Noteworthy South African Twitter users in 2010

The Social Media Revolution is in full swing. South Africans are becoming more active online. For the first time in history South African Internet Service Providers (or ISPs) are offering uncapped accounts. This is bound to increase time spent online by South Africans who already use the internet. This will increase the amount of South African online users overall (in my opinion). South Africans will be spending more time on social networking websites like Facebook and micro-blogging services like Twitter. Most South Africans Internet users aren’t really worried about Twitter and don’t bother to learn the Twitter Basics. There’s also probably tons of South Africans out there who don’t know which people to follow on Twitter. I’ve decided to write this post in order to highlight some of the most noteworthy South African individuals and websites using Twitter. I hope citizens new to the micro-blogging service and uncapped internet users who are spending more time online will find this useful.

Account Description Website URL
@KoosKombuis Koos Kombuis – SA Musician http://www.kooskombuis.co.za/
@lizetheunicorn South African TV Presenter http://www.lizekay.blogspot.com/
@iol Independent Online http://www.iol.co.za/
@CSG1973 Saffa Living in London None
@DerekRichardson Former 5 FM DJ http://derek-richardson.com/
@RubyLetters Blogger living in Jhb http://ruby-letters.blogspot.com/
@lowercase_v Blogger living in Pta None
@phillipgibb Blogger living in Cape Town http://synapticlight.com/
@musicalmover Musical Blogger living in CT http://musicalmover.wordpress.com/
@JackParow Jack Parow – Rapper http://bit.ly/9uf3FR
@watokal Living in Pretoria None
@rafiq Blogger living in Cape Town http://www.webaddict.co.za/
@Arne86 Blogger living in Cape Town http://arne101.iblog.co.za/
@robynhobson SA Model / Actress http://www.robynhobson.com/
@iGeorge_S Blogger living in Jhb http://georgesmith81.blogspot.com/
@ChristoperM CT Blogger and website owner http://imod.co.za/
@LiamLynchPhoto Famous SA Photographer http://liamlynchphotographer.blogspot.com/
@News24 News24 http://www.news24.com/
@brodiegal SA Journalist living in Jhb http://www.africanmagic.co.za/
@simonwillo Blogger living in Cape Town http://letterdash.com/one-eye-only/
@SezLeigh Blogger living in Jhb http://www.sezleigh.com/
@MelAttree SA Social Media Consultant http://melissaattree.wordpress.com/
@pinkhairgirl Blogger living in Pretoria http://www.pinkhairgirl.co.za/
@sznq Blogger living in Cape Town http://suzangray.posterous.com/
@cynicalgrinch Blogger living in Pretoria http://theamateurobserver.wordpress.com/
@MariusMR Blogger living in Pretoria http://www.thoughtleader.co.za/mariusredelinghuys
@RoyBlumenthal Blogger living in Jhb http://royblumenthal.com/portfolio
@SirDyl Blogger living in Jhb http://www.pixelvulture.com/
@mikestopforth SA Social Media Guru http://www.mikestopforth.com/
@LizeU Living in Port Elizabeth None
@DieFokopFeetjie Saffa living in Germany http://zoem.co.za
@JagermusicSA Supporting SA Music
@jbigmac Blogger living in Cape Town http://www.cptawesome.co.za/
@DieHeuwels Die Heuwels Fantasties http://www.dieheuwels.co.za
@gregnietsky Living in Jhb None
@cecilia_vdm Living in Pretoria None
@Robi27 Blogger living in Cape Town
@CathrynR Blogger living in Cape Town http://www.news24.com/MyNews24
@watkykjy Zef SA Website http://www.watkykjy.co.za
@AkiAnastasiou Radio Presenter at Radio 702 None
@5FM 5 FM – SA radio station http://www.5fm.co.za
@TUKSFM1072 TUKS FM – Pta Rock station http://www.tuksfm.co.za
@garethcliff 5 FM Breakfast DJ http://www.garethcliff.com/
@leighannmol 5 FM News Presenter None
@JMClassifieds Junk Mail – Classifieds website http://www.junkmail.co.za
@AshtrayElectric Ashtray Electric http://www.myspace.com/ashtrayelectric
@parlotones The Parlotones http://www.parlotones.co.za
@comradesipho SA Columnist / Blogger http://thoughtleader.co.za/siphohlongwane
@samanthaperry SA Journalist based in Jhb None
@AntiThetical SA Blogger http://www.robsramblings.co.za/
@Nicholas_Duncan SA Blogger / website owner http://nickduncan.co.za/
@YolandeDup Blogger / Writer based in Pta None
@BecauseI Blogger living in Durban http://becauseican.co.za/
@GeoffChisnall Blogger living in Cape Town http://blog.empyrean.co.za/
@Faerie452 South African Actress None
@maggotmouth Developer living in Pretoria None
@DieAntwoord Die Antwoord – Zef Rap Artists http://www.dieantwoord.com
@JHBPRINCESS Blogger based in Jhb http://jhbprincess.blognation.co.za/
@karinb_za Blogger based in Durban http://memyselfandkarin.wordpress.com/
@2oceansvibe Blogger based in Cape Town http://www.2oceansvibe.com/
@liliradloff Deputy Editor / Blogger None
@Jacanews Jacaranda FM News http://www.jacarandafm.com
@supercopygurl Blogger / Copywriter in JHB http://925rebellion.com/
@simondingle SA Tech journalist http://simon.co.za/
@rudi_cronje Member of Ashtray Electric None
@pixelvulture SA Blog http://www.pixelvulture.com/
@bobskinstad Bob Skinstad
@ewnewsupdates Eyewitness News http://www.ewn.co.za/
@nayes1982 Blogger from Port Elizabeth http://www.openwindows.co.za/
@pfangirl Blogger from Durban http://pfangirl.blogspot.com
@SamWilson1 Editor / Blogger from CT http://blogs.women24.com/editor
@702land Radio 702 http://www.702.co.za
@diekloon Blogger in CT http://www.igeek.co.za/
@bangersandnash Blogger in CT http://www.bangersandnash.com/
@tara_lawson Blogger in Cape Town http://www.goblintalk.co.za/
@mybroadband Tech Website http://mybroadband.co.za/
@techcentral Tech Website http://www.techcentral.co.za/

There you have it. A list of reputable South African Twitter users. Hope I didn’t leave anyone important out. If you are South African and active on Twitter daily please comment on this post and provide your Twitter profile link and website link. Feel free to follow @hennokruger on Twitter if you want as well.

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Henno Kruger
Blogger, Desktop Activist, Twitter / Facebook Addict, Music Festival Addict, Avid lover of South African music, Founder and owner of Running Wolf's Rant and co-founder of SA Music Zone

61 Responses

  1. Chris M says:

    Cool list, must have taken some time to compile!
    .-= Chris M´s last blog ..Are we seeing a change in the top 4 stalwarts? =-.

  2. Robert Miller says:

    Thanks for the list, some really worthwhile people to follow on here – my twitter profile http://twitter.com/panascape – websites http://www.panascape.co.za & http://www.robertmiller.co.za

  3. Peter says:

    I,m so chaffed with myself,,,theres about 5 or 6 folk on your list
    that I follow!! Yippeee!! & but what, no Coloured folk on your list?,,must we
    have a quota system on twitter? Lol!

  4. @shanebain13 says:

    Nice. It would be handy to add their respective areas of interest.

  5. AnnekeBoo says:

    Running Wolf, was it difficult for you to pick only your fav rock bands to recommend as “to follow”? who else are you following?

  6. Nikki says:

    Thanks for this list – always looking for new South Africans to be following – given I am pretty new around here myself and looking to find interesting tweeps

    Other SA’s that I follow & read regularly
    @MarcForrest & @shauntrennery (Durbs) who are founders of @Izimvo – http://www.izimvo.com a great blog that does interviews with everyday South Africans. Have learnt a lot from there.
    @Tertia – http://www.Tertia.org – Cape Town
    @MomsMatter – http://www.momsmatter.co.za – a fellow Aussie who lives here like always and forever (Durbs)
    @AmandaSevasti – http://www.amandasevasti.com – Cape Town
    @comradesipho – thoughtleader.co.za/sipho
    @khayadlaga
    @fredhatman http://www.fredhatman.co.za
    @verashni – Managing editor M&G online
    @XolisaDyeshana
    @Anele
    .-= Nikki´s last blog ..Come on over =-.

  7. tot says:

    missing @capetown and @capetownmag

  8. Jeanette says:

    Nice list
    .-= Jeanette´s last blog ..A corporate shoot for Jacobson Attorneys =-.

  9. Gary says:

    Great list. Nice to see a friend from my school days on there 🙂

    I didn’t see @dailymaverick (www.thedailymaverick.co.za) (or am I blind). Its the only place I go for educated and critical analysis of the day’s top news stories.

    Often very funny too, like Zapiro with words.

  10. cecilia_vdm says:

    “Living in Pretoria”? Is dit al exciting ding wat jy oor my kon sê?

    Hehehe, ek spot net. Ek voel geëerd dat jy my op jou lysie gesit het. Eintlik is my tweets maar heel boring meeste van die tyd, maar baie dankie vir die mention.

    Terloops – ek het (uiteindelik!) ‘n blog oop gemaak. Dis nog ‘n work in progress, maar mense kan solank die rubbish wat ek kwyt raak hierso lees: http://ceciliavdm.wordpress.com

    Jou beskrywing “Living in Pretoria” gaan nie meer vir lank geldig wees nie – ek het gister kontrak geteken vir eiendom in Johannesburg. So miskien moet jy die beskrywing opdateer na “SKA South Africa engineer and general bitch”. Dit behoort die lesers se nuuskierigheid te prikkel!!

  11. Greg says:

    Very lekker list of SATweeters Henno. Baie dankie for putting it together.

    Can I ask if there was any science behind it, or simply your perception of those worthy of note to add to your list?
    .-= Greg´s last blog ..Blink Stefanus, what now? =-.

    • Henno Kruger Running Wolf says:

      Greg: No science. Just people that are interesting and quite active on Twitter regular. Suggestions welcome 🙂

  12. Thanks for the mention! We are honoured to be included.
    Keep it real.

  13. Rob Dickens says:

    Nice list. I follow most of them 🙂
    I’m @MrDickens

    Here’s some more suggestions:
    @Bonang – Radio & TV presenter, entrepreneur
    @donpackett – Comedian, media
    @BrendanJack – Comedian, media
    @JannieMom – media
    @FraserMcH – Garmin, cycling
    @Shapshak – media
    @ChrisRoperZa – media

    And many more 🙂

  14. matt says:

    Yayness!!! I follow at least half these ppl!!! 😀

  15. Hans Haupt says:

    Hi there!

    I have a blog (for several years now) & I am quite a prolific Twitter-er 🙂

    I also know quite a few people you have mentioned on ‘the list’.
    .-= Hans Haupt´s last blog ..102 Random Facts About Me =-.

  16. I also follow @SheBeeGee (Blogger & NerdMag owner in JHB) who is super awesome as well as @ExMi (Blogger in JHB – http://www.exmi.co.za), two fantastic blogger-type girls 😉
    .-= Justin McCall´s last blog ..justinmccall: Visagie – You are more racist than some politicians. That is all. =-.

  17. mspr1nt says:

    How were the “reputable” users determined, though? I can think of a few you are missing…

    • Henno Kruger Running Wolf says:

      mspr1nt: Just people that seem to be very interesting folks overall on Twitter for me. Feel free to suggest more by commenting on this post. I’m thinking that due to popularity of this post I will probably do a follow up later in the month or early in May 🙂

      • Stuart_Hobbs says:

        So in other words it’s actually just people you find interesting and are not the most noteworthy SA Tweeters?

        There just seem to be a few random members on the list who don’t actually have anything really noteworthy about them aside from active Twitter accounts. You left out quite a few big names as well.

        Case in point

        @Arne86 Blogger living in Cape Town None <- Great so I follow someone who is a blogger but you can't even point me to a blog?

        @Random Living in X None You have a couple of these. Why would I simply follow someone based on well nothing, how are they noteworthy.

        I know I sound harsh and pedantic, but if you are going to make claims about the social media/networking status of an indivudial at least take put some research into it, and assert how you're rating these people as being note worthy. As I said about this reads like a list of people that you follow that interest you, but may or may not actually be note worthy twitter users in anyway. 3 Hours to do a single blog post that is going to be RT till people are sick of it and you still admit to leaving people off, that sounds like laziness to me.

        Also, no real order makes the list hard to read.

        • Henno Kruger Running Wolf says:

          Stuart: Thanks for your comment. I made up this list completely out of people that I find interesting on Twitter and consider to be noteworthy. I know some bloggers do not have links on their profiles and I have updated some links on the list as I received feedback from persons on the list. One of them asked me to remove their URL. I will write a follow up post with a bit more explanation as to why I’ve included someone on the list.
          And you’re right, I should have at least posted the accounts in alphabetical order. This will also be corrected ASAP.

  18. mspr1nt says:

    Mmmmmkay…..well

    @justmoney
    @elanlohmann
    @RubyGold
    @phillipdewet
    @NicDawes
    @parny36
    @SheBeeGee
    @capetown
    @GraemeSmith49
    @ChrisRoperZA
    @KenBorland
    @KevinMcCallum
    @ncallegari

    Mostly news and sporty type folk…and if you feel so inclined, you can add c’est moi to the list…but wouldn’t advice it…my tweets will offend and lead to an unfollow in the first week…
    .-= mspr1nt´s last blog ..Another CuteXIer =-.

  19. cassey says:

    Interesting list, but you did miss a few great folks, they’re all really funny… @dorthoyblack, @liliradloff @SamWilson1, @Tertia @SheBeeGee @ ExMi
    .-= cassey´s last blog ..Catching up =-.

  20. caz says:

    Great list… looking forward to checking some of them out @thecaz

  21. Jack Harmon says:

    wow, lovely…

  22. Gary says:

    I have just remembered good old (not really) Arthur Goldstuck @art2gee (of World Wide Worx). I enjoy (and use) the Tweet Presentations he gives on Internet & technology trends in SA

    Quality stuff Arthur.

  23. JoBlogger says:

    @shebeegee – Jhb blogger and picknpay’s media chick
    @6000 – Cpt blogger – funniest guy on twitter
    @phillipdewet – from Daily Maverick

  24. Glugster says:

    Don’t forget about @angelsmind

    PS. I’m not at all biased in suggesting her. LOL (@glugster)

  25. Wogan says:

    Yup, there’s a couple more you can add:

    @mobimonkey – runs http://mobimonkey.co.za
    @andrevr, photography nut, runs
    @cow_grrrl – web designer, runs http://www.theforge.co.za/
    @robertbravery – blogger, runs http://integralwebsolutions.co.za
    @mcleodd – Duncan McLeod, guy behind @techcentral
    … and me (@woganmay), because I know things. And people. And things about people >.>

    ~ Wogan

  26. Onelargeprawn says:

    A few locals I follow:

    @RobVanVuuren – funny guy
    @jeanbarker – channel24 editor
    @FurryLuce – a copywriter (and also my wife)
    @10and5 – showcase of SA creatives
    @wezzo – a dev over at 20fourlabs
    .-= Onelargeprawn´s last blog ..Watch the Paint Dance! =-.

  27. Amiel says:

    @AMJZA – I’m in SA.

  28. Warren K says:

    Interesting list. Unfortunately, twitter can at times, become a bit like being at school again. Lists like this constitute the so-called playground cliques “Cool-kids”, “Brus” and “Honey’s”.
    The whole concept of lists on twitter is to group those of like mind (and tweeting content) together and give them a label.
    I was in the “Arty-Farty” group at school. And now as an adult am probably in the “Geeky-Arty-farty-sports-fan” group. And that’s just fine by me.

  29. Juan E says:

    dit was nogal a great idee van jou Henno congrats met die traffic

  30. Noelle says:

    Look, there are a lot of high profile tweeters missing from this list – locals with a high number of followers. But does that make them noteworthy? Sure they’re popular but are they contributing anything meaningful to the local Twittersphere or Blogosphere apart from RL soap opera? Some do; some don’t.

    Looking at the names on the list, I think Henno has gone for a mix of quality and people who write about things that interest him. Not that there’s anything wrong about that – it’s his list.
    .-= Noelle´s last blog ..Girlz ‘N’ Games webcomic #65: Gadget-slut guys! =-.

  31. Phillip Gibb says:

    Awesome man. Thank you very much. My name and my link here in this great blog is flippin cool 🙂
    .-= Phillip Gibb´s last blog ..Adobe Production Premium CS5 =-.

  32. Gina says:

    I am disappointment I am not including in the list.

    Please add me.

    • Henno Kruger Running Wolf says:

      Gina: Reply to this comment and include your link. I will be doing more lists like this in the future 🙂

  33. SirDyl says:

    Thanks a mil for the mention bro! Much appreciated!!
    .-= SirDyl´s last blog ..Ghost Recon – Future Soldier Concept Art =-.

  34. chandra says:

    well.. @cdake is mine.. frm johannesburg.

    cricket lover, IPL, business development

  35. Oh my God, so many people! Where’s my broom?

  36. Wenchy says:

    So sad I am not on the list… so sad LOL

    @Wenchy
    .-= Wenchy´s last blog ..The Power of One named Liam =-.

  37. Jules says:

    it would be great to create a sub list of corporate Twitter profiles for those of us using Twitter for business as well as personal use. Does anyone have any recommended SA corporate follows?
    .-= Jules´s last blog ..jubestweets: Top 50 Twitter profiles in South Africa http://twscore.net/high-scores-by-location/south-africa =-.

  38. AnnekeBoo says:

    Henno, I think this is still a very awesome list and idea. It is especially handy for new Tweeters: just to get an idea of how to find your way around Twitter within a SA context. 🙂

  39. Baas De Beer Baas de Beer says:

    So, wanneer kan ek die lys join? Hehehe 🙂

    Lekker lysie, maar die slegte ding is, hy’s reeds outdated… lol, things happen too fast on the interwebs

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