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South Africa ranks 41st in number of biographies on Pantheon, behind Israel, Iraq, 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. With over 59 million people, it is the world's 24th-most populous nation and covers an area of 1,221,037 square kilometres (471,445 sq mi). South Africa has three capital cities: executive Pretoria, judicial Bloemfontein and legislative Cape Town. The largest city is Johannesburg. About 80% of South Africans are of Black African ancestry, divided among a variety of ethnic groups speaking different African languages. The remaining population consists of Africa's largest communities of European, Asian, and multiracial ancestry. Read more on Wikipedia

Between 0 and 1996, present day South Africa was the birth place of 220 globally memorable people, including Nelson Mandela, J. R. R. Tolkien, and J. M. Coetzee. Additionaly, 95 globally memorable people have passed away in present day South Africa including Nelson Mandela, Bartolomeu Dias, and Cecil Rhodes.

People Born in Present Day South Africa

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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 (42), soccer players (40), tennis players (16), athletes (15), and actors (12),  while most who died were politicians (41), racing drivers (10), writers (6), athletes (6), and explorers (4).

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.