Professor Stéfan Renke


Position, academic & professional qualifications

Stéfan Renke is a professor in the Department of Mercantile Law and holds the degrees BLC LLB LLM LLD (Pret). The title of his LLD thesis is “An evaluation of debt prevention measures in terms of the National Credit Act 34 of 2005”. He is an NRF-rated researcher, holding a C2 rating. He was admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 1992. He is a co-author of the Guide to the National Credit Act.

Academic & professional experience

After 12 years of service in the SA National Defence Force as military legal officer, he joined the Department of Procedural Law in 1999 as a part-time lecturer. In 2000 and 2001 he served as part-time lecturer in the Department of Mercantile Law. In 2002 he was appointed as lecturer in the Department and promoted to senior lecturer in 2004. He was promoted to associate professor in 2016 and to professor in 2021.

Teaching activities

Subjects he has taught include Consumer Protection Law (credit law), Advanced Consumer Credit Law, International Consumer Protection (selected lectures), Business Law and Commercial Law. He also lectures on the National Credit Act at the University of Pretoria Law School for candidate attorneys.

Recent representative publications (2018-2020)

  • The marketing of consumer and mortgage credit as a responsible lending tool: A comparison of South African, European and Belgian law (co-authored with Reinhard Steennot, Ghent University, Belgium) Part 1 and 2 2020(23) PELJ/PER.
  • Has the South African consumer protection law landscape been transformed successfully? Comments on selected provisions in the National Credit Act 34 of 2005 and the Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008 (co-authored with Jacolien Barnard, University of Pretoria) Magister Essays vir/for Jannie Otto 2020 24-49.
  • Leading international best regulatory principles in responsible lending policy: lessons for Namibia (co-authored with Ndatega Asheela, University of Namibia and Melanie Roestoff, University of Pretoria) Int. J. Private Law vol 9 no 3 2019 155-176..
  • The circumstances under which section 85(a) of the National Credit Act 34 of 2005 can be utilised as an avenue to access or re-access the debt relief measures in terms of the Act (co-authored with Hermie Coetzee, University of Pretoria) De Jure 51 vol 2 2018 234-250.

Recent papers (2018-2019)


  • The categorisation of credit agreements subject to the National Credit Act 34 of 2005: do the courts get it right? 6th Annual International Mercantile Law Conference, Bloemfontein (South Africa) November 2019.
  • The transformation of consumer protection law in South Africa: A holistic overview (co-presented with Jacolien Barnard University of Pretoria)), International Association of Consumer Law Conference, Indiana University, Robert H McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis (USA) June 2019.
  • Credit consumers are not sovereign: why responsible lending could be the answer (co-presented with Ndatega Asheela (University of Namibia)), 3rd University of Pretoria International Consumer Law Conference (UPICLC) 2018: The Consumer in the Borderless Market, Pretoria (South Africa) 25-27 September 2018.


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