Behind the Icon – Tebello Nyokong: The compassionate scientist
Date Released : 05/10/2014This week, 21 Icons focuses its lens on the 10th icon of its second season: Tebello Nyokong, renowned scientist, chemist and professor at Rhodes University in Grahamstown.
Rhodes University honours Dr Neil Aggett
Date Released : 29/11/2013Rhodes University will formally name its new labour market research unit the Neil Aggett Labour Studies Unit
'A triumph' over the apartheid and Verwoerdian dictum
Date Released : 29/11/2013BORN on January 18, 1946 in Somerset East in rural Eastern Cape, Professor Gert Johannes Gerwel was a product of historically disadvantaged schools in the Eastern Cape.
Three Rhodes students awarded Mandela Rhodes Scholarship
Date Released : 27/11/2013Nicole Germiquet, Lisa Maholo and Sanaa Abrahams have been awarded the prestigious Mandela Rhodes Scholarships for 2014.
Rhodes alumnus promotes leadership ethics
Date Released : 27/11/2013The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation in-conjunction with Rhodes University officially launched the Allan Gray Centre For Leadership Ethics
Joza Youth Hub officially opened
Date Released : 25/11/2013In an effort to provide a safe and stimulating environment for Grahamstown youths various local organisations have joined together
Tyhini! The tricks of writing
Date Released : 22/11/2013"How do I translate the nebulous energy of ideas into language, words, in order to convey an image?"
Call for quality teacher education
Date Released : 20/11/2013A LEADING academic has made a strong call for quality teacher education on how teachers need to mediate challenges of society such as HIV-Aids.
Rhodes accounting students will score from new professional link
Date Released : 19/11/2013Students in the Department of Accounting have a clearer path to follow to success and a mentor they can be proud to emulate
A youthful take on the pandemic
Date Released : 11/11/2013WHEN, as a first-year student at Rhodes University in 2000, Rebecca Hodes and a friend established an association called SHARC
International prestigious scholarship awarded to Rhodes’ student
Date Released : 04/11/2013Rhodes University Ergonomics student Tyron Louw has been awarded a prestigious scholarship
Solving puzzle of what ancient fish looked like
Date Released : 04/11/2013AWORLD famous fossil site on the outskirts of Grahamstown has yielded yet another
Land equality a long way off, say professors
Date Released : 01/11/2013It will take about 250 years for South Africa to make serious headway in ensuring ownership of land in the country is fair.
“Ongoing land inequalities in South Africa: what role for engaged scholarship?”
Date Released : 31/10/2013Rhodes University academics Professor Fred Hendricks and Professor Kirk Helliker will present a seminar at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) on 1 November titled “Ongoing land inequalities in South Africa: what role for engaged scholarship?” along with Professor Lungisile Ntsebeza of the University of Cape Town.
Rhodes’ book launch sets a new record
Date Released : 30/10/2013A total of 20 books by Rhodes-affiliated academics were launched recently in the second book launch of the year, setting a new record for the number of staff-related publications at the university.
Silent protest catches fire
Date Released : 30/10/2013The Rhodes University Silent Protest protest which happens annually sees thousands of students pledging solidarity towards fighting the on-going struggle against the silence around sexual abuse.
Struggling students' champions
Date Released : 29/10/2013Amid 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.
Argentinian hopper insect introduced into Zeekoevlei to help combat water hyacinth
Date Released : 25/10/2013The City of Cape Town’s Environmental Resource Management Department (ERMD) has released an Argentinian hopper insect (Megamelus scutellaris) into the Zeekoevlei as part of the celebration of National Weedbuster Day which occurred on 16 October 2013.
Turning the tide on SA’S water management challenges
Date Released : 23/10/2013The scarcity and quality of water have emerged as trigger points around this precious life-giving liquid at a major symposium hosted by FMCG giant Unilever.
Poverty, Bare Life and the Life of the Imaginary
Date Released : 23/10/2013Delivering his inaugural lecture last week on Wednesday (16 October), Head of the Department of English, Professor Dirk Klopper spoke about the emergence of the imaginary in the space of the interval; the space among the actualities of everyday life, the space of possibilities, filled with potentiality.
An outlier redesigns chemistry
Date Released : 22/10/2013TEBELLO Nyokong recounts a tale of her Lesotho childhood: "I was the oldest of three, and was sent to herd sheep in the fields with the boys.
Rhodes honours “Mama Africa”
Date Released : 21/10/2013Rhodes University named Kimberley Hall East, Miriam Makeba (affectionately known as Mama Africa) Hall at the Naming Ceremony which took place last week on 15 October 2013.
Activists respond to Angie’s norms draft
Date Released : 17/10/2013At least four lobby groups across the country have called on Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga to review her recently drafted norms and standards for school buildings.
African honey wine popular with Chinese consumers
Date Released : 17/10/2013Honey Sun iQhilika Mead, an African-style honey wine, produced by Makana Meadery, a modern meadery based in Grahamstown, in the Eastern Cape is now on display on 30-month permanent trade fair in Ningbo, China, along with five other Eastern Cape products.
Geography students excel at Annual Conference
Date Released : 17/10/2013Three Rhodes University students scooped awards for their research presentations at this year’s 44th Annual Geography Students’ Conference hosted by the University of Free State.
WeedBuster project creates employment
Date Released : 17/10/2013Water and Environmental Affairs Deputy Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi has commended the role played by the WeedBuster awareness campaign in job creation.
Touching lives with drama therapy
Date Released : 16/10/2013It is mid-afternoon in a sunny Grahamstown as children begin arriving for their Sakhuluntu cultural group gathering —the delight on their faces and in their voices testament to their enthusiasm and anticipation.
New Education Department creates a link between past and future
Date Released : 15/10/2013The movement of the academic procession through a demolished part of the Education Department’s beautiful old William White Cooper building to its new teacher education building during the new Education Building opening on Friday (11 October) was symbolic. It signified a shift from past to future.
Real transformation 'is not merely a numbers game'
Date Released : 15/10/2013Transformation in higher education is much more than changing demographics in staff and student numbers, and entails historically black universities "catching up to" the facilities available at former white institutions, says Rhodes University rector and vice-chancellor Saleem Badat.
Minister and youth engagement on the NDP
Date Released : 11/10/2013Invitations to attend the National Development Plan (NDP) youth gathering this past weekend from 5 to 6 October were extended to youth-led organisations within the Nelson Mandela Bay District, including the Rhodes University Student Representative Committee (SRC).
End of road for ‘humble, bright rural boy’
Date Released : 11/10/2013Dr Cecil Wele Manona, 76, revered Rhodes University scholar, expert Eastern Cape researcher and radio celebrity, died in Nelson Mandela Bay on Tuesday.
Rhodes University bids farewell to a brave and generous spirited scholar
Date Released : 11/10/2013Dr Wele Cecil Manona was born in Durban location, Peddie in 1937 and completed his early schooling at the Methodist Mission school
The Ten Most Spectacular University Campuses in South Africa
Date Released : 09/10/2013South Africa’s universities are among its most beautiful public buildings. Take a tour around Mzansi in mortarboard and robes with our roll call of higher ed beauties.
INqaba yeGolide, IWR and Catchment Research Group scoop Environmental Awards
Date Released : 09/10/2013Rhodes University’s Institute for Water Research (IWR) Incorporating the Unilever Centre for Environmental Water Quality (UCEWQ), the Catchment Research Group (CRG) and the Makana community group iNqaba yeGolide are all 2013 Rhodes University Environmental Awards recipients.
Rape cases - medics need more training
Date Released : 08/10/2013South Africa's low rape conviction rate could improve drastically if student doctors were given more training at medical school.
Prof Mann to present keynote address in Venice
Date Released : 08/10/2013Chris Mann, Honorary Professor of Poetry at Rhodes, will be in Italy this week to present the keynote address at an international conference on post-colonial literature.
City teacher headed for Antarctica
Date Released : 05/10/2013A Three-month stint in the freezing cold of Antarctica, working with a host of professionals while researching landforms that form in cold, dry climates is a dream Pretoria teacher Liezel Rudolph is about to fulfil.
Action to address water challenges in Grahamstown and surrounding areas
Date Released : 04/10/2013Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Mrs Edna Molewa is confident of a lasting solution to the water shortages in Grahamstown and surrounding areas that have seriously affected the Rhodes University in the Eastern Cape.
Law students successful at African Human Rights Moot Competition
Date Released : 03/10/2013Final year LLB students Tammy Harrison and Jarryd Mardon recently showcased their skills and walked away with the Best Memorial award at the African Human Rights Moot Competition in Cape Town recently.
“South Africa’s foreign policy priorities are so weak under President Zuma”
Date Released : 02/10/2013According to Dr Paul-Simon Handy, Research Director of the Institute of Security Studies (ISS), South Africa’s foreign policy priorities are so weak under President Zuma as to be almost impossible to define.
Grahamstown braces as water restrictions on cards
Date Released : 02/10/2013Municipal water restrictions are looming for Grahamstown and surrounding farms which irrigate, said Eastern Cape regional head of the national Water Affairs Department, Portia Makhanya.
MA Creative Writing student is the new editor for New Coin
Date Released : 01/10/2013The latest issue of New Coin magazine, out this month, was edited by Vonani Bila. He is the first black editor in the nearly fifty-year history of this Rhodes University-published poetry magazine which has a national and international reputation.
Prof Nyokong to address The World Academy of Sciences
Date Released : 01/10/2013Rhodes University’s Distinguished Professor Tebello Nyokong will discuss the use of combined therapies to fight cancer in Africa at the yearly General Meeting of The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries (TWAS) on Thursday 3 October 2013, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Open letter to government, business and those who have work
Date Released : 01/10/2013I am a 31-year-old African male with university degrees from two higher education institutions.
‘Academic freedom and the enclosure of knowledge in the global university’
Date Released : 30/09/2013According to one of the top feminist scholars, Professor Silvia Federici, a discussion on academic freedom is timely as everywhere across the planet, this long fought-for principle is under siege.
“Don’t feel that privilege protects you”
Date Released : 25/09/2013A society in which each one of us is our brother’s keeper; a society in which all are equal. This is how anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko foresaw a future South Africa
EC journo tells of Kenya bloodbath
Date Released : 23/09/2013Ex-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.
New Rhodes SARChI Chair to explore SA’s significant sexuality and reproduction challenges
Date Released : 20/09/2013Rhodes University has appointed Psychology Professor Catriona Macleod as the SARChI Chair in Critical Studies in Sexualities and Reproduction: Human and Social Dynamics, following a successful nomination by the University and approval by the National Research Foundation (NRF).
Rhodes academics condemn racist song at Wits
Date Released : 19/09/2013About 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.
Prof McQuaid receives Gold Medal award
Date Released : 18/09/2013The Zoological Society of Southern Africa (ZSSA) has recently awarded a gold medal to Rhodes University’s Distinguished Professor, Christopher McQuaid of the Zoology and Entomology Department.
Fixing our broken schools takes more than money
Date Released : 16/09/2013The national budget for basic, free education is almost R17.6bn. Even so, free basic education in SA is in crisis. Most schools have no library, face staff shortages and suffer mismanagement.
The Art of Teaching for the Conceptual Understanding of Mathematics
Date Released : 16/09/2013Delivering his inaugural lecture on Wednesday (11 September) at Rhodes University, First Rand Foundation Chair in Mathematics Education, Professor Marc Schäfer said 67% of Grahamstown’s Grade 10 learners are bored in their maths class.
Muni, Rhodes raise the bar
Date Released : 16/09/2013Capable officials who stay and are committed to actively improving the town is the vision behind a new joint initiative by Makana Municipality and Rhodes University.
A passion for science, a thirst for knowledge
Date Released : 16/09/2013Professor Tebello Nyokong, who recently won the National Research Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award, has big plans for science in Africa, writes Oliver Roberts.
Rhodes author on shortlist
Date Released : 13/09/2013Rhodes 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.
“Making a former white South African university function in a way that is not racist is not easy”
Date Released : 12/09/2013Rhodes University senior lecturer in the Political and International Studies Department, Dr Sally Matthews will deliver a paper entitled “(White) Privilege and Institutional Culture” at Rhodes University Institutional Culture Roundtable on Saturday (14 September) at Gavin Relly Post Grad Village.
Xhosa legends’ literary works brought to life
Date Released : 10/09/2013Xhosa literature fanatics can look forward to further compilations of the written works of legendary authors like Samuel Edward Krune Mqhayi.
‘Journalists practising in deeply trying conditions’
Date Released : 09/09/2013The media face multiple pressures both from within and outside the profession, writes Hopewell Radebe.
“To whom are academics responsible?”
Date Released : 09/09/2013Widely 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.
Seamus Heaney: The Guttural Muse in the Sky
Date Released : 06/09/2013Seamus Heaney, the much loved Irish poet and Nobel Prize winner who died in Dublin last week, was no stranger to South Africa.
MobiSAM, an important initiative - VC
Date Released : 06/09/2013Rhodes 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
Date Released : 06/09/2013Young 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?”
Date Released : 04/09/2013The 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
Date Released : 04/09/2013An 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
Date Released : 03/09/2013Scientists 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
Date Released : 03/09/2013In 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
Date Released : 02/09/2013The 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.
Tiny fossil huge find for Grahamstown
Date Released : 02/09/2013A RHODES University palaeontologist has finally hit the jackpot with his discovery of a fossilised scorpion.
The Promise of Land
Date Released : 02/09/2013In 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
Date Released : 02/09/2013THE 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
Date Released : 29/08/2013The 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.
Special Plan Will Ensure Water Supply
Date Released : 29/08/2013Plans have been put in place to repair Grahamstown’s antiquated water supply infrastructure, the cause of serious water shortages.
Prof Nyokong receives NRF Lifetime Achiever Award
Date Released : 28/08/2013The 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’
Date Released : 28/08/2013“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
Date Released : 27/08/2013With 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
Date Released : 27/08/2013Political activist and Port Elizabeth lecturer Dr Janet Cherry has been awarded the Distinguished Old Rhodian Award from Rhodes University.
“I want to put the ghost of targeting white males aside”
Date Released : 26/08/2013“I want to put the ghost of targeting white males aside. This has never been the approach and it has never been about black and white… No one asks about the dearth of female judges.”
Town up in arms over water crisis
Date Released : 26/08/2013Zuma’s office sending team to assess situation in parched Grahamstown. Is it because they are better than us that Rhodes gets listened to?
LLB student selected for German/African scholarship exchange
Date Released : 23/08/2013Final year LLB student, Aphiwe Nkosimbini has been selected by the German Partnership with Africa Foundation, to attend a political economy conference in Germany and Namibia.
Sort it out or get out
Date Released : 23/08/2013THE 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
Date Released : 22/08/2013The Rhodes Chamber Choir will celebrate its 60th anniversary on Saturday by bringing former members and music lovers together, while raising funds for charity.
Professor Gordon to take up the Nelson Mandela Visiting Professorship
Date Released : 22/08/2013Rhodes University is thrilled and honoured to announce that Professor Lewis Gordon, a leading figure in philosophy, will take up the prestigious Nelson Mandela Visiting Professorship in the Department of Politics & International for 2014 and 2015.
Rhodes gets water after presidency intervenes
Date Released : 21/08/2013It took an intervention from President Jacob Zuma’s office for water to be restored to Rhodes University – which was on the brink of closing late last week.
An evening of beguiling Baroque music
Date Released : 21/08/2013Solo tenor and music teacher Mr Sibusiso Mkhize presented an engaging and technically adept concert recently at Beethoven Room in the Music Department.
Zuma’s office takes steps to deal with Rhodes water crisis
Date Released : 21/08/2013Grahamstown’s lengthy water shortage, which threatens to close Rhodes University, is at last receiving priority attention at the highest level.
“Teaching big classes at a small university”
Date Released : 20/08/2013Unassuming 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
Date Released : 19/08/2013He 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.
Marikana inquiry ’not fair’ to dead miners’ families
Rhodes hosts lively debate on fracking
Date Released : 17/08/2013Battle 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.
“Nkandla case reveals flaws in Secrecy Bill”
Date Released : 16/08/2013Visiting Professor Wim Trengrove argued that the Protection of State Information Bill is open to abuse because it fails to tightly define and control what may be classified as secret information.
‘Transformation of the Judiciary in South Africa’
Date Released : 15/08/2013Adv 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
Date Released : 15/08/2013The 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.
An open letter to the mayor, the municipal manager and the Makana Municipality councillors
Date Released : 14/08/2013Rhodes University views itself as an integral part of the Makana region and the Eastern Cape. We are willing to shoulder responsibility in the search for collective solutions to problems that confront our community.
‘50/50’ gender equity targets a numbers game
Date Released : 14/08/2013Gender transformation in South Africa today is largely about playing the numbers game to achieve ‘50/50’ – the popular reference to gender equity targets.
Rhodes VC leads protest march
Date Released : 14/08/2013Lengthy 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”
Date Released : 13/08/2013In 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.
New Rhodes SARChI Chair to help address food security and biodiversity loss through biological control
Date Released : 13/08/2013Rhodes University welcomes Professor Steve Compton who has moved to Rhodes from Leeds University in the United Kingdom, to take up the prestigious SARChI Chair in Insects in Sustainable Agricultural Ecosystems in the Department of Zoology and Entomology from July 2013.
JMS students enchant France
Date Released : 08/08/2013Two 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.
It’s all in the sea, as new Rhodes SARChI Chair will reveal
Date Released : 07/08/2013Rhodes University has appointed Microbiology Professor Rosemary Dorrington as the SARChI Chair in Marine Natural Product Research, following a successful nomination by the University and approval by the National Research Foundation (NRF).
Son of Transkei soil joins Concourt bench
Date Released : 07/08/2013Mount Frere-born advocate Mbuyiseli Russell Madlanga was yesterday sworn in as a Constitutional Court judge.
Researchers find 33 new animal species in Cape streams
Date Released : 07/08/2013Researchers have found about 33 new species of insect and other organisms confined mainly to the mountain streams of the south-western Cape.
“Violence In/And the Great Lakes: The Thought of V.Y. Mudimbe and Beyond”
Date Released : 06/08/2013The Annual Thinking Africa Colloquium will be hosted by Rhodes University’s Department of Political and International Studies from 7 to 9 August 2013 under the theme, ‘Violence In/And the Great Lakes: The Thought of V.Y. Mudimbe and Beyond’.
How to Spread It: Saleem Badat
Date Released : 05/08/2013Dr 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.
Tax expert “stunned” to be a member of the Tax Review Committee
Date Released : 02/08/2013South African tax expert and Rhodes University Professor, Matthew Lester has been selected to be a member of the Tax Review Committee announced recently by the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan.
Transplant athlete eyes gold
Date Released : 02/08/2013A 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.
Grahamstown learners showcase scientific projects
Date Released : 01/08/2013Rhodes University and Eskom recently hosted the annual regional component of the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists and sponsored R300 000 in prizes and bursaries for top performing pupils.
Rhodes student competes at World Transplant Games
Date Released : 31/07/2013“I’m honoured and humbled to wear the South African colours and represent my country,” says Mthunzi Fatyi.
“Anthropology is perplexing and rewarding”
Date Released : 30/07/2013Considering 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
Date Released : 29/07/2013Political 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.
Rhodes VC shines as soccer coach
Date Released : 29/07/2013It was an unusual sight last Saturday afternoon as Rhodes University ViceChancellor Saleem Badat ran around Prospect Field with a ball.
Hanamichi: a feast of visual theatre
Date Released : 29/07/2013There is something wonderfully ironic about the play Hanamichi being inspired by a poem, yet hardly a word is spoken throughout the piece.
Rhodes Alumni appointed to senior M&G editorial positions
Date Released : 29/07/2013The Mail & Guardian announced the appointment of two new editors this week, as well as additional changes to its organisational structure, in a new phase of its digital-first strategy.
“Why does the history of rape matter?”
Date Released : 27/07/2013Dr 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.
Honours student selected to attend Commonwealth University network
Date Released : 25/07/2013Honours Political and Social Sciences student, Mlamuli Hlatshwayo has been selected from 200 student applicants, who have demonstrated excellent qualities as future leaders, to attend the Association of Commonwealth Universities’ Residential School 2013.
Rhodes mourns the passing of former Chief Justice Pius Langa
Date Released : 24/07/2013Rhodes 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
Date Released : 24/07/2013Government 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
Date Released : 24/07/2013The 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
Date Released : 23/07/2013Examining 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.
Moral outrage, risk, and vulnerability in “The Rape Crisis”
Date Released : 23/07/2013The well-known independent researcher Ms Lisa Vetten who has worked in the field of violence against women since 1991, argued yesterday that a reaction of moral outrage is often ineffective when it comes to rape in South Africa.
Feminist scholar to visit Rhodes
Date Released : 22/07/2013The 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
Date Released : 22/07/2013Mr 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.
Rhodes drills into gender violence scourge
Date Released : 19/07/2013Gender-based violence will come under the spotlight during a week of high profile Rape Crisis public lectures at Rhodes University.
Prominent South Africans to debate “Rape Crisis”
Date Released : 18/07/2013Prominent speakers will debate the “Rape Crisis”, as part of the 11th annual Teach-In Public Lecture Series hosted by Rhodes University Political and International Studies Department from 22 July to 26 July.
Local girls make English Olympiad Top 20
Date Released : 16/07/2013Grahamstown shone at the De Beers English Olympiad prize-giving ceremony as three local girls were announced in the Top 20.
Old Rhodian pharmacist serves community
Date Released : 16/07/2013Rhodes 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
Date Released : 15/07/2013Feisty 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.
Author Soga heading for Rhodes
Date Released : 15/07/2013By day Soga Mlandu oversees municipal administration but by night he writes short stories.
Leading academics to discuss University rankings and measurements
Date Released : 12/07/2013Leading 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’.
Young Water Professionals to gather in Stellenbosch
Date Released : 10/07/2013The 3rd Regional Conference of the South African Young Water Professionals (YWP ZA) will be taking place for the first time in Stellenbosch in the Western Cape, South Africa from 16 to 18 July 2013.
“I feel proud to raise the Rhodes' flag”
Date Released : 08/07/2013Rhodes 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
Date Released : 08/07/2013Eighteen months of work are coming to fruition at the National Arts Festival for Alette Schoon and her team of documentary film-makers.
Rhodes hosts the Legacies of the Apartheid Wars conference
Date Released : 05/07/2013“Rhodes is very pleased to host and to be associated with the Legacies of Apartheid Wars Project (LAWS).
Rhodes staff prays for Tata
Date Released : 05/07/2013Former 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
Date Released : 03/07/2013A 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.
Brooks brings history of province's art to life
Date Released : 03/07/2013Exploring the arts of the Eastern Cape 1900-2013. Venue: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, until July 14.
Walking tours with a twist
Date Released : 02/07/2013Diamonds, Bagpipes and the Mother Superior sounds like just the kind of title for a Festival production you'd expect.
East meets West in Hanamichi
Date Released : 02/07/2013Presented 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
Date Released : 01/07/2013“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
Date Released : 01/07/2013Grahamstown local Thozi Ngeju has been writing and directing plays for the past 10 years.
Humour, horror in Moor
Date Released : 01/07/2013Rhodes 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
Date Released : 27/06/2013Prof 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
Date Released : 27/06/2013A 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
Date Released : 25/06/2013Rhodes 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
Date Released : 25/06/2013Basic 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
Date Released : 24/06/2013Head 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.
Solstice nut jobs find out: ‘dam that water’s cold!’
Date Released : 24/06/2013After years of threatening to do the Polar Plunge in Grahamstown, Dispatch reporter David Macgregor finally plucks up courage to hit the icy water for the annual dam splash.
Writing through the silence
Date Released : 21/06/2013This 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
Date Released : 21/06/2013Micaela 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
Date Released : 20/06/2013Forty-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
Date Released : 20/06/2013The launch of the “Generations of Jazz Exhibition” at the Red Location Museum, on Friday, 21 June 2013 from 19:00 is already fully booked.
South Africa benefits from international citizens
Date Released : 19/06/2013Rhodes University International Office has issued a strong statement against the xenophobic attacks that took place recently in some provinces in South Africa such as Johannesburg.
Rhodes Education Faculty set to increase enrolment
Date Released : 18/06/2013The 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
Date Released : 18/06/2013Two of the Eastern Cape's four universities have criticised figures released by the Department of Higher Education and Training that show low graduation rates.
South Africa needs a strong foundation of labour market information
Date Released : 14/06/2013South Africa needs a strong foundation of labour market information across the post-school system and labour markets, including per sector, occupation and region.
Slugs and snails and DNA trails
Date Released : 13/06/2013The 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
Date Released : 11/06/2013While 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
Date Released : 10/06/2013Friends, 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.
The Generations of Jazz Exhibition Launch
Date Released : 10/06/2013The Red Location Museum is in its element as one of our most exiting exhibitions ever, will be launched on Friday, 21 June 2013!
IR conference interrogate Africa’s marginalisation in theory
Date Released : 07/06/2013Setting 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
Date Released : 06/06/2013“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
Date Released : 04/06/2013A 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.
'Homophobia' posters spark outrage at Rhodes
Date Released : 03/06/2013Graphic posters, apparently intended to expose Muslim homophobia, have provoked the anger of Rhodes University staff members, students and alumni.
Mobiflock app on its way to making worldwide mark
Date Released : 03/06/2013One of the handful of South African entrepreneurs vying for a chance to win the Dragon's Den competition was Rhodes University B Journ graduate Vanessa Clark.
Grahamstown launches cell project
Date Released : 03/06/2013Makana Municipality and Rhodes University have joined hands in a project to use cellphone technology to improve communication between residents and the municipality.
Outrage over ‘homophobia’ posters
Date Released : 31/05/2013Rhodes students and staff are livid after “racist, xenophobic” posters were displayed on campus
Grocott’s scoops up two big awards
Date Released : 30/05/2013It’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.
High Tech for Rural Development Actually Bridging the Divide?
Date Released : 29/05/2013Reported cases of failed technology-related development projects mean that governments and other roleplayers implementing ICT initiatives should re-think their strategies.
PhD student to participate at international workshop
Date Released : 27/05/2013A 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”
Date Released : 24/05/2013Speaking 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.”
Rhodes to hosts International Relations conference
Date Released : 24/05/2013Rhodes University Political and International Studies Department will host International Relations (IR) conference on 27-28 May 2013 at Continuing Education Conference Centre.
Need for punitive action against officials
Date Released : 23/05/2013THE 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.
Academics fail to settle Rhodes freedom debate
Date Released : 23/05/2013Plans to replace Rhodes University’s apartheid era Academic Freedom Declaration have been shelved after an open debate by leading academics ended in a stalemate.
Post-apartheid social movements see limited gains
Date Released : 23/05/2013Post-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.
Rhodes lecturers debate academic freedom
Date Released : 23/05/2013In a public debate on Tuesday this week, a panel of academics discussed the proposed new Academic Freedom Declaration for Rhodes University.
More time needed to comment on vital fisheries legislation
Date Released : 22/05/2013THIS 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
Date Released : 22/05/2013Lunch-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
Date Released : 22/05/2013A 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.
Debating multilingualism at higher education institutions
Date Released : 21/05/2013Debating the extent to which South African higher educational institutions have and ought to adopt multilingualism into their curricula...
Eastern Cape universities to unite against gender violence on women
Date Released : 21/05/2013Four Eastern Cape universities have teamed up together preparing Tuesday ’s (May 21) march against gender violence on women around the country.
Rhodes hosts fiery debate on bill
Date Released : 20/05/2013The 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?”
Date Released : 20/05/2013Rhodes 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.
Rhodes signed MoU with Department of Human Settlements
Date Released : 17/05/2013Rhodes University will “assist the Department in augmenting its research and strategic thinking capacity and render quality assurance” for research projects that will be undertaken by the Department of Human Settlements.
Rhodes to take anti-corruption fight to rest of SA
Date Released : 17/05/2013RHODES University vice-chancellor Dr Saleem Badat has vowed to step up his fight against corruption by persuading other South African universities to sign a pledge to fight the scourge themselves.
Rhodes lauded for African science ‘translatathons’
Date Released : 17/05/2013BREAKING down long-held beliefs that indigenous African languages could not be used to teach science would go a long way towards ridding South Africa of “linguistic apartheid”.
Rhodes takes lead in fighting corruption
Date Released : 17/05/2013THE best way to fight widespread corruption in South Africa by elected officials and civil servants is to name and shame the people involved.
Desperate need for debates around race in South Africa
Date Released : 15/05/2013Speaking 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.
Whites should be silent on SA’s future, debate told
Date Released : 14/05/2013White South Africans should not speak out about the county's politics, because it was black people's turn to rule, controversial Rhodes University philosopher Samantha Vice said last night.
Community Engagement: a political tool?
Date Released : 13/05/2013The 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
Date Released : 13/05/2013A 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
Date Released : 10/05/2013Ric 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
Date Released : 10/05/2013“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.
Coelacanth genes get sequenced
Date Released : 10/05/2013Sarah Wild Tweet Lead paper author Dr Chris Amemiya speaks to M&Gs Sarah Wild about the centuries-old coelacanth, which he has been studying for over 20 years.
Re-configuring South Africa’s Youth Political Sphere
Date Released : 08/05/2013This 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".
Research suggests increasingly militarised protest regulation in South Africa
Date Released : 08/05/2013In a seminar hosted by the Faculty of Humanities yesterday (Tuesday 7 May) the Chair of the Media and Information Society at Rhodes University, Professor Jane Duncan, highlighted indicators that the regulation of protests under the President Jacob Zuma’s administration is becoming increasingly militarised.
Eusebius McKaiser fears Rhodes students’ political disengagement
Date Released : 07/05/2013Eusebius Mckaiser's controversial first book has been received with critical acclaim. Promoting his book A Bantu in my Bathroom Eusebius McKaiser spoke to an audience at Rhodes University on 3 May 2013.
Three universities pilot doctoral supervision course
Date Released : 06/05/2013An 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
Date Released : 03/05/2013Today (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
Date Released : 02/05/2013Rhodes 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.
Implementation in mental health lags behind policy
Date Released : 30/04/2013Prof Melvyn Freeman, the 2013 recipient of the Department of Psychology’s social change award, devoted most of his working life to create the conditions for better mental health services in South Africa.
Broadband project connects rural Eastern Cape with rest of world
Date Released : 25/04/2013Advanced satellite technology is helping poor rural schoolchildren on the Wild Coast to mouse-click their way to a better future.
“Teaching the Born Frees”
Date Released : 22/04/2013Debating 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
Date Released : 22/04/2013THEY 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.
3000 join rape protest nationwide
Date Released : 22/04/2013MORE than 3000 people nationwide stood in solidarity with rape survivors on Friday as a part of the annual Silent Protest.
Student start-ups on rise - Silicon Cape
Date Released : 22/04/2013University 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.
Rape protest: survivors speak out
Date Released : 22/04/2013RHODES University’s powerful silent protest campaign is helping rape survivors deal with the trauma of being sexually violated.
Buffalo Grove's Ami Relf Receives National Award to Study in South Africa
Date Released : 19/04/2013Ami E. Relf, an English teacher from Buffalo Grove High School, was recently selected as one of 25 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Scholars from a national applicant pool.
Activists give voice to rape survivors
Date Released : 19/04/2013A 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.
Genetics of coelacanth decoded
Date Released : 19/04/2013Rhodes University academics have played a key role helping decode the genetic makeup of the prehistoric African coelacanth.
Rhodes’ academics part of a historic coelacanth genome international research and decoding team
Date Released : 17/04/2013This week, Professor Rosemary Dorrington, Rhodes Visiting Professor Gregory Blatch and Dr Adrienne Edkins, along with colleagues, who were part of an international team of researchers, celebrate the successful decoding of the genome of a creature whose evolutionary history is both enigmatic and illuminating: the African coelacanth.
Journalism student writes his way to Russia
Date Released : 16/04/2013A STUDENT from Rhodes University has been chosen as one of only two African representatives to attend a prestigious sports journalism seminar in Russia during the July vacation.
Education a key theme for 2013 Anglican synod
Date Released : 16/04/2013Church called to witness to broader society TOMORROW, the Anglican Synod, which takes place every three years, begins. This year it takes place in Grahamstown, at St Andrew's College.
Madlanga appointed as new Judge in Constitutional Court
Date Released : 16/04/2013Marikana Commission evidence leader Advocate Mbuyiseli Madlanga has been appointed as the new Judge in the Constitutional Court.
R200m being spent in boost to university
Date Released : 15/04/2013Plans for Rhodes upgrade, new buildings RHODES University will spend R200-million on infrastructure in the next 30 months.
Rhodes looks to up student numbers
Date Released : 15/04/2013Rhodes 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
Date Released : 12/04/2013Rhodes 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
Date Released : 11/04/2013Academics 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 judge is new Rhodes chancellor
Date Released : 09/04/2013“Judge Lex Mpati personifies the values we embrace at Rhodes University of rising above self, of humility, commitment, excellence and ethical behaviour. His is an inspiring story and we are honoured to have him as our chancellor."
Top muso Mahlasela rocks Rhodes
Date Released : 08/04/2013CELEBRATED 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
Date Released : 08/04/2013DR 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
Date Released : 06/04/2013AN 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.
New chancellor all about rights
Date Released : 06/04/2013Rhodes celebrates as Judge Mpati installed SUPREME Court of Appeal President Judge Lex Mpati was installed as Rhodes University Chancellor at a gala first graduation ceremony this week.
Rhodes sets record for PhDs
Date Released : 05/04/2013MORE than 2 000 graduates will receive various degrees from Rhodes University. The ceremony started yesterday and ends tomorrow.
Justice Mpati to be installed as the new Chancellor at Rhodes
Date Released : 03/04/2013Rhodes University alumnus, Honourable Justice Lex Mpati, will be installed as the new Chancellor during the University’s 2013 graduation ceremonies commencing on Thursday 4 April, 18H00 at the 1820 Settlers National Monument.
Rhodes to roll out a unique doctoral supervision course
Date Released : 27/03/2013Rhodes 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
Date Released : 27/03/2013Talented 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
Date Released : 26/03/2013Rhodes 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
Date Released : 25/03/2013The 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.
South Africa lacks skilled water experts
Date Released : 22/03/2013Rhodes University Ecologist Professor Jay O’keefe says there are few skilled water scientists and water engineers in the country.
How water outage went from incident to crisis
Date Released : 22/03/2013Before 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
Date Released : 20/03/2013Recent 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
Date Released : 20/03/2013Rhodes 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
Date Released : 19/03/2013Dr 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.
Discovery of coelacanth might have changed course of history at Rhodes
Date Released : 19/03/2013THE chance discovery of a strange fish in a trawler captain’s nets almost 75 years ago changed the course of history at Rhodes University.
Mpati: Thorny road to top
Date Released : 18/03/2013Judge Lex Mpati relates the story of the sometimes thorny journey he has travelled in his life, until he finally made his mark as one of the?country’s foremost legal minds.
Cool digs for students
Date Released : 16/03/2013A 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.
Rhodes academic gets A-rating from NRF
Date Released : 14/03/2013THE National Research Foundation (NRF) has awarded highly acclaimed Rhodes University academic Professor Tebello Nyokong a rare A-rating.
RIP Mandy Rossouw: a tour de force passes
Date Released : 13/03/2013Mandy Rossouw, one of South Africa’s most prominent journalists, passed away on Monday night at the age of 33 after a short illness.
Jazz duo impressive performance
Date Released : 13/03/2013“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
Date Released : 12/03/2013Honours 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
Date Released : 12/03/2013The 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
Date Released : 11/03/2013Widely 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.
Sparkling UBOM! pulls it off again
Date Released : 11/03/2013RENOWNED Eastern Cape theatre company, UBOM! is at it again with the introduction of their latest production, Betti & the Yeti.
Man with prominent public profile
Date Released : 08/03/2013A 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
Date Released : 08/03/2013STANDARD 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
Date Released : 08/03/2013Almost 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
Date Released : 06/03/2013Visiting 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.