Hendrik van der Bijl Memorial Lecture 2016

The Hendrik van der Bijl Memorial Lecture 2016 was delivered by Mr Koos Bekker, Non-executive Chairman of Naspers, on 8 September 2016 in the Senate Hall of the University of Pretoria. The title of his presentation, “Ten mistakes I made” aroused much interest and the lecture was very well attended.

A reprint of the 1948 biography of Dr H J van der Bijl entitled “South African Heritage” by Alice Jacobs, was launched before the lecture. The reprint was facilitated by SAAE Fellow Thomas Garner, CEO of Cennergi and Sipho Nkosi, retired CEO of Exxaro. Copies of the biography were handed to Prof Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria by Mxolisi Mgojo, CEO of Exxaro. It was an historic evening as it was the first time that the lecture was attended by relatives of Hendrik van der Bijl.