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Distinguished Graduates

Nobel Laureates

Sydney Brenner (BSc, BSc Hons, honorary DSc) 

2002 Nobel Prize in Medicine

Nelson Mandela (honorary LLD)

1993 Nobel Peace Prize

Nadine Gordimer (honorary DLitt)

1991 Nobel Prize in Literature

Sir Aaron Klug (BSc, honorary DSc)

1982 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

National Orders

1987
Order of the Southern Cross Class I: Professor Raymond Dart

1992
Order for Meritorious Service Gold Class: Professor Phillip V Tobias
Order of the Southern Cross Class II: Professor Phillip V Tobias

1997
Order of Merit, gold: Dr Helen Suzman

1999
Order for Meritorious Service, Class II: Advocate George Bizos

2002
Order of the Baobab, gold: Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson
Order of the Baobab, gold: Chief Justice Ismail Mahomed
Order of the Baobab, gold: Professor Jacques (Friedel) Sellschop
Order of the Baobab, bronze: Dr Thelma Henderson
Order of Mapungubwe, bronze: Professor Peter Beighton 

2003

Order of Ikhamanga, gold: Cecil Skotnes

2004

Order of Mapungubwe, gold: Dr Sydney Brenner
Order of Mapungubwe, bronze: Dr Himladevi Soodyall
Order of Ikhamanga: Professor Jeanne Zaidel-Rudolph

2007
Order of Mapungubwe, silver: Professor Valerie Mizrahi

2009
Order of Mapungubwe, silver: Professor Hendrik Koornhof

2010
Order of the Companions of OR Tambo in Silver: Lord Joel Joffe


2012
Order of Mapungubwe, silver: Professor Barry Schoub
Order of Ikhamanga: Dr Johnny Clegg

2013
Order of the Baobab, silver: Dr Sayed Mohamed Ridwan Mia
Order of Mapungubwe, silver: Professor Glenda Gray
Order of Luthuli, silver: Dr Essop Essak Jassat
Order of Luthuli, silver: Dr Arthur Letele (Posthumous)

2016
Order of Ikhamanga, silver: Sylvia Glasser
Order of the Baobab, silver: Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng

2017
Order of Mapungubwe, silver: Professor Fulufhelo Nelwamondo
Order of Luthuli, silver: Nomzamo Winifred (Winnie) Madikizela-Mandela

2018
Order of Luthuli, bronze: Major-General Keith Mokoape

Mandela Rhodes Scholars

2007

  • Ayanda Khala (BA DA 2007)
  • Lunga Radebe (BA DA 2008)
  • Sheetal Vallabh (LLM 2004)

2008

  • Victor Chikadzi (MA 2009, PhD 2013)
  • Nobulali Dangazele (BA DA 2008, MA 2010)
  • Simangele Mabena (BA DA 2006, MA 2009)

2009

  • Masasa Mbangeni (BA DA 2010)
  • Aalyia Sadruddin (BA 2009, MA 2011)
  • Elias Phaahla (BA 2008, BA Hons 2009)

2010

  • Shaheen Seedat (BEconSci Hons 2011, BSc Hons 2012)
  • Asanda Dodi (BCom Hons 2011)

2011

  • Phillip Mogodi (BSc Eng 2009, MSc Eng 2013)

2012

  • Yumna Laher (BA 2011, BA Hons 2012, MA 2013, LLB 2015)

2013

  • Hayley Chewins (BA 2011, LLB 2013, BA Hons 2014)

2014

  • Nadia Kruger (BCom 2013, BEconSci Hons 2014, MEconSci 2015)
  • Amir Rezaei (BCom Hons 2015)

2015

  • Leané Meiring (BA Hons 2015, MA 2017)
  • Lehlohonolo Mofokeng (MEd 2017)
  • Luyolo Mphithi (BA 2014, BA Hons 2015)
  • Sinikiwe Mqadi (BA Hons 2016)
  • Simbarashe Tevera (BA 2015, BA Hons 2016)
  • Naledi Yaziyo (BA Hons 2016)

2016

  • Mulweli Mathagu (BSc Eng 2015)
  • Rethabile Mphutlane (BA Hons 2017)
  • Linus Ndambuki (BSc Hons 2017)
  • Nkateko Manganye (BCom Hons 2017)
  • Nompumelelo Manzini (BA Hons 2016, MA 2017)
  • Tessa Ware (BA Hons 2017)

2017

  • Mpilo Shabangu (BA 2017)
  • Yamikani Chinamale (BSc Hons 2017)
  • Irfan Habib (BSc Hons 2018)

2018

  • Rufaro Samanga (BSc 2016, BSc Hons 2017)
Rhodes Scholars
  • Prof Lucy Allais
  • Dylan Barry
  • Dr Immo Bock
  • Derek Bostock
  • Dr Jonathan Broomberg
  • Prof Colin Bundy
  • John Chettle
  • David Cohen
  • Graham Craig
  • Arthur Davidson
  • Nhlanhla Dlamini
  • Michael Faralla
  • David Ferreira
  • Francis Fincham
  • Spencer Fleischer
  • David Forsyth
  • Prof Sandra Fredman
  • Michael Garms
  • Sha'ista Goga
  • Martin Haak
  • Dr Simonne Horwitz
  • Dr Owen Horwood
  • Dr Kuan-Hsiang Huang
  • Michael Jennions
  • John Kahn
  • John Kane-Berman
  • Janet Kentridge
  • Dr Satish Keshav
  • Dr Anthony Kinghorn
  • Lisa Klein
  • Dr Kezia Lange
  • John Lazar
  • Daryl Lee
  • Lodewyk Lombard
  • Ian Lowitt
  • Gertrude Makhaya
  • Ofentse Makgae
  • Christopher Mann
  • Robin Margo
  • Dr Romina Mariano
  • Kennedy Maxwell
  • Andrew McCarthy
  • Michael Mendelowitz
  • Edward Mortimer
  • Dr Trevor Mundel
  • Keitumetse-Kabelo Murray
  • Saul Musker
  • Sean Naidoo
  • Dr Loyiso Nongxa
  • Anthony Norton
  • Dr Frederick Orkin
  • Thomas Osborn
  • Terence Paton
  • Prof Robert Plewman
  • Adv Thomas Plewman
  • Prof Anthony Polonsky
  • Prof Max Price
  • Laurence Rabinowitz
  • James Raftery
  • Duncan Randall
  • Shahana Rasool
  • Peter Robinson
  • Dr Charles Saner
  • Shaheen Seedat
  • Mompati Setlogelo
  • Harold Small
  • Dr Robert Soderlund
  • Hans Spoel
  • Jonathan Steinberg
  • Prof Stephen Tollman
  • Dr Anton Van Dellen
  • Walker Wallis
  • Raymond Weedon

Deceased

  • Prof Edward Adams
  • David Craighead
  • Dr Gerald Browne
  • Dr Lionel Bryer
  • Dr Monte Bryer
  • Prof Arthur Bunting
  • Dr David Cohen
  • Edwin Gush
  • Colin Hatherley
  • Dr Francis Hill
  • John Kuhn
  • Alan Murray
  • Prof Johannes Myburgh
  • Sydney Newman
  • David Philips
  • Prof Denis Saddington
  • Dr Roland Walker
  • Dr Rex Welsh
Fullbright Scholars

1974

  • Professor Alan Mabin

1993

  • Brian Boshoff

1995/6

  • Edward Webster

2001

  • Dr Leketi Makalela

2003

  • Paul Cook
  • Jacob Dlamini

2004

  • Phillip Schmitz
  • Allen Leuta
  • Michelle Morrison

2005

  • Reinette Biggs
  • Felicity Duncan
  • Nnditsheni Madavha
  • Shaun Teichner

2007

  • Wadzanai Lunga
  • David Fowkes

2008

  • Nombulelo Beauchamp
  • Faraaz Mahomed
  • Lithembe Velleman

2009

  • Vukosi Marivate
  • Tlabo Leboho
  • Khwezi Mkhize
  • James Fowkes

2010

  • Lebogang Mateane

2011

  • Palesa Shongwe
  • Mandisa Mathobela

2012

  • Andrew Russell
  • Andrew Orkin

2014

  • Reabetswe Nkhumise
  • Ayesha Krige
  • Tshegofatso Moeng
  • Oluwatoyin Ayotomilola Adeleke

2015 - 2016

  • Ashar Dhana
  • Cikida Gcali
  • Suria Devi Subiah
Forbes Rankings

Wendy Appelbaum (BA 1982) 
Net worth: R1.99bn (2012) | #1 Intellidex Richest Women in South Africa | Forbes Africa's Richest Women (at least $50m) (2011)

Koos Bekker (LLB 1978) 
CEO Naspers | Net worth: $1.49b (2016) | #13 Forbes Africa's 50 Richest (2015) | #810 Billionaires (2015) #4 in South Africa

Steven Collis (BCom 1982, BCom Hons 1983) 
CEO AmerisourceBergen | Forbes Global Fortune 500 Company CEO | Market cap AmerisourceBergen: $24.7b (Forbes, 2015)

Dr Judy Dlamini (MBA 1999) 
Chair Aspen Pharmacare Ltd | Net worth: R124 million (2012) | #5 Intellidex Richest Women in South Africa

Ivan Glasenberg (BAcc 1982) 
CEO Glencore International | Net worth: $1.78b (2016) | #301 Forbes Billionaires (2015) | #5 Australia's 50 Richest (2015)

Gail Kelly (MBA 1986) 
Former CEO Westpac | #56 Forbes Power Women (2014)

Nathan Kirsh (BCom 1953) 
#435 Forbes Billionaires (2015), $3.8b (2016)

Patrice Motsepe (LLB 1988) 
CEO Africa Rainbow Minerals | Net worth: $989m (2016) | #22 Forbes Africa's 50 Richest (2015) | #847 Forbes Billionaires (2015) | #5 in South Africa (2015)

Maria Ramos (BCom 1986, BCom Hons 1987) 
CEO ABSA | #93 Forbes Power Women (2011)

Rodney Sacks (DipLaw 1972, HDipTaxLaw 1978) 
#1250 Forbes Billionaires (2015), $1.49b (2016)

Hilton Schlosberg (MBA 1976) 
#1386 Forbes Billionaires (2015), $1.45b (2016)

Dr Patrick Soon-Shiong (MBBCh 1975) 
CEO NantWorks LLC | Net worth: $11.9b (2015) | #35 Forbes 400 Richest People in America (2015) | #96 Forbes Billionaires (2015)

Sharon Wapnick (BA 1984, LLB 1986) 
Octodec Investments and Premium Properties | Net worth: R334m (2012) | #3 Intellidex Richest Women in SA | Forbes Africa's Richest Women (2011)

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Knighthoods and other UK honours
  • Sir Edward Philip Antrobus
  • Sir Michael David Bear
  • Sir Winfried Franz Wilhelm Bischoff
  • Sir Walter Bodmer
  • Sir David John Burrows
  • Sir Terence Alexander English
  • Sir R S Garfield Todd
  • Sir Donald Gordon
  • Sir Bob Alexander Hepple
  • Sir Francis Hinsley
  • Sir Raymond Hoffenberg
  • Sir Andrew Huxley
  • Sir Sydney Woolf Kentridge
  • Sir David Anthony King
  • Sir Aaron Klug
  • Sir Ivone Leite
  • Sir Maurice Sydney Lipworth
  • Sir Ian Stewart Lloyd
  • Sir Richard Edmonds Luyt
  • Sir Henry Mclorinan Mcdowell
  • Sir Alastair Robert Newton Morton
  • Sir Charles Wilfrid Newton
  • Sir Ernest Oppenheimer
  • Sir Basil Ferdinand Jamieson Schonland
  • Sir Michael Leonard Sinclair
  • Sir Mark Aubrey Weinberg
  • Sir Thomas Williams
  • Sir Gerhard Jacob Jack Zunz
  • Dame Janet Suzman
  • Lord Joel Joffe
  • Sir Daniel Lincoln Bethlehem
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