“I heard is not the same as I saw.”

A South African Proverb

South African achievements and inventions

National Women’s Day 2019, Johannesburg CBD
UNESCO World heritage sites

UNESCO stands for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizations.

South Africa is home to ten UNESCO world heritage sites. Namely, Fossil Hominid Sites of South Africa, Mapungubwe Cultural Landscapes, Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape, Robben Island, Khomani Cultural Landscape, Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains, Cape Floral Region Protected Areas, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Vredefort Dome, Maloti-Drakensberg Park.

Capital cities

South Africa is the only country in the world to have three capital cities. The capitals are broken down into Administrative (Pretoria), Legislative (Cape Town) and Judicial (Bloemfontein).

Pinotage Wine

A South African signature wine. Cultivated for the first time in 1925 from a Red wine grape. Farmed, harvested and cultivated only in the Stellenbosch and Simonsberg regions of South Africa.

Wine farms in Hermanus
Sasol Oil refinery

The 1st and largest Oil refinery in the world. Sasol was founded in 1950 when the governing body of South Africa created a solution to its low oil reserves.

Space travel

In 2002, Mark Shuttleworth became the first South Africa to travel into space.

South African Large Telescope, Sutherland
Online ticket sales

In 1971, Percy Tucker designed and implemented the World’s 1st ever computerized booking platform, Computicket.


1967 – Dr Christiaan Barnard performed the first successful Kidney transplant as well as being notoriously known for performing the first ever open heart transplant.

The Kreepy Krauly

The swimming pool vacuum cleaner was invented by Ferdinand Chauvier in 1974, nine years before his death.


In 1963, Eric Merrifield designed obscure looking, shaped concrete blocks that weigh up to 30 tons. The peculiar shape breaks up the force of a strong ocean wave, protecting the shoreline.

Pratley Putty

An adhesive designed for steel components. In 1960, George Pratley needed an alternative glue for an electrical box with steel parts, thus, inventing Pratley Putty. The resin was used on the Ranger space craft mission to the moon in the 1960’s.

Amoils Cryo Pencil

In 1965, Dr Seilig Percy Amoils changed the game with his invention of a tool that achieved safe Retinal detachment surgery. He successfully operated on the eyes of Margaret Thatcher and Nelson Mandela with his invention.

Colesberg, Northern Cape

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