12 Famous South Africans

There might be more famous South Africans than you think. 4 and 10 may be a big surprise!

Here are 12 of the most famous South Africans:

  1. Nelson Mandela – Anti-apartheid revolutionary and former President of South Africa.
  2. Desmond Tutu – Archbishop and social rights activist.
  3. Charlize Theron – Academy Award-winning actress and UN Messenger of Peace.
  4. Elon Musk – Entrepreneur and CEO of SpaceX, Tesla and X(Twitter).
  5. Trevor Noah – Comedian and former host of “The Daily Show.”
  6. Miriam Makeba – Internationally acclaimed singer and civil rights activist.
  7. F.W. de Klerk – Former President and a key figure in ending apartheid.
  8. Steve Biko – Anti-apartheid activist and leader of the Black Consciousness Movement.
  9. Caster Semenya – Olympic champion and middle-distance runner.
  10. J.R.R. Tolkien – Renowned author of “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit.”
  11. Gary Player – World famous golfer known as the ‘Black Knight’.
  12. Dave Matthews – Musician famous for the Dave Matthews Band.

Images from: commons.wikimedia.org

Please note that the fame and recognition of individuals can change over time, and there might have been developments or new figures that have gained prominence since then.

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