People & Culture

People & Culture

South Africa is a culturally diverse country, one nation made up of many peoples.


Horse racing in South Africa

Horse racing is a popular sport in SA, with regular racing taking place around the country. The sport enjoys a long and rich history in South Africa that can be traced back to 1797!

Elana Meyer: diminutive dynamo

Elana Meyer was among the world's elite athletes for over 10 years, establishing world records at 15 kilometres and the half marathon, and boasting five of the 15 best half marathon times in history, a consistency matched by few other athletes.

Graeme Pollock, batsman supreme

A left-handed batsman who struck the ball with immaculate timing, making the game look at once simple and stunning, Graeme Pollock was arguably the greatest left-hander in cricket history, with a test average second only to Sir Donald Bradman.
South African products available overseas

Buy South African goods abroad

Missing your potjiekos? Forgotten the recipe for bobotie? Want to know where you can buy real biltong - or make your own? Here's a directory of links to help you recapture the taste of home.
Services for South Africans abroad

Services for South Africans abroad

Find or list a South African business abroad, get a job, phone home for less, track down long-lost friends, sort out your immigration paperwork, swap holiday accommodation ... here's some specialist services for South Africans living abroad.

South African communities abroad

Feeling a bit out of it? Want to connect with some people who know where you're coming from? Get some community away from home? Check out our directory of websites, clubs, societies, newsletters and e-magazines for South Africans living abroad.
'Baby Jake': small boxer

‘Baby Jake’: small boxer, big heart

He was the shortest ever boxing world champion, and the only South African to win four world titles. But it was "Baby Jake" Matlala's heart that captured the imagination of the South African public.

Allan Donald: White Lightning

The first Protea to capture 300 test wickets, Allan Donald was for some time the most successful Test bowler in South African cricketing history, and ranks among the best in the history of the game.

Dingaan Thobela: The Rose of Soweto

At the height of his career, 'The Rose of Soweto' established himself as a charismatic, gifted boxer and a favourite of the South African public - and captured two world titles in the process.
Never-say-die Amanda Coetzer

Never-say-die Amanda Coetzer

South African tennis star Amanda Coetzer epitomised the saying: "Dynamite comes in small packages". She stands only 1.58 metres tall, but her heart was one of the biggest on the WTA Tour, and her never-say-die attitude reaped big rewards in a career that began back in 1988 and lasted 16 years.


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