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List of famous writers from South Africa, listed alphabetically with photos when available. South Africa is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best South African writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of South Africa and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

Makhosazana Xaba and Frene Ginwala are included on this list along with many more.

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

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of South Africa in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in South Africa, but they're all of South Africa descent.

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J. M. Coetzee is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa
J. M. Coetzee age 77

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Nadine Gordimer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa
Nadine Gordimer Died at 91 (1923-2014)

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Laurence Lerner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa

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Rachel Zadok is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa
Rachel Zadok age 45

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Todd Gitlin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa
Todd Gitlin age 74

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Basil Rathbone is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa
Basil Rathbone Died at 75 (1892-1967)

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Lebogang Mashile is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa

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Johannes Meintjes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa
Johannes Meintjes Died at 57 (1923-1980)

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Cyril Cusack is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa
Cyril Cusack Died at 83 (1910-1993)

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Nelson Mandela is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa
Nelson Mandela Died at 95 (1918-2013)

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Ronald Harwood is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa

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Andrew Murray is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa
Andrew Murray Died at 89 (1828-1917)

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Athol Fugard is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa
Athol Fugard age 85

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Antony Sher is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa
Antony Sher age 68

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André Brink is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa
André Brink age 82

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Ian Dalrymple is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa
Ian Dalrymple Died at 86 (1903-1989)

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Lindsay Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa

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Janet Suzman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa
Janet Suzman age 78

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Abba Eban is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa
Abba Eban Died at 87 (1915-2002)

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Neill Blomkamp is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa

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Gavin Hood is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa
Gavin Hood age 54

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Alan Paton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa
Alan Paton Died at 85 (1903-1988)

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Noel Langley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa
Noel Langley Died at 69 (1911-1980)

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Darrell Roodt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa
Darrell Roodt age 55

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Jon Blair is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa
Jon Blair age 67

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Dave Richardson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa

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John Kani is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa
John Kani age 74

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Coretta Scott King is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa
Coretta Scott King Died at 79 (1927-2006)

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Margaret Wild is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa
Margaret Wild age 69

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David O. Sacks is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa

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Winston Ntshona is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa

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Breyten Breytenbach is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa

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Bryce Courtenay is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa
Bryce Courtenay Died at 79 (1933-2012)

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Moira Lister is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa
Moira Lister Died at 84 (1923-2007)

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Richard Stanley is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa

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Laurens van der Post is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa
Laurens van der Post Died at 90 (1906-1996)

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Madeleine Ker is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa
Madeleine Ker age 63

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Jamie Uys is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa
Jamie Uys Died at 75 (1921-1996)

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Leon Schuster is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa
Leon Schuster age 66

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Justine Shapiro is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa

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Ahmed Deedat is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa
Ahmed Deedat Died at 87 (1918-2005)

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Wayne Kramer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa
Wayne Kramer age 52

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Beverley Naidoo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa

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Karel Schoeman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa
Karel Schoeman age 78

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Frederik Willem de Klerk is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa

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David Gill is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa
David Gill Died at 71 (1843-1914)

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Max Theiler is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa
Max Theiler Died at 73 (1899-1972)

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B. C. Forbes is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa
B. C. Forbes Died at 74 (1880-1954)

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Stuart Cloete is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa
Stuart Cloete Died at 79 (1897-1976)

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H. F. Maltby is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Writers from South Africa
H. F. Maltby Died at 83 (1880-1963)