Italian South Africans
Italian South Africans (Italian: Italo-sudafricani) are South Africans who have full or partial Italian ancestry. They are primarily descended from Italians who emigrated to South Africa during the late 19th century and early 20th century.
Language and religion
Most Italian South Africans, like other South Africans, are Christians. The majority of them are Roman Catholics although there is a Protestant minority.
All the remaining first-generation Italian South Africans speak Italian and also English or other South African languages as second language.
The Italian South Africans of the new generations are assimilated into South African society, and most of them speak mainly English as first language with a handful that speak Afrikaans and Zulu but still secondarily Italian (and sometimes French).
Notable Italian South Africans
- Oscar Pistorius, South African sprint runner and convicted murderer
- Carlo Del Fava, South African-born Italian former rugby union player
- Giulio Giuricich, South African footballer
- Alessio Angelucci, South African baseball player
- Davide Somma, South African footballer
- Dino Quattrocecere, South African figure skater
- Ramon di Clemente, South African rower and Olympic medalist
- Dylan Frittelli, South African golfer
- Rory Sabbatini, South African golfer
- Hugh Baiocchi, South African golfer
- Orazio Cremona, South African shot-putter
- Giulio Zorzi, South African swimmer
- Andrew Northcote, South African-born Italian cricketer (born to an Italian South African mother)
- Angelo Gigli, South African-born Italian basketball player
- Dario Chistolini, South African-born Italian rugby union player
- Damian Crowley, South African-born Italian cricketer (born to an Italian South African mother)
- Eddie Firmani, South African-born Italian former footballer
- Marcello Fiasconaro, South African-Italian former athlete and one-time men's 800 metres world record holder
- Jade Dernbach, South African-born English Cricketer (born to an Italian mother and South African father)
- Craig Bianchi, South African former footballer
- JJ Gagiano, South African-born American rugby union player
- Vince Pennazza, South African-born Italian cricketer
- Mike Bernardo, South African kickboxer and boxer
- Laurie Chiappini, Co-founder of Mr Price.
- Desmond Sacco, Chairman and Managing Director of Assore Limited, worth just over $1.4 billion.
- Antonio Cimato, Chairman of Efficient Engineering.
- Gianni Ravazzotti, Chairman and Founder of the Italtile and Chairman of Ceramic Industries Limited, net worth R2.9 Billion.
- Domenico Cioffi, Co-Founder of Mimmos Family Restaurants.
- Salvatore Osato, Co-founder of Antimo Foods, Europa and Fego Caffe.
- Franco Osato, Co-founder of Antimo Foods, Europa and Fego Caffe.
- Fabrizio Lencioni, Co-founder of Antimo Foods, Europa and Fego Caffe.
- Mark Lamberti, Executive Officer of Transaction Capital,Director Council of South Africa, Executive Officer of IMPERIAL.
- Francesco Zanasi, Co-Founder of Primi Piatti Pizza Franchise.
- Franco Pisapia, Managing Director of Larimar Group and PUTCO buses.
Radio & TV
- Amor Vittone, Afrikaans singer and TV presenter (Italian father).
- Sasha Martinengo, Radio DJ, former 5FM radio DJ.
- Sade Giliberti, Actress, Voice Over Artist, former YoTv presenter (Italian father).
- Debora Patta , broadcast journalist and television producer.
- Tullio Moneta , Actor.
- Vittorio Leonardi ,South African stand-up comedian and actor.
- Karin Giannone , South African-born BBC English television newsreader.
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