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Famous Athletes from South Africa

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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?"

You can click on the names of these legendary athletes of South Africa in order to get more information about each one.
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Bismarck du Plessis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa

Birthplace: Bethlehem, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Bismarck Wilhelm du Plessis (born 22 May 1984) is a South African rugby union player, who plays for Montpellier in the French Top 14. He played for the Free State Cheetahs in 2003, before moving ...more
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Jacques Kallis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa

Birthplace: Western Cape, City of Cape Town, Pinelands, Cape Town, Africa, + more

Nationality: South Africa

Jacques Kallis (born 16 October 1975) is a South African cricket coach and former cricketer. As a right-handed batsman and right-arm fast-medium swing bowler, Kallis is regarded as one of the ...more
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Allan Donald is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa

Birthplace: Bloemfontein, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Allan Anthony Donald (born 20 October 1966) is a former South African cricketer who is now a cricket coach. Often nicknamed 'White Lightning', he is considered as one of the South Africa ...more
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François Steyn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa

Birthplace: Aliwal North, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

François Philippus Lodewyk Steyn (born 14 May 1987) is a South African rugby union player for the South Africa national team and Montpellier Hérault Rugby in Top 14. He usually ...more
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Oscar Pistorius is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa

Birthplace: Sandton, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius (; Afrikaans: [pisˈtɔrjus]; born 22 November 1986) is a South African former professional sprinter. In 2015 he was convicted of the 2013 murder of his girlfriend ...more

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Shaun Pollock is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa

Birthplace: Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Shaun Maclean Pollock OIS (born 16 July 1973) is a South African cricket commentator and former cricketer and a former captain of all formats. A genuine bowling all-rounder, Pollock along with ...more
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Ernie Els is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa

Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Theodore Ernest Els (; born 17 October 1969) is a South African professional golfer. A former World No. 1, he is known as "The Big Easy" due to his imposing physical stature (he stands ...more

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Kevin Pietersen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa

Birthplace: Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Nationality: United Kingdom, South Africa

Kevin Peter Pietersen (born 27 June 1980) is a former cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and occasional off spin bowler who played in all three formats for England between 2005 and 2014. ...more
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Dale Steyn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa

Birthplace: Phalaborwa, Africa, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Dale Willem Steyn (; born 27 June 1983) is a professional cricketer who plays for the South African Cricket Team. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time. During ...more
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Hashim Amla is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa

Birthplace: Durban, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Hashim Mahomed Amla OIS (born 31 March 1983) is a former South African international cricketer who played for South Africa in all three formats of the game . Amla currently holds the record for ...more
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Hansie Cronje is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa

Birthplace: Bloemfontein, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Wessel Johannes "Hansie" Cronje (25 September 1969 – 1 June 2002) was a South African international cricketer and captain of the South African national cricket team in the 1990s. He ...more
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Cameron van der Burgh is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa

Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Cameron van der Burgh OIS (born 25 May 1988) is a retired South African competitive swimmer and hedge fund analyst. He is Africa's first home-trained world record holder and individual male ...more
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Graeme Pollock is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa

Birthplace: Durban, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa, Union of South Africa

Robert Graeme Pollock (born 27 February 1944) is a former cricketer for South Africa, Transvaal and Eastern Province. A member of a famous cricketing family, Pollock is widely regarded as South ...more
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Danie Gerber is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa

Birthplace: Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Danie Gerber (born 14 April 1958 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa) is a former South African rugby union player, who played for South Africa between 1980 and 1992. Playing mainly at centre, he ...more
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Bobby Locke is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa

Birthplace: Germiston, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Arthur D'Arcy "Bobby" Locke (20 November 1917 – 9 March 1987) was a South African professional golfer. He won four Open Championships, nine South African Opens, seven South African PGA ...more

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Butch James is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa

Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Andrew David "Butch" James (born 8 January 1979) 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 ...more
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David Pocock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa

Birthplace: Gweru, Zimbabwe

Nationality: Australia

David Pocock (born 23 April 1988) is a Zimbabwe born Australian rugby union player. He is an openside flanker, vice captain of the Brumbies. Pocock represents the Wallabies in international ...more
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AB de Villiers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa

Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Abraham Benjamin de Villiers (born 17 February 1984), commonly known as AB de Villiers, is a South African former international cricketer. He played for Titans in South African domestic cricket ...more
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Graeme Smith is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa

Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Graeme Craig Smith (born 1 February 1981) is a South African cricket commentator and former cricketer, who played for South Africa in all formats. In 2003, he was appointed captain of the ...more
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Herschelle Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa

Birthplace: New South Wales, Australasia, Green Point, Australia

Nationality: South Africa

Herschelle Herman Gibbs (born 23 February 1974) is a South African former cricketer, who played all formats of the game for fourteen years. A right-handed batsman, mostly opened the batting, ...more
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Mark Boucher is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa

Birthplace: East London, Eastern Cape, Africa, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Mark Verdon Boucher (born 3 December 1976) is a South African cricket coach and former cricketer who played all three formats of the game. Boucher holds the record for the most Test dismissals ...more
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David Miller is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa

Birthplace: Umgungundlovu District Municipality, Pietermaritzburg, Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

David Andrew Miller (born 10 June 1989) is a South African cricketer. He is an aggressive left-handed middle order batsman and a right-arm off spin bowler who plays domestic cricket for the ...more
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Jonathan Trott is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa

Birthplace: Western Cape, City of Cape Town, Cape Town, Africa, South Africa

Nationality: England, South Africa

Ian Jonathan Leonard Trott (born 22 April 1981) is a South African born former professional cricketer who played international cricket for the England cricket team. Domestically, he played for ...more
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Jonty Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa

Birthplace: Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Jonathan Neil Rhodes (born 27 July 1969) is a South African cricket commentator and former Test and One Day International cricketer. He is commonly held as the greatest fielder of all time. He ...more
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Gary Player is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Athletes from South Africa

Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

Nationality: South Africa

Gary Player DMS, OIG (born 1 November 1935) is a South African retired professional golfer who is widely considered to be one of the greatest golfers ever. During his career, Player won nine ...more

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