Honorary Doctorates

Honorary Doctoral degrees awarded since 1968 to present. From 1968 until 2005, the awards made were from both the former University of Port Elizabeth and the Port Elizabeth Technikon. 

2021

  • Ms Gloria T Serobe
  • Ms Mmatshilo Motsei
  • Prof Martin Tsamenyi

2020 

  • Phuthuma Nhleko
  • Ben Okri
  • Zanele Dlamini Mbeki
  • Elias Lesetja Kganyago
  • Sindiwe Magona

2019

  • Prof Charles R Lawrence 
  • Reverend Frank Chikane
  • Dr Vuyo Mahlati
  • Sibongile Mkhabela 
  • Prof Morgan Chetty 

2018

  • Justice Mandisa Maya
  • Dr Marina VN Xaba-Mokoena
  • Dr Nobuhle Judith Dlamini
  • Dr Nokugcina Elsie Mhlope

2017

  • Justice Dikgang Moseneke
  • Dr Fred Swaniker 
  • Dr Geraldine Fraser - Meloketi 
  • Dr Strive Masiyiwa

2016

  • Sharanjeet Shan (Chancellor’s Medal)
  • Imtiaz Sooliman

2014

  • Dr Paul Allen
  • Dr Stephen Saad
  • Dr Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
  • Dr Neil Jeffrey Turok
  • Dr Masilamoney Pather

2013

  • Dr Seth Berkley
  • Henry Hendricks
  • Hassan Hawa
  • Dr Sylvia Earle
  • John Kani

2012

  • Rev Malusi Mpumlwana
  • Prof Catherine Odora Hoppers
  • Phillip Tobias
  • Kumi Naidoo

2011

  • Sir David Attenborough
  • Tembeka Nkamba – van Wyk
  • Prof Wally Morrow
  • Judge Lex Mpati
  • Prof Suresh Kana
  • Mr Mark Shuttleworth

2010

  • Prof Gaye Le Roux
  • Dr Navenethem Pillay
  • Mr Raymond Patrick Uren

2009

  • Prof Joseph Stiglitz
  • Alan Knott-Craig
  • Prof Dennis Brutus
  • Bishop Paul Verryn
  • Rev W B Rubusana

2008

  • Johann Rupert
  • Nompumelelo Jafta
  • Pravin Gordhan
  • Jakes Gerwel

2007

  • Desmond Tutu
  • Antjie Krog
  • Andreas Trostmann

2006

  • Wiseman Nkuhlu
  • Danny Jordaan
  • Sepp Blatter

2005

  • Phillip Gutsche
  • Nelson Mandela
  • Cynthia Hugo

2004

  • Rod Ironside
  • Denzil Levy
  • Terry Stidworthy
  • Eugene Van As
  • Archibald Campbell Jordan
  • Matthew Goniwe
  • George Bizos
  • Zenzile Miriam Makeba
  • Cuthbert John (Jack) Stead

2003

  • Neil James
  • Frene Ginwala
  • Christopher John Robert Dugard

2002

  • Raymond Ackerman
  • Tim Benners-Lee
  • Stephen Bantu Biko
  • Judge Arthur Chaskalson
  • Dora Nginza
  • Dr Adriaan Wiechers
  • Dr Khotso Mokhele
  • Dr Raymond Mhlaba

2001

  • Molly Blackburn
  • Sir Ketumile Masire
  • Govan Mbeki
  • Sister Ethel Normoyle
  • William Peter Venter
  • Nick Wiehahn

2000

  • Lillian Cingo
  • Lynette Coetzee
  • Ferdinand Deist
  • Wieland Gevers
  • Edith Raidt
  • Chris Stals
  • Rev Makhenkesi Stofile

1998

  • Anant Singh
  • Judge Leonara van den Heever

1997

  • Johan Degenaar
  • Raymond Parsons
  • George Pemba

1996

  • Alba Bouwer
  • Winston Ntshona
  • Adam Small

1995

  • Dave Brink
  • Cyril Ramaphosa
  • Roelf Meyer

1994

  • Jan H van der Merwe
  • Ellen Kuzwayo
  • Nick van der Merwe

1993

  • Paul du Plessis
  • Athol Fugard

1992

  • Judge L de V van Winsen

1991

  • Eve Palmer

1990

  • J G Garbers

1987

  • JL Sadie
  • Gerhard de Kock

1986

  • H J Joubert
  • F J du Plessis

1984

  • Ernst Marais

1983

  • Jamie Uys

1982

  • Charlotte Searle

1981

  • F A Venter
  • J W Kitching

1980

  • Owen Horwood

1979

  • F Seitz

1978

  • Dale du Toit
  • W H Craib
  • Ian Smith

1976

  • Erika Theron
  • C K Oberholzer

1975

  • A C Cilliers
  • J de Klerk
  • E P Drummond

1974

  • N Cryer
  • L C Steyn

1973

  • W B Coetzer
  • M E Wilson

1972

  • Ben Schoeman
  • F L Warren

1971

  • J C C Oosthuysen

1970

  • W W M van Eiselen

1969

  • P du Toit
  • F G Hill

1968

  • J G van der Wath