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Peter Temple

Peter Temple (born 1946 in South Africa) is an award-winning Australian crime fiction writer.

Thomas Shardelow

Thomas Shardelow (born 11 November 1931) is a South African cyclist. He competed at the 1952 and 1956 Summer Olympics. At the 1952 Olympics, he won silver medals in the 4,000 metres team pursuit and 2,000 metres tandem events.

Abdullah Ibrahim

Abdullah Ibrahim (born Adolph Johannes Brand on 9 October 1934 and formerly known as Dollar Brand) is a South African pianist and composer. His music reflects many of the musical influences of his childhood in the multicultural port areas of Cape Town, ranging from traditional African songs to the gospel of the AME Church and ragas, to more modern jazz and other Western styles. Ibrahim is considered the leading figure in the subgenre of Cape jazz. Within jazz, his music particularly reflects the influence of Thelonious Monk and Duke Ellington. With his wife, the jazz singer Sathima Bea Benjamin, he is father to the New York underground rapper Jean Grae, as well as to a son, Tsakwe.

Irvette van Zyl

Irvette van Zyl (born Irvette van Blerk on 5 July 1987) is a South African long-distance runner. She competed in the marathon at the 2012 Summer Olympics but did not finish the race. She has twice participated in the London Marathon and set her personal best of 2:31:26 hours there in 2013.
She began running from a young age, winning the Zevenheuvelenloop at age fifteen and running as a junior for South Africa three times at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships. She represented her country at the 2010 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships. In 2012 she married South African hurdler L. J. van Zyl.

Eudy Simelane

Eudy Simelane (11 March 1977 – 28 April 2008) was a South African footballer who played for the South Africa women’s national football team and an LGBT-rights activist. She was raped and murdered in her hometown of KwaThema, Springs, Gauteng.

Allan McLeod Cormack

Allan MacLeod Cormack (February 23, 1924 – May 7, 1998) was a South African American physicist who won the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (along with Godfrey Hounsfield) for his work on X-ray computed tomography (CT).

Dean Geyer

Dean Stanley Geyer (born 20 March 1986) is a South African Australian singer-songwriter and actor who finished third in the 2006 season of the talent show television series Australian Idol, and has had a notable role in the Australian soap opera Neighbours as Ty Harper. He joined the cast of the US show Glee in the 4th season as NYADA Junior Brody Weston and appeared in Terra Nova as Mark Reynolds.

Luki Botha

Lukas “Luki” Botha (16 January 1930 – 1 October 2006) was a former Formula One driver from South Africa, who raced in one World Championship Grand Prix, driving a privately entered Brabham BT11 in the 1967 South African Grand Prix.
Born in Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa, Botha was an avid sports car and endurance racer. His first car was a South African built Dart with a 1500cc Ford engine with a Cosworth camshaft. He achieved a second in class finish in his first three-hour race with this car. He graduated to a Lotus 23 with a Cosworth 1100cc later in 1965 with which he won five national class races in 1966. The car was in an accident later in the year as the rear suspension failed on the Jukskei sweep at Kyalami.
In the latter half of 1966, he bought an Elva MK VII and a 1760cc engine from a Porsche RS5 Spider. These two were combined to create an Elva Mk VII-Porsche RS. This proved a formidable combination; his first 2000cc Sports Car Class win came in the car at Bulawayo. Later in a nine-hour endurance race at Kyalami the gearbox failed, but not before setting a fastest lap in his class of 1:34:50 for the old circuit.
During the VIII Grande Premio de Angola, the Elva proved its worth, achieving a fifth overall splitting the pack of Ferrari 250GTs from first to eighth. He achieved a win over the factory Porsches, Ford GT40s and Lolas. Botha later commented that it was his most enjoyable racing experience. He won six Sports Car class races, and two 2000cc 2/3 hour endurance races and only replaced the gearbox once on the car.
His move to Formula One came in the form of a Brabham BT11 with a Climax 2000cc engine. On his first outing with the new car he came second (November 1966). He took part in the South African series races the following year until July. He also competed in that year’s South African Grand Prix, part of the Formula One World Championship. After 38 laps he had a mechanical problem that was resolved with the help of a spectator and continued to finish the race with 60 laps to his credit. He was not classified at the finish.
During a race at Lourenço Marques, now Maputo, in Mozambique, he crashed heavily as a run-off area was swamped by the crowd. The crash claimed the lives of nine spectators and injured 17. After the crash, he did get back into the seat of a racing car, but felt that the spark was no longer there and stopped.
He continued his work in civil engineering and assisted with some of the civil engineering work in Soweto. Later he continued his love of South Africa by farming in the KZN-Midlands before moving to East London to fill a post as an engineer. A number of years later he moved his family back to his birth town of Pretoria where he later was appointed as CEO of the Tswane Metropolitan Council.

Neville Lederle

Neville Lederle (born 25 September 1938 in Theunissen, Orange Free State) is a former racing driver from South Africa. He participated in two World Championship Formula One Grands Prix, scoring a single championship point.
Starting out in Formula One with his Ford-engined Lotus 18 in 1961, he retired from the Rand Grand Prix and only managed 14th in the Cape Grand Prix in January 1962. Later that year, however, he acquired a Lotus 21 with a Climax engine and came fifth in the 1962 Rand Grand Prix and fourth in the Natal Grand Prix. This form led him to a sixth place in the World Championship South African Grand Prix and thus a World Championship point in his first event at that level.
In 1963 Lederle broke a leg in practice for the Rand 9 Hours sports car race and missed a large part of the 1964 season whilst recovering. He returned with his Lotus 21 for the end-of-season 1964 Rand Grand Prix where he finished 10th, but he narrowly failed to qualify for January’s 1965 South African Grand Prix. After this disappointment, Lederle effectively retired from racing to concentrate on business interests, which included a Volkswagen dealership.

MacBeth Sibaya

Ntuthuko MacBeth-Mao Sibaya (born 25 November 1977 in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal), known as MacBeth Sibaya, is a retired South African footballer.

Miriam Makeba

Zenzile Miriam Makeba (4 March 1932 – 9 November 2008), also known as Mama Africa, was a South African singer, actor, United Nations goodwill ambassador, and civil rights activist. Associated with musical genres including Afropop, jazz, and world music, she was an advocate against apartheid and white-minority government in South Africa.

Pitso Mosimane

Pitso ‘Jingles’ Mosimane (born 26 July 1964, Kagiso) is a South African football former player and coach and current manager of Mamelodi Sundows in the Premier Soccer League.

Jeff Coetzee

Jeff Coetzee (born 25 April 1977) is a South African professional tennis player and competes regularly on the ATP tour, as a doubles specialist.
The 5’8″ player plays right-handed, double-handed on both sides and has won six ATP Tour doubles titles in his career. Coetzee plays doubles for the South Africa Davis Cup team. When Jeff is not traveling, he resides in Florida Hills, South Africa.

Gideon Trotter

Gideon Trotter (born 3 March 1992) is a South African sprinter who specialises in the 100 metres.
Trotter won a gold medal in the 100 metres at the 2011 African Junior Athletics Championships in Gaborone, Botswana.

Liezel Huber

Liezel Huber (née Horn; born 21 August 1976) is a professional tennis player from the United States, having been a naturalized American citizen since July 2007. Huber has won four Grand Slam titles in women’s doubles with partner Cara Black, one with Lisa Raymond, and two mixed doubles titles with Bob Bryan. On 12 November 2007, she became the co-World No. 1 in doubles with Cara Black. On 19 April 2010, Huber became the sole No. 1 for the first time in her career.

Coenraad de Buys

Coenraad De Buys (1761 – 1821) was described as “a remarkable figures” on the frontier of the Cape Colony. Travellers described him in tones of awe. Their accounts mentioned that he was an impressive figure, nearly seven foot tall and with enormous self-confidence.

Christiaan Basson

Christiaan Basson (born 30 April 1982) is a South African professional golfer.

Ronel Pieterse

Ronel Pieterse’s biography, age, height, fact, career, awards, net worth, salary, income, family tree, personal life and life story.

Aewon Wolf

Arnold Phillips (born March 24) better known by his stage name Aewon Wolf, is a South African artist, singer, Director and songwriter born in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

Sadie Forman

Sadie Forman (1929 – 11 December 2014) was a South African teacher, librarian and anti-apartheid activist.

Paul Eilers

Paul Eilers’s biography, age, height, fact, career, awards, net worth, salary, income, family tree, personal life and life story.

Elinor Sisulu

Elinor Sisulu (born 9 March 1958) is a South African writer and activist.

Jackson Chauke

Jackson Van Tonder Chauke (born 29 May 1985) is a South African boxer who won silver at flyweight at the Commonwealth Games 2006 and the All African Games 2007.

Amor Vittone

Amor Vittone (born 16 March 1972 as Amor Ines Vittone) is a South African singer.

Zach de Beer

Zacharias Johannes (Zach) de Beer (born Cape Town, South Africa, 11 October 1928 – 27 May 1999) was a liberal Afrikaner South African politician and businessman. He was the last leader of the liberal Progressive Federal Party and then the co-leader of the new liberal Democratic Party.

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