50 Flippen Brilliant South Africans


Authors: Alexander Parker & Tim Richman 

Illustrator: Zapiro

Genre: South African non-fiction

RRP: R250

ISBN/EAN: 9780987043719


RELEASE DATE: November 2012 – updated in 2015


What does it take to be a flippen brilliant South African? Simple: sheer brilliance and a good story. So, whether naughty or noble, crazy or controversial, here are 50 of the most talented, successful, inspirational, intriguing, fascinating Saffers to have walked the planet…

Of course, there are the great statesmen (Mandela, Luthuli, Smuts), the landmark achievers (Charlize Theron, Chris Barnard) and the incredible talents (Miriam Makeba, Irma Stern), but the lesser-knowns will also make a case: such as Ntshingwayo Khoza, the conqueror at Isandlwana; Ampie Roux, the atom-bomb creator; Ryan Sandes, the world’s best trail runner… As will the honorary inclusions (Churchill, Rodriguez, Gandhi) and the previously scorned (Mbeki, Shaka). But how exactly does Winnie Madikizela-Mandela qualify? From space adventurers (Mark Shuttleworth) and fighter pilots (Sailor Malan) to entrepreneurs (Elon Musk) and environmentalists (Ian Player), this is a raucous celebration of the country we call home, and the perfect partner to 50 People Who Stuffed Up South Africa – proving that you just can’t have the bad without the good…


Zapiro (left) is South Africa’s premier political cartoonist.

Alexander Parker (middle) is a communications specialist, history buff and author of three bestselling South African titles.

Tim Richman (right) is an author and the publisher at Burnet Media.