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South Africa ranks 39th in number of biographies on Pantheon, behind Iran, Ireland, and Israel. Memorable people born in present day South Africa include Nelson Mandela, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Elon Musk. 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. It 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. It also completely enclaves the country Lesotho. It is the southernmost country on the mainland of the Old World, and the second-most populous country located entirely south of the equator, after Tanzania. South Africa is a biodiversity hotspot, with unique biomes, plant and animal life. With over 60 million people, the country is the world's 24th-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 2002, present day South Africa was the birth place of 374 globally memorable people, including Nelson Mandela, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Elon Musk. Additionaly, 166 globally memorable people have passed away in present day South Africa including Nelson Mandela, Bartolomeu Dias, and Cecil Rhodes.

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Most individuals born in present day South Africa were politicians (59), soccer players (55), athletes (32), actors (29), and writers (23),  while most who died were politicians (55), racing drivers (15), writers (13), athletes (13), and social activists (10).

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, Dimas, 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 Jacob Zuma.

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