RU Jamming Competition

The year started off with a bang with the Prince Alfred and Graham House First Years winning the Orientation Week RU Jamming Competition. The Allan Gray First Years came third.

AG at RU Jamming

PA RU Jamming


Drostdy Hall did very well with Give 5 this year.  Drostdy came second out of the Halls, and Allan Gray House came second out of all the RU residences.

CE - Give 5 Poster

Investec Rhodes Top 100

The annual Investec Rhodes Top 100 awards are prestigious awards made to current Rhodes students in recognition and endorsement of their achievements across a range of categories.

Achievements - Top 100

The following Drostdy Students received awards this year: (left to right)

  • Lindiwe Tsope , Drostdy Alumni, Prince Alfred Sub-Warden 2016 - General Excellence Award.
  • Siphiwokuhle Mthonti, Allan Gray Head Student 2018 - Commerce Academic Excellence Award.
  • Kimara Singh, Prince Alfred House - Arts, Culture, Media & Society Award.
  • Buhle Ndebele, Celeste House Sub-Warden - General Excellence Award.
  • Kudzie Tsvetu, Prince Alfred Sub-Warden - Student Leadership Award.
  • Adam Butler, Drostdy Hall Senior Student 2018 - Humanities Academic Excellence Award.
  • Zilindile Ngcongo, Prince Alfred Sub-Warden - General Excellence Award.

Judy Orpen Memorial Award

Namhla Tukulu, Prince Alfred House Sub-Warden 2018, received the Judy Orpen Memorial Award.  This was lovely news as Judy Orpen herself was once a Prince Alfred House Sub-Warden. 

Judy Orpen Award - Namhla

The Judy Orpen Memorial Award celebrates the life and accomplishments of Judith Orpen, who was working towards her MA in Anthropology at Rhodes University when she passed away unexpectedly in late 2010. Judy’s family chose to honour her by creating The Judy Orpen Memorial Award, which seeks to celebrate a first year Extended Studies Humanities student who has been purposefully and enthusiastically involved in various aspects of academic and community life. Applicants should demonstrate a sound academic record, and/or one which shows continual improvement over the first year of study. Candidates should demonstrate having taken advantage of the facilities and opportunities that the university, and especially the TAI Student Peer Mentoring Programme, offer. They should demonstrate a genuine interest and participation in extramural activities and/or community engagement, in first year in particular.

ORU Bursary Award

Yonela Ntshakaza of Prince Alfred House received an Old Rhodian Union Bursary Award for the second year in a row.

Achievement - ORU Bursary - Yonela

 Old Rhodian Union Bursary Awards - more info.

Inter-Res Sports

Allan Gray House won the female inter-res sports competition this year.  Celeste House also participated this year in inter-res and the females even won inter-res climbing, which is a wonderful achievement for a postgraduate res.

Celeste Females at inter-res climbingAG wins inter-res

National Arts Festival

Two Drostdy Hall students, Yolanda Soji of Allan Gray House and Lethica Nair of Prince Alfred House,  performed in the 2017 National Arts Festival in the Cult Clit production. The play won the Student Theatre Award for Best Original Work.

Cult Clit explores not only the silence and stigma around black female sexuality but also the spirit and playfulness of “black joy”. Expressed through physical theatre, this play portrays the struggles of being a black woman in society. The all female cast (well the characters they portrayed) were subjected to violence in various ways; women circumcision, rape and the abuse suffered under the hands of the police. Cult Clit made the audience realise that women are abused every day in many ways.


 Festival - Cult-Clit 2Festival - Cult-Clit 1

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