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Struggling students' champions

Amid the massive challenges in providing quality education to our youth stand two beacons of hope. Rhodes University's Saleem Badat and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University's Derrick Swartz are changing the face of tertiary education in the region through innovation, vision and management excellence.

EC journo tells of Kenya bloodbath

Ex-Rhodes staffer in lucky escape AFORMER Eastern Cape journalist narrowly missed being caught up in the terror attack on a Kenyan shopping mall on Saturday.


Rhodes academics condemn racist song at Wits

About 50 members of the Rhodes University academic community signed a statement to condemn the recent incident of gross racism occurred at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), during the concert performance of Israel jazz musician Daniel Zamir.


Rhodes author on shortlist

Rhodes University masters student Sabata-mpho Mokae's novel, Ga ke Modisa, has been shortlisted for the 2013 M-Net Literary Awards. Mokae is completing his MA in creative writing at Rhodes, where his thesis is a novella in English.


“To whom are academics responsible?”

Widely considered one of the leading scholars of his generation in Comparative Government, Political Sociology, Theory of Politics, African Politics, Marxism and Sociological Theory, Prof Gavin P Williams recently addressed issues of academic freedom and responsibility.


MobiSAM, an important initiative - VC

Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Saleem Badat has endorsed the launch of MobiSAM, a new initiative between Rhodes University and Makana Municipality to look at ways of reporting the lack of effective provision of basic services such as water, energy and the like.


Young thinkers meet to shape Africa

Young leaders from South Africa and beyond gathered in Grahamstown yesterday for the start of the biennial Pan African Youth Dialogue (Payd) summit aimed at making Africa a better place.


“Where on earth are we going?”

The annual Literature and Ecology colloquium returned to Rhodes University over the weekend to mark its tenth edition under the theme, “Where on earth are we going?”


Photo unlocks little-known story

An ancient photograph of long-dead relatives who fled Europe for South Africa in the 1850s, has inspired a Rhodes University language professor to write about life in the Eastern Cape and other parts of the country over the past 150 years.


Rhodes scientists turn off the green light

Scientists at Rhodes University in Grahamstown have developed a simple dye that may hold the solution to pranksters who flash green lasers at aircraft, temporarily blinding the pilot and putting lives at risk.


Cheryl Carolus visits Rhodes

In a time when political apathy is reportedly on the rise and many South Africans appear bewildered as to how to effectively confront poor leadership and widening inequality and income gaps, Ms Cheryl Carolus called for a new approach in understanding who and what citizens should mobilise against.


Jump on the information highway

The 17th Highway Africa Conference and 13th edition of the Highway Africa New Media Awards take place this weekend from 1-2 September at Rhodes University.


The Promise of Land

In an effort to address the ensuing land crisis in South Africa, The Promise of Land: Undoing a Century of Dispossession in South Africa, explores the many dimensions of the crisis with the aim of encouraging meaningful debates on alternative approaches.


Old Rhodian over moon at award

THE head of the South National Space Agency (Sansa) is reaching for the stars after receiving a prestigious Rhodes University award.


MobiSAM to launch in September

The 2nd of September will see the launch of a year-long pilot project for new initiative MobiSAM which seeks to investigate how mobile phone technology can be used to improve citizen participation in local government.


Prof Nyokong receives NRF Lifetime Achiever Award

The National Research Foundation (NRF) has awarded Rhodes University’s Distinguished Professor Tebello Nyokong the Lifetime Achiever Award at the NRF ceremony held last night (27 August) in Port Elizabeth.


‘Getting to Zero’

“The economy of this nation depends on you. The university system can be the answer to a pandemic like HIV/Aids – it is uniquely positioned to equip students with the skills and knowledge around HIV/Aids that can make them agents of change within their own families, communities and future workplaces.”


Teaching maths in a fun and practical way

With a mere seven years of teaching experience, it is certainly remarkable that Dr Lizanne Raubenheimer has received the Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Award so early in her career.


Cherry on top for Janet

Political activist and Port Elizabeth lecturer Dr Janet Cherry has been awarded the Distinguished Old Rhodian Award from Rhodes University.


Town up in arms over water crisis

Zuma’s office sending team to assess situation in parched Grahamstown. Is it because they are better than us that Rhodes gets listened to?


Sort it out or get out

THE prolonged water outages in large parts of Makana Municipality are not just an inconvenience to many residents. They threaten the future of Grahamstown.


Celebrating 60 years

The Rhodes Chamber Choir will celebrate its 60th anniversary on Saturday by bringing former members and music lovers together, while raising funds for charity.


“Teaching big classes at a small university”

Unassuming and erudite, Professor Jen Snowball of the Economics department at Rhodes University presented a lecture entitled: “Teaching big classes at a small university: strategies for managing student diversity in a ‘killer course’”.


In the shadows of his own creativity

He may have designed the South African Democratic Teacher’s Union (SADTU) logo, the logo of the House of Traditional Leaders in the Eastern Cape, the 2004 South African Games logo, and contributed 70% to the design of the South African flag, but Mr Thembani Hastings Mqhayi remains unknown.


Rhodes hosts lively debate on fracking

Battle lines were drawn in Grahamstown on Thursday night when the leader of South Africa’s fight against shale gas mining in the ecologically sensitive Karoo locked horns with the author of a controversial new book that claims the fears are exaggerated.


‘Transformation of the Judiciary in South Africa’

Adv Dumisa Ntsebeza will be delivering a lecture entitled ‘Transformation of the Judiciary in South Africa: Problems and Prospects’ as the Marikana Massacre Memorial Seminar hosted by the Faculty of Humanities and the African Humanities Programme at Rhodes University on Friday, 16 August 2013.


Workers’ voices ‘low’ in media

The voices of mine workers featured little in media reports on last year's strike-related unrest at Lonmin's Marikana mine in North West, academic Jane Duncan said on Monday.


Rhodes VC leads protest march

Lengthy water outages in Grahamstown have galvanised Rhodes University staff, students and residents to march to City Hall today to protest dry taps in high lying areas.


Rural learners find Maths and English classes “fun and accessible”

In response to a request from the local community of Keiskammahoek to assist with ailing education, Rhodes University’s Faculty of Education in conjunction with the Ntinga Ntaba ka Ndoda organisation recently hosted a week-long tutoring programme for top pupils from seven secondary schools in the area.


JMS students enchant France

Two students from Rhodes University School of Journalism and Media Studies, fourth year radio student Georgina Selander and third year television student Bongeka Masango were selected to join two French students from the Centre de formation des journalists de Paris (CFJ) to produce multimedia stories during the ‘South African Season in France 2013’ for a month between June and July.


How to Spread It: Saleem Badat

Dr Saleem Badat is the vice-chancellor of Rhodes University. He gives from his own pocket so that more young people can get a tertiary education.


Transplant athlete eyes gold

A Rhodes University student has set his sights on winning gold at the World Transplant Games currently underway in Durban after he was given a second chance at life by an anonymous kidney donor.


“Anthropology is perplexing and rewarding”

Considering the ways in which identity is reconstructed in places where oppression still lingers is a lifetime pursuit for Professor Rose Boswell, former Deputy Dean of Humanities and Head of Anthropology at Rhodes University.


Silence on rape at South African universities

Political analyst, lecturer and writer, Mr Eusebius McKaiser brought the Eleventh Annual Teach-In Public Lecture Series entitled the “Rape Crisis” to a close on Friday, 26 July, with a lecture focused on the need to blow the lid off some of the silences which surround conversations about rape on South African university campuses.


“Why does the history of rape matter?”

Dr Catherine Burns of the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, emphasised that rape has been part of human life for a long time. She was addressing the Rhodes community on the fourth day of the Teach-In Lecture Series on Thursday, 25 July, at the Barratt Lecture Theatre.


Rhodes mourns the passing of former Chief Justice Pius Langa

Rhodes University joins South Africans, the Constitutional Court and the Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, in expressing deep sadness at the passing of the former Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa, Dr Pius Langa.


Men urged to speak against patriarchy

Government and Media Relations Manager for the Sonke Gender Justice Network, Mr Mbuyisile Botha, urged men to challenge patriarchy in South Africa in an emotive address delivered on the third day of the “Rape Crisis” teach-in series.


UCT TV Shoots US Talk Show

The UCT TV Studio, a facility housed in the Department of Film and Media Studies, recently had the opportunity to shoot the South African leg of Higher Education Today, an American Talk Show that deals with issues of education and learning.


Rhodes University not partaking in international rankings

Examining the surge in interest in international ranking systems Deputy-Dean (Research), Faculty of Education, Stellenbosch University; Prof Lesley Le Grange argued that these shifts are reflective of Professor Jon McKenzie’s ‘age of performance’ that characterises the 21st century in which performativity is the main focus of many institutions.


Feminist scholar to visit Rhodes

The Italian–born, feminist scholar, and activist, Prof Silvia Federici will be running workshops for students and young people at Rhodes University in September, talking about her work and its significance for contemporary South African politics.


Rhodes University Media Statement on RULAC

Mr Wesley Hayes is the Director of the Queenstown Rural Legal Centre which is an office of the Rhodes University Law Clinic. In addition, he is the Deputy Director of the Rhodes University Law Clinic.


Old Rhodian pharmacist serves community

Rhodes University Alumna, Ms Lynda Bryant-Mutsaerts has scooped the National Pioneer Pharmacy Facility of the Year 2013 award, for her sterling community pharmacy work, at the South African Pharmacy Council’s National Pioneer Pharmacy Awards held at Sun City Superbowl recently.


Surprise award for EL teen

Feisty Lucy Grinker, 17, of Clarendon Girls’ High, who entered the 2013 De Beers English Olympiad on a nonchalant “whatever” basis, could not believe it when she came second out of 7 500 entrants from Southern Africa.


Leading academics to discuss University rankings and measurements

Leading academics from various institutions in South Africa will debate international rankings and explore what can and cannot be measured in Universities, and where the ‘obsession’ with measurement comes when they participate in a public panel debate on Monday night as part of Rhodes University’s Education Department’s ‘Education Dialogues’.


“I feel proud to raise the Rhodes' flag”

Rhodes University alumnus and community journalism trainer, Mr Gino Shelile has been selected amongst more than 12 000 applicants globally to attend the UNAOC-EF Summer School in Tarrytown, New York, from August 24th to August 31st.


Ntsika documentary to premier

Eighteen months of work are coming to fruition at the National Arts Festival for Alette Schoon and her team of documentary film-makers.


Rhodes staff prays for Tata

Former president Nelson Mandela’s ill health has galvanised staff at a Rhodes University dining hall to light candles and pray every day that he gets well soon.


Meet new people with start-up Weaver

A new start-up from Cape Town has been established to act as matchmaker for groups of friends. But instead of romance, Weaver wants to foster new friendships.


Walking tours with a twist

Diamonds, Bagpipes and the Mother Superior sounds like just the kind of title for a Festival production you'd expect.


East meets West in Hanamichi

Presented by Rhodes University Master’s student, Tristan Jacobs (Hats, Stilted), Hanamichi is a thrilling theatrical hybrid, a dialogue between Western and Eastern theatre forms.


Fine Art Festival fare

“To point a camera towards land in Southern Africa is to draw the history of the conti¬nent to your eye,” said Fine Art Senior Lecturer, Mr Brent Meistre


Kicking ass!

Grahamstown local Thozi Ngeju has been writing and directing plays for the past 10 years.


Humour, horror in Moor

Rhodes University presents Moor, directed by Masters Student Jess Harrison, adapted from William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice


Language expert to launch a book during Festival

Prof Russell Kaschula, the National Research Foundation SARCHhi Chair of Intellectualism of African Languages will launch short story anthology as part of the Wordfest Programme on Sunday, 30 June 2012, in Eden Grove Red lecture theatre. The book is entitled Displaced, explores past and present complexities in South Africa.


A most prized accomplishment

A young Pietermaritzburg musician will be performing at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown this weekend, as part of the National Youth Orchestra.


Law students mark 100 years since the Black Land Act

Rhodes Law students marked Wednesday 19 June exactly 100 years since the Black Land Act (BLA) of 1913 came into force by writing their Law of Property Law A exam (a component of Legal Theory 3) on the same day to highlight the importance of Law.


Report suggests minister can’t meet targets

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is unlikely to meet her target to build more than 300 Eastern Cape schools by the end of the next financial year, according to a report released by Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM).


Head of RU Sports to represent SA in Russia

Head of Sport at Rhodes University, Mr Mandla Gagayi will jet-off to Russia this week to represent South Africa delegation as the Deputy Chef de Mission of the University Sports South Africa (USSA) to the World Student Games to be held in Kazan from 6-17 July 2013.


Writing through the silence

This year’s first Andrew H. Mellon Foundation fellowship writer-in-residence, Award-winning poet, Dr Kobus Moolman says the residency grants him time to pause and reflect.


Riebeek’s english olympiad star

Micaela White, a Grade 11 top academic learner at Riebeek College, has achieved a position in the top 15 of the more than 7 500 candidates who entered the 2013 De Beers English Olympiad.


Rhodes staff members honoured for academic achievements

Forty-six Rhodes University staff, which included 36 academic staff and 10 support staff comprising seven PhDs, 13 Masters, two honours, four Postgraduate Diplomas in Higher Education, 15 CHERTL assessment qualifications and five other qualifications including Bachelor degrees were acknowledged recently for their academic achievements.


Generations of Jazz Exhibition

The launch of the “Generations of Jazz Exhibition” at the Red Location Museum, on Friday, 21 June 2013 from 19:00 is already fully booked.


Rhodes Education Faculty set to increase enrolment

The Faculty of Education is on track to increase their enrolment in the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) to 120 by 2014, as part of the plan and agreement with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET).


Varsities in success row

Two of the Eastern Cape's four universities have criticised figures released by the Department of Higher Education and Training that show low graduation rates.


Slugs and snails and DNA trails

The chief curator of Mollusca at the KwaZulu-Natal Museum, Dr Dai Herbert presented an engaging talk on a group of much maligned creatures -slugs and snails- opening up the fascinating world of how he uses DNA analysis to identify and track species.


Marginalisation of rural people’s struggles

While much has been written about popular resistance of the marginalised people of South Africa, as well as its violent repression by the state in urban areas, very little attention has been paid to resistance by the rural poor.


A scholarship in tribute to philosopher David Ryan

Friends, family and colleagues of the late Dr David Ryan have donated R1.2 million towards a scholarship for fulltime post graduate students in Philosophy. The scholarship, was launched on Monday (3 June 2013) at Rhodes University.


IR conference interrogate Africa’s marginalisation in theory

Setting out to investigate the reasons for Africa’s marginalisation in International Relations (IR) discipline and theory and how this issue can be addressed, the Department of Political and International Studies at Rhodes University recently held a two day conference, ‘African Voices in New International Relations Theory’.


Religion and British government worked together in 1700

“Both the church and the state were divinely given in the simple order of human society. Therefore god works not just through the church but also through the state as well,” said Prof Rowan Strong, when he delivered his lecture entitled: "Anglicanism and Imperialism".


Top English honour for U’hage girl

A thirst for knowledge and a love of books have resulted in 17 year-old Uitenhage pupil Micaela White being selected as one of the top 15 contestants out of 7 500 entries in the 2013 De Beers English Olympiad.


Grahamstown launches cell project

Makana Municipality and Rhodes University have joined hands in a project to use cellphone technology to improve communication between residents and the municipality.


Grocott’s scoops up two big awards

It’s a brand new era for Grocott’s Mail, the oldest newspaper in South Africa. Not only does this grand dame of community papers turn 143 this year, but it now boasts a new look and, as from last week, will be published once a week on a Friday.


PhD student to participate at international workshop

A PhD candidate with the Institute for Environmental Biotechnology (EBRU) at Rhodes University, Prudence Mambo has been selected to participate in an Advanced Academic Research Institute workshop from June 8 to June 22 at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island in America.


“Stem cells: the hype and the hope”

Speaking at the annual Peter Rose Biotechnology Lecture, the founder of Biotechnology at Rhodes recently, acclaimed scientist and advocate for bio-entrepreneurship, Professor Michael Pepper provided a leading perspective on stem cell research in his address, “Stem cells: the hype and the hope.”


Need for punitive action against officials

THE Eastern Cape government has to lay criminal charges against officials implicated in corrupt activities if budget spending is to improve, the Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM) said yesterday.


Post-apartheid social movements see limited gains

Post-Apartheid social movements in South Africa have acted as agents of democracy, but have a lot of work to do if they are to achieve the socio-economic transformation that their members truly need, according to senior research associate at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Johannesburg/Rhodes University Dr Fiona Anciano.


More time needed to comment on vital fisheries legislation

THIS is an open letter to the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, The Honourable Tina Joemat-Pettersson : Dear Minister, We wish to register our deep concerns with the inadequacies of the public participation process being organised by your department in relation to the Marine Living Resources Amendment Bill and general and sector specific rights allocation policies.


Varsities protest gender violence

Lunch-time traffic ground to a halt in Grahamstown yesterday when 200 Rhodes University academics, staff and students took to the streets to protest against gender violence.


Concern over time allowed to comment on marine bill

A group of 13 academics and environmentalists has written an open letter to Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson to express "deep concerns" about the shortness of time she has given for comment on the Marine Living Resources Amendment Bill and fishing rights allocation policies.


Rhodes hosts fiery debate on bill

The Legal Practice Bill was an illconsidered, badly thought-through, poorly drafted piece of political brinkmanship, Grahamstown Senior Counsel Izak Smuts charged last week.


“What is academic freedom?”

Rhodes University will hold an open debate on the academic freedom question on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 in the Arts Major lecture theatre at 17:30.


Desperate need for debates around race in South Africa

Speaking to her experience of writing the widely critiqued and publicised “How Do I Live in this Strange Place?” (2010) paper, Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Rhodes University, Samantha Vice explained that while her conclusions may be contested, the extent of the responses to her paper highlight the desperate need for debates around race in South Africa.


Community Engagement: a political tool?

The purpose politics of Community Engagement was intensely debated last Wednesday in the panel discussion ‘Changing Contexts: RU’s response to social justice needs’. The panel consisted of a wide variety of Rhodes University-based academics and activists


Global Shapers Community nominate Rhodes Alumnus

A Rhodes Alumnus, Mr Xolani Nyali, has been nominated to be a member of the Global Shapers Community of the World Economic Forum, Cape Town Hub. There are currently 36 Global Shapers in South Africa, 15 in Cape Town, Pretoria (11) and Johannesburg (10).


Marathon Man is road warrior

Ric Mapara turned 65 last week. In just three weeks' time, the slight, sinewy man with his trademark grizzled beard sets off on his ninth gruelling 90km Comrades Marathon.


Greeks, Romans and hydrologists

“The Greeks and Romans had many gods but hydrologists have many models,” quipped the director of the Institute for Water Research (IWR), Professor Denis Hughes during his address marking his reception of the Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Researcher’s Award recently.


Re-configuring South Africa’s Youth Political Sphere

This article is a direct follow-up to a question posed to Dr Nomalanga Mkhize at a Women's Academic Solidarity Association (WASA) discussion entitled: "Teaching the Born Frees: The Dea(r)th of Youth Intellectualism in the Post-Apartheid University".


Three universities pilot doctoral supervision course

An innovative course that aims to produce a new generation of doctoral supervisors kicked off this year at three South African universities. The plan is to roll out the free course to other universities to raise the country’s PhD output.


PSAM requests the President not to sign the Bill into law

Today (3 May 2013) the world is celebrating Press Freedom Day. In South Africa, the passing of the Protection of State Information Bill last week (25 April 2013) has cast a cloud over the hard-won freedoms of expression as enshrined in our Constitution.


Rhodes’ students to honour Amina Cachalia

Rhodes University will honour and celebrate the life of the late Amina Cachalia by screening for the first time a documentary based on the book by Vice-Chancellor, Dr Saleem Badat entitled “The Forgotten People”, starring Amina Cachalia, on Friday (3 May 2013), for the members of Grahamstown and Rhodes community.


“Teaching the Born Frees”

Debating the extent to which young South Africans are engaging with the complex political dynamics of contemporary society, several Rhodes University lecturers recently presented their views on the topic, “Teaching the Born Frees: The Dea(r)th of Youth Intellectualism in the Post-Apartheid University?”


World is now a click away in EC rural area

THEY may attend school in the isolated countryside of Dwesa, far from the technology associated with big cities, but Wild Coast children and their teachers are connected to the world, thanks to Rhodes University's Siyakhula Living Lab project.


Student start-ups on rise - Silicon Cape

University students who start their own companies are on the rise, says Alex Fraser, who is chairwoman of Silicon Cape Initiative, a non-profit organisation that seeks to attract new businesses to the Western Cape.


Activists give voice to rape survivors

A powerful form of protest that started in Grahamstown has gone national. Seven years ago 80 people taped their mouths shut publicly to show solidarity with rape survivors who are silenced by sexual violence.


Rhodes looks to up student numbers

Rhodes University intends growing its student body to 8 748 by 2019 – a project which means more infrastructure, more staff, a great deal of money and careful planning.


Dr Badat addresses media on key University developments

Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor Dr Saleem Badat addressed the local, regional and student media today (12 April 2013) on key developments at the University such as the new Enrolment Plans, the Institutional Development Plan, and Campus Development Plan.


‘A new agronomy’- algae and carbon sequestration

Academics from the Czech Republic, Egypt, Ghana, Namibia, Italy, Great Britain and South Africa participated in an important workshop recently where ways of harnessing bio-energy produced by algae were discussed.


Top muso Mahlasela rocks Rhodes

CELEBRATED jazz and Afrofolk musician, Vusi Mahlasela, wowed Rhodes University graduates, academics and their families this weekend with an impromptu performance during one of the university's graduation ceremonies.


‘Reluctant medic’ highlights poverty

DR CAROL Hofmeyr, founder of the Keiskamma Art Project, this weekend gave an account of shocking poverty in parts of the Eastern Cape, the desolation wrought by HIV/Aids and of dealing with an uncaring government and civil service.


Koos's Xhosa Bible grammar honour

AN AFRIKAANS church "Dominee" who retired before most of this year's Rhodes University graduates were even born, has earned his PhD for a paper on Xhosa Bible grammar - almost 60 years after he studied African languages.


Rhodes sets record for PhDs

MORE than 2 000 graduates will receive various degrees from Rhodes University. The ceremony started yesterday and ends tomorrow.


Rhodes to roll out a unique doctoral supervision course

Rhodes University is leading a project to roll out a unique course on doctoral supervision to support South Africa on its quest to increase the number of PhD graduates and produce more than 100 doctoral graduates per 1 million population by 2030.


Alumni flying the flag high

Talented alumni, Ms Natasha Joseph, Mr Stephen Grootes and Ms Verashni Pillay, are flying the Rhodes University flag high in the South African media industry.


Drifting – Remembering Reza De Wet

Rhodes University Drama Department will perform "Drifting", a tribute show to the acclaimed South African playwright, Reza de Wet during this year’s graduation week.


Healing the scars of conflict

The deep scars apartheid era wars left on generations of South Africans are finally being healed by getting former enemies together to talk about their experiences.


How water outage went from incident to crisis

Before the prolonged public discontent, before technical faults with water supply pipes and before Rhodes University‘s statement in reaction to recent water outages in Grahamstown – there was a deep-rooted problem.


Rhodes statement on the Makana water outages

Recent water outages in the Makana municipality area which this week continued unabated, are a major concern to Rhodes University as these are threatening to disrupt the academic life, and students and staff activities.


Sutherland honoured for her extraordinary work

Rhodes University Drama Department lecturer, Ms Alexandra Sutherland has been honoured for her extraordinary work with local schools and communities with the 2012 Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Award for Community Engagement.


Economic transformation will reduce poverty

Dr Marianne Ulriksen of the Centre for Social Development in Africa, University of Johannesburg, said the society must not only concern with inequality but also with poverty, as it is the root cause of many social ills.


Cool digs for students

A PAIR of former Rhodes University students are using their personal experience of living in student residences - and their strong business partnership - to change the face of student living in Port Elizabeth.


Jazz duo impressive performance

“Sublime” was how one audience member described the music of renowned South African jazz musicians and composers, Andre Petersen and Feya Faku.


Economics student lauded for excellent essay

Honours Economics student, Dylan Smith, who is due to graduate with Distinction in April this year, has been named as the winner of the prestigious Nedbank/Old Mutual Budget Speech Competition.


Transdisciplinary approach to water-resources management project hailed

The Rhodes University Institute of Water Research (IWR) achieved success in diagnosing and initiating effective engagement with water-security and water- quality concerns in the lower Sundays River Valley catchment area, in the Eastern Cape, by establishing relationships between the IWR, the local government, the community and business organisations around water-related problems.


SRC, students and lecturers debate the status of Education in SA

Widely acknowledged to be in a state of crisis, education in South Africa is a hot topic of debate for many South African citizens. With 26% of matriculants who passed Grade 12 in 2012 receiving a nonconventional degree pass, the spotlight is firmly on the shocking skills shortages, lack of resources, poor teacher training, corruption and maladministration, a highly unionised teaching profession and low morale that plague the majority of South African schools.


Man with prominent public profile

A NEW ERA AT STANDARD BANK Headline earnings grew 10%, boosted by its operations in the rest of Africa, which posted a significant 69% rise STANDARD Bank Group joint CEO Ben Kruger said at its annual results presentation yesterday the bank expected its offshore operations to turn profitable this financial year.


Old Rhodian new joint CE of Standard Bank

STANDARD Bank Group CEO Jacko Maree, who has been at the bank for more than 32 years, shed a tear yesterday as his newly appointed successors, Ben Kruger and Sim Tshabalala, and a packed house bid him farewell at the annual results presentation.


The legacies of the apartheid wars

Almost 20 years since democracy was established in South Africa, there is still a pervasive silence around the legacies of the wars fuelled by apartheid.


Transkei Penal Code can be abolished

Visiting professor, Digby Koyana delivered a lecture in the Law Faculty on the Constitutionality of the Transkei Penal Code (TPC) and argued that even though the continued application of the Code is not problematic, there is no reason for it to remain in practice.


Nobel Peace Laureate addresses students and staff

The Nobel Peace Laureates’ Medal for Activism winner in 2012, Chaeli Mycroft, delivered an inspiring Rhodes University’s Human Rights Week keynote address yesterday (Sunday, 03 March 2013) and spoke about her journey as an “ability activist”.


Prof gets top award for English

A RETIRED Grahamstown English professor who spent more than half a century teaching thousands of students – and wrote several acclaimed books – has received a top award for distinguished service to language.


Land question still haunts South Africa

“The South African state is clearly not pursuing any radical restructuring of the countryside. Historically and globally mobilisation and organisation are usually required ahead of radical land reform. At some stage there has got to be a dramatic break,” said Head of Department of Sociology, Professor Kirk Helliker.


Rhodes researchers grappling with key environmental water challenges

Researchers at the Rhodes University Institute for Water Research are conducting a number of studies on environmental water-quality and quantity issues, including water-source testing, identifying the systems that influence water quality, hydrological modelling of water resources, biomonitoring and wastewater treatment.


Cheaper water test to improve lives

A home kit to test the microbial quality of tap water has been invented in a laboratory at Rhodes University, in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, costing exactly R5 (US$0.56) to make.


Ex-miner’s tough life moves man

THE heart-warming story of an ex-miner who walked from Peddie to Cape Town to enrol in university has inspired a weekend car washer to help fund the old man’s theology studies.


New Chancellor for Rhodes

Following an extensive process of nominations and deliberations, and with the approval of the University Council, it is a great pleasure to announce the Honourable Justice Lex Mpati as the new Chancellor of Rhodes University.


Old Rhodian named Nelson Mandela Metro boss

Hopes high for end to ANC infighting, chaos AFTER more than three and a half years of administrative chaos and political bickering, the Nelson Mandela Bay council has finally appointed a municipal manager Dr Lindiwe Msengana-Ndlela.


Medic to receive Rhodes honour

A MEDICAL doctor who moved to a poor Eastern Cape backwater years ago and set up a community art project will receive an honorary degree from Rhodes University for her groundbreaking work fighting poverty and HIV/Aids.


Dumas portrait of Madiba on auction

A limited edition lithograph of Nelson Mandela as a young man by one of South Africa’s most internationally renowned living artists will be auctioned in Cape Town at the Stephan Welz & Co. Decorative and Fine Arts Auction, 19 and 20 February.


EC education to address teaching issues

THE Eastern Cape department of education is set to turn over a new leaf with senior officials promising to do away with poor administrative and learning outcomes in the 2013-14 financial year. The announcement comes after the Daily Dispatch recently reported about a damning report released by Rhodes University-based lobby group, the Public Service Accountability Monitor.


United against rape scourge

THE horrors of rape and gender violence came firmly under the spotlight in Grahamstown this week when hundreds of people showed their disapproval by dancing together one day and then wearing black the next.


An unusual move starts to pay off for an Old Rhodian

IT was the sort of dream deal that the shareholders involved won't forget. But for Rod Baxter being at the centre of the famous Consolidated Minerals bidding war of 2007-08 was an experience he never wants to repeat.


The Lone Ranger

Director and Chief Investment Officer of Foord Asset Management. Dave Foordfounded Foord Asset Management in 1981 with Liston Meintjes and has built it into the company it is today. He began his career at Old Mutual in 1978 and then started his business three years later.


Nemato, born of true friendship

A FRIENDSHIP between two men which began in Amsterdam, Holland about 16 years ago and had nothing to do with rowing culminated in the formation of the Nemato Rowing Club on the banks of the Kowie River in Port Alfred.


Rhodes graduate gets her White House wish

Growing up in a home sometimes short of money – but always full of love – has inspired a talented Grahamstown university graduate to realise her dreams and help others reach for the stars too.


Resources used to increase human well-being is unsustainable

“In the last few decades we have seen rapid social and ecological change. More than 24% of the earth’s terrestrial surface is covered with croplands – more than any arable time in history. This presents major challenges such as how to address the increasing disparities in human well-being that prevail, while also improving the capacity of social-ecological systems to provide the ecosystem services that underpin important components of human well-being.”


Experts in Port Alfred study SKA

THE world’s leading radio astronomers – and the next generation of young up-and-coming scientists – have gathered in Port Alfred to brainstorm ways to improve the design of vital telescopes that will be used in the Square Kilometre Array.


Rhodes’ R5 water kit for easy tests

MODIFICATIONS to a cheap and simple home test kit made from basic school science laboratory chemicals and everyday household items could help improve South African tap water quality.


Cellphone initiative to make a difference

RHODES University new tech experts are hoping to increase citizen participation in local government by using cellphones to connect residents and Makana municipal officials.


SRC President challenges first years

Rhodes University Student Representative Council President, Sakh'usomeleze Badi, challenged first year students to make the best of their opportunity to study at Rhodes University.


Tribute to Amina Cachalia from Wits University

The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, extends its deepest condolences to the friends, family and comrades of the late Amina Cachalia, a lifelong activist who dedicated her life to fighting for freedom in South Africa.


The Forgotten People

Arriving at Constitution Hill last Thursday evening, I found myself empathising with whoever is charged with taking care of the place. Mirror neuron, the effect is called.


Hamba kahle Amina

Rhodes University pays tribute to struggle stalwart and anti-apartheid activist Mrs Amina Cachalia, who passed away today (31 January) at the age of 82.


The 2013 first years arrive

More than 1800 first year students are expected to arrive in Grahamstown with their parents for registration which starts on 2nd February. This will be followed by the week long formal induction and orientation of new students taking place from Monday (4th February).


World famous patron to address cardiac support group

The revitalised Garden Route Cardiac Support Group (GRCSG) is fortunate to have as its patron the Bishops' old boy, Professor Robert Frater who has consented to address the group at its second public meeting in the Methodist Church Hall, Plantation Road, Glenbarrie, George on Thursday 7 February at 17:00 for 17:30.


Alumna’s new show tackles big issues

Everyone will have a voice on TV' THE queen of radio is going to tackle big issues on the small screen again! SAfm presenter Siki Mgabadeli will present a 10-episode current affairs show called The Big Debate.


Beauty of adults playing pretend

COMING to the Midlands, fresh from a successful performance at the Musho! International Festival of One and Two-Hander Theatre in Durban, is Tristan Jacobs' Hambre Del Alma. Directed by Andrew Buckland, this solo mask performance tells the story of the Durban-born, Portuguese poet, Fernando Pessoa.


Rhodes research punching above its weight

Grahamstown is not on the way to anywhere else. If you go to the small Eastern Cape city — it has a cathedral, so it is technically a city — it is likely that you are visiting Rhodes University.


Herbert Kretzmer on Les Miserables

HERBERT Kretzmer has very little to be miserable about. Apart from living a fascinating life, which started in Kroonstad then went via Paris and New York to London, he also wrote the English lyrics for Les Miserables, the world's longest-running musical, which is now coming out as an all-star film.


Honouring the legacy of Makana

THE descendants of the late 19th century AmaXhosa soldier, Makhanda Gwala, known as Makana Nxele (lefthanded) will finally have closure knowing his spirit will be brought home from Robben Island where he died almost 200 years ago.


Old Rhodian on shortlist for Concourt seat

A SENIOR Mthatha advocate, Rhodes Law School graduate and judge of the Competition Appeal Court is one of five candidates shortlisted for a prestigious position on the Constitutional Court bench.


Support for teacher development

GreenMatter, a public-private initiative championing the development of quality Biodiversity skills, and Rhodes University, today announced a three-year partnership to improve the relevance and quality of environmental learning in schools.


Musical history comes to life

CULTURAL HISTORY: A visitor to the East London Museum checks some of the photos on display at ‘For future generations’ exhibition by Hugh Tracey and the International Library of African Music.


Teacher's advice all adds up

AN award-winning teacher based in the US believes maths journals in the classrooms is the answer to South African schools' appalling mathematics results. St Claire Adriaan, formerly of the Eastern Cape, is the principal at Success Preparatory School in the US, which caters for kindergarten to grade 6.


Old Fourlegs - a fishy tale

Had it not been for the passion of a self-trained South African naturalist, the discovery of a living specimen of the rare coelacanth around this time in 1938 may never have happened. Eastern Cape native Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer originally trained as a nurse. Although her wish was to work in a museum, there were few opportunities at the time.


Rhodes University Closure

Please note that the University will close from 16h00 on 19 December 2012 and will re-open at 08h00 on 3 January 2013.


He is the bees' knees

WHO would have thought having your bicycle stolen could lead to an unexpected venture in the honey industry. But that is what happened to Dr Garth Cambray, the managing director of Makana Meadery in Grahamstown.


Unflinching fight for human rights

ARTHUR Chaskalson, who died on Saturday after a battle with leukaemia, was one of a small group of human rights lawyers who stood up for the oppressed during the four decades of increasingly dictatorial Nationalist rule.


CHERTL book launched at HELTASA conference

A much acclaimed volume with chapters written and edited by Rhodes University staff members from the Centre for Higher Education Research Teaching and Learning (CHERTL) was launched along with three other new books on higher education at the Annual conference of the Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa (HELTASA) held at Stellenbosch University from 28 to 30 November.


Cutting-edge Life Sciences equipment accelerates research

R20 million worth of recently acquired research tools awarded by the NRF National Equipment and National Nanotechnology Equipment Programmes (NNEP) to Rhodes University, forms part of the development of regional and national research infrastructure accessible to researchers at other universities including Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) and the University of Fort Hare (UFH).


A humble man of intellect, integrity

ONE of the first messages of condolences following the death of Rhodes University chancellor Professor Jakes Gerwel came from a retired academic who said he was: “a good and great man. He will be hard to replace”.


VC captivates the Dispatch Dialogues audience

RENOWNED scholar and Rhodes University vice-chancellor, Dr Saleem Badat, captivated the Dispatch Dialogues audience last night when he spoke about his new book The Forgotten People that chronicles the political banishment of rural people under apartheid.


Super Probe Electron Probe Micro-analyser marks a new era

The Geology Department staff celebrated an early Christmas when they formally launched a JXA-8230 Super Probe Electron Probe Micro-analyser (EPMA) recently. The EPMA conducts high quality in situ quantitive analyses of elements as well as the chemical dating of monazite and cathodo-luminescence imaging, among many other functions.


VC to speak at University of Fort Hare

Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor Dr Saleem Badat will speak about his new book The Forgotten People: Political Banishment under apartheid at the ABC Hall, University of Fort Hare East London Campus as part of the Dispatch Dialogues, on Monday 26 November.


Top award for innovation

RHODES University’s Professor Alfredo Terzoli has won the 2012 Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Technology award in the human resource development category.


Rhodes think tank seeks policies to improve SA

AN INTERNATIONAL think tank of leading economists and social scientists are holding a four-day brainstorming session at Rhodes University to come up with policy proposals to improve life for all South Africans.


South African media marginalise voices

Taking stock of the media since the onset of democracy, Prof Jane Duncan of the School of Journalism and Media Studies critiqued the established systems of news in South Africa, examining specifically, the coverage of Marikana -- one of the media’s most glaring failures.


Scholars debate the nature of knowledge

“What is the nature of knowledge and why should we care?” was the question the four panelists from various South African and overseas institutions sought to unpack. With them, was discussant and leading thinker on the forefront of knowledge research in the world, Dr Karl Maton of the University of Sydney.


Old Rhodian says it with flowers

SHOWCASING vibrant, colourful and beautiful flower paintings by some of South Africa’s finest artists, Flowers is an exhibition running at the Artisan Contemporary Gallery until November 17.


Reflections on teaching and literature

“I am in the privileged position of being paid for what I love doing,” says Dr Deborah Seddon, when she presented a compelling lecture to mark her 2011 Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award.


Old Rhodian’s short film wins 21 awards

ELEGY FOR A REVOLUTIONARY ( www.elegy-movie.com ) a true narrative short film based on the African Resistance Movement in South Africa has won eleven best short awards.


Searching for explanations

The leading forensic entomologist in Africa, Professor Martin Villet is one of the highly productive academics at Rhodes University, in his 23 years career in entomological and related research, he has produced 119 publications in referred journals, 11 book chapters, 123 conference presentations and a range of technical reports, online resources, edited proceedings and book reviews.


Old Rhodian to head Draftfcb Johannesburg

Alistair Mokoena, previously head of Marketing at ABSA Retail and Business Bank, has joined Draftfcb Johannesburg as managing director. Making the announcement, Draftfcb CEO, John Dixon, said he regarded the signing of Mokoena as a ‘big signing’ for the agency, which has scored several other goals over the course of the year.


A new SA Cricket book by Old Rhodians

KEVIN MCCALLUM will tell you that he got lucky. He was offered a plane ticket and a chance to cover the Paralympic Games in Sydney 2000 and took it. He'd never travelled abroad to cover a big sporting event.


VC talks to the youth on banning and banishment

Dr Saleem Badat, Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor, is to address the South African youth during the second session of the FrankTalk Radio Dialogue series organised jointly by the Steve Biko Foundation (SBF) and YFM radio station.


Cameron feels solidarity crucial for SA

SOUTH Africa's democracy may be going through tough times, but the Aids epidemic has taught South Africans that social solidarity can overcome massive problems, says Constitutional Court Judge Edwin Cameron.


Twitter ‘tik’ of journalism

TWEETS guided specialist Twitter journalism teacher Raymond Joseph to his seminar venue at the Rhodes Journalism and Media Studies Department during the weekend floods.


Cable guy plugs into lucrative gap in market

A bout of frustration over a missing iPod cable has turned into a lucrative business for university student Andrew Lynch. Today he sells cables for all sorts of appliances as well as electronic equipment to customers around South Africa — while studying politics at Rhodes University in the Eastern Cape.


Rhodes achiever bags top awards

AYOUNG Mdantsane woman – who battled to fund her fourth year of study at Rhodes University – has overcome many obstacles on her way to landing two top achievements.


Celebrating 40 years of research, writing and teaching

“I began my research career about 40 years ago, at a time when historical writing about South Africa was beginning to move along exciting fresh paths,” says Head of History Department, Prof Paul Maylam. “New work in the political economy tradition was transforming the way in which South Africa’s past – and present – were being interpreted.”


'Interpreting the world’

The Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award recipients for 2011, Prof Anthea Garman unpacked her self-reflexive approach to teaching journalism in a fast-paced world. She thinks of teaching as a way of “inducting students into the practice of becoming ‘interpreters of the world’”.


Banishment, apartheid and the law

“For the long years of meticulous research and finally the superb telling of the story of banishment under apartheid, we owe a great debt to the author,” writes renowned advocate George Bizos on Dr Saleem Badat’s latest book.


Africa pregnant with hope and despair

Africa today faces both an opportunity for major social change and the potential for increasing barbarism in what is perhaps the most exciting period in our history. “This is a period pregnant with hope, but also pregnant with its twin, despair,” said Mr Firoze Manji, former-director of Pan African online news publication Pambazuka.


African musical treasure trove goes online

More than 80 years ago Hugh Tracey made his first recordings of African music and earned himself a reputation as a madman who sallied into the bush with people playing drums.


The Forgotten People

In 2001, in Unfinished Business: South Africa, Apartheid and Truth, Dumisa Ntsebeza and Terry Bell complained that ‘like so much of South Africa’s recent brutal history, we shall probably never know exactly how many people were banished and what happened to all of them’


Prof Stack lauded for enhancement of research in taxation

Rhodes Accounting Department Professor Lilla Stack, was awarded a ‘Lifetime Service Award for the enhancement of research in taxation and empowering of tax researchers and academia’ in South Africa at a South African Tax Educators Association (SATEA) workshop recently.


"Hopefulness becomes an essential element of the integral life"

The 2011 recipient of the Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award, Dr Samantha Vice, delivered an inspiring lecture, which focused on how to live a value-oriented life in post-apartheid South Africa, where the personal and the public, the past and the present are deeply entangled.


Critical reflection on Toni Morrison’s novel

The historical frame of Toni Morrison’s novel Beloved -- America in the years following the emancipation of slaves -- parallels South Africa’s post-apartheid milieu, as does the novel’s trajectory: healing a society still fraught with pain, anger and racism.


Re-tracing Biko’s last steps in Grahamstown

Commemorating the 25th anniversary of Steven Bantu Biko’s death in 1977, the Rhodes University Political Studies Department and Grahamstown’s Unemployed People’s Movement (UPM) gathered at Drostdy Arch to re-trace his steps when he walked out of a National Union of South African Students (NUSAS) conference held at Rhodes in 1968.


Learners shine a spotlight on local issues

The Rhodes University Theatre was packed last Thursday (27 September) for the premier of 24 short films produced by third year television journalism students and learners from local high schools. The films aimed to highlight issues facing young people in Grahamstown today.


Prestigious travel bursary for postgrad student

Amy Richardson a hardworking Master’s student has been awarded Abe Bailey Travel Bursary, a three-week tour of the United Kingdom, all expenses paid. The bursary selects a single candidate from 16 South African Universities for the sole purpose of giving them a unique cultural and international experience.


EWN Chief dissects SA Media landscape

The changing face of South African media took centre stage on Tuesday evening as Primedia Broadcasting’s Kate Katopodis descended on Rhodes University‘s Africa Media Matrix to deliver a presentation.


“What’s Wrong with Mandela Day?”

“We are at one of the most dangerous turning points in our democracy in South Africa,” says award-winning South African journalist, author and Rhodes alumna Ms Zubeida Jaffer.


Rhodes alumnus takes a challenging post

By accepting the position of chief executive of the SA Post Office, Chris Hlekane has taken on a demanding task. The Post Office has been dogged by strikes, allegations of fraud and golden handshakes - Hlekane couldnt have picked a less opportune moment to become its head.


"Journalists need to listen"

The roles and responsibilities of journalists and the media in post-apartheid South Africa came under the spotlight, when Deputy Head of School of Journalism and Media Studies, Professor Herman Wasserman shared his belief view that a willingness to listen and to become self-reflective, presents an effective way forward for journalists who aspire to deepen the freedoms of democracy.


Engaging with the world

The International Office recently awarded an International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA) Golden Key award for Best Practice in Developing a Comprehensive Internationalisation Strategy.


Sol Plaatje Institute partners with Primedia

PRIMEDIA Foundation entered into a relationship with the Sol Plaatje Institute for Media Leadership to sponsor three post graduate students in media management. The scholarships, to be known as the PRIMEDIA Scholarships for African Media Leaders, are for both practicing and aspirant media managers from South Africa.


‘A centre of excellence’

“The ELRC awakens our excitement about the environment and our potential as environmental activists putting us in touch with the world, the soil and the ecology of the earth,” said Dr Tanya Abrahamse, the CEO of South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI).


Prof McQuaid awarded A rating

Rhodes University’s Professor Christopher McQuaid was one of the 22 researchers to be awarded an A rating at a ceremony held in Cape Town last week.


Newer Heights for Rhodes student

It’s been a joyful, dance filled journey for Joza born and bred Noluvuyo Shwempe from classes in a community hall, to a prestigious national award.


“Water and Transformation in South Africa”

As citizens of Earth, we all live within a catchment area, and we can locate ourselves within a range of things which happen in our catchment. None of us can say that water is not our concern. Professor Carolyn Palmer, (known to everyone as Tally), opened her inaugural lecture with this stark statement at Eden Grove Blue Lecture Theatre.


Internet freedom under threat

THE freedom of the internet in South Africa is in trouble - on paper at least - warns Rhodes University's School of Journalism and Media Studies' Professor Jane Duncan.


Chinese centre boost for Rhodes

RHODES University’s decision to offer Chinese studies four years ago is helping to turn what many perceived as a colonial establishment into something with more universal appeal.


Old Rhodian responsible for Games spectacle

SOME things you might say are almost impossible. In that category would surely be coaching 3 500 ordinary citizens to a point where they can dazzle not only 84 000 spectators, including the cream of the who's who, but a global television audience of millions.


Berger honoured for life’s work

“South Africa is richer because Guy cared.” This is a statement made in a supplement to the Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards, formerly the Mondi Shanduka Newspaper Awards, which were presented on Tuesday, 28 August.


SIFE students finding sustainable solutions

The Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) are made up of various groups from tertiary institutions all round the world actively involved in changing the social, environmental and economic stability of those in need. Handling around seven projects that benefit the broader Grahamstown community, around 23 Rhodes SIFE students recently took part in a national competition where they got through to the finals.


Rhodes celebrates SKA bid success

Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor joined Rhodes University on Monday, 27 August to celebrate South Africa’s successful bid to host the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) telescope.


Give sight to others

The Rhodes University Pharmacy Students Association (RUPSA) are organising a community engagement activity as part of Pharmacy Week.


Alumna with entrepreneurial flair

At the young age of 11 she knew that if she worked hard enough in school she would be successful enough to no longer have to spend her weekends selling ice cream, boiled eggs and raw meat in the dusty streets of Orlando, Soweto, to help out the family business. This did much to hone her entrepreneurial flair, and today Johanna Mukoki is the managing director and joint founder of internationally recognised travel agency, Travel with Flair.


Rhodes celebrates SKA bid success

On Monday, 27 August, Rhodes University will celebrate the country’s recent achievement in winning the SKA bid and the University’s progress made in Radio Astronomy in the past 50 years.


Six Old Rhodians honoured

Rhodes University will honour six members of the Rhodes family, who have enhanced the reputation of the University and served as role models in society, at the annual Old Rhodian award ceremony on Saturday (25 August) at Gavin Relly Postgraduate Village.


Tové Kane joins Algoa FM

Award winning radio presenter, voice artist, speaker, writer, trainer and photographer, Tové Kane has joined Algoa FM as a presenter of her own show.


The long view of South African industry

“We think South Africa is faced with the imminent fate of deindustrialisation,” said Chief Director of Industrial Policy, Industrial Development Division, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI); Mr Garth Strachan at his talk, “South Africa's Industrial Policy: Past, Present and Future."


Alumnus gets Top Billing

My Top Billing Dream finally has its winner - and he's pretty excited about it fight now Jonathan Boynton-Lee is feeling like a million-dollar baby. The newest winner of My Top Billing Dream reality TV competition described his victory to The New Age as being just as exciting as winning an Academy award.


IEC running SRC elections

This year's SRC elections were run and monitored by the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa.


Beyond Greed and Grievances

An acknowledgement of the implications of the characteristics of natural resources can have significant policy implications, as they can serve as early warning signs in outlining the predisposition of natural resources to exploitation.


Rhodes hosts 2012 intervarsity

Rhodes University Sports Administration will be hosting the 2012 intervarsity from 17-18 August - the largest multi-coded university sporting event in the Eastern Cape.


SRC asks students to put themselves in another’s shoes

The Student Representative Council (SRC) has launched the second phase of their Eastern Cape Community Engagement (ECCOE) project this week with the “Walk in My Shoes” initiative. Students are being encouraged by the SRC to donate school shoes and money for disadvantaged students in what will be a long-term and possibly provincial project.


Anton Harber talks press freedom and good journalism

Professor Anton Harber, Head of the Wits Journalism Department, co-founding editor of the Mail and Guardian, and the man who “bites the hand that feeds”, recently visited Grahamstown to present a short series of guest lectures to the Journalism and Media Studies 4 writing class.


Writing is non-negotiable

Among the established writers participating in this year’s Masters in Creative Writing course is well-known literary critic, journalist and poet, Sabata-mpho Mokae.


A life in struggle

Speaking with admiration and frankness about the life and work of Govan Mbeki, renowned historian Prof Colin Bundy launched Govan Mbeki’s biography at the Cory Library for Historical Research recently.


WASA invaluable for women at Rhodes

“Rhodes University as an institution privileges the white males’ way of thinking and doing things,” said former Women’s Academic Solidarity Association (WASA) chairperson, Ms Corinne Knowles during the first WASA round table discussion recently, entitled “Barriers and successes in the struggle for equality at universities.”


Dr Tukulula returns home to inspire learners

Dr Matshawe Tukulula is living testimony to the success and impact of the Khula Project, an extraordinary initiative created by Dr Ken Ngcoza of the Rhodes Education Department, Mrs Joyce Sewry of the Chemistry Department and Mr Reuben Maselwa of Eastern Cape Department of Education.


Rhodes alumnus puts SA on world stage

South Africa’s untapped brains trust and knowledge network of expatriate assets around the world will soon be activated to help the country be more competitive in realising a better return on innovation and entrepreneurship across both the private and public sectors.


Democracy in decline

“The Born Free generation is not more democratic but actually less so -- they are less democratic than their parents and grandparents,” said Prof Robert Mattes in his talk, “ ‘The 'Born Frees': The Prospects for Generational Change in Post-apartheid South Africa”.


Rhodes men take stand for women

GENDER violence came under the spotlight in Grahamstown yesterday when Rhodes University men stepped up to voice their disapproval. They signed pledges and pegged old mismatched socks on a specially erected campus washing line.


Alumni animation film voted best feature film

ANIMATED film, The Adventures in Zambezia proved that the best is saved for last when the makers took away the Best South African Feature film award at the 33rd Durban International Fihn festival over the weekend.


Nurturing the minds of young scientists

Now in its 23rd year, the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists was a bustling and inspiring event. Annually the Chemistry Department at Rhodes University is packed with learners from grades 6-12 from Grahamstown schools, all eager to share their innovative projects with their peers and judges.


“Barriers and Successes in the Struggle for Equality at Universities”

For the first time in its history, Rhodes University Women’s Academic Solidarity Association (WASA) will host four senior members of the newly launched University of Limpopo Woman’s Academic Solidarity Association (ULWASA) and a gender activist from Walter Sisulu University (WSU), Professor Theresa Chisango, for a round table discussion.


Courts and the judiciary safeguard democracy

“If I was in government I would laud the courts for doing their work. For individuals living in isolated communities not being listened to by government, the courts can help to deepen democracy in helping people get government’s attention.


Psychology student wins ICP award

Tracey Feltham-King, a PhD student in the Rhodes University Psychology Department, won the PsySSA/Discovery student presentation award at the International Congress of Psychology (ICP) held in Cape Town recently. This congress, held every four years, attracted about 5 500 psychologists from around the globe.


South Africa still divided and unequal

In his Teach-In Lecture yesterday (26 July), Professor Steven Friedman said, bypassing the focus on a second transition and focusing instead on how to meaningfully and sustainably implement the promises made to South Africans post 1994 should be the focus of government.


Creating new intellectuals

Dr Catherine Burns of the University of the Witwatersrand Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER), was candid and heartfelt in her lecture, when addressing an audience of mainly Rhodes students about their civic responsibility and intellectual autonomy.


A social compact for higher growth and development

Delivering the second 2012 Teach-In lecture yesterday (24 July), Mr Joel Netshitenzhe, Director of Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection and member of the National Planning Commission, asked: “if the assumption is correct, that we seek to attain a better quality of life for all, then the question should be, ‘What do we do to achieve that?’.


“ANC politics are not as simple and clear cut”

“Our president is willing to take big risks for his own political gain. This shows us that our president is someone who will take chances and risk many things that could affect us and lead to a transition to a worse life for all, which is not something any of us would want,” said well-known South African journalist Ms Mandy Rossouw during yesterday’s (23 July 2012) Rhodes University Teach-In lecture.


Political and International Studies hosts the 10th annual Teach-In

Rhodes University Political and International Studies Department will hosts the 10th annual Teach-In from 23 July to 27 July. Prominent speakers will descend to Grahamstown to debate the “Second Transition” which was recently proposed by the ruling party, African National Congress.


Cory Library welcomes new head

A well-travelled academic, writer, academic archivist and curator, Dr Cornelius Thomas has taught in South Africa, the United States, and Saudi Arabia and has published several books. Now, as the newly appointed Head of the Cory Library for Historical Research, he is planning to transform the research library into an even more vital and exciting research facility.


Africa hosts Critical Realism Conference for the first time

The 15th Annual International Association for Critical Realism Conference held at Rhodes University, kicked off yesterday (18 July), for the first time on the African continent. The conference coincided with the 94th birthday of the African statesman, former president of South Africa, Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela.


Ex-Rhodian in limelight

A FORMER Rhodes University student's portrait of a double Olympic champion and now Olympic ambassador, Dame Kelly Holmes, has gone on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London.


“Passage through the tempest”

“It is possible to read Fanon as an advocate of Ubuntu,” Professor Achille Mbembe, philosopher, political scientist and public intellectual told the audience at last week’s Second Annual Rhodes University Thinking Africa Project Public Lecture, entitled “Frantz Fanon on the Subject of Emancipation”.


Education in Crisis - ISEA releases new book

South Africa’s Education Crisis: Views from the Eastern Cape was launched during the Eastern Cape English Educators’ Association biennial conference held at Rhodes at the end of June.


A Festival of Resistance

This was the third time I attended the Grahamstown National Arts Festival, now as a fourth year student at Rhodes University. The role that the festival plays for the town has become increasingly apparent as my own interests and work have increasingly shifted out of the bubble of Rhodes into the outlying townships that surround Grahamstown.


Alumnus to head Management Accountants' body

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), has appointed Zahra Cassim as the new head of South Africa. Cassim joined CIMA on 2 July 2012 with the responsibility of driving the long term country strategy and will report to Samantha Louis, regional director for Africa.


Project dips into melting pot of G’town

RHODES University's history department is producing, as part of Grahamstown's 200th anniversary, an exhibition at will bring to the fore the history and experiences of different ethnic groups that lived in the town during its formative years.


Making Rhodes Library the hub of the University

The new Director of Library Services, Ms Satgoor made the “life-changing decision” of joining Rhodes after visiting Grahamstown on only two occasions, one of which was for the interview itself.


Making Way – contemporary art from South Africa and China

Fine Art lecturer Ruth Simbao has a busy National Arts Festival in 2012. As curator of Making Way - Contemporary Art from South Africa and China, she is the driving force behind the main programme event, which runs from 28 June to 8 July, in some of the most eclectic and startling spaces in Grahamstown.


One-man history with some high notes

Rhodes student Brett de Groot, a Rhodes University student is debuting a musical tribute at this year’s Festival, and it promises to be anything but ordinary.


Between tenderness and terror

Cross-legged and naked, a man sits on stage and tells the audience he is not satisfied. He is dissatisfied, he says, taking a drag of his cigarette, because he has trained himself so well and so hard not to be dissatisfied. In this intimate space, the audience is pulled in as a group of confidantes, made to feel safe and welcome.


Flies and mutant toenails

Rhodes University drama alumnus Rob van Vuuren is returning to Grahamstown this Festival for a rendition of Rob van Vuuren-Live!, the comedian’s latest award-winning stand-up comedy show.


At home with the Apocalypse

The National Arts Festival has taken a leap into new territory in 2012. In a welcomed recognition of the value of the trans-disciplinary work being created between artists, actors, musicians and other creative disciplines, performance art now has a place on the Main Programme for the first time.


The Annual Student Exhibition in full swing

The Annual Student Exhibition, which showcases works by undergraduate members of the Fine Art Department, is running during winter vacation and festival period to allow Grahamstown locals Festival-goers to admire the striking artworks.


The art of darkness

Visceral, deeply cynical and elegiac, wordsmith Lesego Rampolokeng presented what some would call a seminar and what he describes as “a blood-flesh-bone-brain-dust mix of liberatory art”.


The pain and the triumph of freedom

“Expect to be taken on an emotional and poetic dance theatre journey,” says Standard Bank Young Artist award winner for Dance Rhodes University alumnus and acclaimed dancer/choreographer Bailey Snyman about his latest contemporary dance work.


Shedding light on luminescence

The international symposium will bring together experts and students from China, the USA, Italy, Israel, Poland and South Africa to “explore contemporary, up-to-date theories of luminescence in quartz, attempting to resolve the disparities between the different major theories” and it will be held at the Courtyard Hotel in Port Elizabeth from 1 to 6 July.


All hearts beat Ubom!

With award-winning director Mr Rob Murray at the helm, Ubom! Eastern Cape Theatre Company is exploding onto the Festival scene this year. Three productions Through Blue, Eco-Wolf and the Three Little Pigs and The Dogs Must be Crazy are all sure to get Festinos’ hearts beating Ubom!


Maria’s Story

Based on her great-grandmother Maria’s own account of her flight from, and later capture by, British troops during the Anglo-Boer war, Maureen de Jager, the National Arts Festival Artist-in-Residence has created Maria’s Story exhibition.


Rhodes hosts Clinical Pharmacy Conference

Rhodes University is hosting the 2nd South Africa Clinical Pharmacy Conference at the Barratt Complex from 25-27 June 2012. The three-day conference of the South African Society of Clinical Pharmacy (SASOCP) is pivotal to health management of South Africans.


Storm in a tea cup

“I'm going to enjoy every drop of my Cecil John Rhodes-sponsored tea,” Lesego Rampolokeng said while making himself a nice big cup in the Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA ) tea room. “I'm taking something back from him, brilliant!”


Call for research proposals

The Rhodes University Research Office has opened for the submission of proposals for the 2012 Sandisa Imbewu (We are growing/multiplying our seeds) Fund. The Rhodes University Board of Governors has made a further R5.9 million available for funding (to a R12.5 million seed funding), which will be open for proposals until end of July 2012.


Academics and communities break ground together

Rhodes University’s Department of Environmental Science is taking on a range of issues connected to sustainability and adaptability in communities, particularly those related to HIV/AIDS and climate change.


Rhodes PhD student to present in Singapore

Rhodes University PhD student Prudence Mutsa Mambo will present a paper (master’s research) at Singapore International Water Week in July entitled: Towards a Sustainable Bioremediation Process for Acid Mine Drainage.


Anglo American and Rhodes Business School announce unique partnership

Rhodes Business School and Anglo American are pleased to announce their partnership in the Global Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI). GRLI is a worldwide network of companies and learning institutions uniquely focused on developing the next generation of globally responsible leaders.


Rhodes staff members receive Alty awards

An impressive number of Rhodes University staff were honoured recently at the annual Alty Awards, in which 32 Alty and Vice-Chancellor’s Awards were made to University staff in recognition of recently attained postgraduate qualifications.