Celebrating some of South Africa’s favourite TikTok stars!
And the award goes to… Seven of the most noteworthy local online personalities, in various spheres of the TikTok Universe
Levi Gabriel Green
Popularly known as Foster Kid, Levi is hilarious without even trying. This 19-year-old is living it up on TikTok. With moves, plugs, reviews, stories and personality, his content will keep you hooked.
@foster_kid0 Whole time you can buy 10 things with that R1 🥺🤣🤣🤣#foster_kid0 ♬ Xigubu – Dj Ganyani
He’s got his sights set on becoming an actor, and while he’s chasing that dream, he’s garnered an audience of 655,7K followers. When the trolls and haters come for him, his comeback is effortlessly funny (and true): “You jealous.”
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The Popi Show
Ten countries, six months, one adventurous woman…. Strap in because Popi is going on a road trip to Ghana and beyond. She’s an emerging sensation who’s warming the hearts of South Africans with her authentic and immersive content.
Popi Sibiya takes us along as she ‘carpe diems’ all over Africa. And true to her handle, watching her travel content does feel like you’re watching a show that serves up African adventure in a way you’ve never seen before.
@popi_sibiya How to become a Travel Vlogger #roadtripfromsouthafricatoghana #fypシ #SAMA28 #southafricatiktok #greenscreen ♬ Aesthetic – Tollan Kim
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Crystal Greeff – Katsini
“The lady with a bendy face” is her bio and she’s not capping. Crystal is the undisputed champion of comical facial antics, specialising in hysterical expressions, show-stopping eyebrow choreography, eyepopping contortions and a nose that can wiggle.
@crystal.g.katsini Remaking my most viral video #itried #scoobydoopapa #fyp #fun #viral ♬ Scooby Doo Pa Pa – DJ Kass
Whether she’s hilariously impersonating your favourite Friends characters or delivering lip-sync performances that defy logic, Crystal is the reigning queen of memes (and a make-up pro). round up
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May the fun and joy of her dance moves locate you as they located Kelly Rowland when she visited South Africa. Bontle delights her 1.2 million followers with killer dance moves and charisma.
@bontle_ba_afrikaBirthday vibes with le Ntja’ka 🏾
Her ability to swiftly move between different disciplines has allowed her to work with some of the largest brands in the world while also keeping her audience entertained!
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Justin De Nobrega
“That white boy that dances” is a boy a er our own hearts! Justin has wowed many TikTok users with his mesmerising moves and charisma. Many remember him from the lockdown days when he created the #whenpeoplezol dance challenge to Max Hurrell’s satirical song.
@justindenobregaa Its time to shine boys! 💚🏉 #dance #fyp #amapiano #rugby #rugbysa #rugbyworldcup ♬ original sound – Amapiano_Lyfstyle
Justin’s journey on TikTok has really made waves, his fun and engaging videos have catapulted him to fame, and that fame has led to something exciting: a gig on the TV show Dance Yo Dumo on SABC1.
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‘Babes WamaLeyvels’ is social media’s ‘It Girl’ – a character spawned from the creative mind of Thulasizwe Siphiwe Dambuza (aka Lasizwe), who became famous by making funny YouTube videos that humorously jab at African behaviours and quirks. He’s also had his own MTV show.
@lasizweI found my people, people that dance like me
Over on TikTok, he’s become a star with his dance videos filmed in various interesting places, and his loyal fans keep coming back for more. A man of many talents, in September he was crowned the winner of season 2 of the TV reality show The Perfect Picture, showcasing photography skills.
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Wian Van Der Berg
Abracadabra! Meet South Africa’s favourite magician. Yes, this 27-year-old is making us believe in magic all over again. He seamlessly blends walk-around, close-up enchantments with stage performances that leave you in stitches.
@wian Wizardry 🤣🧙♀️ #magic @lesiba__magic #tiktoksa ♬ original sound – Wian
His spellbinding acts have racked up millions of views and his magical charisma has also cast its spell on renowned brands like Krispy Kreme and Ster-Kinekor, where he’s conjured up not just tricks but tremendous exposure as well.
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Text: Nozuko Tshangela
Photos: Gallo/Getty Images, supplied