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South Africa ranks 41st in number of biographies on Pantheon, behind Israel, Uruguay, and Bulgaria. Memorable people born in present day South Africa include Nelson Mandela, J. R. R. Tolkien, and J. M. Coetzee. Memorable people who died in South Africa include Nelson Mandela, Bartolomeu Dias, and Cecil Rhodes. South Africa has been the birth place of many politicians and soccer players and the death place of many politicians and racing drivers.

South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa (RSA), is the southernmost country in Africa. South Africa is bounded to the south by 2,798 kilometres (1,739 mi) of coastline that stretch along the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans; to the north by the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe; and to the east and northeast by Mozambique and Eswatini and it surrounds the enclaved country of Lesotho. It is the southernmost country on the mainland of the Old World, and the most populous country located entirely south of the equator. South Africa is a biodiversity hotspot, with a diversity of unique biomes and plant and animal life. With over 60 million people, the country is the world's 23rd-most populous nation and covers an area of 1,221,037 square kilometres. South Africa has three capital cities, with the executive, judicial and legislative branches of government based in Pretoria, Bloemfontein and Cape Town respectively. The largest city is Johannesburg. Read more on Wikipedia

Between 1761 and 1998, present day South Africa was the birth place of 312 globally memorable people, including Nelson Mandela, J. R. R. Tolkien, and J. M. Coetzee. Additionaly, 136 globally memorable people have passed away in present day South Africa including Nelson Mandela, Bartolomeu Dias, and Cecil Rhodes.

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People Deceased in Present Day South Africa

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Most individuals born in present day South Africa were politicians (52), soccer players (50), athletes (25), actors (23), and writers (19),  while most who died were politicians (51), racing drivers (13), writers (11), athletes (10), and social activists (7).

Over the past 100 years, soccer players have been the top profession of globally memorable people born in present day South Africa, including Bruce Grobbelaar, Steven Pienaar, and Benni McCarthy. Whereas, throughout history, politicians have been the profession with the most memorable people born in present day South Africa, including Shaka, F. W. de Klerk, and Paul Kruger.

Below is a visual represetation of the lifespans of the top 25 globally memorable people born in present day South Africa since 1700.