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List of famous athletes from South Africa, listed alphabetically with photos when available. South Africa has seen some very talented athletes over the years, many of who have gone on to represent their country in the Olympics. These are some of the best South African athletes of all time, so if you're a native of South Africa and are aspiring to compete in sports professionally then these are people you should look up to. If you're searching for a particular popular athlete from South Africa then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different athletes, including Louis Tancred and Jeff Coetzee.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest South African athletes?" and "Which athletes are from South Africa?"

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Bismarck du Plessis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
Bismarck Wilhelm du Plessis is a South African rugby union player, who plays for South Africa internationally, the Natal Sharks in the domestic Currie Cup, and the Sharks in Super Rugby.

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Jacques Kallis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
Jacques Henry Kallis is a former South African cricketer. A right-handed batsman and right-arm fast-medium swing bowler, Kallis is regarded as one of the greatest of the game's all-rounders. As ...more

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Allan Donald is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
Allan Anthony Donald is a former South African cricketer and one of their most successful pace bowlers. In his prime, he was one of the best fast bowlers ever seen in Test cricket, reaching the ...more

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François Steyn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
François Philippus Lodewyk Steyn is a South African rugby union player, who plays for Toshiba Brave Lupus in the Japanese Top League. He usually plays at fullback or first centre.

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Oscar Pistorius is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius OIB is a South African sprint runner and convicted killer. Although both of Pistorius' legs were amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old, he has competed ...more

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Shaun Pollock is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
Shaun Maclean Pollock is a South African retired cricketer who is considered a bowling all-rounder. From 2000 to 2003 he was the captain of the South African cricket team, and also played for ...more

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Ernie Els is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
Theodore Ernest "Ernie" Els is a South African professional golfer. A former World No. 1, he is known as "The Big Easy" due to his imposing physical stature along with his ...more

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Kevin Pietersen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
Kevin Peter Pietersen, MBE is a South African-born English cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and occasional off spin bowler who formerly played for England and currently plays for Surrey ...more

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Dale Steyn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
Dale Willem Steyn is a South African cricketer who plays in Tests, T20 Internationals and One Day International cricket for South Africa. Steyn plays domestic cricket in South Africa for Cape ...more

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Hashim Amla is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
Hashim Mohammad Amla is a South African cricketer. A right-handed top order batsman and occasional medium-pace bowler, Amla bats at number 3 for South Africa in Test matches and number 1 for ...more

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Hansie Cronje is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
Wessel Johannes "Hansie" Cronje was a South African cricketer and captain of the South African national cricket team in the 1990s. He died in a plane crash in 2002. He was voted the ...more

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Cameron van der Burgh is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
Cameron van der Burgh is a South African swimmer. He is Africa's first home-trained world record holder and individual male Olympic Champion He trains with Dirk Lange and is based in Pretoria. ...more

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Graeme Pollock is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
Robert Graeme Pollock is a former cricketer for South Africa, Transvaal and Eastern Province. A member of a famous cricketing family, Pollock is widely regarded as South Africa's greatest ...more

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Danie Gerber is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
Danie Gerber is a former South African rugby union player, who played for South Africa between 1980 and 1992. Playing mainly at centre, he won only 24 caps for South Africa despite playing ...more

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Bobby Locke is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
Arthur D'Arcy "Bobby" Locke was the first internationally successful South African professional golfer. He won four Open Championships, nine South African Opens, seven South African ...more

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Butch James is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
Andrew David "Butch" James is a former South African rugby union player who represented South Africa 40 times and was a member of the team that won the 2007 Rugby World Cup. James's ...more

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David Pocock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
David Pocock is an Australian rugby union player. He is a Brumbies openside flanker, and is vice captain of the Brumbies.

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AB de Villiers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
Abraham Benjamin "AB" de Villiers is a South African cricketer, who captains the South African One Day International team, having succeeded Graeme Smith after the 2011 Cricket World ...more

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Graeme Smith is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
Graeme Craig Smith is a South African cricketer and former captain of the South African cricket team Test side, having succeeded Shaun Pollock after the 2003 Cricket World Cup. He was succeeded ...more

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Herschelle Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
Herschelle Herman Gibbs is a South African cricketer, more specifically known as a batsman. Gibbs was schooled at St Joseph's Marist College and then Diocesan College in Rondebosch. Gibbs was a ...more

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Mark Boucher is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
Mark Verdon Boucher is a former South African cricketer, who holds the record for the most Test dismissals by a wicket-keeper. He has represented Border, South Africa, Africa XI, ICC World XI ...more

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David Miller is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
David Andrew Miller is a South African cricketer. He is a left-handed batsman and a right-arm off spin bowler who plays domestic cricket for Dolphins and has represented South Africa in both One ...more

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Jonathan Trott is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
Ian Jonathan Leonard Trott is a South African-born English Test cricketer. Domestically, he plays for Warwickshire, and he has also played in South Africa and New Zealand. He was ICC and ECB ...more

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Jonty Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
Jonathan Neil "Jonty" Rhodes is a former South African Test and One Day International cricketer who played for the South African cricket team between 1992 and 2003. Rhodes was born in ...more

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Gary Player is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
Gary Player DMS; OIG is a South African professional golfer, widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of golf. Over his career, Player accumulated nine major championships ...more

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Jean de Villiers is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
Jean de Villiers is a South African rugby union footballer. He started his career at wing, but now primarily plays inside centre. De Villiers plays for Western Province in the Currie Cup, the ...more

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Os du Randt is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
Jacobus Petrus "Os" du Randt is a former South African rugby union loosehead prop who retired as the most-capped forward in the history of the Springboks. For most of his career, he ...more

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Rory Sabbatini is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
Rory Sabbatini Rory Mario Trevor Sabbatini is a South African professional golfer. He currently resides in Fort Worth, Texas, United States.

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Francois Pienaar is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
Jacobus Francois Pienaar is a retired South African rugby union player. He played flanker for South Africa from 1993 until 1996, winning 29 international caps, all of them as captain. He is best ...more

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JP Pietersen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
Jon-Paul Roger "JP" Pietersen is a South African rugby union footballer. He generally plays fullback or wing for the Sharks and the Natal Sharks in the Currie Cup. He played in more ...more

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Jannie du Plessis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
Dr. Jan Nathaniel "Jannie" du Plessis is a South African rugby union player, who plays as a prop for South Africa and the Sharks in Super Rugby. Previously, he played for the Vodacom ...more

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Charl Schwartzel is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
Charl Schwartzel Charl Adriaan Schwartzel is a South African professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour, European Tour, and the Sunshine Tour. He has won one major title, the Masters in 2011. Schwartzel's ...more

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Andries Bekker is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
Andries Bekker is a South African rugby union player for the Springbok rugby team as well as Kobelco Steelers in the Japanese Top League. Bekker made his South African debut in 2008 against ...more

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Tim Clark is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
Tim Clark Timothy Henry Clark is a South African professional golfer who currently plays on the PGA Tour. His biggest win to date is The Players Championship in 2010, which was also his first PGA Tour ...more

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Heinrich Brüssow is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
Heinrich Wilhelm Brüssow is a South African rugby union footballer. He plays for the Free State Cheetahs in the Currie Cup, Cheetahs in Super Rugby, and the Springboks internationally. His ...more

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Juan Smith is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
Juan Smith Juan Hugo Smith is a South African rugby union footballer who has represented South Africa in international test rugby, the Vodacom Cheetahs in the Super Rugby competition and the Free State ...more

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Bakkies Botha is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
John Philip "Bakkies" Botha, is a South African rugby union player who played as a lock for the Springboks until November 22nd 2014. He was a member of the national team that won the ...more

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Cecil Afrika is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
Cecil Afrika Cecil Afrika is a South African rugby union player. He is currently part of the South African sevens team where he plays at Flyhalf.

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Barry Richards is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
Barry Anderson Richards is a former South African batsman. A right-handed "talent of such enormous stature", Richards is considered one of South Africa's most successful cricketers. He ...more

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Bert Vogler is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
Bert Vogler Albert Edward Ernest "Bert" Vogler was a South African cricketer. A leading all-rounder skilled both at batting and bowling, Vogler played cricket in South Africa prior to becoming ...more

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Liezel Huber is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
Liezel Huber 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 ...more

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Alexei Kervezee is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
Alexei Nicolaas Kervezee is a Namibian-born Dutch cricketer. Kervezee rose rapidly and smartly through age-group cricket in the Netherlands, and in late July 2005, aged only 15, he made his ...more

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John Traicos is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
Athanasios John Traicos is a former cricketer who represented South Africa and Zimbabwe at international level. He was primarily an off spin bowler, and is one of a small number of cricketers to ...more

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Dale Benkenstein is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
Dale Martin Benkenstein is a former South African cricketer and all-rounder and currently first-team coach at Hampshire.

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Charlene, Princess of Monaco is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
Charlene Lynette Wittstock, is a former South African Olympic swimmer who, after marrying Prince Albert II, became Princess of Monaco. Charlene is the daughter of Michael and Lynette Wittstock. ...more

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Andrew Pattison is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
Andrew Pattison is a former South African-born Rhodesian and later Zimbabwean right-handed tennis player. His career-high ATP singles ranking was World No. 24, which he reached on 24 September ...more

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Andrew Strauss is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
Andrew John Strauss, OBE is a retired English international cricketer who played county cricket for Middlesex County Cricket Club who was formerly captain of England's Test cricket team. A ...more

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Dave Richardson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
David John Richardson is a South African former cricketer and current CEO of the International Cricket Council. He played 42 Tests and 122 One Day Internationals as a wicket-keeper for South ...more

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Colleen De Reuck is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
Colleen S. De Reuck is a long-distance runner from South Africa, who became an American citizen on 11 December 2000. She has had a long-lasting career, running in her forties, and made a total ...more

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Allan Lamb is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa
Allan Joseph Lamb is a former England cricketer and captain who played for the first class teams of Western Province and Northamptonshire He joined Northamptonshire so he could enhance his ...more