Guinness World Records have unrolled sales of the 2021 edition of the book showcasing records achieved between 2019 and 2020, and South Africans have reason to be proud. Local artist Percy Maimela made the cut.

“The world’s authority on record-breaking achievements since 1955” unveils the book amid a pandemic with hopes that it will entertain and amaze people.

The book can be found on Loot and Takealot.

Last year, Maimela earned the record for the world’s largest coffee mosaic. Backed by KayaFM and Brainfarm, he created a 25m² portrait of popular DJ Black Coffee using ground coffee.

Speaking to All4Women, Maimela said: “The record has changed the way people perceive my career as an artist. People who just saw me as a simple artist can now see how seriously I take my work. The record has brought me worldwide validation.”

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Following his successful record attempt last year, Maimela planned to display his work at international exhibitions but the lockdown made that impossible. He is excited that the country has moved to lockdown level 1 as that will open doors for him to showcase his talent overseas.

“Each and every artist wants their work to be known as far as possible. We want to be successful at home and also internationally.”

2019 12 September we made history as we receive a new @guinnessworldrecords at @sandtoncitymall Thank you @dean857 and …

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Guinness World Records took to social media to share videos of the most memorable record book attempts and entries of the past year.

From the widest mouth to the youngest club DJ at just 4-years old, to the longest underwater walk with one breath, these are just some of this year’s jaw-dropping records: