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List Rules People on this list must have gone to University of Pretoria and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from University of Pretoria, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from University of Pretoria include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished University of Pretoria alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended University of Pretoria are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from University of Pretoria.

List is made up of many different graduates, including Oscar Pistorius and Victor Matfield.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of Pretoria?” and “Which celebrities are University of Pretoria alumni?”

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Calie Pistorius is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
Carl Wilhelm Irene Pistorius is a South African academic who is currently the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hull, Kingston upon Hull, United Kingdom.

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Marius Kloppers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
Businessperson Marius Jacques Kloppers is a South African businessman and former CEO of BHP Billiton, the world's largest mining company. He was also Executive Director and Chairman of the Group Management ...more

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Etienne de Villiers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
Etienne de Villiers Businessperson Etienne de Villiers is an investor and prominent executive in global media and sports businesses. He is currently Chairman and a minority shareholder in BrandsEye, an online monitoring & ...more

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John Niemeyer Findlay is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
John Niemeyer Findlay, known as J. N. Findlay, was a South African philosopher.

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Magnus Malan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
Politician General Magnus André de Merindol Malan SSA SD OMSG SM MP was the Minister of Defence in the cabinet of President P. W. Botha, Chief of the South African Defence Force and Chief of the ...more

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Anton Robert Krueger is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
Playwright Born in Phalaborwa, South Africa on 28 September 1971, Anton Robert Krueger is a South African playwright, poet and academic. His plays have been staged in South Africa, as well as in England, ...more

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Anton Rupert is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Conservationist Anthony Edward Rupert was a South African billionaire businessman, philanthropist, and conservationist. He was born and raised in the small town of Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape. He studied ...more

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Oscar Pistorius is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
Athlete, Track and field athlete Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius OIB is a South African sprint runner and convicted killer. Although both of Pistorius' legs were amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old, he has competed ...more

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Pik Botha is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
Politician, Diplomat Roelof Frederik "Pik" Botha is a former politician from South Africa who served as the country's foreign minister in the last years of the apartheid era. He was considered to be a ...more

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Victor Matfield is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
Rugby Player Victor Matfield is a South African rugby union player. He has played for and captained the Springbok rugby team as well as the Blue Bulls in the Currie Cup and the Bulls franchise in Super ...more

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Friedel Sellschop is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
Friedel Sellschop Jacques Pierre Friederich Sellschop was a South African scientist and pioneer in the field of applied nuclear physics.

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Stefan Swanepoel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
Stefan Swanepoel Businessperson, Author Stefan J. M. Swanepoel, is an American business executive, author and motivational speaker. He has served as president of two non-profit organizations and seven companies including a New ...more

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Carel Boshoff is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
Politician, Professor Carel Willem Hendrik Boshoff was a South African professor of theology and Afrikaner cultural activist.

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Adriaan Vlok is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
Politician Adriaan Johannes Vlok was Minister of Law and Order in South Africa from 1986 to 1991 in the final years of the apartheid era. Facing increasingly-intense opposition and political unrest in this ...more

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Antjie Krog is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
Poet, Journalist, Writer Antjie Krog is a South African poet, academic, and writer. In 2004 she joined the Arts faculty of the University of the Western Cape.

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Sandra Prinsloo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
Actor Sandra Prinsloo, also known as Sandra Prinzlow, is a South African actress best known internationally for her role as Kate Thomson in the 1980 film The Gods Must Be Crazy. Prinsloo has also ...more

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Marthin De Beer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
Marthin De Beer is Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Emerging Technologies Group at Cisco.

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Caster Semenya is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
Track and field athlete Mokgadi Caster Semenya is a South African middle-distance runner and world champion. Semenya won gold in the women's 800 metres at the 2009 World Championships with a time of 1:55.45 in the ...more

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George Weideman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
Poet, Writer George Henry Weideman was a South African poet and writer. Born in Cradock, Eastern Cape, he grew up between the Karoo of the Eastern Cape and the Northern Cape. He matriculated from Namakwaland ...more

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Johann Kriegler is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
Lawyer Johann Christiaan Kriegler is a former Constitutional Court and Appeal Court judge from South Africa.

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Gerrit Viljoen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
Gerrit Viljoen Politician Gerrit Van Niekerk Viljoen was a South African government minister and member of the National Party. He was chair of the Broederbond from 1974 to 1980, Administrator-General of South West Africa ...more

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Louis Jacob van Zyl is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
Track and field athlete, Farmer Louis Jacobus van Zyl, better known as L. J. van Zyl, is a South African athlete competing in the 400 metre hurdles. He is the South African record holder in the event with a personal best of ...more

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Cameron van der Burgh is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
Swimmer Cameron van der Burgh is a South African swimmer. He is Africa's first home-trained world record holder and individual male Olympic Champion He trains with Dirk Lange and is based in Pretoria. ...more

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Burger Lambrechts is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
Burger Lambrechts is a South African shot putter. He attended Laerskool Nelspruit, where he was head-boy in 1986 and Hoërskool Waterkloof, where he was vice head-boy in 1991. As far as ...more

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David Bosch is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
David Jacobus Bosch was an influential missiologist and theologian best known for his book Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission — a major work on post-colonial Christian ...more

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Johan de Waal is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
Johan de Waal Johan Claasen de Waal is a Namibian politician. A member of the Democratic Turnhalle Alliance, de Waal was a member of the National Assembly of Namibia from 1994-2010. De Waal was placed third ...more

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Marlise Keith is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
Marlise Keith Marlise Keith is a South African artist working in ink, pencil and acrylics on canvas, board and glass. Her works can be found in a number of international collections in South Africa, America, ...more

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Ryan Johnson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
Ryan Johnson Presenter Ryan Johnson is a marine biologist specializing in researching sharks. He is best known for the shark documentaries that he features in and hosts.

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Michael R. Licona is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
Michael R. Licona Writer Michael R. 'Mike' Licona is an American New Testament scholar, Christian apologist and historian. He is Associate Professor in Theology at Houston Baptist University and the director of Risen ...more

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Amanda Strydom is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
Amanda Strydom Amanda Strydom is a South African singer and songwriter. Although she is known best for her singing, Strydom has also been active as a playwright and actress, most notably in the fields of ...more

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Jeanne Zaidel-Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
Jeanne Zaidel-Rudolph Jeanne Zaidel-Rudolph is a South African composer, pianist and teacher. She was the first woman in South Africa to obtain a doctorate in composition.

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Johannes Van Rensburg is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
Johannes Van Rensburg Johannes Frederik Janse Van Rensburg was a South African lawyer, and leader of the Ossewabrandwag. He was born in Winburg and died in Cape Town and was a descendant of the Loyalist Johannes ...more

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Minnette Vári is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
Minnette Vári Minnette Vári is a South African artist known primarily for her video installations. Born in Pretoria, Vári studied fine arts at the University of Pretoria where she obtained her ...more

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Anneline Kriel is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
Model, Actor Anneline Kriel is a South African actress, model and beauty queen. She became 1974's Miss World at age 19, representing South Africa, after UK's Helen Morgan had resigned only four days after ...more

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Wim Richter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
Wim Richter Dr. Paul Wilhelm Richter is a South African chemist and principal researcher involved in bioceramic research activities. He is most widely known for his development of the bioceramic ...more

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Gerald Abramovitz is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
Gerald Abramovitz Architect Gerald Abramovitz was an architect and furniture designer. Born in South Africa, he studied architecture at the University of Pretoria and design at the Royal College of Art in London. His work ...more

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Harry Vermaas is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
Harry Vermaas Cornelis Hermanus "Harry" Vermaas is a South African rugby union footballer who currently plays for USA Limoges in the French domestic Fédérale 1 competition. He is a ...more

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Bettie Cilliers-Barnard is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
Bettie Cilliers-Barnard Artist Bettie Cillers-Barnard was a South African abstract artist, generally known for her large canvases of birds in flight. She was also the mother of well-known South African actress Jana Cilliers.

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Corne Eksteen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
Corne Eksteen Corne Eksteen is a South African visual artist. Eksteen was born at Zastron, South Africa on 6 October 1973. He spent most of his childhood in Ladybrand, a bordertown on the South Africa - ...more

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Jan C. A. Boeyens is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
Jan C. A. Boeyens Chemist Jan C. A. Boeyens is a South African chemist. Boeyens was educated at the University of Pretoria. 1965 he worked in the National Physics Research Laboratory of South Africa, 1965 in Stanford. ...more

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Tsakane Valentine Maswanganyi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
Tsakane Valentine Maswanganyi Singer Tsakane Valentine Maswanganyi is a South African classical soprano who has an active international performance career. She first came to public notice as a member of the world-famous opera band ...more

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Fourie du Preez is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
Petrus Fourie du Preez is a rugby union player. His position of choice is scrum half. Du Preez played for the Blue Bulls in the Currie Cup competition in South Africa and the Bulls in the ...more

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Jaco Fourie is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
Jaco Fourie Jaco Fourie is a South African rugby union player. He was born in Bloemfontein and went to Grey College, but then played for the University of Pretoria in the FNB Varsity Cup in 2008 and ...more

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Martin Watt is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
Martin Watt

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Eugene Cussons is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
Eugene Cussons Eugene Cussons was the Managing Director of "Chimpanzee Eden" as well as Rescue Director of the Jane Goodall Institute in South Africa. He is also the host of Animal Planet's Escape to ...more

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Andrew Gray is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
Andrew Gray

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Mark Pretorius is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
Mark Pretorius Mark Pretorius is an evangelical theologian, philosopher and metaphysician. He holds the following degrees. A BTh, a BTh Hons, an M.A. in Biblical Studies, and a PhD in Systematic Theology. ...more

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Chris Barnard is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
Chris Barnard Television director, Novelist, Screenwriter Chris Barnard is a screenwriter.

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Peter Johan Lor is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
Peter Johan Lor Peter Johan Lor was born in the Netherlands and emigrated to South Africa. He did his studies in Librarianship and Library Science at the University of Stellenbosch and the University of ...more

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Bridgitte Hartley is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of Pretoria Alumni
Bridgitte Hartley Athlete Bridgitte Hartley is a South African sprint canoer who has competed since the late 2000s. She won a bronze medal in the K-1 1000 m event at the 2009 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in ...more