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Vista University, South Africa was established in 1981[1] by the apartheid government to ensure that urban black South Africans seeking tertiary education would be accommodated within the townships rather than on campuses reserved for other population groups.[2]

Vista University
Vista University logo.svg
Type Public
Established 1981 (Closed)
Location Pretoria, South Africa
Campus Urban



Its campuses were based in Bloemfontein,[3] Daveyton (East Rand), Mamelodi, Port Elizabeth, Sebokeng, Soweto and Welkom. The administrative head office[4] and the Distance Education Campus were located in Pretoria.


In the late 1990s to early 2000s the Vista University and the University of Central Florida Consortium developed a mutually interactive program designed to:

1) Create a technologically based distance education program sensitive to local challenges, including the enhancement of Vista University's Distance Education Campus Student Support Centres

2) Enhance the capacity of various programs, including the Sociology program and academic staff through appropriate education instruction models, curriculum development, media-based instruction and research agendas.


The university has since been closed; while student records were archived accordingly, but experienced some corruption in the process of the complex mergers. Its facilities and some members of the staff have been merged into other universities, including:

Notable staff and alumniEdit

  • Mmamoloko Kubayi, South African Minister of Energy
  • Paul Avis (deceased), 1970s professional tennis player and clinical psychologist
  • Mark Behr, author
  • Kagiso Chikane, wife of Frank Chikane
  • Alan Clark, CEO of SABMiller[11]
  • Kenny Kunene, businessman
  • Mcebisi Jonas, Deputy Finance Minister
  • Griezel Matome Raphahlelo, scientist and entrepreneur
  • Kai Schulz, businessman
  • Sipho Seepe, political analyst
  • Mimy Matimbe, Commander 4 Artillery Regiment