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In this issue the focus is on the Roos family. Not only did all the children of Adv Tielman Roos, the University’s first Chancellor, study at UP, but currently six of his great-grandchildren are also enrolled for degrees at Tuks. You are welcome to submit contributions to or by fax to +27 012 362 5088. Be sure to include your highest UP qualification and the year in which you graduated. 

The Roos family are proud Tukkies 

Adv Tielman Roos, first Chancellor of the University of Pretoria and Deputy Minister of the then Union of South Africa, would be proud of his descendants. Not only did his own children study at UP, but six of his great-grandchildren decided to follow in the footsteps of their ancestors and are true Tukkies. 

Their association with the University of Pretoria goes back much further than that, says Mrs Stephanie Roos. She is the daughter-in-law of Adv Roos, who passed away in 1936. Her father, Abraham Hauptfleisch, obtained his BCom degree at UP in 1916 and her mother, Eudora, was a student at the former Pretoria Teachers’ Training College, which has since been incorporated into UP’s Faculty of Education. Stephanie (76) and her sisters, Eugenie Burger, Gretchen Schutte and Annette du Toit, also completed their studies at UP. 

Then, of course, there were Adv Roos’s sons, Tielman and Frederick Van Reenen, who graduated from UP in the late 1940s with degrees in orthopaedic surgery and economics respectively. The paths of Stephanie and her husband, Frederick Van Reenen, crossed at Tukkies and before long they were married. In 1956, the first of their seven children, Lorinda, was born, followed by Frits-Marcellus, Tilania, Eugenie, Quintus, Desmeon and Andrius. Lorinda and her husband are both dentists and have been practising in England for a number of years.  

Pierre du Preez (27), a law student, hopes that his children will also continue the family tradition and study at Tuks. His brothers, Reenen (20) and Theon (25), are currently studying at UP for degrees in BCom Investment Management and Food Sciences respectively. The mother of the Du Preez brothers, Tilania, obtained her LLB degree at Tukkies and met her husband, Pierre, on campus.  

It’s ‘Tuks or nothing’, says Byron Briedenhann (18) who enrolled at UP as a BCom student this year. He and his sister, Jonay (19), are the two children of Eugenie. Eugenie and her husband, Joggie, both qualified as dentists at Tukkies and have a practice in Windhoek, Namibia.  Byron and Jonay are excellent swimmers. They currently swim for TuksSport and are considered to be among South Africa’s best swimmers. Jonay is a first-year student in Sport Sciences, but hopes to enrol for her law degree next year. 

Zian Roos (19), an engineering student, loves res life. His father, Quintus, obtained a degree in construction management at UP, and also met his wife, Ursula, a teacher, at Tuks. The children of Desmeon and Andrius, who both obtained their law degrees at UP, are still small, but Ouma Stephanie hopes that they will also continue the proud Roos family tradition one day

Front: Jonay Briedenhann and Zian Roos. Back: Byron Briedenhann and
the Du Preez brothers Theon, Pierre and Reenen. 


  • Estelle Kriek (26) (BA(Hons) Drama, cum laude, 2005) and Charles Bouguenon (BA Drama) are part of the stage show The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which will once again be presented in Pretoria during May 2010. Estelle plays the role of the innocent and naïve Janet Weiss, while Charles plays the role of Dr Frank N Furter, the loveable psychotic transvestite from another planet.
  • Dr Boitumelo Semete-Makokotlela (30) (BSc Genetics, 2004; BSc(Hons), 2005) is a researcher at the CSIR, where she is part of a team that is working on nano-drug delivery systems for anti-tuberculosis (TB) medications. She also holds a PhD from Northwest University.
  • Hannes Horne (75) (BA(Hons) Drama, 1968; MA, 1970) is a well-known actor, voice artist, director and leading theatre personality who was also a drama lecturer at UP where he trained many of today’s famous South African actors. Hannes studied under the famous Anna Neethling-Pohl and became a household name, face and voice in Pretoria and South Africa between 1968 and 1980.
  • Dimitri Khumalo (29) (BSc(Hons) Technology Management, 2008) is a process engineer who works for Absa Bank.
  • Karen Lee (28) (BSc Agric, 2004; MSc Agric, 2008) is a lecturer at the Grootfontein Agricultural College in Middelburg, Eastern Cape.
  • Dr Theo de Jager (47) (BA(Hons), 1985; MA, 1986; DPhil,1989) is vice-president of Agri SA in Pretoria. Theo is also a qualified auctioneer, property evaluator, appraiser and principal of property agencies, and a pilot. Furthermore, he is a farmer in Georges Valley near Tzaneen, where he produces eucalyptus, avocados and litchis, and he also farms with Nguni cattle.
  • Neil Claasen (36) (BCom Hotel and Tourism Management, 1994) has joined Fujitsu Services South Africa as financial director. He is not new to the Fujitsu group, as he was a financial director for Fujitsu Siemens Computers SA from 2001 to 2007, and the regional financial director for Fujitsu Siemens MEA from 2008. He spent the next three years in Germany as part of Siemens's management development programme.
  • Anton Krugel (39) (BA Information Design, 1994) has been appointed as design director of Interbrand Sampson, based in Johannesburg. He has worked in Johannesburg and Cape Town on a range of blue-chip clients, covering many industry sectors.
  • Izak Petrus (Peet) du Plooy (34) (BEng Mechanical, 1997) is a trade and investment advisor at the World Wildlife Fund. He has been identified by the Mail & Guardian as one of the 300 young South Africans to take out to lunch. He became trade and investment advisor to the local arm of the World Wildlife Fund in 2004. 
  • Dr Ntavhanyeni Phaswana (43) (BA(Hons), 1995; MA Bible Science, 1997; MA Practical Theology,2008) recently received qualifications from two different universities when he obtained his Marriage Officer Diploma from Unisa and his second master’s degree in practical theology from UP. He is also a director of Bo-die-Krans Lodge, Paradise Maname Independent School, Ntavhanyeni Business Enterprise and Machaka Learning Academy. Ntavhanyeni obtained a doctorate in literature and philosophy from Unisa in 2000. 
  • Stefan Oberholtzer (50) (BEng Chemical, 1981; BEng(Hons), 1983; MEng, 1993; MBA, 1987) is the group managing director of Chubb South Africa. Stefan provides guidance and strategic direction to the company’s three operating divisions: Monitoring and Response, Chubb Fire and Chubb Integrated Systems.
  • Madeleen Teseling (41 )(LLB, 1992) has been the owner of Teseling Attorneys in Kimberley since 2006. She loves horses, while she works as an attorney.
  • Pieter (Piet) van Zyl (46) (BSc Agric, 1991; BSc Agric(Hons), 1993) took over the reigns as chief executive officer of York Timbers. He is a former managing director of Hans Merensky Timber.
  • Jacques de Villiers (25) (BCom Business Management, 2006; BCom(Hons) Marketing Management, 2007) is a specialist group sales consultant at the Mega Group of Companies. Subsidiaries of the group are Megamaster, Mega Palisade, Mega Huts and Bosca.
  • Neil Cameron (41) (BSc(Hons) Applied Science, 1998; MSc, 1999) is the general manager of Johnson Controls Systems & Service South Africa. He has assets worth R500 million and some 320 staff members under his leadership.
  • Piet Muller (54) (BSc Agric, 1978; BSc(Hons) Agric, 1979; BInstAgrar(Hons), 1980) is a leading farmer of the Amana Farm in Levubu and the chairperson of Subtrop, the overarching producers’ association of the avocado, litchi, mango and macadamia industry. He is also chairperson of the South African Macadamia Producers’ Association (SAMPA) and has recently been appointed as the new chairperson of the South African Avocado Producers’ Association (SAAPA).
  • Charl du Plessis (33) (BMus, 1999; BMus(Hons), 2000; MMus, 2003; DMus, 2009), Nataniël’s accompanist and pianist since 2000, recently obtained his doctorate at the University of Pretoria. He has also recently released his second album, Piano Man. Charl started his solo career at the beginning of 2007 with the show Pianist Monologues, and he is currently viewed as one of the most versatile local pianists.
  • Joshua Chimakula Ngoma (49) (MEng Project Management, 2001) is one of the founding members, and chief executive officer of the Tranter Group of Companies. He was born in Chipata (formerly known as Fort Jameson) in the eastern part of Zambia. He obtained a degree in mining engineering from Camborne School of Mines in the southwest of England in 1988, and a master’s degree in project management from the University of Pretoria in 2001.
  • Liesbeth Schlumberger-Kurpershoek (45) (Dip Music, 1985; Dip Church Music, 1985; BMus, 1985; BMus(Hons), 1986) commenced her studies while still at school with the late Prof Stephanus Zondagh at UP. In 1985, she won both the SABC Music Prize and the Unisa Overseas Study Bursary, which enabled her to study organ under Marie-Claire Alain at the Conservatoire National de Rueil-Mailmaison and harpsichord with Huguette Dreyfuss. She won the first prize in the International Organ Competition held in Bordeaux in 1989. She was later appointed assistant professor to Jean Boyer at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Lyon, France, in 1996.
  • Dr Elize Strydom (52) (BA Law, 1978; LLB, 1980) is the industrial relations advisor and chief negotiator of the Chamber of Mines and has been nominated as the new chairperson of Socpol at Business Unity South Africa (BUSA). Elize also holds LLM and LLD degrees from the University of South Africa. She is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa.