First Recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Old Rhodian Awards: Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela
Date Released : 22/11/2017Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela is an author, Professor and holds the Research Chair Studies in Historical Trauma and Transformation in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Stellenbosch University.
Creating funding opportunities for the ‘almost theres’
Date Released : 22/11/2017“Last year, a few days before my 21st birthday I could not celebrate. My results were withheld because my student account was in arrears.
Rhodes Fieldlab prototype wins another national award
Date Released : 20/11/2017Once again, the dynamic duo Masters students Charles Faul and Lucas Lotter’s Fieldlab, a mobile lab-in-a-box prototype, won a half-a-million rand first prize in the Innovation Hub’s GAP-Biosciences national awards on Thursday, 16 November 2017.
Former Rhodes journalism student aims to address your needs
Date Released : 16/11/2017Former Rhodes journalism student Lyndsey Duff aims to address your mapping needs by dividing the world up into 3 metre by 3 metre boxes – each box having three unique words in 14 languages with isiXhosa, isiZulu and Afrikaans to follow shortly.
Isivivane, taking care of our own
Date Released : 14/11/2017Throwing a single stone in a pile appears to have little impact at face value; however, a pile is made up of single stones thrown by multiple people.
Industry joins forces with academia to ensure graduates are equipped
Date Released : 13/11/2017As part of BSG's ongoing commitment to investing in local talent and skills development, BSG CEO, Greg Reis, recently attended the two-day Rhodes University Information Science (IS) Department Advisory Board meeting.
Umthwalo wakho uyakusinda? Is your luggage too heavy for you?
Date Released : 13/11/2017The amazing Rhodes University Rowing Club has clubbed in some of their most valuable items and donated them to fellow students for the upcoming year.
Mobile Visa service tested at Rhodes for international students
Date Released : 09/11/2017For the first time in the history of Rhodes, the Visa Facilitation Service (VFS) travelled to the University campus last week to test the new mobile biometric on international students to ensure that they meet their visa requirements for 2018.
Rhodes weather station revived
Date Released : 08/11/2017Rhodes University is reviving its Weather Station following yearly requests by the Grahamstown community for weather data for various uses.
Constitutional Court Dismisses Appeal Against Interdict
Date Released : 08/11/2017In a unanimous ruling yesterday, the Constitutional Court dismissed an appeal by three Rhodes University students against an interdict granted by the Grahamstown High Court in December 2016.
2017 South African Literary Awards winners announced!
Date Released : 08/11/2017This year’s winners of the South African Literary Awards (SALAs) were announced on Tuesday night, 07 November 2017 at UNISA, Pretoria Campus.
Africa joins global strategists to chart future of media and journalism
Date Released : 07/11/2017How should media managers and editors cope with the shifting sands of a profession under siege from all fronts?
Book on Rhodes a study in excellence
Date Released : 06/11/2017Rhodes University history professor Paul Maylam has written a fascinating book on the history of this iconic Eastern Cape educational institution.
Scholarships for women in media to do postgrad at Rhodes
Date Released : 06/11/2017The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) will award ten postgraduate scholarships for Southern African women media leaders who wish to study media management at Rhodes University’s Sol Plaatje Institute (SPI) for Media Leadership in 2018.
FAST takes a look at the science of sociology
Date Released : 06/11/2017Roodt’s presentation to FAST addressed the decades-long argument about whether sociology – and in fact any of the social sciences – can be considered to fall into the category of science is no longer really a matter of debate.
Rhodes student launches book on walking in someone else’s shoes
Date Released : 03/11/2017Rhodes University student and author Lunga Izata launches her book, The Story is about me tonight, 3 November 2017. “There is always a reason for everything that happens in our lives.
RU Centre for Biological Control, a national asset
Date Released : 03/11/2017Widely regarded as the number one Entomology research unit in the country, the Department of Zoology and Entomology launched its groundbreaking Centre for Biological Control (CBC) on Thursday, 2 November 2017.
Rhodes launches Centre for Biological Control
Date Released : 01/11/2017Rhodes University is launching its Centre for Biological Control in the Department of Zoology and Entomology. The Centre builds on the existing capacity within the institution and facilitates partnerships with other organisations locally, regionally and internationally.
Rhodes Scholar shortlisted for Literary Award
Date Released : 01/11/2017Professor Pamela Maseko, Associate Professor in the African Language Studies Section in the School of Languages and Literatures has been shortlisted for the prestigious South African Literary Awards (SALA) for the book William Wellington Gqoba: Isizwe Esinembali, Xhosa Histories and Poetry (1873 – 1888) and D.L.P. Yali-Manisi Imbali Zamanyange (Historical Poems).
A community remembers forced removals
Date Released : 01/11/2017The Group Areas Act of 1950 ravaged communities across South Africa. Names like District 6 and Sophiatown stain popular history textbooks, but never are places like Grahamstown mentioned.
Mgqatsa, turning her childhood into a career
Date Released : 30/10/2017The Department of Zoology and Entomology this year welcomed its first black female lecturer, Dr Nokubonga Mgqatsa.
Cory’s life and writings contextualised in new book
Date Released : 30/10/2017Former Head of the Cory Library, Dr Sandra Shell, launched her book titled Protean Paradox, an exploration of the life of chemist and historian King George Edward Cory.
Trompie, finding gems on the streets
Date Released : 30/10/2017Several months ago, Luthando “Trompie” Dayimani, a second year Bachelor of Education student, bumped into eight young and displaced youth while walking back to his flat in High street.
Rhodes professionals on mental health awareness
Date Released : 25/10/2017October is Mental Health Awareness month, a campaign to educate South Africans about mental health to reduce the stigma and discrimination attached to mental health.
The South African health conundrum, a capitalist tale
Date Released : 24/10/2017Pouring money into the healthcare system did not improve services and South Africa was a living proof of that view, Health minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, said yesterday while addressing the seventh Alfred Bitini Xuma Memorial Lecture.
Celebrating Can Themba: one of Rhodes’ first black students
Date Released : 23/10/2017Teacher, activist and writer Can Themba is one of the first black students to be admitted at Rhodes University in the late 1940s.
The MacLartys, taking the family affair to the World Cup
Date Released : 23/10/2017Rhodes University student Natalie MacLarty, 22, has been selected to represent South Africa in the Polocrosse World Cup in Australia in April 2019.
1917-2017: The Russian Revolution and its Relevance Today
Date Released : 23/10/2017Veteran activist Oupa Lehulere and Rhodes University’s Lucien van der Walt presented a truly revolutionary lecture during the 2017 Labour Studies Seminar Series recently.
Rhodes-Investec honour 100 student leaders
Date Released : 20/10/2017The Top 100 Rhodes University students were honoured at the annual Rhodes-Investec Top 100 awards ceremony last night in recognition and endorsement of their achievements across a range of categories.
Sport, a great teacher of successful living
Date Released : 20/10/2017Former South African hockey goalkeeper and Director for Diocesan School for Girls Sport, Chris Hebbert, used sport as a metaphor to illustrate how society should ideally function in order for the greatness of previous generations to be passed on to the next.
My Body My Choice 2017: Intimacy As Emancipation
Date Released : 20/10/2017The phrase ‘My Body My Choice’ has been used in various contexts—all of them activist. Since its conception at Rhodes in 2009, ‘My Body My Choice’ has focused its message on the objectification of women’s bodies as well as on sexual and gender-based violence, believing that we cannot properly address violence against women without also addressing the objectification of women’s bodies.
Rhodes pays tribute to Professor Govin Reddy
Date Released : 19/10/2017The Rhodes University community wishes to convey sincere heartfelt condolences to the Reddy Family, friends and colleagues.
Nanotech holds promise for Africa, but not prioritised
Date Released : 19/10/2017Despite immense potential that nanotechnology holds for Africa’s development, the continent is slow in embracing it, a workshop reports says.
Rhodes University MBA student, African winner of prestigious six-continent scholarship
Date Released : 19/10/2017Rhodes University Business School MBA student, Godfrey Nyamande, has been awarded the Association of MBAs 50th anniversary scholarship, the only award of its kind for the whole of the African continent.
Sports heroes guests at the Rhodes Annual Sports Awards
Date Released : 18/10/2017Tonight, Rhodes University’s athletes will trade their purple and white sports kits for suits and ball gowns as they are honoured and recognised for their sportsmanship at the much-anticipated Sports Awards ceremony.
Factionalism and Robert Mugabe’s Leadership in Zimbabwe
Judge Plasket puts deference in administrative law into context
Date Released : 16/10/2017South African High Court Judge in the Eastern Cape division, and presently acting Judge of the SCA, Clive Plasket presented a public lecture on 11 October 2017 titled: ‘Judicial Review, Administrative Power and Deference: A view from the Bench’ at the Faculty of Law.
Learn to conserve scarce water
Date Released : 18/10/2017The Rhodes University Environmental Learning Research Centre is offering a free course on rainwater harvesting and water conservation for people training small-scale farmers and subsistence gardeners.
RU students to compete for $1 million
Date Released : 18/10/2017Chemistry Masters student Zweli Hlatshwayo reckons students are among the most creative thinkers around and he’s thrilled to be the 2017/18 Director of the Rhodes University leg of the Hult Prize.
Rhodes bodybuilder qualifies for World Championship in France
Date Released : 17/10/2017Unfortunately, natural bodybuilding does not have enough exposure and therefore is not a priority sport for endorsement.
Crossword puzzles on African heritage
Date Released : 16/10/2017Rhodes University’s Professor George Euvrard, psychologist and educator, will launch a ground-breaking book, JDE: The Original South African Cryptic Crossword, a collection of crossword puzzles inspired by African heritage.
Monitoring, a critical tool to check if the government uses the budget to develop citizens - Amisi
Date Released : 16/10/2017Rhodes University’s department of Political and International Studies hosted Matodzi Amisi, Director of Evaluation in the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation based in the office of the Presidency of South Africa.
Education Department hosts international scholar, Dr Rose
Date Released : 13/10/2017The Education Department hosted Dr David Rose, a pioneer of the groundbreaking Reading to Learn (RtL) programme for teaching, reading and writing across the curriculum, and from primary to tertiary education.
Community Engagement: Some of the key projects of 2017
Date Released : 12/10/2017Following the Community Engagements Awards earlier this week, where student volunteers and community partners were honoured and encouraged for their efforts towards actively seeking social change and justice within the community, here are some highlights of the work by Rhodes University and the Grahamstown Community.
Rhodes Psychology researcher wins continental award
Date Released : 12/10/2017Rhodes University’s Psychology researcher won a top award and fifteen received honourable mentions at the Student Presentation Awards during the inauguration of continental 2017 Pan African Psychology Union conference in Durban recently.
Community engagement at Rhodes, a manifestation of Ubuntu
Date Released : 11/10/2017The Rhodes University’s Community Engagement Division hosted a momentous Community Engagement Awards ceremony last night to honour and recognise student volunteers and community partners for their contribution towards building a more just and caring Grahamstown.
Rhodes student, one of the best in SA
Date Released : 10/10/2017Hayley Warring, 20, was announced as one of the top 10 undergraduate university students in South Africa at the GradStar Awards last week.
Rhodes Law team in the top 3 in African Human Rights Moot Court
Date Released : 10/10/2017The Faculty of Law team impressed at the finals of the 26th African Human Rights Moot Court Competition finals in Mauritius when they made it to the top three.
Language, a part of our identity and soul - Multilingualism Colloquium
Date Released : 06/10/2017The Language Committee hosted the sixth Annual Multilingualism Colloquium with internationally acclaimed storyteller, Dr. Gcina Mhlophe, as the guest performer and speaker.
‘SA not outraged enough about gender violence’ - Machel
Date Released : 06/10/2017Humanitarian and activist Graça Machel lashed out at the lack of collective outrage by South Africans about the rapidly escalating brutalisation of women and children by men.
Changing curtains and leading by example
Date Released : 06/10/2017Dr Adele Moodly is a quintessential, multi-cultural and dynamic woman who exudes an aura of diplomacy paired with a raging passion for the movement of women towards their rightful place in society.
RU Commerce students represent at the Student Leadership Summit
Date Released : 04/10/2017Two Rhodes University Commerce students, Letty Seshoka and Denzel Makombe have been selected to participate in a national Student Leadership programme as part of the top 30 students chosen for the Student Leadership Summit 2017.
Machel presents the 3rd Archbishop Thabo Makgoba Lecture
Date Released : 04/10/2017Humanitarian and activist Ms Graça Machel will give the keynote address at the third Archbishop Thabo Makgoba Development Trust Annual Lecture, titled: ‘Values Based Leadership’, hosted by the Rhodes Business School on Thursday, 5 October at 18h30 at the Barratt 1 Lecture Theatre.
The Revolutionary Impetus
Date Released : 04/10/2017“The revolutionary impetus emerges in situations of radical injustice, where the political order advantages one group at the cost of another and where those in power are largely deaf to legitimate demands for justice from the underclass,” Pedro Tabensky, Professor of Philosophy, Rhodes University.
Psychology has failed to radically transform from a colonialist endeavor - Prof Catriona Ida Macleod
Date Released : 03/10/2017Professor Catriona Macleod, Professor of Psychology and SARChI Chair of Critical Studies in Sexualities & Reproduction will tonight receive the 10th Social Change Award, which recognises prominent psychologists for their contribution to social change in the country.
Poverty and lack of access to arable land raising stunting levels in SA
Date Released : 02/10/2017Almost 20% of South African children between the ages 0 - 5 years are stunted (preventing growth and proper development), while one in three children that have died in hospitals between 2005 and 2009 were malnourished.
Environmental conservation must be prioritised everyday – RU Awards
Date Released : 02/10/2017This year’s Environmental Awards honoured scholars working in the line of water conservation, an especially socially relevant area, with Grahamstown currently experiencing a water crisis, as well as the greater South Africa.
In conversation with Bettie, a “victorious” rape survivor
Date Released : 27/09/2017Three or so minutes tick by, slowly, as I stand watching Sue and a woman, whom I later discover is Bettie’s* friend hugging in solid embrace. The air is heavy with deep emotion.
Eastern Cape marine scientists working together to plan for the future of Algoa Bay
Date Released : 28/09/2017Eastern Cape, South Africa – Seventeen scientists from across the Eastern Cape have launched a collaborative, two-year project to develop a marine spatial plan for Algoa Bay that harnesses the collective expertise of researchers in the natural sciences, humanities and law.
Social upliftment: teaching the teachers
Date Released : 28/09/2017For a city that is home to a respected university and some of SA’s leading private schools, Grahamstown’s educational challenges are conspicuous.
Rhodes Researcher attracts NRF P-Rating
Date Released : 20/09/2017Amongst those honoured at the National Research Foundation Gala Awards held in Bloemfontein on the evening of 14 September 2017 was Dr William Bennet of the Department of English Language and Linguistics at Rhodes University.
Former VC Woods returns to explain our DNA
Date Released : 20/09/2017Former Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor and first Head of the Department of Microbiology, Dr David Woods is a fitting scholar to unpack in a public lecture
Humanising the university space through Umrhabulo
Date Released : 20/09/2017Rhodes University launched the first series of Umrhabulo: Breaking Bread talks, a programme through which interested staff and students converge to discuss the prospect of a university committed to social justice and Ubuntu.
Rhodes Biotechnology prototype, the best in the country
Date Released : 19/09/2017In a first-ever public launch of technologies developed by the Rhodes University Biotechnology Innovation Centre, a student prototype beat over 300 innovations at the national Innovation Bridge Showcase and bagged R50 000 in prize money for Best Prototype: Fieldlab.
Maxeke and Sontonga honoured at Rhodes
Date Released : 19/09/2017In line with the University’s transformation agenda and as a continued celebration of the cultural identity and geographical location of the University within Africa, South Africa and the Eastern Cape, the Rhodes Council approved the name change of a further two of their residences this week.
Mbeki on Economic transformation and African Capitalism
Date Released : 18/09/2017Rhodes University in collaboration with the Economics Society of South Africa presents a public lecture by Moeletsi Mbeki on Economic Transformation, Economic Freedom and the role of African Capitalism, at Rhodes University on Tuesday, 19 September at 18h00 at the General Lecture Theatre.
Gender activist Nomboniso Gasa to present the 45th Oosthuizen Memorial Lecture
Date Released : 18/09/2017Gender activist, researcher, analyst and freelance writer on gender, political and cultural issues, Professor Nomboniso Gasa will present the 45th Oosthuizen Memorial Lecture, one of the most prestigious annual lectures at Rhodes University, on Tuesday, 19 September 2017 at 6PM, at Eden Grove Blue Lecture Theatre.
Scholars from three universities look at gender, sex and power in Africa
Date Released : 18/09/2017A tri-varsity colloquium celebrates 30 years of anthropologist, Dr Ifi Amadiume's ground-breaking book, Male Daughters, Female Husbands - Gender and Sex in an African Society from Thursday, 21 to 22 September 2017 at Eden Groove Blue at Rhodes University.
‘Passion and an honourable vision can translate to profits’ - Stone
Date Released : 14/09/2017Jabu Stone is the epitome of dreams realised through a simple, clear and honourable vision.
Rhodes congratulates new Standard Bank CEO Sim Tshabalala
Date Released : 12/09/2017Rhodes University congratulates Simphiwe Tshabalala, an alumnus of the University, on his appointment as the first black Standard Bank sole Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
Dlamini-Zuma, a “safe bet for the ailing ANC” – Verwoerd.
Date Released : 12/09/2017Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is most likely to be elected as the next president of the African National Congress and South Africa, according to Melanie Verwoerd, former African National Congress MP and ambassador to Ireland.
Transforming education through educators: Inaugural Lecture
Date Released : 07/09/2017Rhodes University presents Professor Di Wilmot’s Inaugural Lecture titled Transformative Teacher Education in a time of crisis on Thursday, 7 September 2017 at 18h30 at the Eden Grove Blue Lecture Theatre.
Media, accountability and local governance
Date Released : 31/08/2017The notions embedded in the theme of this conference take me to very special spaces in time.
Rhodes hosts international Economics Conference on Curriculum Transformation
Date Released : 31/08/2017For the first time Rhodes University is hosting the Biennial Conference of the Economics Society of South Africa (ESSA) from Wednesday 30 August to 1 September 2017.
“Journalism standards have plummeted to an all-time low” conference told
Date Released : 31/08/2017The official opening of the Rhodes University Highway Africa conference shot straight into the purpose of this 21st gathering with delegates agreeing early on that the standard of journalism and accountability is in crisis mode.
Highway Africa deals with accountability and local governance
Date Released : 28/08/2017The Rhodes University Highway Africa Conference hosted by the School of Journalism and Media Studies in partnership with Corporate South Africa kicked off today (Monday, 28 August) and will end on Friday, 1 September 2017 in Grahamstown.
The Dignity Drive: Bunnady’s Challenge
Date Released : 28/08/2017For her 47th Birthday on 16 August, Donor & Office Administrator, Ms Bunnady Landman wanted all her gifts to be in a form of basic toiletries, stationery and clothing, which she would then donate to students as part of the Dignity Drive.
Rhodes to host Women’s Debate themed: “I am the dragon breathing fire”
Date Released : 25/08/2017The Rhodes University Debating society is hosting the 2017 Women’s Debating Open themed I am the dragon breathing fire from Saturday 26 until Sunday 27, August 2017.
Second installation of the VC’s Teaching and Research Award lectures
Date Released : 24/08/2017Rhodes University is hosting the second installation of the 2017 Vice Chancellor’s Senior Distinguished Teaching and Research Award lectures on Thursday, 24 August 2017. The teaching awards aim to stimulate scholarly teaching, research, and to recognise new lecturers who are exceptional in their discipline.
Rhodes welcomes donation of rich Buddhist Arts literature
Date Released : 23/08/2017A limited edition encyclopaedia of Buddhist Art, comprising 20 volumes, was donated to the Rhodes University library this week by the Fo Guang Shan, an international Chinese Buddhist monastic order and new religious movement.
VC’s Teaching Award winners present four lectures
Date Released : 22/08/2017Rhodes University will host the 2017 Vice Chancellor’s Senior Distinguished Teaching and Research Award lectures on Tuesday, 22 and Thursday, 24 August 2017.
The SRC’s women ready to lead from the front
Date Released : 21/08/2017The inauguration of Nhlakanipho Mahlangu as the second black female President of the Rhodes University Student Representative Council on Friday marked a start towards the end of a culture of lack of female leaders in student governance.
App allows Rhodes Communiversity to teach communities for free
Date Released : 18/08/2017Could free lectures on their phones inspire young people to start businesses, grow the economy and employ more people?
Rhodes Business School launches TV Channel for business empowerment
Date Released : 17/08/2017In a ground breaking move, the Rhodes University Business School this month launched a television channel, which offers lectures in Economics I, Commercial Law, Entrepreneurship and financial planning.
Rhodes aggressively tackling HIV/Aids
Date Released : 16/08/2017South Africa has the highest prevalence of HIV/Aids in the world, at 11 percent (6 million) of the population, according to research done by Statistics SA in 2015.
Supramolecular Chemistry for industrial upgrade
Date Released : 16/08/2017The Department of Chemistry hosted its annual Barker Lecture with Professor Susan Bourne, Head of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cape Town, speaking on Supramolecular chemistry: useful properties through weak interactions.
Subverting the Silence - 10 Years of Silent Protests against Rape
Date Released : 10/08/2017Thousands of students will gather on campuses in Grahamstown, Durban and Cape Town during August - Women’s Month – to participate in the annual Silent Protest – showing solidarity with rape survivors. The Grahamstown Silent Protest will kick-start at 6H00 on Friday, 11 August 2017.
Womanhood and motherhood within Christianity
Date Released : 10/08/2017The Department of Politics and International Studies presents a Women’s month public dialogue titled uMama woManyano Ngumfazi: Ubufazi and Motherhood for Methodist Manyano Women tonight, 10 August at 18h00 at the Barratt 1 Lecture Theatre.
Rhodes gives staff an opportunity to improve their qualifications
Date Released : 08/08/2017Rhodes University has a number of staff members without matric certificates. However, this is set to change with the introduction of a programme through which staff can obtain this qualification.
The nation needs collective psychology to heal
Date Released : 07/08/2017Professor Jacqueline Akhurst presented a thought-provoking Inaugural Lecture about the re-repositioning of community psychology (as a branch of psychology) as it is at the helm of change within the psychology profession and communities in South Africa and beyond last week.
Forensic linguistics: Rhodes working towards an inclusive legal system
Date Released : 07/08/2017Rhodes University academics are developing a new ground breaking course that seeks to address the classism and language based discrimination of our legal system through a new discipline called ‘forensic linguistics’.
Rhodes strengthens scholarly activity in the visual and performing arts at African universities
Date Released : 04/08/2017During the month of July, the Rhodes University Arts of Africa and Global Souths research programme in collaboration with the School of Fine Art at Makerere University organised and hosted the 2017 Publishing and Research of the South: Positioning Africa (PROSPA) Workshop in Uganda over four days.
Tourism, hip-hop and magic expected at Rhodes Science Open Day
Date Released : 04/08/2017Rhodes University’s Faculties of Science and Pharmacy will engage 450 local Grade 9 learners in over 20 science and maths related activities during an Open Day this Saturday, 5 August.
Rhodes offers beginner isiXhosa lessons
Date Released : 03/08/2017Language is an essential tool in effecting transformation in a culturally diverse institution like Rhodes University.
Rhodes University Concludes a Successful Multi Sectoral Transformation Summit
Date Released : 31/07/2017Sustainability, social justice, local responsiveness and global competitiveness emerged as dominant themes at a ‘productive’ three-day multi-sectoral Rhodes University summit, which ended on Sunday afternoon.
Building bridges, building partnerships
Date Released : 31/07/2017Six days, 140 events, 336 groups, 70 partners and a spirit of Ubuntu made up this year’s Trading Live campaign by the people of Makana held from 24 to 28 July, 2017.
Clayton connects with the heart of Joza
Date Released : 25/07/2017It has been a few years since the technology-savvy Dr Peter Clayton camped on top of the water tank at Nombulelo High School in Joza, Grahamstown.
Re-reading African Feminisms colloquium
Date Released : 20/07/2017In a bid to contribute to the intensifying need to strengthen the feminist movement in Southern Africa, the Rhodes Departments of English and Fine Art in collaboration with Finding Africa are hosting an international colloquium on African Feminisms from Friday 21 to 22 July 2017.
Dlamini-Zuma: Africa must take its economy into its own hands
Date Released : 20/07/2017Former African Union (AU) chairperson, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma delivered a talk on the African Union’s Agenda 2063 at Rhodes University, urging that instead of being dependent on outside forces, Africa needs to rely on its own resources and citizens to build the future wanted and needed.
Rhodes Trading Live for Mandela
Date Released : 18/07/2017As a contribution towards Mandela Day, Rhodes University has embarked on an intensive citywide ‘Trading Live for Mandela’ movement that takes place from March to August each year and supports the development of the whole Grahamstown community.
Rhodes Scientist develops new way to purify communal water
Date Released : 13/07/2017Aphiwe Mfuku, 25 is on verge of launching innovative research that will provide solutions to the water crises currently faced by the country, including Rhodes University.
Politics host the Post-American World Teach-in
Date Released : 14/07/2017The Political & International Studies department will this week present a series of lunch-time lectures as part of their annual teach-in from Monday, the 17th of July to Thursday the 20th of July at Barratt 1 Lecture Theatre.
Buco, first business to take part in Trading Live
Date Released : 13/07/2017Ahead of the Trading Live Week, an annual initiative by Rhodes University’s Community Engagement center, local businesses have shown tremendous interest in participating in this relationship of reciprocity inspired by the Mandela Day.
Common Good First consortium meets at Glasgow Calledonian University (GCU)
Date Released : 12/07/2017Rhodes University’s Community Engagement (CE) participated in a unique international European Union funded Common Good First digital project in Norway and Scotland.
Dr Gcina Mhlophe to headline this year’s Schools Festival
Date Released : 07/07/2017Storyteller extraordinaire Dr Gcina Mhlophe will treat over 350 learners to her charismatic performance and storytelling when she gives the keynote address at this year’s opening ceremony for the South African Schools Festival staring this Sunday, 9 July and ends Wednesday 12, July 2017.
Rhodes University’s SPI wins landmark media summit for Africa
Date Released : 16/05/2017GRAHAMSTOWN, South Africa – Fifteen years ago, Rhodes University’s Sol Plaatje Institute (SPI) for Media Leadership in South Africa introduced the study of media management and leadership for newsrooms in Africa and the developing world, making it the first such institution in Africa to teach this relatively new academic discipline.
eRhini, next door to Grahamstown: a unique exhibition
Date Released : 05/07/2017A few weeks ago, I called a young man who is studying at Rhodes University to ascertain his exact location.
Moseneke liberated himself from self-importance
Date Released : 04/07/2017Justice Dikgang Moseneke delivered an unusually relaxed and colourful address compared to the usual courtroom judgements during the opening ceremony of the Word Festival 2017 (WordFest) at Rhodes University on Monday morning.
Rhodes director receives Festival Ovation Award
Date Released : 04/07/2017A Rhodes University Masters student won the prestigious 2017 Standard Bank Ovation Award for her play Bayephi, at the Grahamstown Arts Festival this week. Directed by Thembeka Madliki, the theatre production is about finding peace after the disappearance of a loved one.
Uhuru tackles the black radical tradition
Date Released : 03/07/2017The Rhodes University's Unit for Humanities (Uhuru) in partnership with the Steve Biko Foundation are currently hosting a conference on : The Black Radical Tradition from Toussaint to Biko and Beyond 1791: Haiti; 1958: Ghana; 1968: USA; 1968: Grahamstown; 1987 Burkina Faso.
Can a university transform without Africanising?
Date Released : 27/06/2017The SarchI chair at Rhodes University has exceeded all expectations and requirements set out for its five-year duration.
Closing the gap in science leadership
Date Released : 26/06/2017For Dr Samson Khene, a lecturer in physical chemistry at a South African university, the Africa Science Leadership Programme has opened his eyes to the power and responsibility of science to solve complex social problems.
African tongues losing favour?
Date Released : 23/06/2017THE Eastern Cape has a rich seam of intellectual and cultural heritage. This arises from the fact that in the early encounters between the colonial settlers and the indigenous inhabitants of the area of the Eastern Cape now known as the Zuurberg, the European settlers established a foothold followed by the missionaries.
Carving a path for African languages in academia
Date Released : 21/06/2017Ntombovuyo Ngaphu, 21, is a petite and soft-spoken African Languages post-graduate student with an almost tangible passion for language, particularly isiXhosa.
Rhodes, advocating for a multilingual learning environment
Date Released : 21/06/2017In a discussion held last week, the Transformation Language Group resolved that intensive advocacy towards language transformation at Rhodes University is essential to highlight the gains achieved over the past three years.
Finding success against all odds: the story of Olwethu Waka
Date Released : 15/06/2017Success is no accident, says Pele, arguably the world’s all-time best footballer.
Rhodes hosts conference on African intellectuals, their work and its place in academia
Date Released : 15/06/2017Rhodes University will host an intensive two-day Colloquium under the theme - Rethinking South African Canonical Writing: Centering the isiXhosa Writings of the 19th and Early 20th centuries from 21 to 22 June 2017.
Dr Mkhize calls for universities to teach citizenship and ubuntu
Date Released : 09/06/2017Former Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Dr Zweli Mkhize and Treasurer of the African National Congress (ANC), urged institutions of higher education to produce citizens that consider their education as an investment in society during a public Lecture on Citizenship and our Country yesterday at Rhodes University.
Rhodes raising R1bn for 'missing middle'
Date Released : 07/06/2017RHODES University yesterday launched its biggest fundraising initiative ever aimed at raising R1billion to assist academically deserving students in financial need.
Rhodes sets sights on Rlbn
Date Released : 07/06/2017RHODES University yesterday launched its biggest fundraising initiative ever, aimed at raising R1billion to assist academically deserving students in financial need.
Rhodes to raise R1 billion for students financial aid
Date Released : 06/06/2017Dr Sizwe Mabizela, Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor launched an ambitious student financial support initiative called Isivivane Fund in Grahamstown today.
An opportunity to make hopes, dreams and aspirations a reality
Date Released : 06/06/2017Thank you for joining us on this significant and historic day of our University.
Rhodes launches ambitious student support fund - Isivivane
Date Released : 05/06/2017When Phelokazi Ndaba*, a 19-year-old Rhodes University law student, became one of the first group of 150 students to benefit from the newly launched Isivivane Fund
Universities consulted on the internationalisation policy in higher education
Date Released : 02/06/2017Rhodes University recently hosted Chief Mabizela, Chief Director of higher education policy for the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to engage on the draft Policy Framework for Internationalisation of Higher Education in South Africa as part of International Week.
Trading Live for Mandela Day Challenge
Date Released : 01/06/2017It is that time of the year again when Rhodes University and Grahamstown gear up to participate in Trading Live for Mandela Day.
Alumni add their voice on the Transformation of RU
Date Released : 30/05/2017Rhodes University alumni consultations swung into action in May with several well-attended meetings in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Namibia and in Perth.
Research Conference to look into the devastating impact of climate change
Date Released : 26/05/2017Rhodes University will host the third two-day Adaptation Colloquium (Think Tank) on climate change from 30 -31 May 2017.
Ambassador of Africa’s last colony gives talk at Rhodes University
Date Released : 24/05/2017Rhodes University hosted a discussion titled Africans Colonising Africans: Colonisation in present day Africa, the Western Sahara Conflict last night.
Dr Siphokazi Magadla presents Dialogue on women combatants during apartheid
Date Released : 23/05/2017Newly conferred Rhodes University Politics and International Relations lecturer, Dr Siphokazi Magadla , presents a Talk on “Yayi lixesha lento ayithethwa!": Women combatants and the armed struggle against apartheid this Wednesday at 6PM at the General Lecture Theatre (GLT).
A snapshot of our University today
Date Released : 18/05/2017Rhodes University, like all other public universities in our country, is in the throes of change. Much is happening in our space and all around us.
Men urged to attend a men only discussion around Gender Based Violence
Date Released : 18/05/2017Amidst growing statistics of gruesome murder and violence perpetuated by men against women, a men only meeting is to be held this evening at the Zoo Major to discuss the current situation and the role that men can play to make the world a better place.
Final year student excluded from University for 10 years for rape
Date Released : 18/05/2017A final year Bachelor of Commerce student was this week excluded for 10 years from Rhodes University after being found guilty of rape.
Concern over illegal protest action by Nehawu as Nteu accepts revised offer and calls off industrial action.
Date Released : 10/05/2017Rhodes University is extremely concerned about an illegal and unprocedural protest action which took place on campus today against the requirements of a signed agreement between the University and organised labour in the institution.
Politics honours struggle icon Ruth Mompati
Date Released : 26/04/2017The Department of Political and International Studies last week honoured struggle icon Ms Ruth Segomotsi Mompati during their graduation by naming a Seminar room after her.
48 year old PhD graduate champions black excellence
Date Released : 25/04/2017Dr Nyameka Kangela and her academic achievements are the embodiment of black excellence, a value which her father instilled in her at a young age.
Rhodes’ Jeff Opland awarded Ikhamanga by the President
Date Released : 26/04/2017Professor Jeff Opland, Research Associate and visiting Professor in the Rhodes University’s African Language Studies: School of Languages & Literatures will be awarded the presidential Silver in the Order of Ikhamanga Awards on Friday, 28 April 2017.
Rhodes organised labour hand over memoranda to management
Date Released : 25/04/2017The National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) and the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU), organised labour at Rhodes University
Over 2 400 capped during Rhodes University's 2017 graduation ceremonies
Date Released : 23/04/2017It was smooth sailing at Rhodes University in Grahamstown where over 2 400 graduated with degrees and diplomas in six ceremonies - the last one was held on Saturday.
PhD written in isiXhosa hailed as milestone
Date Released : 23/04/2017A chance encounter between a South African music teacher and Xhosa-speaking students in Zimbabwe has led to the production of Rhodes University’s first PhD thesis in isiXhosa.
Meet the man who wrote Rhodes University’s first isiXhosa PhD thesis
Date Released : 24/04/2017Hailing from rural Mqanduli in the Eastern Cape, 31-year-old Kunju says his love affair with the language began at a young age.
Barney Pityana conferred honorary doctorate by Rhodes University
Date Released : 24/04/2017Outspoken champion for human rights Professor Barney Pityana was conferred an honorary doctorate by Rhodes University over the weekend.
Rhodes University historic graduation off to a good start
Date Released : 20/04/2017Rhodes graduation got off to a smooth start this morning to mark the start of a programme in which six ceremonies will be held in three days to confer degrees and diplomas to over 2400 students.
Rhodes to honour five game changers
Date Released : 19/04/2017Rhodes University will confer honorary doctorates on five world game-changers.
Traditional Courts Bill, the devil in the details
Date Released : 07/04/2017Judge of Appeal Nambitha Dambuza, 45, addressed a lecture that interrogates the devil in the detail of the newly revised and approved 2017 Traditional Courts Bill on the 3rd of April 2017 as a guest of the Faculty of Law, Rhodes University, Grahamstown.
Strengthening a counter culture to gender based violence:
Date Released : 03/04/2017In my circular last week, I provided an update about the work that we are doing to strengthen a counter culture to rape and sexual/gender-based violence in our institution.
A questionable site using universities' information
Date Released : 31/03/2017It has come to our attention that a website unknown to Universities South Africa is using our corporate identity
First Things First Campaign kicks off at Rhodes
Date Released : 28/03/2017According to research conducted by the Higher Education and Training HIV and AIDS programme (HEAIDS), the HIV prevalence rate among South Africa's university students is at 3.4%.
2016 Interdict: Court processes concluded
Date Released : 30/03/2017The Grahamstown High Court, on Friday (24 March 2017), dismissed with costs an application for leave to appeal by students named as 4th, 5th and 6th respondents against a 2016 interdict granted by the same court.
Rhodes investigates controversial video
Date Released : 28/03/2017An investigation has been launched into the production and posting online of a controversial video titled “being a fly on the wall @ protests.” The video was brought to our attention this morning.
Doctorate under focus
Date Released : 28/03/2017Last week Rhodes University hosted the first Inaugural Lecture of the year by Professor Sioux McKenna titled Unmasking the Doctorate.
Higher Education institutions team up to take on fundraising challenges
Date Released : 24/03/2017Seeking out proactive collaboration and designing approaches to shared institutional fundraising challenges were some of the issues discussed at the first Higher Education Fundraising Forum held at Stellenbosch University (SU) recently.
Calls for Nominations for the Vice Chancellor’s Community engagement Award for 2016
Date Released : 15/03/2017The Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Community Engagement Award is a prestigious and competitive annual award that recognises meaningful and committed partnerships between the members of the university and the community.
Science and indigenous knowledge: the best of both worlds
Date Released : 13/03/2017Learning is a collaborative process between teacher and learner. At least it should be.
SA academics receive local and international recognition for book on the current state of affairs in SA’s tertiary sector
Date Released : 13/03/2017Rhodes University academics Sally Matthews and Pedro Tabensky have been shortlisted for an NIHHS award in the Category: Best Non-Fiction edited book for their book Being at Home.
Science Festival highlights indigenous knowledge on its 21st year
Date Released : 09/03/2017This year marks the 21st year of existence for the Science Festival Africa currently underway in Grahamstown.
Hundreds of students to serve the Grahamstown Community
Date Released : 06/03/2017Over 600 Rhodes University students opened the new academic year with an intent to be more than just academic students but to actively engage in the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge to the greater Grahamstown community.
Over 600 students volunteer for Community Engagement 2017
Date Released : 03/03/2017One of the primary roles of a Higher Education institution in a society is knowledge generation and knowledge dissemination.
Heartbreak for RU as they drop points at home
Date Released : 28/02/2017Rhodes University’s rugby team had it all to prove on Monday, 27 February at their penultimate home game in the 2017 Varsity Shield tournament.
Tonight Rhodes University rugby is up against old rivals
Date Released : 27/02/2017Tonight Rhodes University rugby is up against old rivals, University of Fort Hare at the RU Great Field at 6:30pm.
Rhodes Student wins Top National Competition
Date Released : 22/02/2017Helen Lenahan (g14L0854), currently registered for Classics Honours in the Classics section of the School of Languages and Literatures at Rhodes, has won two prestigious national competitions hosted by the Classical Association of South Africa (CASA).
Rhodes welcomes additional allocation for higher education in 2017 Budget
Date Released : 22/02/2017Rhodes University welcomes today’s announcement by the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, of an increase in the budget allocation for higher education and NSFAS.
3 Grahamstown learners awarded full Mathematics Scholarships
Date Released : 22/02/2017Three full scholarships for further study at Rhodes University were awarded to local Mathematics learners chosen from over 250 learners from 17 schools in the Grahamstown District
Office of the Premier funds academically deserving students
Date Released : 21/02/2017In line with their efforts to support academically deserving students to access higher education, Rhodes University signed a memorandum of understanding with the Office of the Premier (OTP) in the Eastern Cape last week.
Student Accommodation Update
Date Released : 15/02/2017By virtue of its small town location, most students attending Rhodes University require accommodation. Of the over 8 277 students that will register at Rhodes in 2017, 3 594 will have a place in the University residence as this is the capacity of the university residence system.
Rhodes University Opens Academic Year
Date Released : 14/02/2017Rhodes University hosted a media briefing in Port Elizabeth today (Tuesday, 14 February) where members of the media were briefed about some of the pertinent issues that face the University as they prepare for the start of the academic year, which starts next week.
VC Address to new students and Parents 2017
Date Released : 13/02/2017On behalf of our academic, support and professional staff I extend a hearty welcome to you, our new students, and to your parents and other family members who have accompanied you to Rhodes University.
Parents impressed with the first day of registration
Date Released : 11/02/2017The first day of Rhodes University’s Registration went off to an amazingly seamless start.
The battle of the varsities
Date Released : 09/02/2017The spotlight turns to varsity rugby’s second division tonight as the eagerly anticipated FNB Varsity Shield presented by Steinhoff International kicks off across the country.
RU pledges Varsity Shield Debut winnings to education Fund
Date Released : 09/02/2017Rhodes University makes its FNB Varsity Shield debut today (Thursday, 9 February 2017) against Tshwane University of Technology in Tshwane at 6:30PM.
Peer educators to drive workplace health promotion
Date Released : 07/02/2017On Monday, 30 January 2017, community engaged research in higher education met health in a collaborative project that is run under the stewardship of Mr Thandi Mzizi,
EC university VCs meet Premier Phumulo Masoalle
Date Released : 01/02/2017he Vice-Chancellor for Rhodes University met with Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle together with the Vice-Chancellors of two of the Eastern Cape’s universities today.
Rhodes Welcomes new Director for Communications & Advancement
Date Released : 31/01/2017Having joined Rhodes University as the new Director for Communications and Advancement, former Parliamentary spokesman, Luzuko Jacobs has hit the ground running.
Revisiting the Rhodes Department of Divinity
Date Released : 24/01/2017Saturday the 21st of January saw a group of approximately 25 people gather on the lawns in front of the Environmental Science Department.
Varsities upbeat on ‘new approach
Date Released : 20/01/2017Rhodes University says it is ready for the new academic year despite threats that ongoing #FeesMustFall protests that disrupted academic learning in 2016 would continue.
Rhodes delays opening of term
Date Released : 19/01/2017Rhodes University’s academic year is set to start a week late as the institution wraps up the last of its 2016 exams.
Rhodes University to Host Philosophy Transformation Dialogue
Date Released : 19/01/2017The terms “decolonisation” and “transformation” have captured the imagination of academics and students, and have recently found fertile ground for expression in the wake of the #FeesMustFall phenomenon.
Big dreams for the future
Date Released : 17/01/2017Fresh from a “holiday” where she helped struggling pupils improve their maths marks, a Rhodes University honours student will look at new entrepreneurship projects she can undertake to continue supporting her family.
Rhodes University ready for a new Academic Year
Date Released : 17/01/2017Following the #FeesMustFall protests at the end of last year, Rhodes University is one of the few universities in South Africa which successfully completed the full 2016 academic year, including the year-end exams for nearly all courses.
Rhodes University Maintains Exceptional record of Mandela Rhodes Scholarships
Date Released : 11/01/2017The Mandela Rhodes Foundation has announced its selection of the 13th cohort of Mandela Rhodes Scholars – six (6) of whom will be studying at Rhodes University this year.
280 million-year-old fossil reveals origins of chimaeroid fishes
Date Released : 09/01/2017High-definition CT scans of the fossilized skull of a 280 million-year-old fish reveal the origin of chimaeras, a group of cartilaginous fish related to sharks
Residence Accommodation in January/February 2017
Date Released : 29/12/2016The University’s residence system will be available to students returning to campus for examinations in January and February 2017.
Date Released : 15/12/2016Rhodes University will be closed from 16 December 2016 to 3 January 2017.
Rhodes researchers form part of first-ever Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition (ACE) Project
Date Released : 14/12/2016Two Rhodes University microbiologists will join a team of 50 researchers from 30 countries to participate in the first circumnavigation of Antarctica.
Interdict Application Decision
Date Released : 13/12/2016Following student protests earlier this year, the University sought and was granted an interim interdict to prevent those who engaged in unlawful activities from doing so.
South African professor says Africa must solve its own problems
Date Released : 09/12/2016Africa must learn to solve its own problems, says the winner of this year's African Union (AU) Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Award, Professor Tebello Nyokong of Rhodes University in Grahamstown in Eastern Cape Province.
Transforming Organic Chemistry
Date Released : 08/12/2016Rhodes University hosted the Frank Warren Conference from 4 to 8 December 2016
All-female research team heads to Antarctica for pioneering study
Date Released : 15/11/2016Seven researchers from Rhodes University are heading to Antarctica for the annual summer relief voyage on 30 November 2016. This is the largest contingent from any South African University on this year’s expedition and includes two academic staff members and five students.
Environmental Award Winners 2016
Date Released : 24/11/2016The winners of the Rhodes University Environmental Awards 2016 were presented with their trophies on Wednesday 23 November in the Senior Common Room. The winners of the Individual Award was a joint award to Prof Brian Allanson and Mrs Louw Claassens.
Rhodes Research Group scoops another award
Date Released : 18/11/2016Prof Nyokong’s Nanotechnology Research Group have been recognized as the most productive research group (for 2015) by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) together with the National Laser Centre.
Safety and security on campus
Date Released : 18/11/2016Safety and security on campus are both an individual and a collective responsibility of all students and staff. On its part, the University has a responsibility to take all such steps as may reasonably be practicable to create a safe and secure university environment in which students and staff can learn, work and live.
The Internet in South Africa turns 25
Date Released : 11/11/2016It has been 25 years since the first Internet connection was established in South Africa.
Platform gives social projects digital drive
Date Released : 01/11/2016All communities, irrespective of their socioeconomic status, have an exceptional ability to tackle social problems and find innovative solutions.
Call for Nominations: Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa Executive Training
Community Engagement Awards 2016 Winners
Date Released : 17/10/2016The annual Community Engagement Awards are an annual celebration of the hard work, dedication and commitment by students, staff and community partners towards building partnerships for sustainable human and community development across Grahamstown.
Date Released : 05/10/2016Unfortunately, Rhodes University experienced disruption in the early morning of 5 October 2016. Protesters invaded residences on the upper part of campus while students were sleeping. Fire alarms were set off as the residences were invaded. Tyres and two rain water storage tanks were also set alight in the immediate vicinity.
Declaration of a Higher Education & Training multi-stakeholder summit that took place on 03 October 2016.
Date Released : 04/10/2016On 03 October 2016 the Minister of Higher Education & Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, convened a multi-stakeholder consultative forum in Kempton Park to deliberate and reach a common position on the crisis engulfing our public Higher Education system.
Date Released : 28/09/2016The academic programme resumed with lectures and tutorials at 10:30 today, following engagement with staff this morning, 28 September 2016. Protesting students disrupted lectures and some arrests were made.
Arson attempt on campus
Date Released : 01/10/2016At approximately 4am today, 1 October 2016, a fire was started at a basement entrance on the south wall of the main administration building, using a flammable substance.
#Feesmustfall: The forgotten stakeholders
Date Released : 03/10/2016We all seem to have forgotten about the biggest stakeholder in the debate, the South African family.
Letter from the Vice-Chancellor
Date Released : 27/09/2016Since the start of disruptions of the academic activities of our University on Tuesday, 22 September 2016, I have received numerous e-mail messages from students, academic and support staff and parents who are anxious and concerned about events on campus.
Public Lecture by Deputy-Minister of International Relations and Cooperation
Date Released : 23/09/2016The Political and International Studies Department hosted The Honourable Luwellyn Landers MP, Deputy-Minister of International Relations and Cooperation who delivered a timely lecture on Wednesday, 14th of September 2016, unpacking the importance of fostering development and democracy through international relations and diplomacy.
Let us march in support of our students and our public higher education system
Date Released : 23/09/2016Our public higher education stands on the edge of a precipice. The challenges confronting our system demand that we all work together to strengthen rather than weaken it further
Rhodes University’s response to the Minister of Higher Education & Training’s statement on university tuition fee adjustments for 2017
Date Released : 19/09/2016Rhodes University notes and welcomes the Minister's recommendations regarding university tuition fee adjustments for 2017. We particularly welcome Government's commitment to assist students who come from poor and working class families and those who come from mid-level income families.
Kgalema Motlanthe calls for reawakening of the values of uBuntu
Date Released : 14/09/2016Rhodes Business School hosted former President Kgalema Motlanthe for the second Archbishop Thabo Makgoba Development Trust (ATMDT) annual lecture, on Monday 12th September 2016.
Rhodes University Celebrates Dedicated Retirees on Arbor Day
Date Released : 14/09/2016Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Sizwe Mabizela, hosted the annual Arbor Day Tree Planting Ceremony to honour recently retired staff members who were in service of the University for 15 years and more, on 6 September 2016.
Motlanthe calls on SA to hold leaders ‘accountable’
Date Released : 13/09/2016Former state president Kgalema Motlanthe has said the only way to address ruling party “arrogance and deceit” is to hold leaders accountable.