International Alumni Assoications

United States of America
There are approx. 621 alumni residing in the United States of America. For further details to join the Association please contact Richard Paverd on e-mail:

New Zealand
There are 330 graduates residing in New Zealand. Events are co-ordinated by Tracy Gers (e-mail: and Cecilia Davison (e-mail: Alternatively, you can e-mail the Alumni Relations Office on

Connecting Across the US
As the UKZN USA Ambassadors, our goal is to connect our fellow UKZN alumni across the United States to help keep each other informed about our community and collaborate on new positive ideas.

The UZKN alumni in the United States includes many extremely accomplished people working at the highest levels of academia, medicine, law, business, media and in charitable organizations. 

If you know any UKZN alumni in the United States who are not yet connected to our UKZN community, please help us make contact. If you would like to hold a UKZN alumni gathering, we will help you get in touch with those living in your part of the United States.

Mandy Dhillon (Howard College, 2008)
Cheetah Haysom (University of Pietermaritzburg, 1969)



The University of KwaZulu-Natal UK Trust is a registered charity in the United Kingdom and was established in 1990 under the leadership of the late Margaret Thomas. She believed in the great potential of students who, despite desperate circumstances of poverty, could rise above their situation given the chance of a university education. From her efforts in organising car boot sales and other events, she inspired alumni to donate money with the result that one student was supported in the first year. With each passing year, on average, one student has been added to the list with over 150 students assisted eighteen years later.

The momentum and sincere desire by the UK alumni to do something for young South Africans at the University encouraged giving which is the backbone of the Trust's finances.  Advantage is taken of the gift-aid tax relief that exists and from time to time, events are held to raise money. Most appeals though, come with the bi-annual newsletter circulated to the database appealing for £10 only. Standing orders and bequests have also made a significant difference and patrons are sincerely thanked for their continued loyalty.

Since Margaret Thomas's death in 2006, a scholarship in her name has been established and the ethos of personal contact by the committee with students remains a priority in how we approach funding. The Trust works closely with the University and the committee meets regularly in London to monitor finances and student contact.  It also arranges joint events with the Alumnus Association from time to time.

The Trustees are always interested to hear from alumni and those who wish to give of their time too.

The Trustees are:

Roger Smith (Chairman)
Erin Bargate (Secretary)
Richard Cooper (Treasurer)
Penny Holmes (neé Human)
Tess Marsh (neé Van Diggelen)
Colin Morgan

All enquiries can be directed to:

Mr Roger Smith
University of KwaZulu-Natal UK Trust
Church House, Yr Allt
Llantrisant, Pontyclun
CF72 8EF




United Kingdom

Bruno van Dyk

Chairperson: Alumnus Association, Europe

Bruno van Dyk is Director of Development and Alumni Relations at Durham University, UK. He has been involved in development work, university advancement and international activities for more than 25 years, in Africa, Europe, the US and the UK. He has two Masters degrees and a certificate in Managing Partnerships and Strategic Alliances from INSEAD.

He has published on literary, educational and polemical issues and is on the editorial board of “Giving: Thematic Issues in Philanthropy and Social Innovation”, taught for many years on the Masters in International Studies in Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship programme at the University of Bologna and has contributed to current debates by presenting at over 30 conferences. He has been and is an ordinary member and Chair of a number of University and other non-profit national and international Boards.


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