Trevor Noah is 2015 South African of the Year 

Comedian Trevor Noah is the first recipient of the South African of the Year accolade. The award was devised by Jan Braai (Jan Scannell), the man behind the National Braai Day initiative. “The South African of the Year is someone who with a single phenomenal achievement made you extremely proud of being South African.” Noah’s phenomenal achievement is obviously being appointed as the host of Comedy Central’s  The Daily Show.

The South African of the Year was chosen by public vote on Twitter, where voting ran until midnight on 23 September. AB de Villiers, Wayde van Niekerk and Team MTN-Qhubeka were also in the running for the parts they played in building national pride this year. “These sensational achievements embody the spirit of the greatest nation on earth,” says Braai.


The South African of the Year is a registered trademark, but in tune with the National Braai Day initiative is run as a non-profit project with the sole purpose of enhancing the National Heritage Day public holiday as South Africa’s national day of celebration.

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah will air Tuesdays to Fridays on Comedy Central at 21:00 CAT from Tuesday 29 September, just 24 hours after the live US premiere. Comedy Central will be running, full catch-up episodes of The Daily Show online from 30 September.