Honorary member


Pieter Swart

Pieter is presently Director: Marketing and Corporate Relations at Nelson Mandela University.

Pieter started his career as a teacher at Boland Agriculture High School in Paarl in 1982. In 1985 he was appointed as Public Relations Practitioner at the PE Technikon, promoted to the Head: Public Relations in 1987 and in 1991 to Director: Corporate Affairs and Development. When the merger of UPE and PE Technikon took place in 2005 he was the Interim Director. In 2006 he was appointed as Director of Marketing and Corporate Relations of NMMU, a position he holds up to the present.

Highlights of his career include receiving the MACE President’s award in 2013 for integrity, professionalism and service in higher education. He also received the PRISA President’s award in 2016.

Other awards include:

  • He’Atid Alumni Project Award Winner (2002)
  • Citizen of the Year: Education for the City of Port Elizabeth (1997)
  • Honorary Member: Golden Key Society (2012)

Pieter served on the Protech/ Unitech/ MACE Boards over a period of 25 years, also as chairperson. He is a well-known public speaker and MC and has addressed, amongst others the following National/ International bodies:

  • United Nations Centre against Apartheid: New York (1995)
  • CASE: San Francisco (1996)
  • Swedish Universities Consortium: Gothenburg (2002)
  • International Inyathelo Spring Schools: Cape Town
  • PRISA AGM (2016)

He is an Alumnus of University of the Free State, UPE (NMMU) and UCT.