Briefly.co.za paid tribute to three international celebs who visited South Africa during 2019, who left an impact on the citizens of the country.
2019 was a busy year for Mzansi with several international stars making their way to SA shores. Overjoyed fans rallied together to give their favourite stars a warm Mzansi welcome.
Briefly.co.za compiled a list of international celebs who visited SA during the course of last year, which really made an impact on most South Africans.
1. Sam Smith’s concert tour
Fans nearly lost their minds when it was announced that singer, Sam Smith, would be visiting SA for the first time as part of his The Thrill Of It All World Tour. The singing sensation rocked his shows at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg on 13 and 14 April. However, Cape Town fans were disappointed as the icon had to cancel his shows due to health reasons.
2. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s visit
The Terminator star made his way to SA for the 4th Arnold Classic Africa Multisports Festival in Sandton in May. The festival was also part of the series of multi-country competitions that feature professional and amateur bodybuilding and combat sports.
Arnie’s visit made headlines across the globe when a random guy decided to drop-kick the actor while he was interacting with fans. A video of the attacker pouncing on Arnie went viral on social media, but the actor shrugged off the incident.
3. Prince Harry and Megan Markle's Royal visit
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and his beautiful wife, Meghan Markle, visited the country as part of the 10-day tour to southern Africa. The Royals kicked off their tour in SA by visiting Nyanga, the Cape Flats township which has been dubbed the ‘murder capital’.
Prince Harry addressed the crowd, saying: “This is a community where men and women have a role to play. Touching on what your president said last week, no man is born to cause violence to women. This is learned behaviour and a cycle that needs to be broken.”
He added that he was impressed that the community was tackling gender-based violence head-on.
Prince Harry and Meghan also introduced baby Archie to Archbishop Desmond Tutu and visited Graca Machel and President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Meanwhile, a week ago, Briefly.co.za reported that this year held numerous ups and downs for the royal family. With the year drawing to a close, we took a look back at 2019 and the events that kept the royal family busy.
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