Ten awesome South African twitter accounts to follow

18 August 2014 - 18:05 By Bernice Maune
Puppet Chester Missing says his ventriloquist Conrad Koch had a life of privilege as a teen, which meant he had time to talk to puppets
Puppet Chester Missing says his ventriloquist Conrad Koch had a life of privilege as a teen, which meant he had time to talk to puppets

South Africans have flocked to Twitter, yet you cannot follow everyone - so we have come up with ten worth following.

Their timelines are not only filled with funny recounts of personal experiences but they are also a hub of information as these Tweeps make it their priority to engage in the latest news and spark conversations whilst influencing trends on one of the fastest growing social network in the world.

So you if have just joined Twitter or are looking to refresh your tired looking timeline with some robust tweets, look no further as we bring a list of the top ten people to follow on Twitter.


Dr Chester Missing

Followers: 131 000

“Madiba got over 120 honorary doctorates. He should have sent one to Cde Pallo.”

“If white SA’s really want to ‘think out of the box’ they really need to start with the history of how they ended up with the nicest boxes.”

These are some of the tweets that you can expect to find on ventriloquist puppet; Dr Chester Missing’s laugh a minute Twitter feed.

Peppered with jabs at politicians, musings on the current state of democracy and silly one liners Missing will keep you entertained.

While his humour can sometimes hit a tad below the belt, it is his uncanny way of telling it like it is that keeps his followers captivated.


Azania Mosaka

Followers: 182 000

Engaging, informative and relevant are three words to describe Mosaka on Twitter.

The Power FM lunch host has mastered the art of staying abreast of current affairs without coming across as mundane.

She’ll keep you informed with minute updates on what’s making headlines locally and internationally.

Khaya Dlanga

Followers: 154 000

Outspoken is definitely one way to describe Dlanga. The columnist and author has an opinion on everything.

His musings are interesting, especially when a topical matter arises. Dlanga also actively engages with the Twitter sphere and is known for getting trending topics started.

Michael Hammond

Thuli Madonsela

Followers: 65 200

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.

David Makhura

Followers: 12 300

Who knew the Gauteng Premier was social media savvy?

Makhura’s timeline is strictly business as he informs followers of issues relating to the local government. He regularly updates on events that his administration is taking on and where and how you can join in.


Helen Zille

Followers: 462 000

One of the only verified politicians – the other is president Jacob Zuma, Zille is one tweep who has made herself readily available online.

The DA leader regularly gives advice to members of the public who are disgruntled or in need of information pertaining to service delivery. She is also on the ball when it comes to responding to queries, insults and compliments alike.


Eusebius McKaiser

Followers: 69 500

The Power FM radio presenter and author seldom steers clear of attention grabbing topics. Outspoken and bold, McKaiser is always up for debate.

He often lets topics discussed on his radio show spill over onto his timeline making for an interesting Twitter feed.


Carol Tshabalala

Followers: 87 000

For all things sport related, Tshabalala is your tweep. The sports commentator and presenter will keep you up to date with the latest happenings in the sports fraternity.

Her timeline is relevant, riveting and a great way to polish up your general knowledge of all things sport.

Gus Silber

Followers: 38 000

A self proclaimed word guru, Silber is a social media extraordinaire who has his ear on the ground. He provides great tips on how to become social media savvy in today’s digital era and regularly engages with followers on pertinent topics.


Tumi Morake

Followers: 28 800

If you are in need of some good natured humour, Morake’s timeline will leave you feeling more than satisfied.

The comedian and TV producer combines her witty punchlines with tales of raising her four member household.

She also manages to squeeze in the occasional dose of inspiration in the form of advice and motivational quotes.