin Anderson is a South African tennis player. He became the top-ranked male South African player on 10 March 2008 after making the final at the 2008 Tennis Channel Open in Las Vegas. He achieved his career-high ranking of World No. 10 on 12 October 2015. He is the first South African to be ranked in the top 10 since Wayne Ferreira was No. 10 on 5 May 1997. In early 2011, he won the South African Open title for his first ATP-level event title. His second ATP title came at the Delray Beach Open in 2012. Anderson won his third ATP 250 championship in 2015 at the Winston-Salem Open. Anderson has represented SA in both Davis Cup and Hopman Cup play, as well as in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. In June 2016, Kevin co-founded the tennis instructional and lifestyle website titled Realife Tennis.
FAF DU PLESSIS
Faf du Plessis is a South African cricketer who captains the Proteas in T20I and is also the appointed vice captain in the ODI and Test format of the game. He is a usual fixture at international level for the South African national cricket team. du Plessis has played South African domestic cricket for Northerns and the Titans, as well as matches for Lancashire, the Chennai Super Kings, and the Melbourne Renegades. He made his Test debut in November 2012, he became the fourth South African to score a Test century on debut. du Plessis was subsequently also named T20 captain of South Africa for the following Twenty20 series against New Zealand.
Growing up around the kitchen table with an expansive family that insisted on spending time together and eating well, Reuben Riffel has grown up experiencing how food can bind people forever. Although luxuries were few and circumstances humble, there was always a great abundance and variety to choose from at the table. His grandmother, mother and aunts would spend hours preparing feasts, always using the freshest fruit and vegetables grown by his grandfather on a small piece of land in the fertile valley of Groendal, Franschhoek. While the women were toiling away, with a young Reuben stealing his first secrets, many of which can be found in his cooking today.
Nicholas Dlamini is an ambitious young rider with some big goals set for the future. The 2020 Olympic Games and a stage win in the Tour de France are two of the goals the Cape Town born rider has on his radar. Making a huge name for himself in the cycling arena and now a rider for Team Dimension Data, Nicholas is a rider who is able to get over the smaller climbs and then packs a punch in the sprint as well.
ERNST VAN DYK
With a list of achievements as long as the marathons he races in, Ernst van Dyk is a green-and-gold world champion. Born, raised and still residing in the Western Cape with his family, congenital birth defects didn’t deter this inspiring athlete. On the contrary, Ernst’s determination has won him the Boston Marathon nine times and in 2006 the prestigious Laureus Award, among others.
Mojak Lehoko is an international Emmy nominated writer, Comic’s Choice nominated stand-up comedian, and actor. After beginning his stand up career in a dingy bar in 2010, he went on to debut his one man show “How Did I Get Here” in Johannesburg and Cape Town to great reviews. His mum had this to say: “Great show, but can you take out the dustbin?” Mojak is currently performing stand-up comedy across the country and touring his one man shows.
Raven Klaasen is a professional South African tennis player. Klaasen’s career-high singles ranking is world number 208, which he achieved on 24 October 2011. He has had more success playing doubles, with the notable achievement of reaching the 2014 Australian Open finals with partner Eric Butorac. Their run to the final included a victory over the World No. 1 team of Bob and Mike Bryan. As of July 2016, he is ranked at a career-high doubles ranking of 9.
Kalusha Bwalya is a former Zambian International footballer. He is Zambia’s second most capped player after Joseph Musonda, second all-time top goalscorer behind Godfrey Chitalu, Kalusha apperanlyby the magazine France Football and was nominated for the 1996 FIFA World Player of the Year where he was voted the 12th-best player in the world, the first to be nominated after playing the entire year for a non-European club. His career as a player, coach and president of the Football Association of Zambia is partly shown in the documentary film “Eighteam”.
Joey is the face of a new generation of South African comedy. He is instantly recognisable thanks to his roles in movies such as Running Riot, Bunny Chow, Vaatjie Sien Sy Gat, Dollars and White Pipes, Outrageous Blitz Patrollie and “Material” with Riaad Moosa. Having appeared in many television ads, including Cell C, One Life Direct, Kalahari.com KFC, The ICC Cricket World Cup Campaign and toured with the South African Cricket Team as one of the faces of South African Cricket.
Joey also appears on the smash hit DVD and CD “Make the circle bigger” with HHP and JR.
Rassie Pieterse is not only one of the best hockey goal keepers in the world, who has played 120 matches for South Africa, including two Olympics, but a highly successful as MD of TK South Africa since 2009. In early 2016, Pieterse was appointed as successor to Thomas Kille, legendary founder and MD of the hockey brand that revolutionised composite sticks and is one of the market leaders in six major hockey playing countries.
Bakkies Botha is a South African rugby union player who played as a lock for the Springboks until 22 November 2014. He was a member of the national team that won the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France in addition to winning two Tri Nations titles in the 2004 Tri Nations Series and the 2009 Tri Nations Series. Botha plays for RC Toulonnais in the Top 14 after signing from Blue Bulls provincial team in the Currie Cup competition and the Bulls Super Rugby team. Botha was also a member of the Toulon squad which won the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Heineken Cup/European Rugby Champions Cup Finals.
Lunga Shabalala zoomed up the ladder to become a noticeable face and a name to remember in South Africa. He is the presenter of Selimathunzi, the popular SABC1 variety show. His journey began when he won the Represent South Africa in Calvin Klein competition in August 2010 and became the face of the iconic men’s underwear range, garnering him massive media attention from print, radio and TV. He instantly found a place for himself on the “desirable” men’s list such as 2011 Cosmo Sexiest Hunks Calendar and several others.
Brian McMillan played 38 Tests and 78 ODI’s for South Africa from 1991 to 1998. He was rated by many as the best all-rounder in the world in the mid-1990s and won South African Cricket Annual Cricketer of the Year awards in 1991 and 1996. McMillan holds the highest percentage of catches per Test for an outfielder in South Africa Test cricket history. McMillan has also been a professional teacher in a Durban university. He currently heads an office automation firm in Cape Town.
Henri Schoeman is a South African triathlete who is the brother of the South African swimmer, Riaan Schoeman. He represented his country at the 2016 ITU Grand Final in Cozumel where he won the Gold medal, the 2016 Summer Olympics where he won a bronze medal and the 2014 Commonwealth Games, where he won a silver medal in the mixed relay. His bronze at Rio in 2016 is the first Olympic medal South Africa has won in the sport.
Alan Committie is one of South Africa’s leading stand-up comics, character comedian, award winning actor, MC and other talents which cannot and must not be named for fear of losing the element of intrigue. From Cape Town to Johannesburg and all South African places in between but also via London, New York and Los Angeles, this veritable one man committee of comedy will have you in stitches with his particular brand of madness.
Herschelle Gibbs is a former cricketer from South Africa and is considered to be the best fielder to come out of the country after Jonty Rhodes. Gibbs was a gifted sportsman at school featuring in SA Schools teams for rugby, cricket and soccer. He made his international cricket debut back in 1996 against Kenya in an ODI match and went on to play for his country till 2010. Gibbs is also known to be one of the most outspoken players of South Africa.
Elana Meyer is a former long-distance runner from South Africa, who won the silver medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in the 10,000 metres event. Meyer set the 15 kilometres road running African record of 46:57 minutes in November 1991 and also held the half marathon African record, set in January 1999 in Tokyo. In 2013, Elana co-founded ENDUROCAD, Africa’s first sports academy dedicated to developing young South African talent into elite, global endurance athletes. She has also teamed up with South African rugby icon, Francois Pienaar of ASEM Running, in partnership with the City of Cape Town and Western Province Athletics, to manage a revitalised Cape Town Marathon event.
Nicholas Goliath is a South African comedian who basis his comedy on true stories and strange yet funny observations in his daily life. Nicholas has performed at Parkers Comedy, The State Theatre Johannesburg, The Market Theatre, Carnival City, Emperors Palace Captains Comedy and various club shows. He is currently MC at Makro Silver Lakes in Pretoria and interacts with clients and staff as part of his MC duties.
Farhaan Behardien is a South African international cricketer who plays ODIs and T20Is. He also plays for Nashua Titans and made both his first-class and List-A cricket debuts in the 2004/05 season. Behardien made his T20I debut for South Africa against India in early 2012. Behardien also earned himself a place in the South African squad for the 2012 ICC World Twenty20. In addition, he played in the South African ODI squad in 2014.
Robert Marawa is a South African sports journalist and television and radio personality who began his career as a continuity presenter before moving into sports broadcasting, anchoring shows like TopSport and Laduma. He currently works as a presenter for SuperSport and is the host of 083 Sports@6 on Metro FM.
Schalk Bezuidenhout is a South African comedian who, on stage, is fun, energetic and appeals to people of all kinds. Bezuidenhout has come a far way in the short amount of time that he has been doing comedy. He has had the privilege to perform at some great venues, alongside some even greater comedians. Bezuidenhout’s performance highlights include winning the Cape Town Graca Comedy Showdown in 2012 and being Trevor Noah’s opening act in 2015.
Corné Krige is former captain of the Springboks who has had a successful rugby career, playing 39 tests for South African in total of 18 of which were as captain as well as leading the Springboks in the World Cup in 2003. Corné now owns his own company, CK Outdoor which specialises in outdoor advertising. Corne also launched CK Branding Solutions which focuses on branding at taverns in various townships around South Africa.
Seabelo Senatla is a South African rugby union player who is currently playing Super Rugby with the Stormers. Furthermore, Senatla is also playing sevens rugby with the South Africa national rugby sevens team in his regular position as winger. Senatla was a member of the South African Sevens team that won a bronze medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Kagiso (KG) Mokgadi, is on his way to becoming a true comedy heavyweight having performed alongside the likes of Rob Van Vuuren, Riaad Moosa and Stuart Taylor. In a very short period of time KG has moved from being an unpaid open-mic comedian to being a paid featured act. Popular on the national comedy circuit, KG is a regular performer at comedy venues around South Africa including outdoor music festivals in Cape Town like Rocking the Daisies, Rocking the River and Synergy Live. He was also on the line-up for the Vodacom Funny Festival in 2012 at the Baxter Theatre.
John Smit is a South African former rugby union player and former 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. Smit retired from international rugby following the 2011 Rugby World Cup as the most-capped South African player ever, with 111 appearances. Smit was inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame on 24 October 2011 (while still active at club level), alongside all other World Cup-winning captains and head coaches from the tournament’s inception in 1987 through 2007.
For the past three years, South African paddling legend Hank McGregor has been crowned the ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships K1 winner. McGregor is a six-time gold medal winner at the World Championships and one of the finest all-round paddlers in history. He won his first World Championships gold medal in Valladolid in 2003 and in recent years has through his consistency proved to be the world’s best K1 paddler. He picked up K1 gold in Singapore in 2011, another singles title in Copenhagen in 2013, the K1 and K2 titles in Oklahoma City in 2014, and the K1 2015 title in Gyor, Hungary.
Melt Sieberhagen is an actor and comic who has starred in numerous South African soaps as well as the Afrikaans comic sketch program Kompleks II. Sieberhagen is also part of the permanent cast of Proesstraat. He has also appeared in television commercials for Cell C, TOPS, Bioplus, McCarthy Call-a-car and Wimpy. As a voice over artist he has contributed to various television programs, commercial and a host of regular radio advertisements.
Mark Williams is a former South African international football player who played for many clubs throughout his career. Internationally he is remembered for being in the squad that played in the 1996 African Cup of Nations where he was the joint second scorer with four goals and scored both goals in the final, in which South Africa beat Tunisia 2-0 to win the cup for the first time.
Brian Mitchell is a former professional boxer and quite possibly the best South African boxer of all time. Mitchell turned pro in 1981 and captured the WBA Junior Lightweight Title in 1986. He defended the title a record 12 times and never lost a title fight. In 1991 he also captured the IBF Junior Lightweight Title. He retired after the fight, and came back briefly in 1994 for two local bouts, retiring completely in 1995 with a professional record of 45-1-3, avenging his loss and three draws in rematches and therefore being one of the few champions to beat everyone they faced. Due to South Africa’s apartheid policy during those times, the WBA ruled that Mitchell’s title defences were not to be held in South Africa. Mitchell then became a true ‘road warrior’, defending his title 12 times abroad.
Barry Hilton is a South African stand-up comedian, actor and television personality. After six years of initially working as an electrician he tried his hand at comedy and turned professional in 1983 at the age of 26. Inspired by comedians Richard Pryor and Billy Connolly, Hilton’s personal style can best be described as a combination of observational, satirical and physical comedy.
Hilton Langenhoven is a South African athlete and three time Paralympic Champion, competing mainly in category F12 (visual impairment) long jump events. He competed in the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens, Greece. There he won a silver medal in the men’s Long jump, finished eighth in the men’s 100 metres, finished eighth in the men’s 200 metres and finished fifth in the men’s Javelin throw. At the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, he won a silver medal in the 100 metres event. He also competed at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in China, here he won a gold medal in the men’s 200 metres, a gold medal in the men’s Long jump event and a gold medal in the men’s Pentathlon. Langenhoven recently won the men’s long jump with his leap of 7,07 metres at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.
Bryan Habana is a South African rugby union player who plays as a wing for Toulon in the French Top 14 competition, as well as 2007 Rugby World Cup champions Springboks. Habana was one of the stars of the World Cup, his eight tries equalling the record set by Jonah Lomu in 1999 and was named the 2007 IRB Player of the Year. During the 2015 Rugby World Cup he equalled Lomu’s record of 15 tries and also moved into the joint second place of all time test try scorers, with a tally of 64.
Kagiso Lediga is a South African stand-up comedian, actor and director. He has written and directed noteworthy television comedies including the cult classic the Pure Monate Show, Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola, and the Bantu Hour. He has also played starring roles in the films Bunny Chow and Wonder Boy for President. Smaller roles include featuring in Die Antwoord’s music video for their well-known song ‘Fatty Boom Boom’.
Allister Coetzee is a South African rugby union coach and former player. Coetzee has been involved with rugby since 1974 – he spent 22 years as a player before retiring at the age of 33 in 1996. He represented SARU, playing as a scrum-half, between 1985 and 1991 and was captain of their side between 1988 and 1991. He was a Junior Springbok in 1992 and played Currie Cup rugby for Eastern Province between 1992 and 1996. He was selected for their squad that competed in the 1994 Super 10 Rugby. Today, Coetzee is the head coach of the South African national team, after being appointed in April 2016.
Lawrence Brittain is a South African rower and although he can claim to be SA’s first rowing world champion, this was not his greatest achievement. Brittain was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease, a rare form of lymph cancer, in October 2014. However, Brittain is a fighter and this was never going to stop him. In August that year, Lawrence was placed fifth in the World Championships. He then went on to compete in the men’s coxless pair event at the 2016 Summer Olympics where he won the silver medal along with partner Shaun Keeling.
FOURIE DU PREEZ
Fourie du Preez is a former rugby union player. His position of choice was scrum half. Du Preez played for the Blue Bulls in the Currie Cup competition in SA and the Bulls in the international Super Rugby competition between 2002 and 2011, and for Japanese Top League side Suntory Sungoliath between 2011 and 2016. He also represented the SA national team between 2004 and 2015, during which time he represented them in three Rugby World Cup tournaments. To the delight of his Springbok fans, he was again selected for SA in the 2013 Rugby Championship and the 2013 end-of-year rugby union tests.
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 mud-powdered face and wind-styled hair, Taylor is enchanting local and international audiences with his headline, stand-up comedy and magic shows.