With six studio albums, three live concert films, an autobiography and many performances on the international stage under her belt, Lira’s accomplishments set her apart from the crowd. While her unique music style is steeped in pop, soul and rock, she often creates an eclectic mix incorporating different African languages. Among her many successes, her groundbreaking ‘Lira Live in Concert’ DVD (2009) holds the record for one of the fastest- and best-selling music Blu Ray titles in Africa to date and has five platinum-selling albums. Across digital platforms, Lira has also sold more than 500,000 downloads and a few million streams worldwide. Not to forget that she was chosen to record the title song of the Disney hit ‘Moana’.
Hirayama, is a Japanese-born South African television host, actress, dancer and model.
She is best known for her current work as one of 5 hosts of the live celebrity news show V Entertainment on DSTV channel Vuzu as their longest serving host, a judge on South Africa’s Got Talent and host of her show Lalla Land on M-net Movies channels.
A South African rugby union player for the South Africa national team, the Stormers in Super Rugby and Western Province in the Currie Cup. His regular position is winger.
He played for the Eastern Province Kings at all youth levels, representing them at the 2007 Under-13 Craven Week, the 2010 Under-16 Grant Khomo Week (scoring three tries in three games) and in the 2012 Under-18 Craven Week (scoring four tries in three games). His performances in the latter tournament earned him inclusion in the South African Schools team that played against France, Wales and England in August 2012. Petersen scored a try in each of those matches to ensure that the South African remained unbeaten in the series.
Gerda Steyn- Marathon and Ultra Marathon runner for the Nedbank Running Club. Sponsored by Nedbank, Nike, Biogen and Futurelife. 2018/2019 Two Oceans Marathon Champion. 2019 Comrades Marathon Champion and Record holder. Previously Qualified Quantity Surveyor.
Engaged to Duncan Ross. Enjoys outdoors and living my passion through running and other activities. Also known as “Smiling Assassin”
Donovan Goliath is a comedian, co-owner of the Melville Comedy Club and the award-winning entertainment brand, GOLIATH AND GOLIATH. He was the creative voice of the Loerie Awards 2018 and previously hosted M-Net 101.
He is most recognisable for the role he had as the host of The Real Goboza, which is one of South Africa’s most watched television shows, where millions of viewers tuned in each week to experience the unique entertainment style that he offered. He is a seasoned emcee who’s been a staple and regular facilitator, MC and comedian for clients such as Vodacom, Standard Bank and Old Mutual, to name a few. Donovan is also an expert in delivering master classes on marketing, design and creativity. Funny enough, Donovan is a Caucasian-looking, coloured guy from Mthatha in the Eastern Cape who speaks fluent isiXhosa, giving ‘diversity’ a whole new meaning.
What’s significant about him is that he has no blood relation to any of the Goliath stakeholders in SA comedy, but he simply shares a passion for the same sector.
He left his lucrative advertising job for a full-time career in comedy and his acts are based around insightful storytelling and simple truths by using various characters and impersonations, which he invents. Today, he has risen as a social media star through the character, Donny Custard.
Impi Brecher Visser is a South African rugby sevens player for the South Africa national team in the World Rugby Sevens Series. He usually plays as a forward.
He also played rugby union for the Blue Bulls at youth level, initially as a scrum-half before making a move to the centre.
He played for the UP Tuks, university side in the Varsity Cup, winning the competition in the 2017 season and also going on representing the Varsity Cup dream team during that same year in an exhibition match against the Junior Springboks
KAGISO KG MOKGADI
Mokgadi, or KG as he is affectionately known is the son of a Sangoma and a nurse.In a very short period of time KG has moved from being an open-mic comedian to being a featured act in club, theatre and corporate comedy.
He made his big stage performance at the Joburg Arts Alive Festival in the Comedy Nine-Nine showcase, working alongside Rob Van Vuuren, Mark Palmer, Ndumiso Lindi and Kurt Schoonraad.
Odwa Ndungane is a former rugby union player that played first class rugby between 2000 and 2017. He played on the wing and spent the bulk of his career playing for the Sharks where he played 249 professional games for
them. He made his Springbok test debut in 2008. With nine Tests and three Tour matches for the Springboks, his ability has been recognised at the highest level, including his participation at the IRB Rugby World Cup in 2011.
Odwa is currently a Managing Director at Ndungane Construction, which was established in 2015 as an independent entity in which the Teichmann Group has a minority stake. His studies towards a civil engineering qualification after high school form part of his personal drive for continuous personal growth and commitment to expand his knowledge base.
Akona Ndungane, started his career in the Eastern Cape, before moving to Pretoria in 2004 to play for the Bulls in the international Super Rugby competition as well as the Blue Bulls in the Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup competition.
He also represented the Springboks in 2006 and 2007, and was part of the victorious 2007 Rugby World Cup squad before concluding his career after the 2015 Super Rugby season.
Mark Banks is one of the most recognized and respected comedians of his time.
In over 25 years of comedy, Mark boasts at least one new one-man show each year, of which he writes and performs all the material himself. Since his acclaimed inception to comedy, Mark has continuously played to packed houses nationwide. Widely recognized for his political satire and commonplace poke at the rich and famous, nothing and no one is sacred to Mark’s blatant humour. He says that the reason behind the silliness is that “it’s easier to look at the other side of things that don’t have another side, and if they don’t have one, invent one.” Notoriously un-PC, Mark claims to have started performing at the age of 11 when he was “able to balance an entire Zulu rondavel and its contents on his chin while singing ‘I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing’ by the then New Seekers.”
His constant banter and uncontained one-liners have often lent him undeniable praise as MC for award ceremonies, corporate functions, banquets and conferences whereby he casually digs in to all and sundry with his potent brand of Banks humour
A South African footballer Rowen Fernández plays as a goalkeeper for SuperSport United. He was born on 28 February 1978 in Springs. Rowen is also known as “Spider”. He got this nickname because of his passion to spiders and snakes.
In 1996, Fernández joined Wits University and his career began. The goalkeeper spent five years at the club becoming the team’s integral part. In total, he made 100 appearances. In 2001, the keeper was hired by Kaizer Chiefs. Rowen immediately established himself as a member of the starting eleven and held his place until the end of the spell. He appeared 114 times for the club’s first XI.
In 2007, a transfer to Arminia Bielefeld happened. He made 16 appearances for the German Bundesliga club. In January 2011, the goalkeeper signed a contract with SuperSport United.
On international level, Rowen debuted for the South Africa national team in August 2004 in match with Tunisia.
Courtnall Skosan represents the Lions in Super Rugby, the Golden Lions in the Currie Cup and the Golden Lions XV in the Rugby Challenge.
He played for the Blue Bulls at Under–19 and Under–21 level, earning a call-up to the South Africa Under-20 team for the 2011 IRB Junior World Championship. He graduated to the senior team, making his debut for the Blue Bulls in the 2011 Vodacom Cup game against the Sharks XV.
He remained at the Blue Bulls until the end of the 2013 season, making just twelve appearances. He then moved to the Golden Lions for 2014.He also played for UP Tuks in their victorious 2012 and 2013 Varsity Cup campaigns.
In 2017, Skosan was named to the South Africa team contesting a 3-match series against France. He started the first game and was awarded a penalty try after a French player held him back illegally at the goal line. He scored his first try in a test match on 19 August 2017 in the Rugby Championship test match between South Africa and Argentina.
Henry Davids, the always dependable right-handed batsman and a useful right-arm medium-fast bowler is the captain of the Titans, arguably South Africa’s most successful cricket franchise.
He has scored the second most runs in domestic franchise T20 history and when the Titans won the Momentum One-Day Cup in 2016/17, he scored three centuries, leading the team to record totals of more than 400 on each occasion, including in the final against the Warriors. Davidsjoined the Titans from the Cape Cobras in 2010 and his canny off-spin has also proven very useful to the team, especially in white-ball cricket.
Roger Goode, affectionately known as DJ Umlungu, is the host of the authentic, fast-paced, crazy, high-octane and pretty much party central ‘The Roger Goode Radio Show’ every morning on 5FM.
With more than 15 years’ experience producing and hosting a variety of radio shows, Roger has broadcast live from global destinations like Ibiza, Miami, London and New York City.
Marizanne Kapp, after being named in the ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Year in 2017 a year later she was the leading run-scorer for South Africa in the tournament, with 98 runs in four matches at the 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 tournament in the West Indies.
In May 2019, in the first WODI against Pakistan, Kapp became the third cricketer for South Africa to play in 100 WODI matches.
Makhaya Ntini was the third South African cricketer to take 300 Test cricket wickets, after Shaun Pollock and Allan Donald, and to reach second place in the ICC test match bowling ratings.
Makhaya has had his name edge in England cricket history on the Lord’s honours boards he took 10 for 220 (5 for 75 and 5 for 145) in 2003.
Makhaya Ntini was the first ethnically black player to play for the South African national cricket team.
Angel Campey is a multi-award winning stand up comedian who is a regular on stages around South Africa from festivals to arenas.
She has also performed in NYC; Montreal, Canada and Lagos, Nigeria. Her one woman show Devil’s Advocate sold out at the National Arts Fest, for two consecutive years and she was named Best Female Comedian in 2019 by the CTEX awards.
She won a SAFTA for her TV Comedy Writing work on ZAnews Puppet Nation, and was named one of the Mail and Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans in 2018.
She is also the Drive-Time Host on Smile90.4fm, Cape Town’s fastest growing radio station.
Phumelela Mbande (age 26) GK and Vice Captain of the SA women’s hockey team (35 caps)
3rd year CA Articles clerk at PwC Gauteng.
Currently play for Tuks Hockey club.
Phumelela has been in the senior national squad since 2013, and has played in 2 Africa Cups, a Commonwealth Games and a World Cup.
Her career highlight was being awarded player of the match at the world cup against world no. 3 Argentina.
Phumelela’s short term goal is to qualify and participate at the Tokyo 2020 Games, her long term ambition is obtaining a medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games
Marawa recently won Sports Presenter of the Year at the South African Radio Awards for his hugely popular show on Radio 2000 and Metro FM, and continues to host Thursday Night Live onSuperSport.
Mol is a qualified doctor, but is better known for his work on television, principally as a long-time presenter on Top Billing. He also runs a medical business, Hello Doctor, and has successfully completed the Absa Cape Epic.
O’Driscoll is Ireland’s most celebrated rugby international, having played 133 Tests for his country, and led the Lions. A three-time Player of the Tournament in the Six Nations, O’Driscoll will lead the Just Challenge Africa trek through the Drakensberg in support of the Laureus Sport For Good Foundation.
Named after Manchester United footballing legends Bryan Robson and Gary Bailey, Bryan is a former South African rugby player who played 124 times for his country and had stints with the Lions, Bulls, Stormers and ended his career at Toulon in France in June 2018.
Bryan recently joined forces with Mike Sharman, Ben Karpinski and Shaka Sisula to launch RetroActive, a digital sports marketing agency.
Rolene Strauss is a mother, wife, graduate medical doctor, entrepreneur, businesswoman, Miss. South Africa 2014 and Miss. World 2014. Rolene is a director of the healthcare organization called RevitaHealth, as well as The Strauss Foundation, a non-profit organization focusing on health and education. Rolene is constantly learning and is currently busy with her Master’s Degree in “Coaching”.
Rolene is passionate about women’s health and believes that the mind plays an integral role in the well-being of an individual.
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.
Johnston fronts a band celebrating 30 years of great South African music this year, with hits like ‘Dance Some More’ and ‘Special Star’, and a distinctive sound that’s enjoyed three decades of massive popularity. She’s performed all over the world with Mango Groove, who have produced six albums to date.
JANINE VAN WYK
World Cup-bound Van Wyk is South Africa’s most capped footballer, having passed the 150 mark for Banyana Banyana last year, and has also enjoyed a successful career in America with the Houston Dash, having been the first South African to play in the league.
I’m 32 years old. Born in Alberton, Johannesburg. I have played football since the age of 6 and been part of the Senior Womens National Football team for 14 years. My favourite food is Mediterranean and Indian and my favourite sports team is Manchester United. I am the most capped footballer in South Africa in both men and women’s football, with 165 caps.
Leonard has a record 114 caps for England, and was part of the team that won the World Cup in 2003. Having toured South Africa with the Lions in 2009, Leonard now returns frequently with his Atlas Foundation, using rugby as an agent of social change and development in Africa and beyond.
Dwaine Pretorius, the Highveld Lions all-rounder has just been announced in the South African squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England.
John Vlismas makes his second appearance on the show ahead of the start of a new one-man show, ‘The End’, having performed his edgy brand of comedy on stages around the world
Duane Vermeulen has been one of the stand-out performers in this year’s Super Rugby competition for the Bulls and is likely to be central to the Springboks’ World Cup plans in Japan later this year.
Kevin Lerena is a cruiserweight South African boxer who turned pro in 2011. The Johannesburg born Kevin is the current International Boxing Organisation cruiser weight champion.
Marc is a born and bred Capetonian, and has been doing stand-up comedy for 21 years.He’s a household name, and regularly sells out theatres across the country.Last year, Marc wrote and produced a large-scale musical, AUNTY MERLE THE MUSICAL, which went on to be critically acclaimed, and nominated for 4 Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards.This year, Marc will tour with his brand new stand-show entitled NOT A MUSICAL.
Grant is a motivational speaker and ultra-endurance cyclist who went from death to conquering the Alps and inspiring millions around the world.
FRANCOIS VAN COKE
Van Coke has become one of South Africa’s most successful musicians, and has also made a name for himself on television, both as host of his own show on KykNet, and as one of the coaches on the new season of The Voice on M-Net.
Qwa Qwa born, Soweto based adventurer Fanafikile Lehakha saw off 15 000 other applicants to win a spot alongside celebrated explorer Riaan Manser on a crossing of the Atlantic, and successful rowed his way across the ocean with Manser to complete a life-changing voyage.
Tovey is best known for leading Bafana Bafana to victory in the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations, and remains one of South Africa’s most popular footballing figures
Schalk Brits currently plies his trade with the Blue Bulls and has earned 11 caps for the Springboks as hooker. He is largely seen as the chief tormentor for the Bulls during this year’s Super Rugby campaign and his goal for 2019 is to curb the exodus of top rugby talent from South Africa.
Recently married Jason Goliath and as per his twitter page “the 3rd sexiest guy in Mzanzi” is a famous comedian and part owner of the Goliath Comedy Club in Melrose Arch. Jason Goliath is a larger than life comedian who literally is larger than life (it’s because all this personality won’t fit into a smaller body ok!)
RASSIE VAN DER DUSSEN
Rassie van der Dussen, is a South African cricketer seeking opportunities wherever they might arise. He played cricket in South Africa, England, Ireland, Netherlands, Canada and the Caribbean before he finally caught the national selectors’ eye and made his T20I debut against Zimbabwe in October 2018.