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Useful Twitter Accounts South Africans Must Follow

Liezl Hesketh in Tips 

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Since its launch in July 2006, Twitter has become one of the top social media networks in the world. It is the place to stay up to date with what is hot and happening by following people you want to hear from and keeping up to date with news happening around you. Here are some of the handles we love.

To open your mind and learn new things, follow:


Handle: @TEDTalks

Why you should follow them: TED Talks discusses ideas that are worth spreading around the world for our knowledge.

Handle: @mental_floss

Why you should follow them: Mental Floss is like “flossing your brain,” giving you random information and facts you most likely weren’t aware of before you started following them.

Handle: @liezlhesketh

Why you should follow her: for a mixture of inspiration, bucket list ideas and some occasional ranting

For the latest in South African fashion and beauty, follow:


Name: Bonang B* Matheba | Handle: @bonang_m

Why you should follow her: Bonang is the Queen of Twitter! She recently passed 1 million Twitter followers and as her bio says she’s in “TV, radio, print, web and retail.” she is also the face of Revlon South Africa and has her own lingerie line.

Name: Charlotte Tilbury | Handle: @CTilburyMakeup

Why you should follow her: Internationally renowned make-up artist has her own line of products, but she has also worked with some of the most well-known fashion photographers in the industry. Her Twitter account is nothing short of incredible: behind-the-scenes beauty sneak peeks, gorgeous product shots and more – a must-follow for any beauty fanatic.

Name: Into The Gloss | Handle: @intothegloss

Why you should follow them: Emily Weiss is the owner of this amazing beauty blog ( that focuses on bringing the latest news from inside the fashion industry.

Name: Cosmopolitan SA | Handle: @CosmopolitanSA

Why you should follow them: Cosmopolitan South Africa is the quintessential go-to for fun, fearless females, reaching an audience of more than 1 million women a month. This mag delivers the latest news on men and love, sex, fashion and beauty, women’s health and self-improvement, and entertainment.

Celebrities to follow on Twitter

Name: Trevor Noah
Handle: @Trevornoah
Why you should follow him: Trevor Noah is one of South Africa’s star comedians and is turning into an all-round entertainer after landing the coveted position as host of The Daily Show.

Name: Dineo Ranaka
Handle: @ DineoRanaka
Why you should follow her: Dineo Ranaka is a well-known radio and television presenter. Not afraid of the media spotlight, the presenter also has her own reality show, Dineo’s Diary on Vuzu tv.

Name: DJ Zinhle
Handle: @DJZinhle
Why you should follow her: DJ Zinhle is proving women can have it all! She is a DJ and producer and recently launched a “Deejaying academy for girls” that provides a helpful platform of opportunities in the industry. She is also a successful entrepreneur.

Name: Gareth Cliff
Handle: @GarethCliff
Why you should follow him: Gareth Cliff is a well-known public figure in South Africa. As the host of his own radio show, CliffCentral, you can expect him to be outspoken, honest and somewhat controversial.

Name: Minnie Dlamini
Handle: @MinnieDlamini
Why you should follow her: Self-proclaimed “South Africa’s Diamond,” Minnie is a well-known actress and sports presenter and all-round beauty with a killer smile.

Name: DJ Fresh (Big Dawg)
Handle: @DJFreshSA
Why you should follow him: One of South Africa’s most popular DJ’s with the most infectious laughs, DJ Fresh often interacts with his fans on Twitter and keeps us up to date with current affairs…

Name: Charlize Theron
Handle: @CharlizeAfrica
Why you should follow her: Small time Benoni girl turned Hollywood golden girl and Best Actress Oscar winner.

The best in South African news and politics

Name: Eusebius McKaiser
Handle: @Eusebius
Why you should follow him: Author of three books: A Bantu In My Bathroom | Could I Vote DA? | Run, Racist, Run | & World Master’s Debate Champ | Debate Coach | MC | Political Analyst
This guy knows his stuff. Everything he tweets has been well thought out and it’s a great feed to follow if you like to think about politics. As Socrates said, the un-examined life is not worth living.

Name: Rebecca Davis
Handle: @Becsplanb
Why you should follow her: Author, journalist and political commentator. Rebecca covers important parliament events and always has a great take on politics. Her twitter bio describes her as a 30-something writer, dreamer, lover, lemur, thinker, talker, reader, stalker. She also writes for The Daily Maverick and Sunday Times.

Name: Adv Thuli Madonsela
Handle: @ThuliMadonsela3
Why you should follow her: The public protector’s Twitter feed is peppered with motivational quotes and retweets from major news networks. She also keeps her followers up to date on what her office is engaged in and what she gets up to on a personal basis. Though Madonsela seldom participates in online debates, she will tweet or retweet the viewpoints of others on certain issues. Follow her to explore the likeable and humane side of SA’s public protector.

Name: Sentletse Diakanyo
Handle: @Sentletse
Why you should follow him: Highly opinionated, Sentletse has been called a “Twitter champ” by Mail and Guardian. His thought-provoking, unwavering tweets are unapologetic and straight to the point, delivered in a witty way.

The best student-related Twitter handles

Name: Student Village
Handle: @CampusMarketing
Why you should follow them: Student Village is South Africa’s student marketing and graduate recruitment specialist. We help brands to market their offerings to SA’s youth.

Name: Enactus South Africa
Handle: @enactusZA
Why you should follow them: NPC. Community of student, academic & business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives& shape a more sustainable world

Name: Jewish Students SA
Handle: @SAUJS
Why you should follow them: South African Union of Jewish Students (SAUJS). The only Jewish Student representative group in South Africa.

Name: Online Student World
Handle: @DiggsSA
Why you should follow them: They provide an online ‘zone’ where South African students will be supported in their lifestyle needs and dreams.

Name: Faith Mangope
Handle: @FaithMangope
Why you should follow them: If you need inspiration, follow this account. Faith Mangope is a budding young business mind. At just 25 years old, she’s a columnist and a founder of PR and events company, FTA Media. She was also chosen to represent South Africa as an African Leader at the Mandela Washington Fellowship, and offered to be part of the Africa.Co, powered by the US Department of State & Global Entrepreneurship Week, which connects entrepreneurs with opportunities and resources.

Best for property and accommodation

Name: TheRoomLink
Handle: @TheRoomLink
Why you should follow them: SA’s 1st property matching site: we connect renters & rooms & provide flexible accommodation solutions for students, professionals, owners & agents.

Name: PropertyJunction
Handle: @Prop_Junction
Why you should follow them: PropertyJunction, a Times Media Company, is the new kid on the block when looking for a property or selling one – effortlessly.

Name: Lisa Links
Handle: @Linkwithlisa
Why you should follow her: She keeps her ear to the ground and shares student accommodation specific content and available properties.

Name: PropertyWheel
Handle: @PropertyWheel
Why you should follow them: Property News, Events, Who’s Who. Property Portal. Hub of SA Real Estate activity.

Sports personalities

Name: JP Duminy
Handle: @jpduminy21
Why you should follow him: Christian, Husband, Father, Cricketer- and founder of @JP21Project

Name: SuperSport
Handle: @SuperSportTV
Why you should follow them: Join the World of Champions for all the latest sports news & updates

Name: Bloemfontein Celtic
Handle: @Bloem_Celtic
Why you should follow them: OFFICIAL Twitter page of PSL team Bloemfontein Celtic Football Club. FB: Official Bloemfontein Celtic Supporters Club.

Name: South African Rugby
Handle: @bokrugby
Why you should follow them: The Official Twitter page of the Springboks and all things South African Rugby. Also check out @blitzboks @juniorboks @womenboks and @bokmuseum.

Name: Banyana_Banyana
Handle: @Banyana_Banyana
Why you should follow them: Official account for the South African senior women’s football team

Name: Pierre Spies
Handle: @Pierrespies8
Why you should follow him: Pro rugby player for the Bulls/Springboks @PUMARugby | @BMW_SA | @BTHFoundation | Your FAITH will move your mountains.

Name: Pierre Schoeman
Handle: @PierraSCHOEMIES
Why you should follow him: Most positive and inspirational Blue Bulls rugby player. He’s young, dynamic and charming.