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Aaron Klug

  • People

Nobel laureate Aaron Klug is recognised for developing crystallographic electron microscopy (determining the arrangement of atoms in solids using an electron microscope). As a South…

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Alan MacLeod Cormack

  • People

Alan MacLeod Cormack was a dedicated scientific researcher. Originally a South African physicist, Alan MacLeod Cormack was first concerned with nuclear physics. But an interest…

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Alan Paton

  • ArtsPeopleKwaZulu-Natal

The opening lines of the South African novel, Cry, the Beloved Country, are among the most famous words ever penned by a South African author.…

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Albert Luthuli

  • Culture & HistoryPeopleKwaZulu-Natal

The fight against the apartheid regime produced many heroes and claimed many lives. Albert John Mvumbi Luthuli was one such humanitarian hero who devoted his…

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Chef Peter Tempelhoff

  • Food & WinePeopleWestern Cape

Rumour has it that chef Peter Tempelhoff was born clutching a wooden spoon – because creating culinary magnificence was something he was born to do.…

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David Tlale

  • ArtsPeople

Award-winning fashion designer David Tlale launched his personal brand in 2003 and has never looked back, having become one of the most recognisable faces in…

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Reuben Riffel – celebrity chef

  • Food & WinePeople

Chef Reuben Riffel is a high-profile and very well-respected member of the South African culinary community. He initially came into contact with fine dining by…

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Herman Charles Bosman

  • ArtsCulture & HistoryPeopleNorth West

The bushveld characters he met while teaching in Groot Marico inspired some of his best-known work, the Oom Schalk Lourens series. In this series, an…

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Joseph Albert Mokoena

  • Culture & HistoryPeople

Joseph Albert Mokoena was born in Johannesburg in 1919. A passionate mathematician, Joseph Albert Mokoena had a natural aptitude for maths, which he displayed from…

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Lucas Ndlovu

  • Food & WinePeople

Lucas Ndlovu’s ascent to the upper echelons of the culinary elite in South Africa cannot be underestimated. In the late 1950s, when Ndlovu first began…

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Alfred Nzo

  • Culture & HistoryPeople

Born 1925 in Benoni, Alfred Nzo was shipped off to the Eastern Cape to attend a missionary school. By 1945 he was attending the politically…

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu

  • People

The face of humanitarian hero Desmond Tutu, and also his infectious chuckle, is known the world over for speaking out against injustice, even when it…

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Bethelsdorp, Eastern Cape

  • Culture & HistoryPeopleResponsible TourismEastern Cape

Back in 1802, the establishment of a missionary village on a deserted farm near Algoa Bay (now Port Elizabeth) became a thorn in the side…

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Dick King

  • Culture & HistoryPeopleKwaZulu-Natal

The route of South Africa’s most famous long-distance horse journey would take you through half of the modern-day provinces of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and the Eastern…

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Esther Mahlangu

  • ArtsPeople

It certainly was a strange decision to commission an unknown woman, from an unknown town in Mpumalanga, practising an unknown traditional art form to paint an…

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Fauresmith, Free State

  • AccommodationEventsLeisure & LifestylePeopleRoutes & TrailsTownsFree State

In the mid-1800s, the small southern Free State town of Fauresmith nearly beat Bloemfontein in the race for provincial capital. In fact, it was so…

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George Pemba

  • Culture & HistoryPeople

George Milwa Mnyaluza Pemba preferred painting than attending class at the Van der Kemp Mission Primary School in Port Elizabeth.  As a young child, the walls…

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Gerard Sekoto

  • Culture & HistoryPeopleMpumalanga

Gerard Sekoto was one of South Africa’s most important artists, even though he spent most of his life in self-imposed exile in Paris, France, his…

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Icons of fashion

  • ArtsPeople

Icons of South African fashion design include Lucilla Booyzen, who has done so much to help transform South African fashion from the simply frivolous into…

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Icons of the Arts

  • ArtsPeople

With their blend of influences – ancient and modern, traditional and contemporary, ethnic and cosmopolitan – South Africa’s arts icons have excelled in a number…

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JRR Tolkien

  • ArtsPeopleFree State

While the author John Ronald Reuel (JRR) Tolkien identified himself primarily as a British writer, South Africans are proud to note that the first three…

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Karretjiemense of the Karoo

  • Culture & HistoryPeopleEastern CapeNorthern CapeWestern Cape

When you travel the back roads of the vast Karoo, chances are you’ll come across a family on a donkey cart, slowly heading towards the…

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Ken Hall

  • People

Ken Hall is the brains behind the Cobb oven, the small, portable barbeque that lets you fire up the coals anywhere, any time. An industrial…

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo

  • ArtsPeopleKwaZulu-Natal

Ladysmith Black Mambazo is undoubtedly one of South Africa’s best-loved ensembles. The group began when founding member Joseph Shabalala gave up his life as a…

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Makhaya Ntini

  • PeopleSport

As you pass a certain hill in the heart of Mdantsane Township outside East London, you will see a billboard featuring a great sporting icon…

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Nadine Gordimer

  • ArtsPeople

When she was growing up in a middle-class white family in a small mining town near Johannesburg, Nadine Gordimer witnessed first-hand the injustices of South…

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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

  • Culture & HistoryPeople

Former South African president, Rolihlahla Mandela, was born on 18 July 1918 in a small village in the Transkei called Mvezo. Later he was sent…

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Oliver Reginald Tambo

  • People

Born 1917 in the Eastern Cape, Oliver Tambo was christened Kaizana − after Germany’s last emperor, Kaizer Wilhelm II. His name was changed to Oliver…

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Pixley Isaka Ka Seme

  • People

Born in 1881, Pixley Isaka Ka Seme was one of South Africa’s most important historical figures. He is considered to be father of black attorneys.…

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Princess Magogo

  • ArtsCulture & HistoryPeopleKwaZulu-Natal

Princess Constance Magogo Sibilile Mantithi Ngangezinye Ka Dinuzul is regarded as one of South Africa’s most important traditional composers. Not only was she an exceptional…

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Professor Himla Soodyall

  • People

Professor Himla Soodyall didn’t always want to be a human geneticist. As a medical scientist, Professor Himla Soodyall had always displayed an aptitude for science…

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Renata Coetzee

  • PeopleWestern Cape

Renata Coetzee has spent her professional career immersed in the study of food. With post-graduate qualifications in food science, human nutrition, dietetics, volume catering, and…

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Shaun Schoeman

  • Food & WinePeopleWestern Cape

Chef Shaun Schoeman beams and then laughs when visitors to his kitchen frown at the odd assortment of unfamiliar-looking herbs, bulbs and tubers that are…

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South African Indian culture

  • Culture & HistoryPeople

South African Indian culture took root in 1860 when the first immigrants arrived on board the Truro as indentured labourers to work on sugar cane…

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Sydney Brenner

  • People

An acclaimed South African biologist, Sydney Brenner is highly regarded for his unwavering commitment to this field. As a medical biologist Sydney Brenner is also…

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Thandi Klaasen

  • People

As a young primary school girl in Sophiatown, Thandi Klaasen was inspired to become a jazz singer when a group called The Jazz Maniacs visited…

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Thomas Bain

  • PeopleWestern Cape

The craggy mountain passes of the Western Cape are a road tripper’s delight. At once daunting and awe-inspiring, high-altitude crossings like the Prince Alfred’s Pass,…

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Topsi Venter

  • People

Topsi Venter and conventional are words that are unlikely to appear in the same sentence.  Born in Bloemfontein, she has been called Topsi since she…

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Athol Fugard

  • ArtsPeopleEastern Cape

Time magazine considers South African-born writer Athol Fugard to be ‘the greatest active playwright in the English-speaking world’. And even though this prolific playwright, novelist,…

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Barney Barnato

  • Culture & HistoryPeopleNorthern Cape

Barney Barnato, who sold his diamond empire to Cecil John Rhodes for more than 5-million Pounds Stirling (making him a billionaire by any modern-day standards),…

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Cass Abrahams

  • Food & WinePeopleWestern Cape

Cass Abrahams, best-selling cookbook author, chef and entrepreneur, was born a Christian, of German and Xhosa extraction, in Johannesburg. When she married into the Cape…

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Cecil John Rhodes

  • Culture & HistoryPeople

To see all the statues of Cecil John Rhodes, from Cape Town to Kimberley and beyond, you’d think the unsmiling man under the broad-brimmed hat…

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Chad le Clos

  • PeopleSport

When swimmer Chad le Clos won two medals in the 2012 Olympics in London, he also won the hearts of millions of South African fans.…

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Charlize Theron

  • People

Legend has it that South African actress, Charlize Theron, was spotted by an agent, standing behind her in a banking queue, when she was having…

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Chef Benny Masekwameng

  • Food & WinePeople

Chef Benny Masekwameng is one of the judges on the popular MasterChef South Africa reality television series – he became an overnight sensation with his…

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C Louis Leipoldt

  • Food & WinePeople

C Louis Leipoldt is a complex and fascinating figure in South Africa’s culinary history. A brilliant scholar with a relentless mind, Christian Frederick Louis Leipoldt…

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Dorah Sitole

  • Food & WinePeople

Dorah Sitole is a lady with a mission: to share, conserve and celebrate the tastes and flavours of the African continent - especially those of…

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Dr Christiaan Barnard

  • PeopleWestern Cape

Dr Christiaan Barnard always had a passion for the human heart. A renowned heart surgeon, he dedicated his life to understanding the workings of this…

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Favourite South African comedians

  • ArtsLeisure & LifestylePeople

Just as South Africa is truly multi-cultural, so are the country’s comedians, who offer a variety of styles to their humour. Whether they stand out…

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Francois le Vaillant: 18th Century explorer

  • Culture & HistoryPeople

On December 18, 1781, there was a festive air in the streets of Cape Town. A young Surinam-born French explorer was departing for the wilds…

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