7 Crazy Guinness Records Held By South Africa That You Would Not Believe

The ‘Rainbow Nation’ holds a number of records in the Guinness Book of Records. Here are 7 crazy records that you would not believe which were broken by South Africans.



1. The Most People Eating Breakfast In Bed

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30 MARCH 2019: Comedian Tumi Morake and her children enjoy their breakfast during South Africa’s Guinness World Records attempt. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/Sunday Times

In March 2019, South Africans entered the Guinness Book of Records yet again after they seat the record for ‘the most people eating breakfast in bed.’

574 people participated in the event which was held at at the Sheds in the Johannesburg CBD. The previous record was held by the Chinese were 418 people ate breakfast in bed.


2. Most Number Of Lipstick Applications In Just 60 Minutes

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In March 2012, South African Bertha Le Roux-Wahl made the most lipstick applications in one hour as part of a charity campaign to raise funds for the Red Cross Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town. The event was sponsored by Finesse magazine and Revlon.

Le Roux-Wahl applied the lipstick 535 times in the hour.


3. Most People Performing Full-Body Burns

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In January 2018, South African set the record for the most people performing simultaneous full body burns. 32 people performed at the event organised by Kevin Bitters, Grant Powell and Vernon Willemse of Paradigm Shift Special Effects at the Grand Parade, Cape Town, South Africa, on 4 January 2018.

The record was achieved by 32 stunt professionals. All stuntmen wore fire-proof costumes and gel.

The previous record was held by 21 men in Cleveland, Ohio, in the United States.


4. Most Consecutive Back Handsprings With One Hand

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Talented South African gymnast Zama Mofokeng set the world record for the most consecutive back handsprings with one hand in March 2017.

Zama undertook the gruelling attempt in Thembisa in an attempt to encourage children to take part in gymnastics.

5. Most People Blowing Vuvuzelas Simultaneously

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Fans blow vuvuzelas at a World Cup match in Durban, South Africa/ Picture:Hussein Malla/AP

South Africa introduced the world to the Vuvuzela so it is not surprising in the least that the Rainbow Nation holds the record for the most Vuvuzelas being blown at the same time.

The record which has set 10 years ago was achieved by 12,511 spectators at the Vodacom Challenge soccer match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, on 23 July 2009.

According to Guinness, the event was organised as part of the Vodacom Challenge football tournament before a match between the Orlando Pirates and the Kaizer Chiefs at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

300 volunteers were used as marshalls to do the counting.


6. Most People Hand-Washing Clothes Simultaneously In A Single Location

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In May 2013, South Africa set a new record for most people hand-washing clothes simultaneously (single location).

1,009 people took part in an event which was organised by consumer products giant Procter & Gamble to launch the new Ariel detergent range in South Africa. The clothes used during the attempt were later donated to the Red Cross

The previous record was 496 people washing simultaneously in Mumbai, India, in 2011.


7. World’s Youngest Club DJ


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In September 2017, South Africa’s Oratilwe AJ Hlongwane – a.k.a. DJ Arch Jnr secured the record of being the world’s Youngest club DJ.

DJ Arch Jnr who had previously won South Africa’s Got Talent set the new record at a tender age of five years and 38 days by playing for over an hour on professional DJ decks at a Platinum Lounge Bar in Cosmo City, Johannesburg, South Africa, to an audience of 100 people.

The previous record was held by six-year-old Itsuki Morita from Japan in March 2017.