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.

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.

Mark Shuttleworth South African heroes of science
South African heroes of science

South Africa has been a humble breeding ground for scientists and inventors whose work has had an impact on the international community.

James Kitching's Hat James Kitching: fossil hunter of the Karoo
James Kitching: fossil hunter of the Karoo

James Kitching led a full life, most of it in the wide open spaces of the Karoo, looking for fossil remains of the pre-dinosaur Permian Period.

Shaun Tomson
Shaun Tomson

Shaun Tomson has built an incredible career out of his love for surfing and the sea. He is now a sought-after author and motivational speaker.

Yvonne Chaka Chaka
Yvonne Chaka Chaka

Yvonne Chaka Chaka is an award-winning South African singer. She is also well-known for her humanitarian work in the areas of malaria and HIV education.

Godfrey Mokoena Godfrey Mokoena, Olympic long-jumper
Godfrey Mokoena, Olympic long-jumper

South Africa’s Olympic silver medallist Godfrey Khotso Mokoena is triple-talented, beginning with the high jump and successfully moving on to the long- and triple jump.

Scotty Smith's grave The outlaw, Scotty Smith
The outlaw, Scotty Smith

A true Kalahari character, the Victorian-era legend of the vagabond Scotty Smith is still told throughout the semi-desert rural areas of the Northern Cape.

Le Vaillant Francois le Vaillant: 18th Century explorer
Francois le Vaillant: 18th Century explorer

With sponsorship and a wide-eyed attitude to travel, the 18th Century explorer Francois le Vaillant had the time of his life in South Africa.