A number of international athletes have already been unveiled in the start lists for the inaugural Athletix Grand Prix series next month.
We have a look at some of the global stars who have been confirmed for the three-leg campaign starting in Roodepoort on March 1.
Justin Gatlin (United States)
One of the fastest men in the world, Gatlin is the sprinter everyone loves to hate. A controversial athlete with a chequered past linked to doping, he has since established his place at the top of the global ranks. A former Olympic champion, he won the world title in London last year, and he will make an appearance over 150m at the second leg of the series in Pretoria
Akani Simbine (South Africa)
While Gatlin will compete in a sideshow race, Simbine will headline the 100m dash at the second leg of the campaign. One of the fiercest sprinters on the international circuit, the SA record holder has been virtually unbeatable on home soil in recent years, and though Gatlin has been accused of avoiding him, Simbine should still set the track alight
Caster Semenya (South Africa)
The world and Olympic 800m champion will be one of the star attractions at the Pretoria leg, where she is expected to rattle the long-standing national 1 000m record of 2:37.20 held by Ilze Wicksell. She will also compete in the 1 500m race at the third and final leg of the series in Paarl, as she sharpens up ahead of the Commonwealth Games
Julius Yego (Kenya)
Proving that Kenyan athletes can shine off the track, Yego has earned nearly every accolade available to him. A powerful man with a beast of an arm, Yego holds the African record of 92.72m in the javelin throw. A former world champion, he bagged the silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics and he will be eager to bounce back after struggling with injuries last season
Joshua Cheptegei (Uganda)
Having snatched the silver medal at the World Championships last year, at the age of 20, Cheptegei went on to set a South African Open 10km record of 27:29 in Durban in October. The second fastest man in history over 15km on the road (41:16), he will drop down in distance for the Grand Prix, opening his campaign with a 1 500m race at the first leg of the series