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International alumni news

In support of UP's 2025 vision to strengthen its international standing as a high-quality educational institution, the TuksAlumni Office has expanded its international focus over the past few years. Prof Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, will soon be visiting Australia, while alumni in other countries are also actively building bonds between themselves in their respective countries. Other news includes the important role that Chamonix Terblanche, an alumna of the University of Pretoria, is playing in the postgraduate education sector of Australia.

Australia, take note: alumni functions in March and April

Prof De la Rey will be visiting Australia in March and April, and a number of networking cocktail functions are planned where she will be the guest speaker. The functions will be hosted in Perth and Sydney at the offices of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, and are free of charge. However, the function in Brisbane will be at the Stamford Plaza Brisbane Hotel.

The following cities are on her itinerary:

  • Perth: Tuesday 27 March 2012, 17:30 for 18:00, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Level 14, Woodside Plaza, 240 St George's Terrace. Perth
  • Melbourne: Friday 30 March 2012, 17:30 for 18:00, Venue will be confirmed.
  • Brisbane: Saturday 31 March 2012, 17:30 for 18:00, Stamford Plaza Hotel, corner of Margaret and Edward Streets, Brisbane 
  • Sydney:  Wednesday 4 April 2012, 17:30 for 18:00, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Level 9, 225 George Street, Sydney. 

 For reservations, contact Estelle Walmsley at tel +27 12 420 3885, fax +27 12 362 5088 or via email at

If you know other former Tukkies in Australia, please let them know about these functions.

Programme for London

The University’s alumni group in London is planning several functions for 2012. Make sure you keep an eye on the TuksAlumni newsletter and the website for more information.

The Homecoming Revolution

The Homecoming Revolution, founded in 2003 by the advertising agency Morrisjones, encourages and assists South Africans living abroad to return home. This initiative is sponsored by FNB and includes incentives for prospective homeowners who want to start businesses in South Africa. Furthermore, expats also receive guidance and information on starting businesses in South Africa.

The organisation is recognised by government and the private sector as a primary resource in skills repatriation and a tangible solution to the “brain drain”. This is backed up by statistics in the Global Competitiveness Report produced by the World Economic Forum, in which South Africa ranked 80th out of 139 countries in 2009. In 2010 it ranked 62nd out of 139 countries and in 2011 it ranked 48th out of 142 countries.

The Homecoming Revolution has built up a database of 20 000 South Africans around the world, and has face-to-face engagements with more than 15 000 South Africans abroad. The organisation has also presented 30 international events in the United Kingdom, USA, the Netherlands, Ireland, Canada, Dubai and Australia to date.

Visit the website at for more information.

International alumni contacts

Alumni of the University of Pretoria can literally be found around the globe. The TuksAlumni Office has representatives in various countries and cities who promote the University and strengthen relations with alumni.

In Africa, there are representatives in Botswana, Namibia, Kenya, Malawi, Zambia and Nigeria. Australasia also has a number of representatives, notably in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Sanctuary Cove in Australia, and in Christchurch, in New Zealand. Furthermore, there are representatives in the Netherlands, Norway (Stavanger) and in England (London). There are also quite a few representatives in the USA, including in South Carolina (Clemson), Texas (Houston), Colorado (Logmont), New York City (New Jersey) and Salt Lake City. Finally, Canada has representatives in Edmonton/Calgary and Toronto.   

The names and contact details of these alumni are available on the page for international contacts on the alumni page on the University’s website (

Alumna is president of Australian council

Chamonix Terblanche (BCom, 2000) was elected as National President of the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA) for 2012. The elections were held at the University of Sydney during CAPA’s annual general meeting. CAPA is the national body representing all Australia’s postgraduate students, totalling more than 320 000.

Chamonix is a PhD candidate at Curtin University, where she is developing a software tool that will identify educational and workforce development needs in Australia. At Curtin University, Chamonix is currently an elected member of the University Council (the University’s governing body), President of the Postgraduate Student Association (CUPSA) and member of the Academic Board.

Chamonix’s father, Dr Thomas Smalberger, a practising medical practitioner in Perth, is a former president of UP’s Student Representative Council. He was a dux student in 1974 and received his PhD at UP at the age of 24.

Chamonix (right) and her father, Dr Thomas Smalberger (left).