These were the 10 most popular South African celebrities on Twitter in early July, according to Socialbakers.com, a website that monitors Twitter accounts around the world. It reports on who is most popular each week and who is falling off the radar. The winning category in South Africa? Here’s a hint: crickets.
With 662,871 followers, the professional cricketeer is No. 10 on our list. His latest tweet (posted here) has been retweeted 83 times so far and favorited 88:
Well done proteas.terrific start to the season #ProteaFIRE
— Graeme Smith (@GraemeSmith49) July 6, 2014
She sings, acts, models and even designs. The multi-talented artist also has 675,927 followers and follows 1,045 people, more than anyone else on our Top 10 list.
He only follows 104 people, but the radio DJ has 678,542 people interested in what he’s tweeting about. He likes to retweet:
“Chicks Dig It” is on right now! Let’s hear what our crazy girls @OneSadie and Zizo, were up to this weekend!
— CliffCentral.Com (@CliffCentralCom) July 7, 2014
The South African Victoria’s Secret model (now based in New York City) has nearly 800,000 followers, and follows 310 people back. She’s sent out only 2,100 or so tweets since joining the social network in April 2011. Here’s a recent post:
— Candice Swanepoel (@angelcandice) July 5, 2014
He hasn’t sent out a personal tweet in years, and the world mourned his death in December, but South Africa’s most beloved hero is still No. 6 on our list with a global following of just under 1 million. His foundation is maintaining his account these days, sending out tweets like this:
— NelsonMandela (@NelsonMandela) July 7, 2014
With 1, 284,964 followers, the professional cricket player (who states his South African heritage with pride in his statement) gained 12,997 new fans in one week. He tweets about cricket a lot, but he also includes funny posts like this one:
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) July 4, 2014
No. 4 on the list, comedian Trevor Noah follows only 47 people, less than any of our other Top 10 contenders. But he has 1,356,830 people interested in what he tweets, and gained more than 8,300 followers in one week alone.
Troye Sivan had a good week on Twitter, gaining 30,015 followers and earning him the No. 3 most followed South African celebrity spot on the social network with 1,491,036 followers. Proof of his social media clout? This selfie by the South African born (but Australian raised) pop star got retweeted more than 2,100 times in eight hours:
My hotel in LA had this weird round light so obvi I took a selfie in it idk pic.twitter.com/ubZ94j10fF
— Troye Sivan (@troyesivan) July 7, 2014
Youtube star Caspar Lee gained 39,600 followers last week, which was the fastest growth of any South African celeb on Twitter, according to Socialbakers.com. He currently is in No. 2 with a cool 1,552,661 followers. Here’s a recent tweet from the 20-year-old youtube star — he created his channel at the age of 16 and has collaborated with other popular Youtubers to increase his clout:
— Caspar Lee (@Caspar_Lee) July 7, 2014
Occupying the No. 1 spot on the list is Kevin Pietersen. Tweeting under the handle @KP24, the South African born English cricketeer has 1,856,778 followers, which is 15,349 more than he had last week! He also has an adorable dog, featured in this tweet:
On the school run with my little girl… pic.twitter.com/vgbi5xBfYo
— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) July 7, 2014