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Changing a city, one child at a time

Date Released : 02/02/2018

Rhodes University is committed to play a significant role in revitalising public schooling in Grahamstown. The extent of its commitment is underlined by the fact its Vice-Chancellor, Dr Sizwe Mabizela, personally heads up an institutional programme aimed at coordinating all efforts in this regard.

Profile on Dr Sizwe Mabizela by the Little Black Book

Date Released : 19/10/2017

Sizwe Mabizela is a mathematician and Vice-Chancellor of Rhodes University. He previously served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic and Student Affairs and senior lecturer at the University of Cape Town in mathematics and applied mathematics.

Rhodes launches ambitious student support fund - Isivivane

Date Released : 05/06/2017

When Phelokazi Ndaba*, a 19-year-old Rhodes University law student, became one of the first group of 150 students to benefit from the newly launched Isivivane Fund

Strengthening a counter culture to gender based violence:

Date Released : 03/04/2017

In my circular last week, I provided an update about the work that we are doing to strengthen a counter culture to rape and sexual/gender-based violence in our institution.

Building a partnership for improved internal communication

Date Released : 24/03/2017

Our institution has identified improvement in communication, internally and externally, as one of its priorities.

Action Plan on Sexual and Gender-based Violence

Date Released : 17/03/2017

As you may be aware, the University set up a Task Team in April 2016 to explore how a counter culture to rape and gender-based violence may be implemented in our institution.

Calls for Nominations for the Vice Chancellor’s Community engagement Award for 2016

Date Released : 15/03/2017

The Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Community Engagement Award is a prestigious and competitive annual award that recognises meaningful and committed partnerships between the members of the university and the community.

Record Rhodes degrees and highest graduation rate

Date Released : 11/04/2014

RHODES University opened its three day graduation period on a high note yesterday, with the institution set to award 2 367 degrees

EC university VCs meet Premier Phumulo Masoalle

Date Released : 01/02/2017

he Vice-Chancellor for Rhodes University met with Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle together with the Vice-Chancellors of two of the Eastern Cape’s universities today.

Campus Update

Date Released : 06/10/2016

The University condemns this wanton damage to property absolutely.

Rhodes University condemns racism and hate speech

Date Released : 17/10/2016

I have pointed out on numerous occasions that bigotry and hate speech will not be tolerated at Rhodes University. I am deeply distressed to see that despite warnings, there has been an increase of incidents that can be deemed to constitute hate speech and/or incitement of violence on social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter. Allow me to reiterate:

Letter to parents

Date Released : 07/10/2016

As an important stakeholder of Rhodes University, I would like to apprise you of developments on our campus.

Campus Update

Date Released : 05/10/2016

Unfortunately, Rhodes University experienced disruption in the early morning of 5 October 2016. Protesters invaded residences on the upper part of campus while students were sleeping. Fire alarms were set off as the residences were invaded. Tyres and two rain water storage tanks were also set alight in the immediate vicinity.

Declaration of a Higher Education & Training multi-stakeholder summit that took place on 03 October 2016.

Date Released : 04/10/2016

On 03 October 2016 the Minister of Higher Education & Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, convened a multi-stakeholder consultative forum in Kempton Park to deliberate and reach a common position on the crisis engulfing our public Higher Education system.

#Feesmustfall: The forgotten stakeholders

Date Released : 03/10/2016

We all seem to have forgotten about the biggest stakeholder in the debate, the South African family.

Arson attempt on campus

Date Released : 01/10/2016

At approximately 4am today, 1 October 2016, a fire was started at a basement entrance on the south wall of the main administration building, using a flammable substance.

Campus Update

Date Released : 28/09/2016

The academic programme resumed with lectures and tutorials at 10:30 today, following engagement with staff this morning, 28 September 2016. Protesting students disrupted lectures and some arrests were made.

Letter from the Vice-Chancellor

Date Released : 27/09/2016

Since the start of disruptions of the academic activities of our University on Tuesday, 22 September 2016, I have received numerous e-mail messages from students, academic and support staff and parents who are anxious and concerned about events on campus.

Let us march in support of our students and our public higher education system

Date Released : 23/09/2016

Our public higher education stands on the edge of a precipice. The challenges confronting our system demand that we all work together to strengthen rather than weaken it further

Rhodes University’s response to the Minister of Higher Education & Training’s statement on university tuition fee adjustments for 2017

Date Released : 19/09/2016

Rhodes University notes and welcomes the Minister's recommendations regarding university tuition fee adjustments for 2017. We particularly welcome Government's commitment to assist students who come from poor and working class families and those who come from mid-level income families.

The Spirit of Bantu Stephen Biko lives on!

Date Released : 12/09/2016

This day, 12 September 2016, marks the 39th anniversary of the brutal murder of Bantu Stephen Biko by the South African security police in a prison cell in Pretoria.

Fees commission hearings wrap up in EC

Date Released : 05/09/2016

Rhodes University Vice Chancellor, Dr Sizwe Mabizela, has called on the government to double its funding in order to meet the increasing demand of students requiring financial assistance.

Minister Nzimande Hopeful of Successful Conclusion to Consultations on 2017 University Fees

Date Released : 01/09/2016

The Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, says he is hopeful that his current consultations with all stakeholders on 2017 university fees will conclude successfully, with an announcement in this regard expected to be made in mid September this year.

Funding of Higher Education

Date Released : 17/08/2016

The current national debates on the financing of public higher education are critically important as they will shape the nature, quality and orientation of public higher education in this country

Populism will be the death of decent higher education for the poor

Date Released : 15/08/2016

IT IS not difficult to recognise that what underlies the newspaper headlines on protests about higher education fees, curricula and colonial statues, is that the future of higher education in SA is being remade.

Statement on disruption of gender violence dialogue

Date Released : 12/08/2016

On Monday, 08 August 2016, Rhodes University, at the request of the HEAIDS Office of the Department of Higher education and Training (DHET) and on behalf of the national post-secondary education and training sector, hosted the inaugural national Dialogue on Sexual and Gender Based Violence.

We salute the women of our country!

Date Released : 08/08/2016

“Strijdom, you have tampered with the women, you have struck a rock, you will be crushed!”

Mabizela clarifies media reports over Rhodes University

Date Released : 25/07/2016

Rhodes University has dispelled rumours that it is undergoing a financial crisis and will close within two months as reported in the print and electronic media over the past two weeks.

Rhodes not about to close down, says vice-chancellor Sizwe Mabizela

Date Released : 20/07/2016

RHODES University, one of SA’s top tertiary institutions, which has faced major cash flow problems in recent months, insisted on Wednesday that it remained a "going concern".

Letter to Alumni, parents, donors and Funders of Rhodes University

Date Released : 19/07/2016

Over the past two weeks print and electronic media have reported on what has been characterised as a ‘financial crisis at Rhodes’. I thought it would be appropriate that I contextualise the recent reportage on Rhodes University.

VC receives Dean’s Award

Date Released : 04/07/2016

Rhodes University’s Vice-Chancellor, Dr Sizwe Mabizela, was awarded the Dean’s Award on Friday, 1 July 2016, during the Choral Evensong at the Anglican Cathedral of St Michael and St George.

Mabizela faced by new and rolling challenges

Date Released : 27/05/2016

Rhodes University has experienced a great number of protests since the beginning of last year, the first year that the university has had an African vice-chancellor at the helm.

VC's Circular - Arson attempt on campus

Date Released : 12/05/2016

At approximately 6:45 this morning, two fires were started on the floor at the south entrance to the council chamber in the main administration building, using an inflammable substance.

Rhodes VC announces measures to address sexual violence shortcomings

Date Released : 09/05/2016

Rhodes University has committed to taking a stronger stance against the perceived “institutionalised rape culture” at the institution after mass protests erupted last month‚ vice-chancellor Dr Sizwe Mabizela has said.

Rhodes VC urges rape victims to report

Date Released : 13/04/2016

RHODES University vice-chancellor (VC) Dr Sizwe Mabizela yesterday urged students and staff to report alleged rape and sexual harassment after campus support groups claimed at least 22 incidents had occurred this year.

Thorny issue of university autonomy and transformation

Date Released : 15/03/2016

While most stakeholders agree that South Africa’s higher education sector needs more transformation, what form transformation should take is still a matter for debate

How academics can change the world

Date Released : 09/03/2016

Very few academics do a great deal to share their often important and relevant research with the general public. What's holding them back?

Colourful help for poor kids

Date Released : 07/03/2016

THREE brightly painted shipping containers could be the key to getting more disadvantaged township youth into Rhodes University.

'Make blacks feel at home'

Date Released : 07/03/2016

Former white universities have to work harder in changing their institutional culture so that black students do not feel alienated.

Rhodes VC calls for speedy transformation in universities

Date Released : 01/03/2016

University protest actions of 2015 and this year have raised some fundamental questions

11 National languages hampering South African education sector

Date Released : 01/03/2016

Not much thought was given to future implications when South Africa declared there would be 11 official languages, Professor Adam Habib said on Monday.

Vice-Chancellor welcomes first years

Date Released : 05/02/2016

Welcome to Grahamstown and Rhodes University. We are delighted that you have chosen us as your institution of higher learning of choice

Dr Sizwe Mabizela’s Welcome Message

Date Released : 28/01/2016

We are delighted that you have chosen Rhodes University to partner you as you enter the next phase of your journey of intellectual growth

Rhodes council approves talks on name change

Date Released : 01/06/2015

The Rhodes University council has approved a plan to engage the greater Grahamstown community on the possibility of a name change for the 111-year-old academic institution.

Notice from Council: Update on the future of the name of Rhodes University and institutional transformation

Date Released : 28/05/2015

Notice from Council: Update on the future of the name of Rhodes University and institutional transformation

African Research Universities Alliance launched

Date Released : 19/05/2015

Fifteen universities from eight African countries have launched an alliance of research universities, at the African Higher Education Summit in Senegal’s capital Dakar.

VC’s Community Engagement Award Lecture

Date Released : 05/05/2015

In the wake of Community Engagement week, the Jonga Pambili Sinethemba Project group, the recipients of the Vice-Chancellor’s Community Engagement Award gave a public lecture at Eden Grove Blue Lecture Theatre on 4 May 2015.

Vice-Chancellor’s Circular - Developments on our campus

Date Released : 26/03/2015

Yesterday afternoon, 25 March 2015, I received a memorandum from the University Student Representative Council (SRC) raising issues of transformation at Rhodes University and the issue of the name of our institution.

Xenophobic violence is deplorable: Rhodes University condemns the recent attacks on Internationals

Date Released : 17/04/2015

The recent news of an upsurge in xenophobic violence in South Africa is deplorable and unjustifiable. As in the past, Rhodes University continues to reject Xenophobia of any kind.

Go out and tackle the challenges that face our society and the world

Date Released : 10/04/2015

Rhodes University celebrated a new University record of 75 PhD degrees at six graduation ceremonies over the weekend beating the previous record of 71 in 2014.

Rhodes University senior management to engage students on transformation

Date Released : 19/03/2015

Rhodes University senior management will engage the Rhodes University students in a discussion

Welcome to new leaders

Date Released : 16/02/2015

Community engagement is core to Rhodes University, Vice-Chancellor Sizwe Mabizela told first-years and their parents at a welcoming ceremony at the Monument on Sunday 8 February.

The Protection of Traditional Cultural Expressions in Africa

Date Released : 01/09/2017

Professor Enyinna Nwauche’s highly anticipated book on traditional cultural expression in Africa has been published.

Rhodes: 'Dare to be different'

Date Released : 10/02/2015

RHODES University's vice-chancellor Dr Sizwe Mabizela on Sunday welcomed the university's new students, appealing to them to develop the ability and capacity to analyse, reflect and argue using knowledge.

A Call to Act Against Racism and Racial Abuse

Date Released : 19/08/2009

Following the circular I issued yesterday regarding the racial abuse of Prof. Fackson Banda, I am enormously heartened by the positive response I have received from concerned members of the Rhodes community.

Communiqué on Outcome of Rape Trial

Date Released : 26/11/2010

Four years ago when I became Vice-Chancellor I committed myself to making Rhodes a home for all – a place where all people are treated with respect, dignity, compassion, and enjoy safety and security.

Return to critical scholarship

Date Released : 15/04/2008

Intellectuals, public officials, business and civil-society leaders and political commentators have complained about South African universities' lack of "visibility". For some, universities have not addressed the myriad economic and social-development challenges the country faces.

Rhodes says sorry for role in apartheid

Date Released : 17/09/2008

An outstanding graduate has observed that at Rhodes University we need "a critical appreciation of where we come from, (and) a dialogical and analytic engagement with where we are now".

Exclusion Of Students

Date Released : 27/03/2010

In a communication to the Rhodes community yesterday (Friday) it was reported that three students who appeared before the University Proctor were, on Wednesday 10 March 2010, found guilty on disciplinary charges of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm to an off-duty CPU Officer, and attempted malicious damage to property.

Making intellectual space

Date Released : 22/11/2010

There is a death of intellectual spaces in South Africa for sustained scholarly debate on critical issues in higher education.

Information Bill changes welcome but more needed

Date Released : 17/07/2011

Rhodes University welcomes the changes agreed upon by the ANC on June 24 in deliberations by an ad-hoc committee of Parliament regarding the Protection of Information Bill.

Everyone has potential to be a leader’ Dr Saleem Badat

Date Released : 18/04/2012

RHODES University Vice-Chancellor Dr Saleem Badat says people need to move away from the ‘big man’ syndrome and begin to question their leadership.

An Open Letter to Mr. Mzoleli Mrara

Date Released : 24/01/2011

Dear Honourable Mr. Mzoleli Mrara, ANC member of the Eastern Cape legislature and chairperson of the Education Portfolio Committee.

We've lost one of our best

Date Released : 23/04/2012

I DEAL with grief, shame and anger in the quiet of my study, in solitude and with words. These are my words for Lelona Thembakazi Fufu. Born: Christmas Day, 1988. Died: April 12 2012. Age: 23. Usually, remembrance of a student is through the pleasure of supporting a scholarship or job application. In the case of Lelona, biography and achievements would have combined to make remembrance especially joyous, fulfilling and pleasurable.

Why we need leadership

Date Released : 24/04/2012

RECENTLY, Reuel Khoza of Nedbank remarked on the “emergence of a strange breed of leaders” whose “moral quotient is degenerating”. He raised concern about whether we have an accountable democracy and said that we have a duty to call to book leaders who cannot lead. If this is so, the new Allan Gray Centre for Leadership Ethics at Rhodes University, whose slogan is “Where leaders learn”, is timely.

Understanding the ethics of leadership

Date Released : 29/04/2012

Recently Reuel Khoza of Nedbank remarked on the “emergence of a strange breed of leaders” whose “moral quotient is degenerating”. He voiced concern about whether we have an “accountable democracy”, and said that “we have a duty to call to book leaders who cannot lead”.

It's up to us all to see we get the leaders we need - Saleem Badat

Date Released : 22/04/2012

REUEL Khoza of Nedbank recently remarked on the "emergence of a strange breed of leaders" whose "moral quotient is degenerating". He raised the concern whether we have an "accountable democracy" and said that "we have a duty to call to book leaders who cannot lead".

Sasco has vital role to play in changing higher education

Date Released : 12/06/2005

It is more difficult now to organise students in politics than during apartheid, argues SALEEM BADAT

Is citizen journalism a movement for good?

Date Released : 08/09/2008

If Grassroots newspaper was an expression of citizen journalism, then it was ironical that many of those producing it were themselves non-citizens of apartheid South Africa, Dr Saleem Badat told the opening session of Highway Africa today.

Rich ideas for education needed

Date Released : 25/09/2009

WE INHERITED an education system powerfully shaped by race, class, gender, institutional, and geographical inequalities. Recognising this, our Constitution declared the right of all “to a basic education”. It also committed us to the values of human dignity, the achievement of equality, and the advancement of non- sexism and non-racialism and the human rights and freedoms that the Bill of Rights proclaims.

Schooling: Failures, challenges – Dr Saleem Badat

Date Released : 24/09/2009

WE CONTINUE to be plagued by stubborn realities that prevent the achievement of constitutionally and legally enshrined educational imperatives and goals. We need to honestly and openly acknowledge failings and shortcomings and what accounts for these, and creatively and courageously confront them.

Saso, mass black organisation committed to liberation

Date Released : 21/01/2011

In both scholarly and popular literature, black students in South Africa have tended to be treated in two ways: simply as victims of apartheid in appalling education conditions, or as catalysts of educational and political struggle through their campaigns. Yet their role as activists has seldom been analysed.

We are not free, only free to start

Date Released : 01/05/2011

If we are our race before our nationality we create a new apartheid. And if we chain ourselves to materialism and others to poverty we are all slaves of a kind, writes Saleem Badat.

We can't take a wrong turn with rights

Date Released : 05/05/2011

THE year 1994 was a revolutionary breakthrough. Racial oligarchy, brutal oppression and repression finally gave way to a democracy in which all South Africans were accorded full citizenship rights. Critical to this development was the imagination and courage we displayed to rid ourselves of tyranny and to forge a constitution and Bill of Rights that held out the promise of far-reaching political, economic and social reform. We looked forward to the promise of the progressive realisation of hard-won citizenship rights so we could live productive, rich, rewarding and secure lives.

Toward becoming a postgraduate and Research-intensive university

Date Released : 07/08/2012

“It is our intention to focus on growing the proportion of our postgraduate students from 27% to 30% in the coming years. The Sandisa Imbewu Fund supports this intention.” - Vice-Chancellor, Rhodes University, Dr Saleem Badat Judged in terms of key performance indicators, Rhodes University is one of South Africa and Africa’s outstanding universities with a proud reputation as a ‘Scholarly University’.

Megascience in Africa

Date Released : 29/08/2012

At the forefront is the first Rhodes-based SARChI SKA Chair radio astronomer, Professor Oleg Smirnov, who has dominated the international development of novel software for radio astronomy over several years.

Making radio telescopes see

Date Released : 05/09/2012

Professor Oleg Smirnov is the first SKA Chair in Radio Astronomy Techniques and Technologies, which is hosted by Rhodes University.

SKA, Science and South Africa

Date Released : 10/09/2012

Over the next couple of decades the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) has the potential to propel science and South Africa into the universal age.

The Forgotten People

Date Released : 17/10/2012

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’.

Bringing banished in from cold

Date Released : 18/10/2012

When Rhodes University vice-chancellor Dr Saleem Badat promised veteran struggle stalwart Helen Joseph he would write a book about 160 “forgotten” South Africans banished by the apartheid government to remote parts of the country he never realised it would take 30 years to complete, writes Daily Dispatch Port Alfred bureau head David MacGregor.

VC’s book seeks apartheid’s banished

Date Released : 18/10/2012

Rhodes University’s Eden Grove complex played host to the launch of Vice-Chancellor Dr Saleem Badat’s book, entitled The Forgotten People: Political Banishment under Apartheid on Tuesday 16 September.

Banishment, apartheid and the law

Date Released : 19/10/2012

“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.

VC talks to the youth on banning and banishment

Date Released : 30/10/2012

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.

ANC loves only power

Date Released : 14/11/2012

Anti-apartheid activist Mamphela Ramphele has slammed the ANC for its backing of the Traditional Courts Bill, sky-high unemployment and the appalling standard of education.

The ugly truth about banishment

Date Released : 26/11/2012

In the aftermath of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, 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'.

Rhodes mourns the passing of its Chancellor

Date Released : 28/11/2012

Rhodes University mourns and lowers its flag on the passing of its Chancellor, Prof Gert Johannes (Jakes) Gerwel.

A humble man of intellect, integrity

Date Released : 30/11/2012

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”.

Jakes Gerwel: The epitome of integrity and courage

Date Released : 30/11/2012

Professor Gert Johannes "Jakes" Gerwel, who died of complications following heart surgery leaves a legacy of quiet leadership and academic excellence.

Remembering Jakes – Chancellor, our chancellor

Date Released : 02/12/2012

The death of Rhodes University chancellor Jakes Gerwel will leave a big void in many people’s lives.

Rhodes pays tribute to 'exceptional' Gerwel

Date Released : 11/12/2012

FAMILY, friends and colleagues of the late Rhodes University Chancellor Professor Jakes Gerwel, gathered in Grahamstown yesterday to commemorate the life and work of an intellectual giant who died two weeks ago.

Ordered into banishment: the forgotten people of apartheid South Africa

Date Released : 09/01/2013

In 2001, Dumisa Ntsebeza and Terry Bell complained in Unfinished Business: South Africa, Apartheid and Truth, 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".

Two young men prove nothing is impossible

Date Released : 09/01/2013

In April last year I attended a graduation ceremony at Rhodes University to ululate for a very close friend of mine.

The Forgotten People: Banishment under Apartheid: a text and photographic exhibition

Date Released : 18/01/2013

Constitution Hill is a beacon for Constitutionalism, Human Rights and Democracy and is dedicated to remembering past struggles by hosting exhibitions that play an important educational role in expressing these values and true to its nature.

Rhodes research punching above its weight

Date Released : 21/01/2013

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.

Untold stories to be told at exhibition

Date Released : 22/01/2013

There are many untold stories about South Africa that have not been documented but an exhibition at Constitution Hill will give voice to those untold stories.

Untold stories to be told at exhibition

Date Released : 22/01/2013

There are many untold stories about South Africa, but an exhibition at Constitution Hill is set to reveal those untold stories.

The Forgotten People

Date Released : 01/02/2013

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.

Fetching back nation's forgotten

Date Released : 18/02/2013

In our haste to get away from the past and forge a new South Africa, we turned our backs far too casually on the pain and suffering caused by apartheid. Fortunately there are those like Saleem Badat, an academic and former political activist, who refuse to allow us to forget quite so easily.

Chancellor: Jakes Gerwel Obituary

Date Released : 18/02/2013

Jakes Gerwel (1946–2012): Humble intellectual, scholar and leader

Response to Opinion Editorials

Date Released : 19/02/2013

Dear Dr. Badat, Your articles in Opinion Editorials 2012 answer to the very heart of my intellectual fibre and to my personal and professional quest for a common humanity with fellow south Africans regardless of race, culture, creed, background or socioeconomic status.

New chancellor for Rhodes has strong EC links

Date Released : 25/02/2013

SUPREME Court of Appeal judge president Lex Mpati has been appointed as Rhodes University’s new chancellor.

Village doctor, musician will receive awards from Rhodes

Date Released : 25/02/2013

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.

Judge to lead university

Date Released : 25/02/2013

Supreme Court of Appeal president Judge Lex Mpati has been appointed as Rhodes University's chancellor.

Peek into world of the exiled

Date Released : 26/02/2013

BANISHED from their homes without recourse to justice, ignored by most and largely forgotten by history.

Rhodes looks to up student numbers

Date Released : 15/04/2013

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.

R200m being spent in boost to university

Date Released : 15/04/2013

Plans for Rhodes upgrade, new buildings RHODES University will spend R200-million on infrastructure in the next 30 months.

Serious about corruption

Date Released : 20/05/2013

This week the Executive Director of Corruption Watch, David Lewis, paid a visit to Grahamstown in an effort to reinforce the campaign against corruption.

Eastern Cape universities to unite against gender violence on women

Date Released : 21/05/2013

Four Eastern Cape universities have teamed up together preparing Tuesday ’s (May 21) march against gender violence on women around the country.

Eastern Cape universities march against women violence

Date Released : 22/05/2013

Four Eastern Cape universities have held their respective marches against violence on women on different campus sites Tuesday afternoon.

IR conference interrogate Africa’s marginalisation in theory

Date Released : 07/06/2013

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’.

A scholarship in tribute to philosopher David Ryan

Date Released : 10/06/2013

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.

Rhodes VC shines as soccer coach

Date Released : 29/07/2013

It was an unusual sight last Saturday afternoon as Rhodes University ViceChancellor Saleem Badat ran around Prospect Field with a ball.

“Anthropology is perplexing and rewarding”

Date Released : 30/07/2013

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.

How to Spread It: Saleem Badat

Date Released : 05/08/2013

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.

An open letter to the mayor, the municipal manager and the Makana Municipality councillors

Date Released : 14/08/2013

Rhodes 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.

Vice-Chancellor’s Circular on the Recent Water Crisis and Appointment of Special Assistants

Date Released : 18/08/2013

The Vice-Chancellor wishes to thank everyone who joined the protest march on Wednesday (14 August). It was gratifying to see students, academic and support staff and concerned citizens uniting in their outrage over an intolerable situation.

Vice-Chancellor’s Circular on the Establishment of an Emergency Water Action Team

Date Released : 19/08/2013

Yesterday (Sunday, 18 August 2013) there was again a problem with water supply, due to a faulty pump at Waainek. No sooner had water begun to flow, supply to a few residences was interrupted.

Zuma’s office takes steps to deal with Rhodes water crisis

Date Released : 21/08/2013

Grahamstown’s lengthy water shortage, which threatens to close Rhodes University, is at last receiving priority attention at the highest level.

Rhodes gets water after presidency intervenes

Date Released : 21/08/2013

It 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.

Sort it out or get out

Date Released : 23/08/2013

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

Info bill developments welcomed by Rhodes

Date Released : 13/09/2013

Rhodes University has welcomed President Jacob Zuma's decision to refer the Protection of State Information Bill back to Parliament.

Real transformation 'is not merely a numbers game'

Date Released : 15/10/2013

Transformation 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.

Higher Education, Transformation and Lifelong Learning

Date Released : 17/10/2013

“Fifty percent of students entering higher education in South Africa will not complete university with a degree.”

Poverty, Bare Life and the Life of the Imaginary

Date Released : 23/10/2013

Delivering 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.

Struggling students' champions

Date Released : 29/10/2013

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.

SA's reality: absence of ethics at leadership level

Date Released : 25/11/2013

OUR reality is that too many who occupy positions of power, and are entrusted with the leadership are sorely wanting in the core values

Rhodes alumnus promotes leadership ethics

Date Released : 27/11/2013

The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation in-conjunction with Rhodes University officially launched the Allan Gray Centre For Leadership Ethics

Highlighting the life of a legend

Date Released : 28/11/2013

The Jakes Gerwel Foundation together with the University of the Western Cape (UWC) will host the inaugural Jakes Gerwel Commemorative Lecture.

'A triumph' over the apartheid and Verwoerdian dictum

Date Released : 29/11/2013

BORN 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.

Hamba kahle Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

Date Released : 06/12/2013

Rhodes University mourns and lowers its flag on the passing of Tatomkhulu Rolihlahla Nelson Dalibhunga Mandela.

Tribute to Tatomkhulu Nelson Mandela

Date Released : 06/12/2013

The most glowing tributes are often paid to people after they have died – when, sadly, they

My Mandela: Hamba Kahle Tatomkhulu Madiba

Date Released : 06/12/2013

Rarely in history do we see the grief that we see for Tatomkhulu Rolihlahla Nelson Dalibhunga Mandela.

Rhodes honours Mandela's legacy

Date Released : 09/12/2013

DOZENS of people gathered on Rhodes University's Drostdy lawns in Grahamstown yesterday (Friday, 6 December) to sing and celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela.

Universities worldwide pay tribute to Nelson Mandela

Date Released : 09/12/2013

Following his death at the age of 95 last Thursday, tributes from universities around the world

Living out our differences-Reflections on Mandela

Date Released : 17/12/2013

In a wide-ranging interview before his death a year ago, Jakes Gerwel-academic, vice-chancellor and chief aide to Nelson Mandela

Rhodes denies hostility to Jews

Date Released : 20/01/2014

RHODES University vice-chancellor Dr Saleem Badat has "rejected with contempt" a Johannesburg-based SA Jewish Report newspaper article claiming the university was hostile to Jews.

A Response to the South African Jewish Report and Ms Klazinga on ‘Jews unwelcome at Rhodes’

Date Released : 21/01/2014

On 1 January 2014, the South African Jewish Report and Ms Larissa Klazinga made a number of unfounded claims and unsubstantiated allegations against Rhodes University. Based on hysteria, lies and inaccuracies, the central claim made is that Rhodes University is hostile to Jews and seeks to be rid of Jews. We reject with contempt these baseless and self-serving claims and allegations of the South African Jewish Report and Klazinga.

Human Chain aims to bridge divides in Grahamstown

Date Released : 10/02/2014

Thousands of Grahamstownians are expected to join hands, to reflect on the legacy of late former statesman Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela and bridge the class and race divide that is prevalent in Grahamstown through the Human Chain event on 21 February 2014.

No time to play, Badat warns newcomers at Rhodes

Date Released : 11/02/2014

RHODES University was not a holiday destination, vice-chancellor Dr Saleem Badat warned first-year students in his orientation speech

Six academics to deliver inaugural lecturers in 2014

Date Released : 21/02/2014

Six Professors will deliver their inaugural lectures at Eden Grove Blue from May until September this year.

Announcement by the Vice-Chancellor on his decision to step down

Date Released : 03/03/2014

I wish to announce that I have advised the Chairperson of the Rhodes University Council, Judge Jos Jones, and our Chancellor, Justice Lex Mpati,

Announcement related to the Rhodes university vice-chancellor’s departure by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Date Released : 04/03/2014

New York, NY (March 4, 2014): The President of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Dr. Earl Lewis, today announced the establishment of a new post of Program Director for International Higher Education and Strategic Projects.

Badat to head to New York after giving up Rhodes University

Date Released : 05/03/2014

RHODES University’s first black vice-chancellor, Saleem Badat, who announced his resignation from the institution on Monday

Sad goodbye to VC Badat

Date Released : 05/03/2014

Rhodes University, Grahamstown and the entire Eastern Cape will be the poorer for the departure of Rhodes vice-chancellor Dr Saleem Badat.

Rhodes VC takes New York post

Date Released : 05/03/2014

Rhodes University vice-chancellor Dr Saleem Badat moves to New York later this year to take up a newly created post with the prestigious Andrew W Mellon Foundation.

Call for 'well-off' South Africans to give 5% of income to the poor

Date Released : 18/03/2014

An initiative has been started by two law professors at UCT to call on as many welloff South Africans as possible to give a minimum of 5 percent of their income to organisations helping to reduce poverty Anton Fagan and Hugh Corder, both professors at the university's Department of Private Law, began the initiative, the Five Plus Project, in December.

Rhodes makes historic chairman appointment

Date Released : 20/03/2014

THE Rhodes University council has elected its first black chairman.

Rhodes council gets its first black chairperson

Date Released : 20/03/2014

THE Rhodes University management yesterday announced the institution's new council chairperson, Vuyo Kahla

Rhodes announces new Council Chairperson

Date Released : 20/03/2014

The Rhodes University Council has elected its new chairperson, Mr Vuyo Kahla, a Rhodes alumnus

Rhodes head has plan that keeps on giving

Date Released : 24/03/2014

IT is easy to believe that Rhodes University vice-chancellor Dr Saleem Badat wants the last cheque he ever signs to bounce.

Study to probe how differing cultures of teaching develop

Date Released : 25/03/2014

THE NATIONAL Research Foundation has given a grant to the Centre for Higher Education Research, Teaching and Learning (CHERTL) at Rhodes University

Rhodes to research 'academic drift'

Date Released : 25/03/2014

RHODES University has bagged a National Research Foundation grant worth nearly R700 000 to study South Africa's fraught academic space.

New head for Higher Education SA board

Date Released : 27/03/2014

Higher Education South Africa (Hesa) yesterday announced the appointment of its deputy chair Dr Max Price as the new interim chairperson of the Hesa board.

Rhodes formally names its new labour market research unit

Date Released : 04/04/2014

Rhodes University has formally launched its new labour market research unit now called the Neil Aggett Labour Studies Unit (NALSU)

Back at Rhodes after string of top positions

Date Released : 07/04/2014

Enormous responsibility is nothing new to Vuyo Kahla, who, at the age of 26, was appointed assistant legal adviser to former president Nelson Mandela in 1996.

A tale of honour

Date Released : 08/04/2014

Rhodes shows recognition to storyteller Gcina Mhlophe

Rhodes to honour Turok, Brenner and Mhlophe

Date Released : 08/04/2014

RHODES University will confer honorary degrees on three outstanding South Africans during graduation later this week.

Rhodes staff members to cap children

Date Released : 10/04/2014

It is sure to be a special day for Rhodes University graduates whose parents work on campus as they will not be capped by registrar Stephen Fourie, as usual, but by their mothers and fathers when graduation kicks off at the institution today.

Appointing a new Vice-Chancellor for Rhodes

Date Released : 11/04/2014

These are changing times for Rhodes University. Dr Saleem Badat has resigned after eight years to take up a post in New York with the Andrew W Mellon Foundation higher education programme.

Rhodes celebrates record graduation numbers

Date Released : 10/04/2014

Rhodes University will this year graduate a total of 2 367 students, a new University record, at six graduation ceremonies over the next three days starting today (Thursday 10 April 2014).

SA Nobel winner blazes DNA trail

Date Released : 11/04/2014

A South African-born scientist's research into genetics over the past 60 years was a key to unlocking the genomic DNA of the coelacanth last year.

Rhodes VC highlights rise in inequality

Date Released : 11/04/2014

Too many in power used the state as their private piggy bank, putting strain on key democratic institutions. This was the warning from outgoing Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor Dr Saleem Badat yesterday.

Rhodes to host seminar on Africanisation of higher education institutions

Date Released : 17/04/2014

Rhodes University will host a one day seminar on 30 April 2014 entitled: Africanisation and South African Higher Education Institutions.

Student overcomes all odds

Date Released : 28/04/2014

THE son of a Rhodes University gardener has graduated with a BSc.

Memorial Service for the late Ms Amanda Tweyi

Date Released : 29/04/2014

A Memorial Service for the late Ms Amanda Tweyi will be held in the Chapel of St Mary and All the Angels (Rhodes Chapel) on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 at 15h30.

Vice-Chancellor bids farewell to Rhodes University with no frills

Date Released : 26/05/2014

The outgoing Rhodes Vice-Chancellor, Saleem Badat, is bidding farewell to Rhodes in the same style he held office: no fuss and no frills.

Praise for Badat's dedicated leadership

Date Released : 02/06/2014

Speaker after speaker lauded outgoing Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Saleem Badat, for leaving Grahamstown on good terms and in good humour.

Rhodes celebrates record graduation numbers

Date Released : 13/06/2014

Rhodes University graduated a total of 2 367 students, a new University record, at six graduation ceremonies.

Black Achievement Stats Belie South Africa’s Post-Apartheid Success Story

Date Released : 27/06/2014

Prior to 1994 when South Africa abolished apartheid and became a democracy, enrollment rates by race and ethnicity

Rhodes appoints first black vice-chancellor

Date Released : 13/10/2014

Rhodes University has announced the appointment of mathematician Dr Sizwe Mabizela as the institution's principal and vice-chancellor.

Rhodes University appoints maths boffin as new principal

Date Released : 13/10/2014

Rhodes University has announced the appointment of mathematician Dr Sizwe Mabizela as the institution's new principal and vice-chancellor.

Mabizela named Rhodes vice-chancellor

Date Released : 13/10/2014

Prominent academic and respected mathematician Dr Sizwe Mabizela has been appointed as the principal and vice-chancellor of Rhodes University.

New head for Rhodes

Date Released : 13/10/2014

Respected mathematician Sizwe Mabizela has been appointed vice-chancellor of Rhodes University.

Mathematician appointed vice-chancellor of Rhodes

Date Released : 13/10/2014

Respected mathematician Sizwe Mabizela has been appointed vice-chancellor of Rhodes University.

Rhodes appoints first black principal

Date Released : 13/10/2014

Rhodes University has announced the appointment of mathematician Dr Sizwe Mabizela as the institution's principal and vice-chancellor.

HESA: Dr Jeffrey Mabelebele, welcomes the appointment of Dr Sizwe Mabizela as Vice - Chancellor of Rhodes University

Date Released : 14/10/2014

HESA welcomes the appointment of Dr Sizwe Mabizela as the 6th Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Rhodes University with effect from 1 November 2014.

Rhodes University appoints new vice-chancellor

Date Released : 15/10/2014

Improving staff remuneration and helping to get the Eastern Cape education department out of its mess will be some of Rhodes University’s new vice-chancellor, Dr Sizwe Mabizela’s, priorities in his newly announced tenure ... and getting the local municipality that services the student town to keep the water and electricity on, of course.

Premier congratulates vice-chancellor

Date Released : 17/10/2014

EASTERN Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle has congratulated Rhodes University's newly appointed principal and vice-chancellor Dr Sizwe Mabizela.

Mabizela takes University to town

Date Released : 17/10/2014

The new Vice Chancellor of Rhodes University Dr Sizwe Mabizela has an ambitious vision for Grahamstown, based on the fact that the University is an integral part of the community.

Father inspired new Rhodes VC

Date Released : 20/10/2014

FROM a rural village to vice-chancellor of Rhodes University, Dr Sizwe Mabizela's academic journey to the top was encouraged at the knee of his working class father.

Rhodes celebrates postgraduates achievements

Date Released : 21/10/2014

A group of postgraduate students are making waves in their communities after representing Rhodes University on national and international

Dr Sizwe Mabizela appointed VC of Rhodes University

Date Released : 23/10/2014

Dr Sizwe Mabizela appointed VC of Rhodes University

Hero mentor hailed

Date Released : 27/10/2014

He is known for his love and passion for education as well as his commitment to the academic develop­ment of children in his community.

Rhodes has just the man to figure it out

Date Released : 11/11/2014

He loves mathematics, sudoku and jogging. He believes that understanding our place in the universe is far more important than the accumulation of material possessions.

Rhodes University's new boss just loves the job

Date Released : 11/11/2014

IF you're on the streets of Grahamstown at 4.30am, you might see the vice-chancellor out jogging.

Pandor high-five for Rhodes

Date Released : 17/11/2014

SCIENCE and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor yesterday praised South Africa for becoming a major world player in cutting edge nanotechnology despite only being involved for a short time.

Nanotechnology Centre for Rhodes

Date Released : 17/11/2014

South Africa’s position as a global leader in nanotechnology, and Rhodes University’s contribution to this field was given a boost last week with the launch of the first-of-its-kind Rhodes/Department of Science and Technology (DST) Centre for Nanotechnology Innovation, one of the most advanced facilities of its kind within a single facility in a university environment in South Africa.

Near-tragic fire incident sparks student's rise

Date Released : 21/11/2014

A TALENTED university graduate who was wasting away in a dead-end job when he nearly died in a life-changing shack fire

Close look at progress in G'town water issue

Date Released : 25/11/2014

A TOP-LEVEL government delegation yesterday visited Grahamstown to see the progress that had been made in solving ongoing water outages.


Date Released : 20/11/2017

The Council on Higher Education (CHE) on Wednesday, 15 November 2017, released its revised reaccreditation outcomes concerning the Higher Education Quality Committee’s (HEQC’s) National Review of LLB Programmes. Rhodes’s LLB has been reaccredited, subject to meeting one specific condition, on which it must report to the CHE by 10 May 2018.

UN hand-picks Rhodes professor

Date Released : 02/12/2014

INTERNATIONALLY acclaimed Rhodes University chemistry professor Tebello Nyokong is one of 12 scientists who were picked by United Nations secretary-general

R100 million to be spent on stabilising water woes

Date Released : 08/12/2014

The installation of an additional waterline and reservoir to cater for the water needs of upper campus could mark the end of the water woes

Sarah-Jane Bradfield and Zamuxolo Matiwana journey to find out about current water situation in Grahamstown

Date Released : 08/12/2014

When Mr Peter Ellis of MBB Consulting Engineers invited Matiwana and Bradfield for a brief tour of Grahamstown’s bulk water supplies

Vice-Chancellor's Welcome Message to first years

Date Released : 23/01/2015

We are delighted that you have chosen Rhodes University to partner you as you enter the next phase of your journey of intellectual growth, self-discovery and personal development. You have chosen very well!

In South Africa, university is open to rich and poor – but what about the missing middle?

Date Released : 29/01/2015

The beginning of the academic year in South Africa is the most stressful time for parents of children who come from poor, rural and working class backgrounds.

Rhodes VC full of praise as new students arrive

Date Released : 10/02/2015

RHODES University's new vice-chancellor has praised more than 1 500 first-year students for excelling in Grade 12

New Rhodents enter a tradition of excellence

Date Released : 10/02/2015

DESPITE being South Africa's smallest university, Rhodes University boasts the highest number of Mandela-Rhodes scholars in the country — making up about 15% of students with the prestigious scholarship.

Our Financial Situation

Date Released : 19/07/2016

Over the past two weeks print and electronic media have reported on what has been characterised as a ‘financial crisis at Rhodes’.

Safety and security on campus

Date Released : 18/11/2016

Safety and security on campus are both an individual and a collective responsibility of all students and staff. On its part, the University has a responsibility to take all such steps as may reasonably be practicable to create a safe and secure university environment in which students and staff can learn, work and live.

A snapshot of our University today

Date Released : 18/05/2017

Rhodes University, like all other public universities in our country, is in the throes of change. Much is happening in our space and all around us.