University Of Pretoria Notable Alumni

by Israel Boafo Bansah

University Of Pretoria Notable Alumni

University Of Pretoria Notable Alumni, The University of Pretoria is a public university in Pretoria, the administrative and de facto capital of South Africa. The university in its more than a century of academic service has delivered more than 200,000 alumni.  Below is a list of prominent alumni.

UP Notable Alumni

  • 1Authors and academics
  • 2Arts and entertainment
  • 3Sport personalities
  • 4Business leaders and entrepreneurs
  • 5Law
  • 6Health and medicine
  • 7Theologians, welfare, psychology
  • 8Others
  • 9References

Authors and academics

  • Prof Tshilidzi Marwala: academic, engineer
  • Prof Saurabh Sinha: academic, engineer, author and executive dean
  • Paul Moorcraft: author, BBC commentator
  • Prof Pierre de Villiers Pienaar: author and pioneer of speech therapy in South Africa
  • Prof Calie Pistorius: Vice-Chancellor of the University of Pretoria, 2001-2009
  • Stefan Swanepoel: New York Times best-selling author, public speaker
  • Prof Bettine van Vuuren, zoologist [5]

Arts and entertainment

Mimi Coertse in Vienna
  • Bettie Cilliers-Barnard: fine artist
  • Jana Cilliers: actress
  • Dr Mimi Coertse: opera singer
  • Ampie du Preez: actor
  • Tsakane Valentine Maswanganyi
  • Sandra Prinsloo: actress
  • Amanda Strydom: actress
  • Brümilda van Rensburg: actress
  • Verna Vels: voice artist, television director

Sport personalities

Victor Matfield wins a line-outfor South Africa.

Springbok Captains:

  • Naas Botha
  • Wynand Claassen
  • Victor Matfield
  • Joost van der Westhuizen

Other Springboks:

  • Gary Botha
  • Fanie de Villiers
  • Ernst Dinkelmann
  • Heyneke Meyer
  • Wynand Olivier
  • Danie Rossouw
  • Pierre Spies

Business leaders and entrepreneurs[edit]

  • Dr Willem Barnard: CEO, KWV
  • Laurie Dippenaar: FirstRand Bank Chairman
  • Dr Marius Kloppers: international CEO of global mining giant BHP Billiton
  • Phiwa Nkambule: Co-founder & CEO, Riovic; Founder & Chairman, Cybatar
  • Dr Anton Rupert: billionaire, former UP Chancellor and Tukkie of the Century
  • Dr Chris Stals: business leader; former UP Chancellor
  • Giam Swiegers: CEO of Deloitte Australia


  • Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi: former Minister of Public Service and Administration
  • Prof Christof Heyns: United Nations Human Rights Council; Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions[6]
  • Judge Johann Kriegler
  • Frans Lourens Herman Rumpff, Chief Justice of South Africa
  • Judge Johann van der Westhuizen: Constitution Court

Health and medicine

  • Dr Sindisiwe van Zyl

Theologians, welfare, psychology

  • Michael Licona
  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu: social rights activist; winner of Nobel Peace Prize


  • Etienne de Villiers: Executive Chairperson and President, ATP Tennis
  • Elizabeth Voigt: late director of the McGregor Museum, Kimberley

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