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Examples of Prominent UP Aumni

The following proud alumni are examples of our high calibre graduates.  This is by no means complete. There are many more high profile and well-known Alumni.  Also have a look at our  Laureate recipients since 1974.   

   
  • The late - Dr Anton Rupert - Former Tukkie of the Century*
  • Chris Barnard: Author 
  • Dr Willem Barnard: Former CEO: KWV 
  • Dr Steve Booysen: Former CEO: Absa Bank      
  • Carrol Boyes: Artist and business leader 
  • Mr Anton Botha: Business leader 
  • Tobie Cronjé: Actor and TV personality                                                  
  • Jana Cilliers: Actor and TV-personality
  • Dr Mimi Coertse: Opera personality
  • Eloise Cupido: Actor and TV personality
  • Mr Johan de Nysschen: President: Infiniti Motor Company Ltd. Hong Kong
  • Mr Laurie Dippenaar: Chairperson: First Rand Group
  • Dr Jan d'Oliveira: Judge
  • Mr Etienne de Villiers: Non-executive chairman of Virgin racing               
  • Prof Esmé du Plessis: Former Chairperson: UP Council, Adams & Adams Partner
  • Dr Con Fauconnier: CEO: Kumba Resources
  • Minister Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi: Former Minister of Public Service & Administration 
  • Mr Leo Haese: CEO: Leo Haese BMW Group                                     
  • Helena Hettema: Actor and singer                                           
  • Dr David Mabunda: Former CEO: Sanparks
  • Mr Albert Maartens: President of New York Securities
  • Ms Matsie Matooane: Group Manager HR, Tiger Brands                                    
  • Ms Pinky Phosa: Mpumalanga Government, Community leader
  • Margaret Roberts,  Business leader & herb expert
  • Mr Willem Roos: MD, OUTsurance
  • Judge Willie Seriti 
  • Mr  Wicus Slabbert: International Opera Star                                            
  • Dr Chris Stals: Business leader & former UP Chancellor
  • Amanda Strydom: Actor, singer & TV personality                                              
  • Dr Johan van Zyl: Group CEO: Sanlam 
  • Angus van Zyl Taylor:  Sculptor, artist  
  • Ms Verna Vels: Voice artist & television director * 
  • Mr Kennedy Bungane:  Deputy CEO: Standard Bank SA
  • Ms Khungeka Njobe: Former Group Executive: CSIR
  • Dr Liesbeth Botha:  Former Executive Director: CSIR
  • Ms Anati Canca: Executive Director: ARC 
  • Prof  Zaidel-Rudolph: Music Professor, musician & composer  
                                                  
More examples of some of our well-known  Alumni

Media, actors, singers, musicians, artists and TV personalities
  • Aleta Michaletos
  • Melinda Bam
  • Adriaan Bergh 
  • Nedine Blom
  • Sumien Brink  
  • Gareth Cliff
  • Bettie Celliers-Barnard *
  • Charl du Plessis
  • Katinka Heyns
  • Zanta Hofmeyr
  • Carike Keuzenkamp
  • Chris Linford
  • Prof Anna Neethling-Pohl *
  • Sandra Prinsloo
  • Fanus Rautenbach *
  • Freek Robinson
  • Paul Rothman
  • Ben Schoeman
  • Carel Trichardt & Petru Wessels
  • Liezel van der Westhuizen
  • Richard van der Westhuizen
  • Brümilda van Rensburg
  • Ockie Vermeulen
  • Wim Viljoen
  • Sorina Erasmus
  • Jak de Priester
Law
  • Judge Anna-maria de Vos
  • Judge Frikkie Eloff  (Former President of the Convocation)
  • Judge Antonie Gildenhuys
  • Judge Johan Kriegler
  • Judge Louis Harms (Supreme Court of Appeal)
  • Judge Willem Heath
  • Prof Papa Maithufi: Academic, SA Law Commission 
  • Prof Jannie Otto
  • Judge Piet Streicher (Supreme Court of Appeal)
  • Judge Willie Seriti
  • Prof Susan Scott
  • Dire Tladi
  • Judge John Trengove 
  • Adv Wim Trengove                                             
  • Adv Kobus van Rooyen
  • Prof Derek van der Merwe
  • Judge Deon van Zyl
  • Judge Leonora van den Heever
  • Judge Willem van der Merwe
  • Judge Johann van der Westhuizen  (Constitution Court)
  • Prof Marinus Wiechers
Business leaders and entrepreneurs
  • Dr James Barnard: International inventor of water treatment process 
  • Mr Anton Botha: Chairperson of Vukile Property Fund
  • Mr Lourens Botha: Entrepreneur
  • Dr Piet Botha: Businessman & Vice-Chairperson of UP Council 
  • Mr Nick Christodoulou: CEO: Sanlam Business Development
  • Mr Willie Coetzee: GM: Afrox
  • Ms Gillian Corken: CEO: Quintiles (Africa)
  • Mr Marthin de Beer: Senior Vice-President at Cisco
  • Mr Louis de Kock: Entrepreneurial Farmer, business leader
  • Mr Charles de Kock: OU Mutual
  • Mr Chris Griffith: CEO: Kumba Iron Ore  
  • Mr Ralph Havenstein: CEO of Norilsk Nickel International
  • Mr Moses Kgosana: CEO and Senior Parner of KPMG SA
  • Mr Ben Kruger: MD: Standard Corporate & Merchant Bank
  • Dr Bingle Kruger: Engineer, business leader 
  • Dr M.N. Hermann: Clover SA, business Leader 
  • Ms Nomfanelo Magwentshu: Corporate advisor
  • Dr Meyer Kahn: Former chairperson of SAB-Miller
  • Dr Rivka Kfir: Former CEO: Water Commission
  • Dr Marius Kloppers: Former International CEO of Billiton  
  • Mr Russell Loubser: Former CEO: JSE
  • Mr Hillie Meyer: Entrepreneur
  • Mr Kobus Möller: Executive Manager: Finance, Sanlam
  • Mr Benjamin Mophatlane: Former CEO: Business Connexion *
  • Dr Skhumbuzo Ngozwana: Deputy CEO: Cipla Medpro 
  • Mr Pine Pienaar: CEO: Mvelaphanda Resources Group
  • Mr Roland Röhrs: Group CEO, Dorbyl Ltd. 
  • Mr Willem Roos: CEO: Outsurance 
  • Mr Moses Singo: Business leader
  • Mr Peter Staude: CEO: Tongaat-Hulett   
  • Mr Bernard Swanepoel: Former CEO of Harmony, CEO of To The Point 
  • Mr Giam Swiegers: Global CEO: Aurecon, Australia
  • Dr Andries Terblanche: Chair: KPMG Financial Services, Australia 
  • Mr Jack (Elzer) van der Merwe:  CEO: Gautrain Rapid Rail Link
  • Dr Leon Vermaak: CEO Telesure 
  • Mr Alex Wapnick: Former Chairperson: City Property *  
Authors, academics
  • Prof Antjie Krog: Poet and academic
  • Prof Dowlat Bangwadeen: Academic 
  • Prof Elize Botha: Former Chancellor of US*
  • Dr Cecile Cilliers: Author
  • Prof Joan Hambidge:  Author, poet, academic
  • Chris Karsten: Author
  • Prof Tshilidzi Marwala: Academic, engineer
  • Prof Henning Pieterse: Author
  • Prof Karin Skawran: Doyen of SA art historians
  • Prof John Skinner: International expert: Zoology and Mammology * 
  • Hennie van Deventer: Author
  • Prof Mike Wingfield: Academic, scientist                                                   

Health and medicine

  • Dr Daan de Klerk
  • Prof Dion du Plessis: Netcare SA
  • Dr Oppel Greeff: Health Sciences, business leader 
  • Dr Viktor Hesse: Health Sciences, business leader 
  • Dr Willie Koen: Head of Heart Transplant Unit, Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital                                                                      
  • Prof Charlotte P. Searle: First professor of the chair of nursing in South Africa *                                  
Sport personalities
  • Sportmen & Sportwomen of the Year & UP Sport Hall of Fame
  • Victor Matfield was Tukkies' 4th Springbok Captain. The others were:
    • Wynand Claassen
    • Naas Botha
    • The late - Joost van der Westhuizen
  • Heyneke Meyer - Well-known former coach of the Blue Bulls 
  • Pierre Spies
  • Garry Botha
  • Danie Rossouw
  • Wynand Olivier
  • ...and many more in all sport codes.
Theologians, wellfare, pshychology
  • Prof Piet Meiring
  • Dr Louise Olivier: Forensic Psychologist 
  • Dr Micky Pistorius: Forensic Psychologist 
Other
  • The late - Nelson Mandela  (Honorary Doctorate, LLD, 1997) *  

 

 See more prominent alumni at http://www.whoswhosa.co.za



 
  *Deceased



 

     

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