sampie.jpegBorn Solomon Johannes Terreblanche in 1933, Sampie Terreblanche obtained his BA degree in 1954, an MA cum laude and his D.Phil, all from Stellenbosch. He worked as a Special Auditor at Harvard University, from 1968 to 1969 and was awarded a D.Comm (honoris causa) from the University of the Free State in 2005.


Between 1957 and 1964, Terreblanche worked as a lecturer and senior lecturer at the University of Free State, then in the following years, worked as a senior lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch. From 1968 to 1995, he was Professor of Economics at the same institution, which is where he has also served as Emeritus Professor of Economics from 1996 until 2012.


Together with his three decades of lecturing in Economics, Terreblanche has published eight books in Afrikaans, mainly on Economic history, history of Economic thought and South African Economic policy matters. The only book in English was published in 2002, titled History of Inequality in South Africa: 1652 - 2002. He has also contributed several articles and chapters to scholarly periodicals and books and has published approximately two hundred articles in local and international newspapers, mainly concerning the political situation in South and Southern Africa.


Terreblanche has been an invited guest to the USA, Britain, Belgium and the Soviet Union and lectured at several foreign universities. He was a member of the Board of the SABC between 1972 and 1987, where he served as Vice Chairman in the latter five years. He was also a Member of the Economic Advisory Board of the Prime Minister (State President) from 1979 to 1985.


An honorary doctoral degree will be bestowed in April 2013 at the University of Pretoria.



Lost in Transformation: South Africa’s Search for a New Future since 1986, KMM Review Publishing, 2012

History of Inequality in South Africa: 1652 - 2002, University of Natal Press, 2002