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Italian South African

Italian South Africans
Total population
Italian South Africans
20,000 - 75,000
Regions with significant populations
Johannesburg, Umkomaas, Cape Town other main city centres.
Prominently Roman Catholicism
Related ethnic groups

Italian American, Italian Canadian, Italian British, Italian Australian, Mediterraneans

Greek South Africans, Portuguese South African

The Italian South African (Italian: Italo-sudafricani) ethnic group comprises South Africans who have full or partial ancestry from Italy, especially those who identify with that ancestry, along with their cultural characteristics.The Italo-South Africans are the Italians who emigrated to South Africa in the last few centuries, and their descendants.


  • Language and Religion 1
  • Notable Italian South Africans 2
    • Sport 2.1
    • Business 2.2
    • Radio & TV 2.3
    • Politics 2.4
    • Other 2.5
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

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, while speaking 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



  • Laurie Chiappini, Co-founder of Mr Price.[1]
  • Desmond Sacco, Chairman and Managing Director of Assore Limited, worth just over $1.4 billion.
  • Gianni Ravazzotti, Chairman and Founder of the Italtile and Chairman of Ceramic Industries Limited, net worth R2.9 Billion.[2][3][4]
  • Domenico Cioffi, Co-Founder of Mimmos Family Restaurants.[5]
  • Mark Lamberti, Executive Officer of Transaction Capital,Director Council of South Africa, Executive Officer of IMPERIAL.[6][7][8]
  • Francesco Zanasi, Co-Founder of Primi Piatti Pizza Franchise.[9]
  • Franco Pisapia, Managing Director of Larimar Group and PUTCO buses.[10]

Radio & TV

  • Amor Vittone, Afrikaans singer and Tv presenter (Italian father).[11]
  • Sasha Martinengo, Radio DJ, former 5FM radio DJ.[12]
  • Sade Giliberti, Actress, Voice Over Artist, former YoTv presenter (Italian father).[13][14]
  • 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.



  • Don Mattera, Anti-apartheid activists, poet and author.
  • Edoardo Villa, South African sculptor.
  • Vittorio Meneghelli, Founder Totem Meneghelli , Art Collector.[15][16]
  • David Ferraris, Racehorse trainer.

See also


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External links

  • South African Chamber of Commerce
  • Italian embassy in Pretoria
  • Italian consulate in Cape Town
  • South African Ministry of Foreign Affairs about relations with Italy
  • South African embassy in Rome
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