About Rhodes University Environmental Committee

The Rhodes University Environmental Committee was born out of a collaborative, cross-disciplinary academic forum for the environment which established an Environmental Programmes Committee in 2002, and was re-constituted in 2006 as a fully fledged Senate sub-committee.

The Rhodes University Environmental Committee deals with environmental management and curriculum issues related to environmental concerns, while acknowledging that curriculum issues are primarily the responsibility of the Faculties. 

RU Environmental Committee Meeting Dates 2018

28 March (Thu) |  5 June (Wed) 2 September (Mon) |  23 October (Wed)

RU Diary: add this feed to your Google calendar 

RUEC Membership

The 2018 membership of the Rhodes University Environmental Committee is as follows:

  • Environmental Science Dept representative: Dr J Gambiza and Dr G Thondhlana

  • Senate members: 

    • Prof J Dames
    • Ms N Engelbrecht 
    • Mr H Gess
    • Dr A Kazerouni
    • Dr N Ngqwala
  • Makana Environmental Manager

  • Library services representative: Ms T Menze

  • Botany representative:  Prof J Coetzee

  • ELRC representative: Dr I Schudel 

  • Safety, Health & Environmental Officer

  • Co-opted members:

    • Mr D van Dyk (Facilities Services)
    • Ms E Bagshaw-Smith (Communications & Advancement) 
    • Dr R Klein (Chemistry) 
    • Prof P Machanick (Computer Sci) 

RU Environmental Committee Working Groups

The Environmental Committee has three working groups that carry out the committee’s mandate, namely, to "facilitate, where possible, the implementation of the University’s Environmental Policy." Visit the links to find out more:


  • Chairperson: ‌The Chairperson is elected by the Vice Chancellor, based on his/her expertise. Contact the Chair: Prof Hugo Nel +27 (0)46 603 8301, h.nel(at)ru.ac.za
  • Environmental Events

  • Environment Mailing List: an inclusive forum for sharing constructive tips and information about activities, projects or events of an environmental nature, affecting Rhodes University and wider community. To subscribe, email environment-request(at)lists.ru.ac.za

  • Safety, Health & Environmental Office: In 2007, the University took the decision to appoint a part-time Environmental Officer in order to give impetus to policy implementation and communications. At the end of 2009, this was combined with an unfilled Safety Officer post at the University, resulting in the employment of a Safety, Health & Environmental Officer. Contact the SHE Officer: +27-46-603.7205 / environment(at)ru.ac.za

Go to the Rhodes University ENVIRONMENT front page. Suggestions/Questions? Contact environment(at)ru.ac.za

Last Modified: Tue, 27 Nov 2018 16:09:17 SAST