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.

The following Drostdy Students received awards this year:

  • The Drostdy Hall Senior Student, Adam Butler of Graham House, received an Investec Top 100 General Excellence Award and a Student Leadership Award.
  • The Graham House Community Engagement Rep, Sazi Soga,  received an Investec Top 100 Community Engagement Award.
  • A Drostdy Alumni student, Nadene Kupemba (Allan Gray Sub-Warden 2016 & 2017), received an Investec Top 100 Sports Award, a General Excellence Award, and a Student Leadership Award.
  • Three other Drostdy Alumni students received an Investec Top 100 Student Leadership Award, Verona Davids, Heather Dixon & Samridhi Sharma

ORU Bursary Award

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

Old Rhodian Union Bursary Awards - more info.

ORU Award - Yonela

Inter-Res Sports

Drostdy did extremely well in Inter-Res this year.  In the female res competition Allan Gray came first, with Prince Alfred House coming second.  In the male res competition Graham House came second.

AG wins inter-res chessAG - inter-res rifle 2AG wins inter-res archery

National Arts Festival

  • Siyabulela Javu, a Prince Alfred House Student, and Yolanda Soji, a former Allan Gray House Student, featured in "Seeing Red" a Rhodes University Drama Department Production during the National Arts Festival. Rafé Green, a Graham House Student, was the Choreographer.  "In the fictional village of Boswa, Kgosigadi, a woman of character, takes it upon herself to protest against a law that exiles women during the time of their moonblood”. This production received the National Arts Festival 2018 Student Award for Best Ensemble.
  • Siyabulela Javu and Lebogang Fisher, both in Prince Alfred House, performed in “Skinned” at the National Arts Festival. The piece is an exploration of finding and creating black female joy, living in a marginalised and public body in the South African context as well as confronting the spaces in which joy, harassment, wonder, pain and freedom intersect.

Seeing Red Production


Natasha Bezuidenhout, Celeste House Head Student, who is currently in her second year of Fine Art Masters, exhibited at the Converge Exhibition at the National Arts Festival. She was also selected for two prestigious art competitions, the Sasol New Signatures Art Competition, and the L'Atelier Art Competition.

Natasha Bezuidenhout - Art CompetitionNatasha Bezuidenhout - artwork 1Natasha Bezuidenhout - artwork 2Natasha Bezuidenhout - artwork 3


Lindiwe TsopeDrostdy Hall Alumna, Lindiwe Tsope, is the first Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls Graduate to pursue a PhD.  Lindiwe is pursuing a PhD in Sociology.  Lindiwe attained an Honour’s Degree in Sociology in 2016, and a Master’s Degree in Social Sciences in 2017 at Rhodes University.  Lindiwe was a 2015 and 2016 Prince Alfred House Sub-Warden, and the 2014 Prince Alfred House Community Engagement Rep.  She was also the 2015 and 2016 Drostdy Hall Academic Rep.

Buhle NdebeleMasters Student, Buhle Ndebele, a former Celeste House Student, won first prize for her oral presentation at the 8th annual DST/Mintek Nanotechnology Innovation Centre (NIC) Workshop.  Buhle was a 2016 & 2017 Celeste House Sub-Warden.

Kudzie TsvetuKudzie Tsvetu, a former Prince Alfred House Student, was part of the team that won second place at the International Trade Law Moot in Kenya.  Kudzie was awarded the prize for Best Oralist in the African Grand Final against the Kenyan School of Law.  Kudzie was a Prince Alfred House Sub-Warden in 2016 and 2017.

Last Modified: Mon, 10 Dec 2018 12:06:19 SAST