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There are many South Africans doing good things globally, making us all feel proudly South African so we thought we would honour them in a list.


It is common knowledge that Saffas are the best people in the world (okay, we could be sucking that stat from our thumbs but most of you will probably agree). There are many more South Africans in the headlines these days and to be honest, we are feeling pretty darn proud!

We decided to compile a list of South Africans that are making it big on the world stage these days.

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters

Demi-Leigh is the latest South African to be making headline across the globe universe. She was recently crowned as Miss Universe and we couldn’t be more proud!

Demi-Leigh is currently touring the world with her first stop being the Philippines. During her reign as Miss Universe, she will campaign for causes close to her heart and obviously, SA tops the list.

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Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah has been the host of the ‘Daily Show’ for some time now and while the show focuses on American politics he never fails to slip in a little shout out to SA.

In his show shortly after the Miss Universe title was announced, he made a joke that South Africans were taking over the universe. The funny bit was what inspired this story and you can watch it below.

Candice Swanepoel

Candice Swanepoel has just been named as one of the top three highest-paid Victoria Secret models of 2017. This is the 4th time she has made the list in the last 10 years of her career.

Candice is proof that South African beauties can make it big in the international modelling industry.

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Bonisile John Kani

Actor Bonisile John Kani was recently cast as Rafiki for the Lion King Live action movie. Kani has also starred as King T’Chaka in the Marvel studios blockbuster Captain America: Civil War and will reprise that role in Black Panther.

The actor has been an inspiration to South Africans everywhere, proving that you should never give up on your dreams. His acting career has spanned years and he even had the opportunity to speak his home language, isiXhosa, in a major blockbuster!

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Atandwa Kani

Atandwa Kani is following in the footsteps of his father John Kani. Atandwa will be featuring in the upcoming Marvel superhero franchise movie Black Panther and will be playing the younger version of his father in the role of young King T’Chaka.

We can’t wait to see where this role will lead Atandwa!

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Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron is a big-time Hollywood star but that doesn’t ever get in the way of being a true South African. Charlize recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of her outreach programme that does work in SA. She even visits home often to have a holiday and work with her outreach programme. She invited Trevor Noah on her most recent trip too.

Charlize is also a big advocate for South Africa and often encourages people to visit her home country.

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Elon Musk

Elon Musk might have left South Africa many years ago but we still like to claim him as proudly South African. Heck, when you listen to his talks there are still some distinctly South African pronunciations to his words.

Elon is famous for his innovations in space as well the famous company Tesla which manufactured the worlds first electric sports car. Our favourite thing was a project he has been funding in Africa to boost reading and writing, most people hadn’t even heard of the project until it was well underway!

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And these are just some of the big names! There are hundreds more who have made it big, from Sasha Pieterse, who plays the infamous Alison DiLaurentis in Pretty Little Liars to Troye Sivan, who was born in SA but moved away when he was two. Troye is a popular YouTube personality and also played as young Wolverine in the origin movie. His most popular roles are as the lead actor in the Spud movies. Let us not forget Alice Krige who starred in Star Trek as the Borg Queen.

We just can’t contain our pride and love seeing South Africans making it big. Have we missed anyone? Let us know in the comment section.

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Tyler Leigh Vivier is a writer for Good Things Guy.

Her passion is to spread good news across South Africa with a big focus on environmental issues, animal welfare and social upliftment. Outside of Good Things Guy, she is an avid reader and lover of tea.

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