Survivor SA Alumnus: Jimmy Tau’s Unexpected Journey Beyond Football

Jimmy Tau has left an indelible mark on the world of South African football.

His association with both Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates has cemented his status as a legendary player in the Premier Soccer League (PSL).

A PSL Icon

Jimmy Tau’s name is synonymous with Amakhosi and the Bucs, making him a true PSL legend.

His dual representation for these two prominent clubs is a testament to his exceptional skills and dedication.

Tau’s contributions have resonated with fans of both teams, earning him a place among the elite players of the league.

Retirement and New Beginnings

In a surprising turn of events, Tau announced his retirement from professional football on July 23, 2023.

However, this marked not the end but a new chapter in his life.

Since retiring, Tau has embarked on various ventures, showcasing his versatility and commitment beyond the field.

Entrepreneurial Pursuits

Before bidding farewell to his playing days in December 2012, Tau had already begun laying the foundation for his post-football career.

He assumed the role of director at Bataung Memorial tombstones, a tombstone manufacturing company based in Katlehong.

This step displayed his dedication to a more permanent role, investing time and effort into the company.

Surviving and Thriving

Tau’s post-retirement journey took an unexpected turn when he appeared on Survivor SA.

Alongside other notable sports icons like Mark Fish and Corne Krige, he ventured to an island off Malaysia in the South China Sea for filming.

Beyond reality TV, he chronicled his life story in an autobiography aptly titled “Jimmy Tau: My Life Story.”

A Glittering Career

Tau’s illustrious career as a footballer is marked by remarkable achievements.

He joined Kaizer Chiefs in 2005, eventually captaining the team and representing South Africa on the international stage.

Over the course of his 8-year tenure with Amakhosi, he secured accolades such as two Nedbank Cup trophies, two MTN8 cups, three Telkom Knockout winners’ medals, and the 2012/2013 Absa Premiership trophy.

Legacy with Bafana Bafana

Tau’s influence extended to the national team, Bafana Bafana.

His journey with the team began in 2003, and he played a pivotal role until his last national game in 2007.

His dedication to both club and country solidified his place as a respected figure in South African football.


Jimmy Tau’s transition from a revered footballer to a multifaceted entrepreneur and media personality showcases his determination to excel beyond the boundaries of the pitch.

His legacy lives on in the hearts of fans and the impact he continues to make in various arenas.

As we reflect on his storied career, we look forward to witnessing the next chapters of his journey.

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