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2022 may have been a tough one, but it didn’t stop South Africans from flying the flag high on the international stage; these are all the accomplishments of the year!

 

South Africa (15 December 2022) – In 2019 we started listing every accomplishment earned by South Africans and readers loved it, so we decided to turn it into an annual tradition. Over the years, we have loved seeing just how much South Africans get up to. This year is no different.

Many South Africans have done incredible things, and the team at Good Things Guy has spent the year capturing those stories by highlighting all the awards, accolades, and accomplishments. Every accomplishment is worthy of celebration.

We rise by lifting others, and so many South Africans keep helping us and each other rise. This is yet another year of unbelievable pride in our country. It may have been a hard year, but we still have reason to smile.

As always, it is tricky to list every single accomplishment, but we like a challenge, and so we decided to sift through all stories featured on Good Things Guy this year and put them into one giant list. And with your help – in case we missed a few – we might be able to create a complete list!

So if you see something missing, or believe that someone belongs on this list, please comment below.

We have separated them into a few different accomplishment categories, like sports, lifestyle, education, musical, and others. So let’s get started.

These are all the people that flew the South African flag high in 2022 (and made us all feel proudly South African in the process). PS, we will keep adding to this list until the 31st of December 2022.

Business

  • South African Publisher Scoops Prestigious International Award. Read the story here.
  • Two SA Businesses Chosen Among Best Sport Tech Startups. Read the story here.
  • South Africa’s Innovative Wonderbag a Finalist for 2022 Food Planet Prize. Read the story here.
  • South African Businessman Makes #Innovator25 List for 2022. Read the story here.

Education

  • Jubilee Dongo Earned Herself Nine Distinctions Despite Pandemic Disturbances. Read her story here.
  • Grade 10 Student to Run International Youth Law Conference. Read the story here.
  • South African Student Accepted Into 3 Ivy League Universities!!! Read the story here.
  • SA Learner Bags International Runner-Up Science and Engineering Award in Dubai. Read the story here.
  • University of Pretoria Named as One of World’s Top Universities! Read the story here.
  • 11 Young South African Scientists Selected to Attend Prestigious Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. Read more here.
  • South African Schools Help Break a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS Title! Read the story here.
  • South African Graduate Develops Incredible Artificial Intelligence Machine Learning Techniques. Read the story here.
  • UJ Vice-Chancellor, Principal Honoured by American Academy of Arts & Science. Read the story here.
  • SA’s Prof. Zeblon Vilakazi Appointed as Fellow of Prestigious Scientific Academy. Read the story here.
  • Wits University Team Help To Discover And Photograph Black Hole in Milky Way! Read the story here.
  • SA High Schooler Wins at Top American Science Competition. Read the story here.
  • Cape Town Student Named As One of Top 3 in The World! Read the story here.
  • Matric Student Competes Against 8000 and Earns 1st Place at National English Olympiad. Read the story here.
  • Mom of 3 Earns PhD While also Teaching Students at University. Read the story here.
  • Two Cape Town Students Earn Gold for Space Science Submission. Read the story here.
  • Two South African Librarians Get Top Award From Wikipedia! Read the story here.
  • Meet the BEST Teachers, from the Western Cape, Winners of National Teaching Awards. Read the story here.
  • South African School Shortlisted for the World’s Best School Prize. Read the story here.
  • SA Student’s Innovation Among Top 3 Solutions For World Challenges! Read the story here.
  • South African Students Win Top Spot For Their “Eco-Friendly” Coal Concept! Read the story here.
  • In It to Win It – Joe Slovo Learners Head to World Robotics Championship. Read the story here.
  • Dr Esther Mahlangu Presented with Honorary Doctorate from TUT. Read the story here.
  • SA Lecturer Wins Prize for Representing Diversity of Commonwealth Chemistry. Read the story here.
  • Free State University Prof Abdon Atangana Ranked 2nd in the World for Mathematics. Read the story here.
  • 6 Outstanding South African Women Scientists Recognised! Read the story here.

Environment

  • City of Cape Town Receives Medal of Honour in Global Sustainability Award. Read the full story here.
  • SA Born Venture – The Clothing Bank – Earns Global Recognition! Read the story here.
  • 11 South African Organisations Honoured by 2022 Caroline Reid Awards. Read the story here.
  • Proudly SA! SPCA Receives Prestigious Global Excellence Award! Read the story here.
  • Johannesburg Winner of WWF’s One Planet City Challenge! Read the story here.
  • 73-year-old South African to Take on the Amazon River to Fight Climate Change! Read the story here.
  • South African Wins Wildlife Artist of the Year 2022!!! Read the story here.
  • South Africa’s Bird of The Year Announced For 2023! Read the story here.
  • South African Wins “Young Environmentalist of the Year”! Read the story here.

Entertainment

  • Hilarious SA Film Earns Place at Film Festival in Rotterdam. Read the full story here.
  • SA Filmmaker Lands Netflix Deal and Nominated for Award in LA. Read the story here.
  • SA Actress Thuso Mbedu WINS First Independent Spirit Award. Read the story here.
  • South African Action Film “Indemnity” Earns International Praise. Read the story here.
  • South African Documentary Wins Prestigious Award! Read the story here.
  • SA Documentary ‘Saving Seals’ Wins Prestigious Award at International Film Festival. Read the story here.
  • From Morocco to South Africa – Doccie Wins Prestigious Global Award! Read the story here.
  • SA Author’s Novel “The Shining Girls” Adapted for Apple TV+ Series. Read the story here.
  • Beautiful South African Home Featured in Apple TV Show! Read the story here.
  • 11 South African Films Being Showcased at Cannes Film Festival! Read the story here.
  • South African Film Editor Works in Top Hollywood Series – The Shrink Next Door. Read the story here.
  • South Africa’s Penguin Town Wins THREE Daytime Emmys. Read the story here.
  • South Africa Shines in Prestigious Ballet Competition! Read the story here.
  • Young South African Actor Nominated for Role in “Good Life”. Read the story here.
  • SA Teen Becomes World’s Best Performer, Winning Global Championship. Read the story here.
  • South African Series in Global Top 10 Most Watched List! Read the story here.
  • SA Series Up for Emmy, Lead Actress Also Gets “Best Actress” Nod. Read the story here.
  • Caleb Payne Has Won a Young Artist Academy Award for his Role in “Good Life”. Read the story here.
  • South African Book “Catch Me a Killer” to Become Global Series. Read the story here.
  • 22-Year-Old Becomes FIRST Emmy Winner from Limpopo! Read the story here.
  • SA’s Chris Morgan Accepts International Emmy Win for My Better World Series. Read the story here.
  • South Africa’s Takalani Sesame Nominated for Global Kidscreen Award. Read the story here.

Lifestyle

  • Talented South African Land Artist Has Just Received a Prestigious Grant! Read the story here.
  • Only South African Selected For World Photography Awards To Exhibit in London! Read the story here.
  • SA Wines Win at 2021 Global Sauvignon Blanc Masters. Read the full story here.
  • Craig Jacobs Recipient of Prestigious Fashion Innovation Award! Read the story here.
  • Luxe Awards: South Africa’s Top Chef, Restaurant And Pop Up Experience Announced! Read the story here.
  • A South African Brandy has been Named Best Wine Brandy in the World. Read the story here.
  • Young South African Winemaker Takes Gold at 2022 London Wine Competition. Read the story here.
  • Young SA Restaurant Owner Named on List of World’s 50 Best 50 Next! Read the story here.
  • South Africa’s Best Pizza Restaurants As Voted By South Africans. Read the story here.
  • The Only 3 South African Restaurants Voted on World’s Best 100! Read the story here.
  • South African Superstar Chef to Head Up Award-Winning Kudu Restaurant in London. Read the story here.
  • Talented South African Photographer Given Residency in Amsterdam’s NOOR! Read the story here.
  • Global Publisher to Release First Graphic Novels From ZA’s Award-Winning Triggerfish Animation Studios. Read the story here.
  • Two South African Chefs Nominated As Best in the World! Read the story here.
  • South African Restaurant Tops World’s Extraordinary Fine-dining List! Read the story here.
  • Two South African Restaurants Land on Best Burger in the World List. Read the story here.
  • South African Hospitality Honoured at Inaugural Luxe 100 Best Awards! Read the story here.
  • SA Restaurant Perlemoen Named “World Hidden Gem” by La Liste. Read the story here.

Medical

  • Celebrating Africa’s First Internationally Accredited Breast Imaging Centre of Excellence. Read the story here.

Music

  • Watch: Black Coffee Just Became a Grammy-Winning Artist! Read the story here.
  • SA Artist Black Coffee Earns Producer Credit on Hollywood Star’s Album. Read the story here.
  • Stellenbosch University Choir Hit 1 Million Views for “Never Enough” Cover. Read the story here.
  • Kearsney College Choir WOW Audiences in Austria, Earn First Place. Read the story here.
  • South African Jeremy Loops Gets a Spot in Times Square! Read the story here.
  • South African Opera Singer Given Ceremonial Badge of Honour in France. Read the story here.
  • Joburg Choir Wins World Choral Cup and Earns a Standing Ovation. Read the story here.
  • Mezzo-Soprano Siphokazi Molteno Made Her Debut at The Metropolitan Opera. Read the story here.
  • Daniel Baron Featured in Billboard Magazine in Lead Up to Grammy’s. Read the story here.
  • Nomcebo Zikode, Wouter Kellerman and Zakes Bantwini Earn Grammy Nomination. Read the story here.
  • Cape Town Opera Foundation Studio Wins Prestigious International Award! Read the story here.
  • Watch: Paarl Boys’ High Student Wins National Youth Music Competition. Read the story here.

People

  • 26-Year-Old Author From Cape Flats Makes Top 100 in 3 Categories! Read the story here.
  • South African Photographer Wins Prestigious International Award! Read the story here.
  • Proudly South Africa: Shudufhadzo Musida Shines Bright At Miss World Pageant! Read the story here.
  • SA’s Carolyn Steyn Honoured with Highest French “National Order of Merit”. Read the story here.
  • South African Firefighter Joins Florida’s Elite Fire Rescue Dive Team! Read the story here.
  • South African Writer Wins Prestigious International Literary Prize. Read the story here.
  • Prestigious Award For Pioneering Joburg Firefighter! Read her story here.
  • International Honour Awarded to Researcher at Cape Town Tourism. Read the story here.
  • South African Wins Multiple Awards At “Miss Teenager” Pageant in Panama! Read the story here.
  • Solomon Ndlovu Selected as South Africa’s Top Safari Guide. Read the story here.
  • Rugby Legend ‘The Beast’ Appointed by UNICEF in New Prestigious Role! Read the story here.
  • SA 7-Year-Old Set on Bettering the World, Wins Mini Model Earth 2022. Read the story here.
  • South African to Receive “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Clooney Foundation. Read the story here.
  • 128 Years Old! World’s Oldest Person Found in South Africa! Read the story here.
  • Dr Imtiaz Sooliman Receives Lifetime Award for Humanitarian Work. Read the story here.
  • Scientists Who Identified Omicron Named on TIME ‘100 Most Influential’. Read the story here.
  • Meet South Africa’s Youngest Author – 7-Year-Old Mikayla Schmidt! Read the story here.
  • South African Eco-Entrepreneur Earns Place on Forbes Africa 30 Under 30. Read the story here.
  • Miss SA Lalela Mswane to Fly SA Flag in Poland this July. Read the story here.
  • Miss SA Lalela Mswane Wins New Crown and Title as Miss Supranational. Read the story here.
  • South African Awarded Most Prominent New Voice in The Design World. Read the story here.
  • South African Artist Pitika Ntuli Honoured with an SATMA Award. Read the story here.
  • Ability Activist Chaeli Mycroft Finishes the Comrades, Sets Sights on 2023. Read her story here.
  • Carolyn Steyn Named Philanthropist of the Year at Ceremony in London. Read the story here.
  • 11-Year-Old South African Chosen to Walk New York Fashion Week! Read the story here.
  • Unathi Lutshaba Honoured By UN with “Most Influential” Title. Read the story here.
  • 16-Year-Old South African Won The World Championship in Acting! Read the story here.
  • South African Wins EMEA Barista Championship for 2022 in Italy. Read the story here.
  • Thinus Van Der Westhuizen Becomes 4th South African Chef to Receive Michelin Star. Read the story here.
  • Meet South Africa’s Youngest Published Author – 6-Year-Old Atarah Govender. Read the story here.

Sports

  • South African Accepts Engineer Job Helping F1 Star Lewis Hamilton. Read the story here.
  • Henk Lategan and Brett Cummings Win Stage 5 at Dakar. Read the story here.
  • SA’s Brad Cox Continues Family’s Legacy By Completing His First-Ever Dakar Rally! Read the story here.
  • SA’s Donald Ramphadi Scaling World Wheelchair Tennis Rankings! Read the story here.
  • SA’s Wheelchair Tennis Star Returns Home As World’s Number 11! Read the story here.
  • Over 60,000 Rugby World Cup Sevens Tickets Sold in 1 Day! Read the story here.
  • SA Female Rugby Player Honoured by World Rugby for Women’s Day. Read the story here.
  • Brad Binder Earns Podium Place at First MotoGP Race of 2022 Season. Read the story here.
  • Proudly SA! Cape Town is Hosting An International Ice Hockey Tournament. Read the story here.
  • Watch: Meet Naomi Schiff, The Incredible ‘South African’ F1 Presenter! Read the story here.
  • Proudly South African: Local Indoor Cricketer Representing Internationally! Read the story here.
  • SA Sevens Player Overcame Cancer and Honoured as One of “The Remarkables”. Read the story here.
  • SA Women’s Cricket Team Head to World Cup Semi-Finals After Nail-Biting Performance. Read the story here.
  • South African Under-18 Sprinter is The World’s Fastest Over 100m And 200m! Read the story here.
  • South African Dancing School Win BIG, Becoming Irish Dance World Champions. Read the story here.
  • SA Bowls Team Flying the Flag High at World Championship. Read the story here.
  • SA Ultrarunners Successfully Circumnavigate Lesotho on Foot. Read the story here.
  • Tennis SA Celebrate Silver Win by Quad Wheelchair Team. Read the story here.
  • Mount Everest and Mount Lhotse – South African Woman Sets Multiple Records! Read the story here.
  • First South African to Captain Harvard’s Hockey Team Gets Prestigious Award! Read the story here.
  • Surfer Luke Thompson Does Durban Proud at Junior World Championship. Read the story here.
  • 15-Year-Old Becomes First South African Female BMX Rider to Land a Backflip! Read the story here.
  • 2 South Africans Picked as Match Officials for the Seven’s World Cup. Read the story here.
  • 7 Summits 7 Flights – South African Adventurer Completes 6 of 7. Read the story here.
  • Olympic Medallist Bianca Buitendag Appointed Laureus Sport For Good Foundation Ambassador. Read the story here.
  • SA Sprinter Wins First Ever 200m Diamond League Race in Paris. Read the story here.
  • Local Extreme Endurance Cyclist Smashes Southern California in 51 hours! Read the story here.
  • SA’s Thomas van Rijckevorsel takes Individual Gold at Youth Equestrian Games. Read the story here.
  • Caitlin Rooskrantz Earns Gold at 16th African Artistic Championships in Egypt. Read the story here.
  • Kirsten McCann Earns a Bronze for SA at the 2022 Rowing World Cup. Read the story here.
  • Gymnastics SA Earn Four More Medals at 16th African Artistic Championships. Read the story here.
  • Jan Karsten Earns Champion Title at African Youth Chess Championship. Read the story here.
  • Chris Bertish Breaks Record for Longest Distance Travelled Solo, Unsupported on a Wing-Foil. Read the story here.
  • Queens of the Continent! Banyana Banyana Crowned African Champions! Read the story here.
  • Meet The First 2 South Africans to Ever Summit World’s 2nd Highest Peak! Read the story here.
  • Watch: Tatjana Schoenmaker and Kaylene Corbett Bag 2 More Medals for South Africa! Read the story here.
  • Dazzling Blitzboks are Commonwealth Games Kings! Read the story here.
  • South African Rowing Duo Set New World Record! Read the story here.
  • Willemein Jooste Tied Win of World’s ‘Longest and Toughest’ Horse Race! Read the story here.
  • SA Holds 5th Place on Medal Ranking, Adding 4 New Medals to Tally. Read the story here.
  • South Africa’s Medal Count Rises to 12 Medals at Commonwealth Games. Read the story here.
  • Proudly SA!!! Springboks Grind Out Epic Win in Mbombela!!! Read the story here.
  • Gold and Bronze Added to SA Medal Count on Day 7 of Games. Read the story here.
  • Young South African With Cystic Fibrosis Cycled Height of Everest!!! Read the story here.
  • Sherpa Breaks Record Becoming First Person to Summit K2 FIVE Times! Read the story here.
  • SA Medal Count Jumps to 20 After Day 6 of Commonwealth Games. Read the story here.
  • Daryl Impey Earns Silver for Cycling in the Men’s Road Race. Read the story here.
  • SA Bag More Medals on Day 9 of Commonwealth Games. Read the story here.
  • South African Athletes Do Us Proud, These are ALL the Medals They Won. Read the story here.
  • South African Gliding Team Ranked 2nd Best in The World! Read the full story here.
  • Record Win Highlights Springbok Women’s Progress! Read the story here.
  • Brad Binder Does It! Becomes First Rider to Set Record Superlap Since ’92. Read the story here.
  • Over 35’s Men’s Hockey South Africa Win Silver at Masters World Cup. Read the story here.
  • Alexforbes ArchAngel Makes History Racing Cape2Rio. Read the story here.
  • U14 Polocrosse Team Do South Africa Proud with Test Series Win. Read the story here.
  • U16 Polocrosse Team Won All 3 Matches Against Zimbabwe. Read the story here.
  • South Africans Make History in Albania, Two Teams Won GS Trophy 2022. Read the story here.
  • Montjane and Ramphadi, SA Wheelchair Tennis Players, Succeed at US Open. Read the story here.
  • Banyana Banyana Coach Awarded “Coach of the Year” Award. Read the story here.
  • SA’s Top Jockey Awarded Winner’s Trophy Made by Local Craftsman! Read the story here.
  • Brad Binder Earns Podium Position at Japanese MotoGP. Read the story here.
  • SA Blackball Team Win Big in Morocco, Bringing Home 32 Medals! Read the story here.
  • South Africa Wins Silver for Women’s Badminton Doubles in Egypt. Read the story here.
  • Matthew Sates and Chad Le Clos Bringing Home the Gold! Read the story here.
  • South Africa’s Matty Green Wins Hard Enduro Race in Turkey. Read the story here.
  • SA Athlete Miné de Klerk a Finalist for 2022 World Athletics Awards. Read the story here.
  • Binder’s Impressive Speed to 2nd in Valencia Wraps KTM’s Sixth Year in MotoGP. Read the story here.
  • South Africa’s Kyle Koert Signs with Columbus Rapids in USA. Read the story here.
  • Lukhanyo Am and Nomawethu Mabenge Nominated for World Rugby Awards. Read the story here.
  • Springboks: Superb Second Half Sets Up Big Bok Win in Genoa. Read the story here.
  • Alwande Sikhosana Wins ITF Futures Singles Title at Aspendos Open in Turkey. Read the story here.
  • Brilliant Springboks Outclass England at Twickenham. Read the story here.
  • Ocean View Teen to Represent SA at African Badminton Tournament in Mauritius. Read the story here.
  • SA Ladies Badminton Duo Earn Gold at Tournament in Botswana. Read the story here.
  • The Medals Start Rolling in for Team South Africa in Malawi! Read the story here.
  • That’s More Gold for Team South Africa at 2022 Region V Games. Read the story here.
  • SA Placed 5th at World Para Surfing Championships in California. Read the story here.
  • South Africa Brings Home Gold from the POSA Pole Art World Championships. Read the story here.
  • Medal Count – Swimming South Africa Fly the Flag High at Games. Read the story here.
  • Sprinting, Netball, Volleyball and More – Team SA Keeps on Winning! Read the story here.
  • Matt Sates Swims for Gold and Breaks His Own Record in Australia. Read the story here.

Travel

  • Cape Town Earns Place on “Most Instagrammable” List AGAIN. Read the story here.
  • 4 South African Spots Make World’s 100 Most Loved Destinations! Read the story here.
  • South Africa Named the 6th Best Honeymoon Destination in 2022. Read the story here.
  • Two South African Hotels Named on ‘Most Romantic in the World” List. Read the story here.
  • Mother City of South Africa Ranked Third Greatest City on Earth! Read the story here.
  • Boulder’s Beach Named 9th Best Beach in the World for 2022. Read the story here.
  • Franschhoek Makes Time’s ‘World’s Greatest Places’ List for 2022! Read the story here.
  • 2 South African Ocean Pools Voted As Prettiest in The World! Read the story here.
  • Kruger National Park 5th on “Best Outdoor Destinations in the World” List. Read the story here.
  • Kirstenbosch Gardens Awarded “Travellers Choice ‘Best of the Best’”. Read the story here.
  • Cape Town Voted 11th Best City in The World (And 2nd Best in Africa)! Read the story here.
  • Listed: South African Street Named “Coolest” In The World! Read the story here.
  • The Silo Hotel Named One of “Most Instagrammable Pools in the World”. Read the story here.
  • Cape Town Voted as One of The Best Cities in The World! Read the story here.
  • These South African Resorts Have Just Been Announced As The Best In The World!!! Read the story here.
  • Cape Town was just awarded the ultimate industry accolade! Read the story here.
  • South Africa Named One of the Best Places to Retire in the World. Read the story here.
  • South African Lodge Named Best Responsible Tourism destination in the world. Read the story here.
  • South Africa Listed as One of Lonely Planet’s Top Destinations For 2023! Read the story here.
  • Cullinan Christmas Night Market Named One of the Best Christmas Markets in the World. Read the story here.
  • South African Cruise Travel Agency Voted “Africa’s Best” in Prestigious Awards! Read the story here.
  • Northern Cape Voted As Best Travel Destination For Quiet Getaways. Read the story here.

Other

  • South Africa Selected as One of The Best “African Pavilions at Expo 2020 Dubai”. Read the story here.
  • NSRI Launch First Offshore Rescue Craft Built Entirely in SA, by South Africans. Read the story here.
  • SA Telescope Helps Find New System of Four Stars Orbiting Each Other. Read the story here.
  • SA Just Broke Another Guinness World Record… This Time With Socks! Read the story here.
  • Ladles of Love Smash 2 World Records And Help Feed South Africa! Read the story here.
  • Proudly South African! NSRI Scoop Prestigious International Award! Read the story here.

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