List of University of Pretoria alumni

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The University of Pretoria is a public university in Pretoria,[1] the administrative and de facto capital of South Africa.[2] The university in its more than a century of academic service has delivered more than 200,000 alumni.[3] Below is a list of prominent alumni.[4]

Authors and academics[edit]

Arts and entertainment[edit]

Mimi Coertse in Vienna
  • Bettie Cilliers-Barnard: fine artist
  • Nedine Blom
  • Jana Cilliers: actress
  • Gareth Cliff
  • Dr Mimi Coertse: opera singer
  • Tobie Cronjé: actor
  • Eloise Cupido: TV presenter
  • Jak de Priester: singer and TV presenter
  • Ampie du Preez: actor
  • Helena Hettema: cabaret singer
  • Katinka Heyns: actress
  • Carike Keuzenkamp: singer
  • Tsakane Valentine Maswanganyi
  • Prof Anna Neethling-Pohl: actress and writer
  • Sandra Prinsloo: actress
  • Freek Robinson: TV commentator/news reader
  • Paul Rothman: TV presenter
  • Anel Schotkamp
  • Wicus Slabbert: opera star
  • Amanda Strydom: actress
  • Carel Trichardt: actor and academic
  • Richard van der Westhuizen: singer
  • Hennie van Deventer: producer, copywriter
  • Brümilda van Rensburg: actress
  • Anneli van Rooyen: singer
  • Angus van Zyl Taylor: sculptor, artist
  • Verna Vels: voice artist, television director
  • Petru Wessels

Sport personalities[edit]

Victor Matfield wins a line-out for South Africa.

Springbok Captains:

Other Springboks:

Business leaders and entrepreneurs[edit]

  • Dr James Barnard: inventor of the Bardenpho process for water treatment
  • Dr Willem Barnard: CEO, KWV
  • Dr Steve Booysen: CEO, Absa Bank
  • Anton Botha: business leader
  • Lourens Botha: entrepreneur
  • Carrol Boyes: artist and business leader
  • Marthin de Beer: Senior Vice-President at Cisco
  • Louis de Kock: entrepreneurial farmer, business leader
  • Johan de Nysschen: CEO, Infiniti Global Limited
  • Laurie Dippenaar: FirstRand Bank Chairman
  • Dr Con Fauconnier: CEO, Kumba Resources
  • Leo Haese: CEO, Leo Haese BMW Group
  • Dr M.N. Hermann: Clover SA, business Leader
  • Dr Meyer Kahn: SAB-Miller
  • Dr Rivka Kfir: CEO, Water Commission
  • Dr Marius Kloppers: international CEO of global mining giant BHP Billiton
  • Dr Bingle Kruger: engineer, business leader
  • Russell Loubser: CEO, JSE
  • Dr David Mabunda: CEO, Sanparks
  • Matsie Matooane: Group Manager HR, Tiger Brands
  • Dr Anna Mokgokong: business leader
  • Maj. Genl. Keith Mokoape: business leader
  • Kobus Möller: CFO, Sanlam
  • Evans Muchesa: Ag Development Consulting
  • Khungeka Njobe: Group Executive of CSIR
  • Pine Pienaar: CEO: Mvelaphanda Resources Group
  • Margaret Roberts: business leader and herb expert
  • Willem Roos: MD, OUTsurance
  • Dr Anton Rupert: billionaire, former UP Chancellor and Tukkie of the Century
  • Moses Singo: business leader
  • Dr Chris Stals: business leader; former UP Chancellor
  • Peter Staude: CEO, Tongaat-Hulett
  • Bernard Swanepoel: CEO, Harmony
  • Giam Swiegers: CEO of Deloitte Australia
  • Dr Andries Terblanche: Chair, KPMG Financial Services
  • Dr Leon Vermaak: CEO, Telesure


  • Judge Dr Jan d'Oliveira
  • Judge Frikkie Eloff (President of the Convocation)
  • Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi: former Minister of Public Service and Administration
  • Judge Antoni Gildenhuys
  • Judge Louis Harms: Supreme Court of Appeal
  • Prof Christof Heyns: United Nations Human Rights Council; Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions[5]
  • Judge Johann Kriegler
  • Prof Jannie Otto
  • Frans Lourens Herman Rumpff, Chief Justice of South Africa
  • Prof Susan Scott
  • Judge Willie Seriti
  • Supreme Court Judge Piet Streicher
  • Judge John Trengove
  • Judge Leonora van den Heever
  • Prof Derek van der Merwe
  • Judge Willem van der Merwe
  • Judge Johann van der Westhuizen: Constitution Court
  • Adv Kobus van Rooyen
  • Judge Deon van Zyl
  • Prof Marinus Wiechers

Health and medicine[edit]

  • Dr Daan de Klerk
  • Dr Oppel Greeff
  • Dr Viktor Hesse
  • Prof Charlotte P. Searle

Theologians, welfare, psychology[edit]