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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: Raymond Dart

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

2004
Order of Mapungubwe, gold: Dr Sydney Brenner
Order of Mapungubwe, bronze: Dr Himladevi Soodyall

2007
Order of Mapungubwe, silver: Professor Valerie Mizrahi

2009
Order of Mapungubwe, silver: Professor Hendrik Koornhof

2012
Order of Mapungubwe, silver: Professor Barry Schoub

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

Mandela Rhodes Scholars
  • Dr Gert Gerwel

2007

  • Ayanda Khala
  • Lunga Radebe
  • Sheetal Vallabh

2008

  • Victor Chikadzi
  • Nobulali Dangazele
  • Simangele Mabena

2009

  • Masasa Mbangeni
  • Aalyia Sadruddin
  • Elias Phaahla

2010

  • Shaheen Seedat

2011

  • Philip Mogodi

2012

  • Yumna Laher

2013

  • Hayley Chewins

2014

  • Nadia Kruger
  • Amir Rezaei

2015

  • Leane Meiring
  • Lehlohonolo Mofokeng
  • Luyolo Mphithi
  • Sinikiwe Mqadi
  • Simbarashe Tevera
  • Naledi Yaziyo

2016

  • Mulweli Mathagu
  • Nompumelelo Mphutlane

2017

  • Mpilo Shabangu
  • Yamikani Chinamale

Rhodes Scholars
  • Prof Lucy Allais
  • Dr Immo Bock
  • Derek Bostock
  • Dr Jonathan Broomberg
  • Dr Monte Bryer
  • Prof Colin Bundy
  • John Chettle
  • David Cohen
  • Graham Craig
  • David Craighead
  • 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
  • Christopher Mann
  • Robin Margo
  • Kennedy Maxwell
  • Andrew McCarthy
  • Michael Mendelowitz
  • Edward Mortimer
  • Dr Trevor Mundel
  • 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
  • Keitumetse-Kabelo Murray (BA 2016)
  • Saul Musker (BA 2016)

Deceased

  • Prof Edward Adams
  • Dr Gerald Browne
  • Dr Lionel 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

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

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
  • 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
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