Famous People from Pietermaritzburg
Kork Ballington, World 250cc and 350cc Motorcycle Champion
Melissa Carlton, Paralympic swimmer who represented Australia
Amod Cassimjee, One of the earliest known Indian settlers who arrived in South Africa as a businessman rather than as part of the slave trade. (b. 1871)
Brendon Dedekind, swimmer (b. 14 February 1976)
Jon Ekerold, World 350cc Motorcycle Champion
Brett Evans, (b. 8 March 1982) South African Football (soccer) player attended Merchiston Preparatory School and Maritzburg College and played for Maritzburg City as an amateur
Adrian Furnham (b. 1953), British-based organisational and applied psychologist and academic
Jonathan Handley, singer-songwriter (b. 5 June 1954), originally from Springs, founder of The Radio Rats who in 1979 had a hit single "ZX Dan" on Radio 5 (now 5FM).
Bessie Head, writer, was born in Pietermaritzburg in 1937.
Butch James, Springbok and Natal Sharks rugby player attended Maritzburg College from 1994 to 2000. He played for Colleges' 3rd team and was the starting flyhalf for the Springboks.
Stratford Johns, (b. 22 September 1925 – d. 29 January 2002) popular British stage, film and television actor. Left for Britain in 1948.
Charlie Llewellyn, cricketer (b. 29 September 1876), first non-White Test cricketer for South Africa.
Clinton Marius, writer, performer (b. 20 August 1966)
Cuan McCarthy, fast-bowling Springbok cricketer 1929–2000
Phyllis McCarthy, noted authority and breeder of Rhodesian Ridgebacks
Cathcart William Methven (1849–1925), painter, engineer and architect
Greg Minnaar, three time Downhill World Cup champion (2001, 2005, 2008). He was also crowned Downhill World Champion in 2003. He attended Carter High School.
Bryce Moon, (b. 6 April 1986) South African Football (soccer) player was born in Pietermaritzburg and played for Pirates (PMB) in his youth
Shaun Morgan, lead singer of Seether, is a former resident of Pietermaritzburg and attended both Merchiston Preparatory School and Maritzburg College while he lived there.
Alan Paton, author of Cry the Beloved Country, was born in Pietermaritzburg.
Kevin Pietersen, cricketer (b. 27 June 1980).
Jonty Rhodes, national cricketer (b. 27 July 1969)
Tom Sharpe, novelist, who described the city as "half the size of a New York cemetery and twice as dead". He was deported to England following his book Riotous Assembley based on Pietermaritzburg.
Guy Pier, Value Investor (b. Feb., 4th 1966 in Grays hospital)
Dale Stewart, bassist of Seether, is also a former resident of Pietermaritzburg.
Kevin Volans, composer (b. 6 July 1949)
Tim Groenewald, Derbyshire and Warwickshire Cricketer (b. 10 January 1984)