15 Rhodes Alumni make M&G's Top200 list

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Art History Lecturer Zamansele Nsele selected in the Arts & Entertainment category. Zamansele Nsele (32) obtained her MA from Rhodes University in 2012.

Zamansele Nsele

 Art historian and lecturer Zamansele Nsele has been an avid reader and scholar since the day her mother enrolled her into pre-school at age four. http://ysa.mg.co.za/2018/zamansele-nsele/

Writer and publisher Nich Mulgrew selected in the Arts & Entertainment category. Nick Mulgrew (28) obtained his BA with distinctions in Journalism & Media Studies and English from Rhodes University in 2011.

Nich Mulgrew

Literature in South Africa is an exciting space, but it’s fundamentally broken for several reasons, says author and publisher Nick Mulgrew. Many flaws were caused by apartheid, and others are caused by literary professionals accepting the status quo and not pushing boundaries. To help change the face of South African literature, Mulgrew founded a publishing house, uHlanga, to focus on new, experimental and classic works of Southern African poetry. http://ysa.mg.co.za/2018/nick-mulgrew

Author Amy Heydenrych selected in the Arts & Entertainment category. Amy Hendenrych (34) obtained her BJourn from Rhodes University in 2005.

 Amy Hedenrych

Writer Amy Heydenrych describes herself as “a midwife of ideas.” Her short stories and poems have been published in anthologies including Brittle Paper, The Kalahari Review and Short Sharp Stories, and her debut thriller, Shame On You, was published this year. The novel unpacks the impact of public shaming, and is the first in a two-book deal with international publishers Bonnier Zaffre. She has also been shortlisted twice for the Miles Morland African Writing Scholarship. http://ysa.mg.co.za/2018/amy-heydenrych

Vangile Gantsho selected in the Arts & Entertainment category. Vangile (34) obtained her MA in Creative Writing with distinction in 2017.

Vangile Gantsho

Truthful and hard-hitting poet and cultural activist vangile gantsho has participated in poetry events and festivals around Africa and internationally. “I prefer to write my name lower case as part of my small-girl revolution,” she says. http://ysa.mg.co.za/2018/vangile-gantsho/


Dr Alude Mahali selected in the Education category.  Dr Alude Mahali (31) obtained her BAH from Rhodes University in 2007.

Alude Mahali

Knowing that each day she knows more than the day before is the inspirational force that drives Alude Mahali, research specialist at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) in its Human and Social Development Programme.


Rhodes lecturer Dr Hleze Kunju selected in the Education category. Dr Hleze Kunju (32) obtained his PhD from Rhodes University in 2017 and is currently a lecturer at the University.

Hleze Kunju

Struggling because one is not allowed to study in one’s mother tongue is an issue faced by thousands of young South Africans every year. Restricted to using only English when he enrolled at Rhodes University, Hleze Kunju felt like an outsider in his own province — bereft of his isiXhosa language, he considered himself without culture and identity. http://ysa.mg.co.za/2018/hleze-kunju


Trufm programmes manager Masi Mdingane selected in the Film & Media category. Masi Mdingane (32) obtained his BCOM and PDMM from Rhodes University in 2010.

Masi Mdingane

As the programmes manager at radio station Trufm, Masi Mdingane gets the chance to spark debates and help shape public opinion. http://ysa.mg.co.za/2018/masi-mdingane

Tladi Marumo selected in the Justice & Law category. Tladi Marumo (32) obtained his LLM from Rhodes University in 2016.

Tladi Marumo

Tladi Marumo has always been such a force of nature that back in grade seven his peers knew that he would one day become a lawyer committed to social change. At the age of 28 he was awarded the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship and was appointed as a lecturer at Rhodes University.  http://ysa.mg.co.za/2018/tladi-marumo

Rhodes doctoral student Zakeera Docrat selected in the Justice & Law category. Zakeera Docrat (27) obtained her MA in African Languages from Rhodes University in 2018.

Zakeera Docrat

Zakeera Docrat is only 27 years old yet she has a list of qualifications and academic achievements that most people only achieve much later in life. She was awarded her African language studies honours degree cum laude in 2014 and received full academic colours. This was followed by an LLB degree, an MA degree in African Language Studies (cum laude) in 2017 and she is now working towards her PhD in African languages (forensic linguistics/ language and law) under the auspices of the NRF SARChI Chair in the Intellectualisation of African Languages, Multilingualism and Education.                    http://ysa.mg.co.za/2018/zakeera-docrat

Human rights lawyer selected in the Justice & Law category. Sasha Stevenson (34) obtained her LLB from Rhodes University in 2007.

Sasha Stevenson

Sasha Stevenson is a young human rights lawyer who works under incredible pressure to help those who are vulnerable. http://ysa.mg.co.za/2018/sasha-stevenson

Johannesburg mayor spokesperson Luyanda Mfeka selected in the Politics & Government category. Luyanda Mfeka (30) obtained his LLBC (Law) from Rhodes University in 2013.

Luyanda Mfeka

 Luyanda Mfeka, spokesperson for Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba says people are at the core of his work.“This isn’t communication for its own sake. It’s about ensuring that there is continuous accountability from government to residents. The most important part of the work I do is ensuring that communities have a means of connecting with their elected representatives within the executive arm of local government.” http://ysa.mg.co.za/2018/luyanda-mfek


Rhodes University PhD candidate Muthumuni Managa selected in the Science & Technology category. Muthumuni Managa (30) obtained her MSC from Rhodes University in 2015.

Muthumuni Managa

Growing up in the rural Venda village of Ha-Rabali, Muthumuni Managa says she “attended schools without science laboratories; in communities where cancer patients died more from lack of knowledge than cancer itself”.http://ysa.mg.co.za/2018/muthumuni-managa

Young entrepreneur Charles Faul selected in the Science & Technology category. Charles Faul (27) obtained his BSCH from Rhodes University in 2016.

Charles Faul

What do you get when you cross biotechnology with computer science? Charles Faul, a young entrepreneur, the founder of Akili Labs and NOOTRO and a master’s student at the Biotechnology Innovation Centre at Rhodes University. He built the award-winning FieldLab — a low-cost lab-in-a-box that provides commonly used molecular biology tools in the field — and hopes that one day it will be used in remote areas globally, even in conflict zones. http://ysa.mg.co.za/2018/charles-faul

Wits University PhD candidate Grace Ngubeni selected in the Science & Technology category. Grace Ngubeni (28) obtained her MSC from Rhodes University in 2016.

Grace Ngubeni

Grace Ngubeni is a bright young mind completing a PhD and changing the world for the better. She has studied a postgraduate degree at Rhodes University, published two scientific papers, and received numerous awards during her research career. She has also received the Professional Provident Society Scholarship and, during her MSc, received the department of science and technology Women In Science TATA Scholarship Award. She currently holds two prestigious scholarships — MERG and the NRF Scarce Skills Doctoral Scholarship and is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. http://ysa.mg.co.za/2018/grace-nomthandazo-ngubeni

Rhodes University PhD candidate Aviwe Matiwane selected in the Science & Technology category. Aviwe Matiwane (31) obtained her MSC from Rhodes University in 2016.

Aviwe Matiwane

Aviwe Matiwane is an Eastern Cape scientist with a great passion for palaeontology. Registered at Rhodes University as a PhD student in the botany department, she is doing her research at the Albany Museum in Grahamstown on plant fossils of the Permian Period (from over 250 million years ago). http://ysa.mg.co.za/2018/aviwe-matiwane










Source:  Alumni Relations

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