22 Notable alumni of
University of the Free State

The University of the Free State is 1231st in the world, 25th in Africa, and 8th in South Africa by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 22 notable alumni from the University of the Free State sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates and former students along with research and academic staff.

  1. Maye Musk

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    Maye Musk
    Born in
    Canada Flag Canada
    Years
    1948-.. (age 73)
    Occupations
    modeldietitian
    Biography

    Maye Musk is a Canadian-South African model and dietitian. Also the mother of Elon Musk, Kimbal Musk, and Tosca Musk, she has been a model for 50 years, appearing on the covers of magazines, including a Time magazine health edition, Women's Day, and Vogue. The New York Post asserted her self-earned fame by declaring she is "a star in her own right".

  2. Wayde van Niekerk

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    Wayde van Niekerk
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    Years
    1992-.. (age 29)
    Occupations
    sprinter
    Biography

    Wayde van Niekerk is a South African track and field sprinter who competes in the 200 and 400 metres. In the 400 metres, he is the current world and Olympic record holder which he broke in the Olympic finals. He also holds the world-best time in the 300 metres.

  3. P. W. Botha

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    P. W. Botha
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    Years
    1916-2006 (aged 90)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Pieter Willem Botha,, commonly known as P. W. and Afrikaans: Die Groot Krokodil (The Big Crocodile), was a South African politician. He served as the last Prime Minister from 1978 to 1984 and the first executive State President from 1984 to 1989.

  4. Hansie Cronje

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    Hansie Cronje
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    Years
    1969-2002 (aged 33)
    Occupations
    cricketer
    Biography

    Wessel Johannes "Hansie" Cronje was a South African international cricketer and captain of the South African national cricket team in the 1990s. He was voted the 11th greatest South African in 2004 despite having been banned from cricket for life due to his role in a match-fixing scandal. He died in a plane crash in 2002.

  5. Leon Schuster

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    Leon Schuster
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    Years
    1951-.. (age 70)
    Occupations
    film directorscreenwriterfilm actorcomediansinger
    Biography

    Leon Ernest "Schuks" Schuster is a South African filmmaker, comedian, actor, presenter and singer.

  6. Lappies Labuschagné

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    Lappies Labuschagné
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    Years
    1989-.. (age 32)
    Occupations
    rugby union player
    Biography

    Pieter Hermias Cornelius 'Lappies' Labuschagné is a South African rugby union footballer who regularly plays as a flanker. He currently plays in the Japanese Top League with Kubota Spears and is currently playing for the Sunwolves. He represents Japan at international level having satisfied residency requirements.

  7. Robert C. O'Brien

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    Robert C. O'Brien
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1966-.. (age 55)
    Occupations
    lawyerdiplomatpolitical staffer
    Biography

    Robert Charles O'Brien Jr. is an American attorney who served as the 28th United States national security advisor from 2019 to 2021. He was the fourth and final person to hold the position during the presidency of Donald Trump.

  8. Jannie du Plessis

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    Jannie du Plessis
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    Years
    1982-.. (age 39)
    Enrolled in the University of the Free State
    Studied medicine
    Occupations
    rugby union playerphysician
    Biography

    Jan Nathaniel du Plessis is a South African rugby union player, who plays as a prop for Montpellier in the French Top 14 and the Lions in Super Rugby. He played for the Free State Cheetahs in the Currie Cup and the Cheetahs in Super Rugby until 2007, when he joined Durban-based side the Sharks, where he played until 2015. He won 70 caps for South Africa between 2007 and 2015.

  9. Charles Robberts Swart

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    Charles Robberts Swart
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    Years
    1894-1982 (aged 88)
    Occupations
    politicianjournalist
    Biography

    Charles Robberts Swart, nicknamed Blackie was a South African politician who served as the last Governor-General of the Union of South Africa from 1959 to 1961 and the first State President of the Republic of South Africa from 1961 to 1967.

  10. Antjie Krog

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    Antjie Krog
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    Years
    1952-.. (age 69)
    Occupations
    poetjournalistwritertranslator
    Biography

    Antjie Krog is a South African poet, philosopher, academic, and writer. In 2004, she joined the Arts faculty of the University of the Western Cape.

  11. Nicolaas Johannes Diederichs

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    Nicolaas Johannes Diederichs
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    Years
    1903-1978 (aged 75)
    Occupations
    politicianminister
    Biography

    Nicolaas Johannes "Nico" Diederichs served as the third State President of South Africa from 1975 to 1978.

  12. Heinrich Brüssow

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    Heinrich Brüssow
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    Years
    1986-.. (age 35)
    Occupations
    rugby union player
    Biography

    Heinrich Wilhelm Brüssow is a South African former professional rugby union player. His usual position was as open-side flanker and his most recent club was Northampton Saints in the English Premiership.

  13. Willem J. Ouweneel

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    Willem J. Ouweneel
    Born in
    Netherlands Flag Netherlands
    Years
    1944-.. (age 77)
    Occupations
    writerphilosophertheologianbiologistuniversity teacher
    Biography

    Willem Johannes Ouweneel is a Dutch biologist, philosopher and theologian. Ouweneel is a well-known writer and speaker among Evangelical circles in the Netherlands. He is widely regarded as a skilled debater. He graduated as a biologist and has three PhD degrees — in biology, theology, and philosophy. He also has numerous popular science books to his name.

  14. Gurthrö Steenkamp

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    Gurthrö Steenkamp
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    Years
    1981-.. (age 40)
    Occupations
    rugby union player
    Biography

    Gurthrö Garth Steenkamp is a former South African Rugby union player. He plays loosehead prop. Steenkamp had previously played for the Free State Cheetahs (Currie Cup) the Bulls and the Cats (Super 14). He made his debut for the Springboks in late 2004 against Scotland.

  15. Georg Meiring

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    Georg Meiring
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    Years
    1939-.. (age 82)
    Occupations
    military personnel
    Biography

    General Georg Meiring SSA, SD, SM, MMM was a South African military commander. He served as Chief of the Army (1990–93) and Chief of the South African National Defence Force (1993–98).

  16. Lionel Cronjé

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    Lionel Cronjé
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    Years
    1989-.. (age 32)
    Occupations
    rugby union player
    Biography

    Lionel Cronjé is a South African rugby union footballer, currently playing for Japanese Top League side Toyota Verblitz. He is a versatile back-line player who can operate as a fly-half or full-back.

  17. Karen Muir

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    Karen Muir
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    Years
    1952-2013 (aged 61)
    Enrolled in the University of the Free State
    Graduated with laurea in medicine
    Occupations
    swimmerphysician
    Biography

    Karen Muir was a South African competitive swimmer. Born and raised in Kimberley, she attended the Diamantveld High School, where she matriculated in 1970.

  18. Zamani Saul

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    Zamani Saul
    Years
    1972-.. (age 49)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Zamani Saul is a South African politician who is the 5th and current Premier of the Northern Cape and a Member of the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature. He has also been serving as the Provincial Chairperson of the African National Congress (ANC) since his election on 12 May 2017. He previously served as the Provincial Secretary and as the Deputy Provincial Secretary of the party.

  19. Philip Snyman

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    Philip Snyman
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    Years
    1987-.. (age 34)
    Occupations
    rugby union playerrugby sevens player
    Biography

    Philippus Albertus Borman Snyman is a South African rugby union footballer. He is the current captain of South Africa's National Rugby 7s Team, Blitzbokke. He also plays as a centre or winger for the Cheetahs in both Super Rugby and the Currie Cup.

  20. Coenie de Villiers

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    Coenie de Villiers
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    Years
    1956-.. (age 65)
    Occupations
    singer
    Biography

    Coenie de Villiers, born 11 October 1956, is a South African singer-songwriter, pianist, pop artist who sings in his mother tongue, Afrikaans. If any comparison was required, Coenie's music is best compared to the pop/rock of Herbert Groenemeyer (German language) or Billy Joel (USA English language).

  21. Philip van der Walt

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    Philip van der Walt
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    Years
    1989-.. (age 32)
    Occupations
    rugby union player
    Biography

    Christoffel Philippus van der Walt is a South African rugby union footballer. He plays as a number eight for the Newcastle Falcons in the IPA Greene King Championship, having previously played for the Sharks in Super Rugby, Cheetahs in Super Rugby, the Free State Cheetahs in the Currie Cup, Biarritz in the French Pro D2 and Canon Eagles in the Japanese Top League.

  22. Wouter Wessels

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    Wouter Wessels
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    Years
    1985-.. (age 36)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Wouter Wynand Wessels is a South African politician and a Member of the National Assembly of South Africa for the Freedom Front Plus (FF Plus). He took office as an MP on 1 December 2017 and succeeded the former party leader Pieter Mulder, who resigned from Parliament a day earlier. Wessels is married to fellow FF Plus MP Tammy Wessels.