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Durban Luncheon and Reunion 2018

Date Released : 17/08/2018

Reunion Season kicked off with Durban events being held on the 3rd August. The Chancellor, Judge Lex Mpati hosted a Luncheon at Riverside Hotel and took the opportunity to present the Distinguished Old Rhodian Award 2017, to the late Dr Les Shone's family.

Twenty-eight students receive bursaries from the Old Rhodian Union this year

Date Released : 26/07/2018

Twenty-eight hard-working students received bursaries totalling R225 000 from the Old Rhodian Union this year.

Festival Cocktail Party 2018

Date Released : 18/06/2018

A limited print edition of 'Rhodes University in Winter' by Roddy Fox, is available to buy for R2500. Half of the proceeds will go to Rhodes University and will be allocated to Grounds and Gardens maintenance. Print details: Size:450mm (wide) x 337.5mm (high). Printed on Hahnemühle German Etching Paper. This is a very high quality archival paper with an estimated life of at least 75 years. Limited Edition of 25 signed prints each with a certificate of authenticity.

Post Graduation Hall Celebration 2018

Date Released : 17/04/2018

The Post Graduate Hall and the Alumni Office joined together to congratulate our Master’s and PhD Graduates. This event has become an annual occurrence to welcome our Post Graduates into the elite alumni family.

Orientation Cocktail Party 2018

Date Released : 06/02/2018

Hosted by the Old Rhodian Union Vice-President, Prof James Gambiza, the Orientation Cocktail Party was a huge success with many young and old Rhodents coming together, to chat and share experiences. Deputy Vice-Chancellor; Research and Development, Dr Peter Clayton welcomed all of our first years and especially welcomed our Old Rhodians back to campus.

Walk the Talk

Date Released : 18/09/2017

Three Rhodents from the Old Rhodian Gauteng Association decided to get together and enjoy the MTN Walk the Talk with 702 on the 23rd July. Not only is this walking event the biggest in Joburg, but with over 50 000 entries, it’s the biggest mass participation sports event on the continent. Pride Jani, Derek Sanhowe and Nozuko Twala, dressed with a ‘touch of purple’, decided to participate in the 10km walk - and had a great time throughout the day!

Old Rhodian Bursary Awards

Date Released : 03/08/2017

The Old Rhodian Union handed over 28 bursaries to current Rhodes students on Tuesday, 25 July 2017. The awarding of these bursaries is based on financial need, academic record and where appropriate, whether a re-award is necessary. The OR Union funds are made possible by donations from the Chapman and Fitzsimons funds, the UK Trust, MySchool programme, the Annual Fund, ad hoc donations and various other bequests.

Johannesburg Consultations

Date Released : 02/08/2017

Johannesburg Consultations took place at The Johannian on the 7th July. A Brunch was held in the morning and in the evening, a Cocktail Party. Thank you to our facilitators, Terry Sutherland and Father Charlesworth. Our Johannesburg events were very lively with a very diverse group of people attending. At both events, discussions and observations followed the points below:

Festival Cocktail Party

Date Released : 02/08/2017

The National Arts Festival once again provided an opportunity to welcome back visiting Alumni to meet staff members and to catch up with fellow Old Rhodians who were visiting Grahamstown . On the 5th July, the Old Rhodian Union Vice-President, Prof James Gambiza, introduced Dr Peter Clayton, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor; Research & Development to all guests.

Durban Consultations

Date Released : 02/08/2017

Durban Consultations took place on Friday 23rd June at the African Pride Audacia Manor Hotel. We had a Brunch and an evening Cocktail event and both were well attended with many responses and experiences shared. The consultations took a slightly varied approach in order to allow for more dialouge and the following points were discussed.

East London Consultation

Date Released : 02/08/2017

Our East London Consultation took place on Friday, 9th June at the Beacon Bay Country Club. Approximately 40 Old Rhodians gathered and started a consultation ably facilitated by Adv Matthew Mpahlwa (2007). With the Survey being issued, it was noted that the process of following the questionnaire was not as beneficial to the process as most of the guests had filled the survey out already.

Port Elizabeth Transformation Consultation

Date Released : 19/05/2017

Two functions were held on the 12th May, a Brunch and an evening Cocktail Consultation. Dr Clayton hosted both events and noted that converstations on institutional change and transformation characterise Rhodes University life. While these conversations are transformative in and of themselves a need was identified for more structured and facilitated transformation conversations. Central to the transformation project is the issue of the name of our University

Cape Town Alumni Transformation Consultations

Date Released : 19/05/2017

This May Rhodes University kick-started the Transformation Summit Alumni Consultations as an international initiative. Alumni is the largest stakeholder group that plays a strategic role in the Rhodes community. The Alumni Transformation Task Team, consisting of the staff and students currently at Rhodes University, are interacting with the Alumni in a two-pronged approach; an online survey and consultations.

Perth, Australia Reunion Consultation

Date Released : 19/05/2017

Organised by ORs Andrew Burnett (1967) and Kevin Cockcroft (1978) and kindly hosted at Andrew and Barbara’s house, the event went off exceedingly well with everyone thoroughly enjoying the evening. Prof George Wells from Rhodes University: Department of Computer Science, is currently on sabbatical and offered to be the guest speaker and to facilitate the Alumni Transformation Consultation. Prof Wells discovered that Australian boerewors ‘is actually rather good!’

Alumni House and Post Graduate Hall Celebration

Date Released : 24/04/2017

Alumni House and the Post Graduate Hall held a special celebration to further congratulate the PhD and Masters 2017 graduates. The event was held at Oakdene House and was well attended by Post Graduates and guests which included the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Sizwe Mabizella.

give5 Student Fundraising Campaign 2017

Date Released : 19/05/2017

Give5 is a fundraising campaign run by students to raise money for fellow students. The campaign is aimed to provoke a spirit of philanthropy in students and provides them with an opportunity to help ‘one of their own’. The success of the campaign relies on the give5 Committee and the Senior Student, together with another House Committee member, from each Residence, to galvanise the students into planning and participating in the fundraising activities.

Orientation Cocktail Party

Date Released : 27/02/2017

The Orientation Cocktail Party is specifically aimed at new students who have a family connection to Rhodes and gives their Old Rhodian relative and the student the unique opportunity to meet the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Sizwe Mabizela, and other members of staff on a more personal level.

Knocking On Heavens Door Reunion

Date Released : 09/11/2016

Our Knocking on Heavens Door group (1965 to 1975) organised THE BIG PULL Reunion for the weekend of the 30th September. Over 40 Old Rhodians from all over the world made the big pull to Port Alfred for the weekend. The group met at the Royal Alfred Golf Club for a meet and greet braai on the Friday evening which served as an opportunity for informal Club meetings (Club 15 and League of Gentlemen) to be held at the same time. Saturday saw many gather for a game of golf, whilst others drove to

Johannesburg Alumni Events

Date Released : 08/11/2016

The Jacaranda trees were a perfect backdrop for our Johannesburg events held from the 3rd of November. The Vice-Chancellor’s Dinner was hosted by Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Dr Peter Clayton, due to Dr Mabizela being needed in Grahamstown. Much debate and discussion was held on the Fees Must Fall and how it affects tertiary education and Rhodes University in particular.

UK Club 1904 Congratulates Caroline Rowland

Date Released : 31/10/2016

n the 21st September, the UK 1904 Club held an event at The Soho Hotel in order for Ms Orla Quinlan, Director of the Rhodes University International Office to present the Distinguished Old Rhodian Awards to Caroline Rowland. Caroline is Founder and Executive Creative Director of New Moon, the company thought to have redefined the role of film in campaigning to win major sporting, cultural and business contacts.

Durban Congratulates Andy Gray

Date Released : 31/10/2016

October the 15th saw KZN Alumni coming together at the Arcadia Pride Hotel in Durban. A luncheon was held midday, for our more mature Old Rhodians, and that evening the Reunion provided the unique opportunity for Vice-Chancellor, Dr Sizwe Mabizela to present Andy Gray with the Distinguished Old Rhodian Award. Andrew Lofts Gray is awarded the Distinguished Old Rhodian Award as he is an outstanding leader in the pharmacy field both nationally and internationally and epitomizes Rhodes motto 'where leaders learn'.

Cape Town Events 2016

Date Released : 31/10/2016

The Vice-Chancellor's Dinner was held on Friday 16th September and a group of donors and close friends of Rhodes University came together to hear from Vice-Chancellor, Dr Sizwe Mabizela. On Saturday, the Legacy Luncheon was held for our more mature alumni and in the evening, alumni of all ages came together to celebrate at the Reunion. As Alumni, we must work together to build a better world and society so that we can bequeath future generations a better world

Oriel House Centenary and Festival Cocktail Celebrations

Date Released : 08/07/2016

Thank you so much to all the former members who came back to Oriel House for the Homecoming Weekend held over the weekend of the 8th July. I can confidently confirm that a fantastic weekend was had by all! On the Friday night alumni joined our DVC, Dr Peter Clayton and the President of the Old Rhodian Union, Prof Rod Walker for the Festival Cocktail Party in honour of Oriel House and allowed all alumni to dwell on the memories, laughter and excitement. During the weekend we welcomed back to the campus

Orientation Cocktail Party

Date Released : 06/02/2016

The Orientation Cocktail Party is specifically aimed at new students who have a family connection to Rhodes and gives their Old Rhodian relative and the student the unique opportunity to meet the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Sizwe Mabizela, and other members of staff on a more personal level. The Cocktail Party was held on Saturday 6th February at Alumni House and the evening was abuzz with students and alumni,

Old Rhodians Gauteng Chapter Purple Thursday Gathering

Date Released : 01/09/2016

Johannesburg, South Africa –The September 1st Purple Thurday gathering brought all Old Rhodians – young and old together and saw the launch of the Old Rhodians’ Gauteng Chapter. The Chapter aims to keep all our ORs interested in our University and the goings on of all of our alumni in the area. It serves to expand the OR dominance in our own Gauteng and several networking and sporting Clubs and Societies are available for everyone to enjoy the Rhodes ethos.

give5 Students Fundraising Campaign 2016

Date Released : 05/03/2016

The 5th to the 13th March was a busy period for our current Rhodents who immersed themselves in the task of raising money for give5. Over R83 800.00 was raised by the end of the week, simply from students holding events and asking for donations of R5 and more. Give5 is part of the Rhodes Alumni student engagement strategy, which seeks to introduce students to the culture of giving whilst on campus. The campaign is run by the give5 Committee consisting of students who engages with the Senior

Old Rhodian Union Bursary Awards 2016

Date Released : 12/05/2016

Old Rhodian Union Awards R200 000 in Bursaries The 2016 Old Rhodian Union Bursary (ORU) Awards were hosted by the Vice- President, Prof James Gambiza and the Old Rhodian Union Committee on the 12thMay 2016 at Alumni House. 26 Bursaries, totalling R200 000, were awarded to students whose parents or grandparents are Old Rhodians. Administered by the ORU committee, the bursaries awarded are based on a means test and academic achievements.

Sydney Australia Purple Thursday

Date Released : 18/08/2016

Prof Di Wilmot, Dean of Faculty of Education, Visited Sydney Australia and invited all Old Rhodians living in the area to come together for a Purple Thursday Gathering. A group of 15 Old Rhodians attended the event and had a thoroughly enjoyable evening meeting each other whilst catching up on the latest news from their alma mater. An email group has been set up and they will stay in contact together and organise some more gatherings for Old Rhodians living in Sydney


Date Released : 27/08/2016

The 66th Annual Meeting of Convocation was held jointly with the Annual General Meeting of the Old Rhodian Union (ORU) during Founders’ Weekend. The new President of Convocation, Professor Peter Mtuze was elected. Professor Peter Mtuze obtained his M.Th (Master of Theology) degree at Rhodes University in 2000 and has come full circle when he returned to Rhodes University as Professor and Head of the IsiXhosa Department. He is a poet, priest and academic with other varied career experiences having

Old Rhodian Awards 2016

Date Released : 27/08/2016

Outstanding Old Rhodian It’s that time of year again when The Old Rhodian Awards recognise the leading role models of our University and celebrate their achievements over the Founders’ Weekend. 2016 honours six individuals for their excellent successes. Distinguished Old Rhodian Awards Tanya Accone is honoured for her leadership and public service serving on the SRC and working with the community in iRhini