South African sprint sensation Wayde van Niekerk is the 2016 South African of the Year.
The award was decided by the South African public via a Twitter poll that ran for one week.
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The poll was met with a huge response, with more than 40 000 voters taking part. Van Niekerk was up against the likes of music producer Black Coffee, 2016 Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya and opera star Pretty Yende.
“The South African of the Year is someone who, with a phenomenal achievement, made you proud to be South African,” said Jan Scannell of the National Braai Day initiative and the South African of the Year awards.