Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Nobel prize-winning Archbishop Desmond Tutu became a part of the struggle against the apartheid government by speaking out against the immorality of the regime.

Heart surgeon, Dr. Christiaan Barnard. Dr Christiaan Barnard
Dr Christiaan Barnard

South African cardiac surgeon, Dr Christiaan Barnard, rose to international fame in 1967 after he performed the world’s first successful human heart transplant in Cape Town.

Lucas Radebe – a South African sporting icon
Lucas Radebe – a South African sporting icon

He might be known for his prowess on the football field, but Lucas Radebe is also hailed as a hero for the work he does in inspiring young people and waving the flag for South Africa.

Chad le Clos
Chad le Clos

When young swimmer Chad le Clos beat Michael Phelps at the 2012 Olympics in London he made his way into the hearts and minds of many South Africans. When he went on to win a second medal he secured his place in our history books.

Nelson Mandela - a true icon Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

With his passing away, it is impossible to bring tribute to our great Madiba with words alone, especially after a lifetime of activisim and public service and the enormous gift of forgiveness and reconciliation that he bestowed on this country.

South African philanthropist, Mark Shuttleworth. Mark Shuttleworth
Mark Shuttleworth

A love of technology and innovation and a dream to see the Earth from a different perspective resulted in Mark Shuttleworth becoming first African in space.

Nobel Peace Prize winner, F.W. de Klerk. FW de Klerk
FW de Klerk

FW de Klerk played a pivotal role in bringing an end to the apartheid regime. In 1993 he and Nelson Mandela shared the Nobel Peace Prize.

Nadine Gordimer
Nadine Gordimer

Nadine Gordimer, born in Springs near Johannesburg in 1923, helped put South African literature on the global literary map.

South African born JRR Tolkien in 1911 JRR Tolkien
JRR Tolkien

JRR Tolkien, best known for writing 'The Hobbit', 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'The Silmarillion', was born in Bloemfontein in South Africa's Free State Province.

Executive chef Peter Tempelhoff Chef Peter Tempelhoff
Chef Peter Tempelhoff

Chef Peter Tempelhoff might have world-class credentials, but his culinary inspirations are firmly rooted in the rich and rewarding flavours of South African cuisine.

MasterChef South Africa judge and respected chef Pete Goffe-Wood Pete Goffe-Wood – celebrity chef
Pete Goffe-Wood – celebrity chef

Celebrity chef Pete Goffe-Wood regards himself as a food alchemist. Not surprising, given that his highly imaginative dishes transcend the boundaries of the ordinary.

David Tlale at Design Indaba 2014 David Tlale
David Tlale

Described as daring and dramatic, fashion designer David Tlale is renowned for his unorthodox approach, the result of which are beautifully unpredictable designs.

Chef Benny Masekwameng Chef Benny Masekwameng
Chef Benny Masekwameng

Chef Benny Masekwameng’s love for cooking goes back to his youth, when he helped his mother prepare meals for members of the local community.

Author John van de Ruit John van de Ruit, author
John van de Ruit, author

John van de Ruit is the author of the Spud series of books, and his humorous novels have sold over half-a-million copies in South Africa alone. Spud now has a worldwide following.

Music superstar Trevor Rabin Trevor Rabin
Trevor Rabin

Trevor Rabin was a prominent musician in the 1970s and 1980s who later traded the stage for the silver screen to become a film composer.

Natalie du Toit Natalie du Toit
Natalie du Toit

Natalie du Toit is a champion swimmer who, despite her disability, regularly competed in able-bodied swimming events.

Chef Reuben Riffel Reuben Riffel – celebrity chef
Reuben Riffel – celebrity chef

Reuben Riffel is one of South Africa’s most exciting chefs, with a string of awards, restaurants and an appearance on the Martha Stewart Show to his name.