University Of Pretoria

Discover the notable alumni of University Of Pretoria. The list includes people like Oscar Pistorius, Caster Semenya, Faf du Plessis, Joost van der Westhuizen & Sandra Prinsloo. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as sportspersons, leaders, film & theater personalities, miscellaneous and fashion etc.
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Caster Semenya
(South African Middle-Distance Runner and Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist)
Caster Semenya
31
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 7, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Pietersburg, South Africa

Two-time Olympic gold medalist middle-distance runner Caster Semenya in an intersex woman, with high testosterone levels. The two-time Olympic gold medalist was asked to take medication to decrease her testosterone levels, to participate in the 2021 Olympics women’s events, and filed a case in the European Court of Human Rights.

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Joost van der Westhuizen
(South African Professional Rugby Union Player)
Joost van der Westhuizen
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa
Died: February 6, 2017

Joost van der Westhuizen was a South African rugby player. He took part in three Rugby World Cups, helping his national team win the 1995 World Cup. Widely regarded as the greatest scrumhalf in the history of the game, van der Westhuizen was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame in 2007.

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Faf du Plessis
(South African Professional Cricketer)
Faf du Plessis
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 13, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa

Faf du Plessis is a South African cricketer who captained the national team in the ODI format from 2013 to 2019. He has also captained the national team in the other two formats of the game. He became the first South African player to score centuries in ODI, T20, and Test cricket after he scored his first T20I century in 2015.

 4 
Oscar Pistorius
(South African Former Professional Sprinter and Convicted Murderer)
Oscar Pistorius
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 22, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sandton, South Africa

From being an infant whose both legs were amputated below knee, Oscar Pistorius went on to become a top athlete with wins in Paralympic Games and other sporting events. The South African sprinter also became the first amputee runner to compete at the Olympics Games. However, later, he was convicted for the murder of his girlfriend and is currently imprisoned.

 5 
Victor Matfield
(South African Former Professional Rugby Union Player)
Victor Matfield
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 11, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pietersburg, South Africa

Victor Matfield is a South African former rugby union player who captained the national team as well as the Blue Bulls. Widely regarded as one of the greatest locks in the history of South African rugby, Matfield was extremely successful at disrupting opposition line-outs, a skill that helped his team win the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

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CJ Stander
(South African-Irish Former Rugby Union Player)
CJ Stander
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 5, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: George, South Africa
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Motsi Mabuse
(Dancer who appeared on Let's Dance, the German version of Strictly Come Dancing but later became a judge on the show)
Motsi Mabuse
3
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: April 11, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mankwe, South Africa
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 8 
Sandra Prinsloo
(Actor, Film actor, Television actor)
Sandra Prinsloo
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Birthdate: September 15, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: South Africa
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Anton Rupert
(Entrepreneur)
Anton Rupert
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: October 4, 1916
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Graaff-Reinet
Died: January 18, 2006

While Anton Rupert had initially joined medical school, he later switched to chemistry, due to lack of funds. The founder of the tobacco conglomerate Rembrandt Group, he also had a pivotal role in the non-profit Small Business Development Corporation. A conservationist, too, he was a co-founder of the World Wildlife Fund.

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Pik Botha
(Politician, Diplomat)
Pik Botha
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 27, 1932
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rustenburg

Pik Botha was a South African politician who was regarded as a liberal among other politicians of the National Party and the Afrikaner community. In 2013, he appeared in a TV show titled Question Time, in which he discussed the legacy of Nelson Mandela.

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Anneline Kriel
(Actor, Model, Film actor, Beauty pageant contestant)
Anneline Kriel
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Birthdate: July 28, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Witbank

Anneline Kriel is a South African model, actress, and beauty queen. She came into prominence after winning the Miss World and Miss South Africa in 1974. She then went on to become an established model and served as an ambassador for many beauty brands. Anneline Kriel then started appearing in movies, including the 1981 action film Kill and Kill Again.

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Fourie du Preez
(South African Former Professional Rugby Union Player)
Fourie du Preez
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 24, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Naas Botha
(South African Former Rugby Union Player)
Naas Botha
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 27, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Breyten, South Africa

Naas Botha is a South African former rugby player who represented the South African national team and the Northern Transvaal team. One of the most successful players of his generation, Botha was adjudged Rugby Player of the Year on four occasions during his playing career. He currently serves as the head coach of the Indian women's and men's rugby teams.

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Magnus Malan
(Former Minister of Defence and Military Veterans of South Africa)
Magnus Malan
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 30, 1930
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa
Died: July 18, 2011

Magnus Malan was a South African military man and politician active during the last years of apartheid in South Africa. He joined the Permanent Force as a cadet and steadily rose through the ranks in the ensuing years. He began his political career in the 1980s. A controversial figure, he was allegedly involved in the KwaMakhutha massacre.

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Fanie de Villiers
(South African Retired Cricketer)
Fanie de Villiers
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 13, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vereeniging, South Africa

Fanie de Villiers is a former cricketer who earned 83 ODI caps and 18 Test caps for South Africa. Working as a commentator after his retirement, he played an important role in exposing the 2018 Australian ball-tampering scandal; he was the first person to spot the Australians' underhanded tactics and asked the camera operators to keep tabs on the Australians.

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Morné Steyn
(South African Former Professional Rugby Union Player)
Morné Steyn
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 11, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: South Africa

South African fly-half Morné Steyn is known for his association with the Bulls and his national team. He first gained attention with his penalty kick that defeated the British & Irish Lions in a 2009 Test match. With 62 points, he was the highest scorer in the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

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Ummy Mwalimu
(Politician)
Ummy Mwalimu
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 5, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tanzania
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J. G. Strijdom
(Former 5th Prime Minister of South Africa (1954 - 1958))
J. G. Strijdom
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 14, 1893
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Willowmore, Cape Colony, South Africa
Died: August 24, 1958

The son of a wealthy Afrikaner farmer, J. G. Strijdom, or Hans Strijdom, had served as the South African prime minister. A believer of white supremacy, he was a National Party member. A qualified lawyer, he later gained the nickname The Lion of Waterberg for his headstrong and aggressive nature.

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Pierre Spies
(Retired South African Rugby Union Player)
Pierre Spies
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 8, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa

Pierre Spies is a South African former rugby player who played for the South African national team from 2006 to 2013. He also represented the Bulls at Super Rugby where he spent the majority of his career. Renowned for his great strength, Spies was adjudged South Africa's Sportsman of the Year and Most Promising Player of the Year in 2008.

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Bongani Khumalo
(South African Footballer Who Last Played as a Centre-Back)
Bongani Khumalo
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 6, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Manzini, Swaziland Manzini, Swaziland
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Mignon du Preez
(Former South African Cricket Batter)
Mignon du Preez
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa
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Daniel Adongo
(Kenyan Rugby Union Player)
Daniel Adongo
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 12, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
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Chris Barnard
(South African Author and Movie Scriptwriter)
Chris Barnard
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 15, 1939
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nelspruit, South Africa
Died: December 28, 2015

Chris Barnard was a South African cardiac surgeon best remembered for performing the first human-to-human heart transplant surgery in the world. Barnard is credited with developing a cure for intestinal atresia in children. He saved the lives of at least 10 babies in Cape Town and his technique was adopted by surgeons in the United States of America and Britain.   

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Clare Akamanzi
(Politician, Lawyer)
Clare Akamanzi
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: 1979 AD
Birthplace: Uganda
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Paula Kahumbu
(Ecologist)
Paula Kahumbu
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 25, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya
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Jaap Marais
(Politician)
Jaap Marais
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 2, 1922
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vryburg, South Africa
Died: August 8, 2000

Jaap Marais was an Afrikaner nationalist author, thinker, and politician. Marais, who led the Herstigte Nasionale Party from 1977 to 2000, is the longest-serving leader of any political party in the history of Afrikaner politics. As a thinker, Jaap Marais influenced many right-wing Afrikaner nationalists, especially in the 1970s and 1980s.

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Yvonne Dausab
(Namibian Lawyer and Politician)
Yvonne Dausab
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthplace: Namibia
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Phiwa Nkambule
(Businessperson Founding Riovic and Cybatar)
Phiwa Nkambule
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: January 24, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Manzini, Swaziland
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Nico Smith
(Church Minister)
Nico Smith
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 1929 AD
Birthplace: South Africa
Died: June 19, 2010
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Dirkie Chamberlain
(Field hockey player)
Dirkie Chamberlain
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 3, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa

South African field hockey player Dirkie Chamberlain is an Olympian and also has an African Cup of Nations gold. She began playing hockey as a teenager and later played for clubs such as MOP Vught, Kampong Hockey, and HGC Ladies! She now plays for Holcombe and is also a fitness instructor.