Bloemfontein - Famous People

Famous People

Many famous persons are associated with Bloemfontein; these include:

  • Allan Donald, South African cricketer
  • Francois Steyn, rugby player
  • Hansie Cronje, controversial South African cricket captain
  • J. R. R. Tolkien CBE was born in Bloemfontein on 3 January 1892. Tolkien is famous for his fantasy epics The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion. When aged 3, Tolkien left South Africa for England.
  • Juan Smith, rugby player
  • Leon Schuster, filmmaker, comedian and musician, born and schooled in Bloemfontein
  • Morne van Wyk played for South Africa Proteas Cricket team
  • Os du Randt, rugby player
  • Ryk Neethling, Olympic gold medalist swimmer
  • Shaun Morgan and Dale Stewart, musicians and founding members of the band Seether
  • Zola Budd, international long distance athlete, born in the city and attended Sentraal High School
  • Willem Jackson, played for South Africa Bafana Bafana soccer team
  • Tony Kgoroge, South African actor, performances in movies including Hotel Rwanda, Blood Diamond, Invictus, Lord of War and Skin.
  • Gerrit Badenhorst,is a powerlifter and strongman competitor.
  • Lucas Maree, Afrikaans musician and songwriter
  • Coenie de Villiers, Afrikaans musician and songwriter
  • Professor Russel Botman, rector and vice-chancellor of University of Stellenbosch
  • Winkie Direko, first African chancellor of the University of the Free State
  • Alfred"Ace"Mgedeza, former Orlando Pirates legend in the 1970s
  • Mochubela Seekoei, former ANC ambassador to the United Nations
  • Petrus Molemela, life president of Bloemfontein Celtic
  • Thomas Mapikela, former Treasurer- General of the ANC
  • Caleb Motshabi, first Bloemfonteiner to serve jail term on Robben Island

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