20 South Africans Every Entrepreneur Should Follow on Twitter

Between meetings and signing the next million dollar deal, there’s no better place for an entrepreneur to stay relevant and connected than on Twitter. Leaders, entrepreneurs, radio personalities and a kid (think Justin Bieber but younger) are some of the people who I reckon are worth following on Twitter. Proudly South African and guaranteed to make a mark on your timeline:

1. Michael Jordaan – @michaeljordaan

Praised as the Steve Jobs of banking, Michael is the CEO of First National Bank.

2. Mike Sharman – @mikesharman

The hottest thing in digital communication. He is the owner of Retroviral Digital Communications.

3. Vusi Thembekwayo – @VusiSpeaker

Businessman, public speaker and entrepreneur.

4. Elon Musk – @elonmusk

Best known for founding SpaceX and for co-founding Tesla Motors and PayPal. If you need inspiration as a South African entrepreneur, then look no further, this guy is changing the world – literally.

5. Mike Stopforth – @mikestopforth

CEO of Cerebra, social media speaker and business lecturer.

6. Gareth Cliff – @GarethCliff

Opinionated 5FM radio presenter.

7. Michael Eilertsen – @MikeEilertsen

A dynamic and young entrepreneur. CEO of the LIVEOUTLOUD Group.

8. Geoffrey Gordon – @geoffreygordon

Web entrepreneur, technical geek and artist who tweets about social media.

9. Rebecca Enonchong – @africatechie

Rebecca tweets and blogs about technology, start-ups and current affairs in Africa.

10. Grant Nash – @grantnash

Ex radio personality and now entrepreneur. Grant is launching a new project in June. Follow him and stay updated.

11. Rob Stokes – @robstokes

Internet entrepreneur, founder and CEO of Quirk and former Chairman of the Silicon Cape.

12. Erik Kruger – @erickruger

Internet entrepreneur and blogger. Always amazed by the great content he finds and shares.

13. Vinny Lingham – @VinnyLingham

Internet entrepreneur, founder and CEO of Yola Inc. and co-founder of SilconCape.com

14. Adii Pienaar – @adii

Entrepreneur, cofounder of WooThemes, new father and blogger. Speaks and blogs about entrepreneurship, startups and technology.

15. Matthew Buckland – @matthewbuckland

Tech entrepreneur and CEO and founder of Creative Spark, a web consultancy, and technology analysis site Memeburn.

16. Albe Geldenhuys – @AlbeGeldenhuys

USN founder & CEO. I’m always inspired by his tweets.

17. Helen Zille – @helenzille

Leader of South Africa’s opposition party, the Democratic Alliance and current Premier of the Western Cape.

18. Aki Anastasiou – @AkiAnastasiou

Radio Presenter and tech junky.

19. Nico Baird – @nicobaird

Web entrepreneur, researcher, educator and blogger.

20. Caspar Lee – @caspar_lee

Ok, here’s the kid I was telling you about. 19 years old and from Knysna, this youngster is a vlogger with an international following. 500k followers on Twitter and millions of views on YouTube. As an entrepreneur, I don’t see you retweeting any of his tweets but follow this sassy, delinquent teenager and learn how to dominate social media.

Anyone you would have added? Let me know in the comment section below.

If you liked this article, please share it below. Let’s connect and chat about entrepreneurship: follow me on Twitter or add me on Facebook.

Ps. I invested in a new business in February. In March we launched, last month we broke even and we are projecting a profit for this month. I’m thinking of doing a blog series on how we did this and how you can too – the A – Z of starting a business in South Africa. Let me know if you would be interested.


  • May 16, 2013 at 7:47 pm — Reply

    Nice variety in the list. Would be keen to read on your story. We operate a VC that works with high growth/high risk businesses that operate in marginalised communities so hearing your story and strategy would be lekker.

    • Marnus (Author)
      May 19, 2013 at 8:51 pm — Reply

      Thanks for the comment Vusi! Will definitely be posting more about it.

  • Michael Thompson
    May 16, 2013 at 8:11 pm — Reply

    Greetings Marnus

    Interesting read indeed. Would appreciate hearing how you have progressed to where you are currently in your entrepreneurial pursuits.


    Michael P.T. Thompson

    • Marnus (Author)
      May 19, 2013 at 8:51 pm — Reply

      Thank you so much for the comment.

  • ndumiso
    May 17, 2013 at 1:08 am — Reply

    Truely inspired !!!!

    • Marnus (Author)
      May 19, 2013 at 8:52 pm — Reply

      Mission completed then! Thank you!

  • Mpho Moloi
    May 19, 2013 at 2:22 pm — Reply

    Great article. I’m keen to see the tweets of the kid. I am a social entreprenuer myself based in Tembisa. I’m currently in a process of establishing my NGO named as Community Initiatives by the Youth of South Africa (CIYSA) targeting youth. The first project I’m planning to introduce is a Community Information Technology Resource Centre, a fantastic idea which will empower the youth through the use IT and mentoring, through the project the youth will learn basic computing skills, have access to information and internet.

    As a start-up, I’m looking for possible donors, individuals and institutions that can hep me establish the organisation and the project. Anyone who may wish to learn about my initiative, feel free to get hold of me via email on ciysa1@gmail.com.

    Again nice article, will follow all the people mentioned.

    Mpho Moloi,

    • Marnus (Author)
      May 19, 2013 at 8:54 pm — Reply

      Sounds like a great initiative, Mpho. The future of our country is in the hands of our youth and training is vital. If you have more details or a website link, please share it with me and I will share it with my readers and network.

  • Mahlatse Mashishi
    May 19, 2013 at 11:08 pm — Reply

    how about adding sbu? He done so much for SA

    • Marnus (Author)
      May 20, 2013 at 8:23 am — Reply

      Agree 100%. Follow him – @DJSbu!

  • May 20, 2013 at 1:01 pm — Reply


    I’m an entrepreneur with The Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship. Some influential, young, upcoming entrepreneurs to follow:


    We’re all social entrepreneurs, committed to making a meaningful impact to South Africa, the continent and its economy.

    I’l definitely be interested in hearing more about your story – doing business in South Africa.


  • October 4, 2013 at 11:51 am — Reply

    I am dissapointed that https://twitter.com/DJSbu is not on your list ..

  • July 18, 2015 at 2:26 pm — Reply

    Is Mark Shuttleworth on Twitter?
    How can you miss his name in the list?

  • Bobby
    December 30, 2016 at 4:26 pm — Reply


  • May 22, 2017 at 2:25 pm — Reply

    Interesting article. I especially enjoyed the feature done on you this year in entrepreneur mag. True inspiration to get my venture off the ground.

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