Aaron Klug

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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…
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Fauresmith, Free State

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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

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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…
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Gerard Sekoto

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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