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This list of the notable alumni of the
University of Cape Town is divided into the six faculties of the university: Commerce, Humanities, Sciences, Health Sciences, Engineering, and Law.
Commerce [ edit ]
Humanities [ edit ]
Bobby Godsell, Masters of Arts, later CEO of AngloGold Ashanti and Chairman of Eskom.
John Comaroff, professor of anthropology at the University of Chicago
Roger Ebert, film critic, graduated with an English degree as part of a Rotary International program.
Jan Hendrik Hofmeyr, later deputy prime minister of South Africa, obtained an M.A. at the age of 17. Professor Emeritus
J. M. Coetzee ( Literature, 2003)
Johannes de Villiers Graaff, is a noted professor of welfare economics and economist.
Adrian Guelke, Professor of Comparative Politics at Queen's University Belfast
Philip Edgecumbe Hughes, New Testament scholar, Professor at Westminster Theological Seminary
Edward Neville Isdell, former CEO of the Coca-Cola Company
David Lewis-Williams, is Professor emeritus of Cognitive Archaeology at the University of the Witwatersrand specialising in Upper-Palaeolithic and Bushmen rock art.
Gwen Lister, South African born Namibian journalist, anti-apartheid activist and founder of The Namibian
Nicolaas Petrus van Wyk Louw, was an Afrikaans-language poet, playwright and scholar.
Steven Markovitz, award-winning film and television producer.
André du Pisani, political scientist and professor at University of Namibia.
Mamphela Ramphele, a managing director of the World Bank and formerly the Vice-Chancellor of UCT.
Isaac Schapera, was Professor of Anthropology at the London School of Economics and regarded as one of the world's leading experts in the anthropology of South African tribesmen.
Carmel Schrire, was Professor of Archaeology, Rutgers University
Robert Carl-Heinz Shell, is a renowned South African author and professor of African Studies.
Andries Treurnicht, was the founder and the leader of the Conservative Party in South Africa.
Gail Kelly, CEO of Westpac and 8th most influential woman in the world, according to Forbes magazine.
Mary Watson, 2006 winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing.
Harold Cressy, head teacher and first coloured person to gain a degree in South Africa.
Cromwell Everson, the classical music composer and composer of the first Afrikaans opera.
Ernest Fleischmann (1924–2010), impresario best known for his tenure at the Los Angeles Philharmonic. [1 ]
Hendrik Hofmeyr, composer and music theorist, winner of the 1997 Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Composition Prize and Professor of Music at the South African College of Music, University of Cape Town
Galt MacDermot, composer of the musical Hair
Malcolm Forsyth, Musician,Composer, Canadian Composer of the year, Juno Award winner, Member: Order of Canada.
Barry Smith, organist, conductor, musicologist and formerly Associate Professor of Music at the South African College of Music, University of Cape Town Francois du Toit, concert pianist, Associate Professor of Music and formerly the Deputy Director of the South African College of Music, University of Cape Town
Pretty Yende James May, musicologist, Emeritus Professor of Music, and former Dean and Director of the South African College of Music, University of Cape Town
Richard Cock, conductor
Fine Art [ edit ]
Sciences [ edit ]
Allan McLeod Cormack ( Medicine, 1979)
Hilary Deacon, is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Stellenbosch specialising in the 'emergence of modern humans' and African archaeology.
Emanuel Derman, noted Goldman Sachs financial engineer and author of My Life As A Quant
Jonathan M. Dorfan, director of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.
George Ellis, cosmologist. Collaborator with Stephen Hawking and winner of the 2004 Templeton Prize Sir
Aaron Klug ( Chemistry, 1982)
Paul Maritz, former Microsoft executive, and VMware CEO.
Sydney Harold Skaife, was an eminent South African entomologist and naturalist.
Richard van der Riet Woolley, was a British astronomer who became Astronomer Royal.
Chris Pinkham, former Vice-President, IT Infrastructure at Amazon.com and Founder of Nimbula, a startup funded by Sequoia Capital
Willem Van Biljon, former co-founder of Mosaic Software that was acquired by S1 Corporation and Founder of Nimbula, a startup funded by Sequoia Capital
Stanley Skewes, number theorist most famous in popular mathematics for his bound for the point of changeover in magnitude between the number of primes up to a certain number and an important approximation of this, which was for many years the largest finite number ever legitimately used in a research paper.
Health Sciences [ edit ]
Social Sciences [ edit ]
Law and government [ edit ]
Sheila Camerer, a South African politician, former Deputy Minister of Justice and long-serving Member of Parliament of the main opposition the Democratic Alliance. Now ambassador to Bulgaria. She completed a Bachelor of Law degree at UCT in 1964.
Ryan Coetzee, South African politician, former CEO of the Democratic Alliance and Shadow Minister of Economic Development. Now chief strategist for Western Cape premier Helen Zille. Graduated from UCT in 1994.
Beric John Croome, an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa, a Chartered Accountant CA(SA) and a taxpayers' rights pioneer completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree (1980), Certificate in the Theory of Accountancy (1981) and a PhD (Commercial Law) (2008) , all at UCT. Croome's doctoral thesis covered the topic “Taxpayers’ Rights in South Africa: An Analysis and evaluation of the extent to which the powers of the South African Revenue Service comply with the constitutional rights to property, privacy, administrative justice, access to information and access to courts” [4 ]
Kate O'Regan, a former Constitutional Court of South Africa judge.
Dullah Omar, a South African anti-Apartheid activist, lawyer, Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa and a minister in the South African cabinet from 1994 until his death. Justice
Albie Sachs, of the Constitutional Court of South Africa
James Selfe, long-serving Member of Parliament with the Democratic Alliance, currently chairperson of the party's federal council. Holds a Master's degree from UCT.
Donald Woods, a South African journalist and anti-apartheid activist.
Percy Yutar, South Africa's first Jewish attorney-general and prosecutor of Nelson Mandela in the 1963 Rivonia Treason Trial.
Ian Neilson, Executive Deputy Mayor of Cape Town
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