Gert van Tonder profile

Gert van Tonder started as a singer and songwriter. He has written and released many songs.

Gert van Tonder is an Afrikaans actor, singer, and songwriter born on 29 June 1941. Some of his best-known roles were in Z.E.B.R.A. (1971), Die Rebel (1976), and Jy is My Liefling (1968). He has been in showbiz for over fifty-three years with many roles in several productions.

Aside from acting, he has entertained South Africans with many songs. Some of his works are Boerneef op sy beste with Kristie Herbst and When I Sing For Him with Min Shaw. Although he started his entertainment journey as a singer, many know him for acting.

Gert van Tonder
Gert van Tonder biography
Gert van Tonder is a singer, composer, songwriter, actor, naturopath and broadcaster.
Full name:Gert van Tonder
Born:29 June 1941 (age 82 years old)
Place of birth:Bergplaas near George
Nationality:South African
Education:Psychology and metaphysics
Occupation:Singer, songwriter, broadcaster, composer, actor, naturopath
Years active:1970-date
Group/Band/Affiliation:Groep 2
Known for:Z.E.B.R.A. (1971), Die Rebel (1976)

Early Life

Gert van Tonder was born in Bergplaas near George on 29 June 1941. He grew up studying in schools and earned some degrees and qualifications.


The talented actor completed a master’s degree in psychology and metaphysics.


The veteran actor has made appearances in many television and movie productions. He has many music credits and was part of an Afrikaans musical duo with Sias Reinecke titled Groep 2. They entertained and performed together for fifteen years.

Adding to the tally, Tonder is a songwriter who has written many songs. Among his songwriting credits include Sproeitjies and Karnaval in Bloemfontein. Eventually, he left as a member of Groep 2 to pursue a solo career as a singer.

Television gigs started coming in, and he landed many roles in several productions. He performed in stage plays and appeared in many radio dramas. He co-presented the kid’s television program titled Wielie Walie for twelve years.

The actor landed many movie gigs. He appeared in My Liefling in 1968, Z.E.B.R.A in 1971, and Sien Jou More in 1970. Van Tonder’s other credits include the 1973 production Die Wit Sluier and Sonja (1978).

Van Tonder has taken part in many stage plays. He appeared in in Putsonderwater (1980) and Daa’ Gaat Die Bruid! (2016).


  • Herleef Groep Twee
  • Boerneef op sy beste
  • Ek Het U Nodig LP
  • What A Friend LP
  • Slaaptydstories LP
  • Willie Wakkermaak in Feëtjieland LP
  • When I Sing For him
  • 2017: Musiek uit die hart
  • Op die voetspore van Jesus
  • Bybelverhale en Liedjies
  • Rakker die vriendelike ruimte Seuntjie vol 1&2


  • Sonja (1978) as luitenant
  • Die Rebel (1976) as kapt. Louw
  • Die Wit Sluier (1973) as dr. Johan van Schalkwyk
  • Z.E.B.R.A. (1971) as hoof van veiligheidspolisie
  • Sien jou môre (1970) as Charlie Simmons
  • Jy is My Liefling (1968) as Gert