Vote for the South African of the Year

2017-09-20 09:01

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UPDATE - We've narrowed it down to the top 3! 

Judge Mogoeng Mogoeng, Kevin Anderson and the Blitzbokke are now in the running for the award.

"The South African of the Year is someone who, with a phenomenal achievement, made you extremely proud to be South African,” says Jan Scannell, the man behind the National Braai Day initiative and the South African of the Year awards.


“Our intention is to highlight exceptional performances by South Africans that bring the country to a standstill, and to acknowledge the special moments where the hearts of the nation beat together, united in pride."  

The “South African of the Year” is a registered trademark, of which the National Braai Day initiative is the legal custodian.

In tune with all activities of the National Braai Day initiative, South African of the Year is being run as a non-profit project with the sole purpose of enhancing the Heritage Day public holiday on September 24 every year as South Africa’s national day of celebration.

Last year's winner was Wayde van Niekerk.

- Read more: Wayde van Niekerk voted South African of the Year 2016


The South African Sevens squad side-stepped the best Fiji, New Zealand and the rest of the world could offer in winning the 2016/17 World Sevens
Series title. Bravo Blitzbokke, bravo!

Kevin Anderson

Anderson captivated the nation as he aced his way into the US Open final – the first South African to do so in the Open era. While the title proved a bridge too far, Anderson’s play left all patriotic South Africans proud.

Judge Mogoeng Mogoeng

Chief Justice Mogoeng has proven to be a beacon of morality that provides a light for others to follow. He is consistent in choosing what is right and lawful, and demonstrates commitment to serving the people of South Africa above all. 

Luvo Manyonga

Manyonga said NO to a lifestyle of drugs and YES to the gold medal at the IAAF World Championships in London, confirming his status as the world’s best in the long jump pit. Up next? The world record! 

Esther Mahlangu

Esther Mahlangu is an internationally renowned artist who has earned acclaim with her Ndebele motifs. Her paintings have inspired international brands and artists of many backgrounds, and the 81-year-old has been a shining star in the showcase of South African culture worldwide. 

Voting closes at noon on Sunday, 24 September.

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