While South Africa is known for its political influence on the African continent, our people have also made their mark on the world.
New African Magazine recently announced its list of the 100 Most Influential Africans of 2017 -- and 14 of these spots went to South Africans.
This puts South Africa as the country with the second highest number of winners, after Nigeria. The list looks at a range of spheres, from politics to art.
According to the magazine's editor, "influential" is defined as a person whose work or activity causes transformation outside of their main calling.
"This effect results in a change of perception or provides inspiration to others. Many in our selection have shattered the proverbial glass-ceilings or disability stigma and do so with great bravery, determination and personal sacrifice."
Anver Versi, New African Magazine Editor
Notable inclusions in the list include Elon Musk, the South African-born tech entrepreneur who is revolutionising multiple industries; as well as Trevor Noah, the local comedian who cemented his international status when he became the host of The Daily Show.
According to the MD of IC Publications, the company behind New African Magazine, the 2017 list includes some of the most diversity seen since its launch.
"What our readers will find pleasing, is the almost bewildering diversity of this list – in terms of race, ethnic and national diversity. This list, if nothing else, displays the beauty and power of the diversity that makes the Africa we all love."
Omar Ben Yedder, Group Publisher and Managing Director of IC Publications
Here's a look at the South Africans who made the list:
POLITICS AND PUBLIC SERVICE
Pravin Gordhan – Political stalwart, former Finance Minister
BUSINESS AND FINANCE
Elon Musk – Founder: PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla, and OpenAI
CIVIL SOCIETY AND ACTIVISM
Kumi Naidoo – Co-founder, Africans Rising
SCIENCE, TECH & INNOVATION
Nunu Ntshingila – Head, Facebook Africa
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Dr Tebello Nyokong – Award-winning Chemist
Khanyi Dhlomo – Media mogulette, Founder of Ndalo Media
Trevor Noah – Satirist and Host of The Daily Show
Khadija Patel – Editor-in-Chief, Mail & Guardian
ARTS & CULTURE
Laduma Ngxokolo – Fashion Designer inspired by his Xhosa heritage
Porky Hefer – a unique designer with an ethical conscience
Caster Semenya – Athletics 800 meters golden girl
Wayde van Niekerk – The world-record-breaking boy wonder
Kagiso Rabada - World’s most feared cricket bowler
This article first appeared on LeadSA : 14 South Africans make 2017 list of Africa's most influential people