Unisa personalities

Here, Unisa profiles a selection of alumni, associates, honorary degree holders and staff, providing a frank reckoning of our past and the people who have populated it. Each figure is a study in his or her own right. Together, they reveal the staggering diversity of characters who, for better or worse, have made their mark on Unisa over 140 years. Arranged chronologically by date of birth, they tell an intriguing story of an ever-transforming Unisa and the intersections of the University’s path with South Africa’s.

Featured personalities

President Nelson Mandela
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Dr Mathews Phosa
Dr Miriam Makeba
Judge Bernard Ngoepe
Justice Dikgang Moseneke
Mr Ahmed Kathrada
Mr Kofi Annan
Mr Oliver Tambo
Mr Robert Sobukwe
Mrs Yvonne Chaka Chaka
Prof Z.K. Matthews