The duty of a Warden is ensuring the smooth running of the house. This includes making sure that the rules of the house are adhered to; and with the support of the sub-wardens and house comm ensuring that students feel comfortable and enjoy living within the res. They are always available to help and advise students, but their function is not that of surrogate parent or 'watchdog'. They are mainly responsible for the day-to-day running of the Hall or House and ensure the provision of an environment within the residence which is conducive to the development and success of its students at the University.

House wardening is a part time role for all wardens. Wardens usually have full time jobs during the business hours of the week. This is important to note as wardens are only available in the residence during the weekends and evenings. This is why the house is made up of a house-comm and sub-wardens, each with their own portfolio in managing the residence. 

Founders Hall Master & Botha House Warden

Professor Philani Mashazi

Founders Hall Warden

Professor Philani Mashazi is a House Warden of Botha House and a Hall Master of Founders Hall since January 2020. He became a warden at Founders Hall, College House in June 2014 – December 2019. Professor Mashazi is also an Associate Professor of Inorganic Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry since February 2020 after holding a position of a Senior Lecture of Inorganic Chemistry from October 2013 – January 2020 at Rhodes University Chemistry Department. He is well known in the residential system, being a student of Rhodes University before.

College House Warden

Mr Sizwe Zondo

House Warden College House

Mr Zondo is the house warden for College House since 2020. He is also a Lecturer in the Psychology Department.  Mr Zondo's PhD research seeks to understand neurodevelopment and neurocognitive functioning in children living with HIV. More specifically, his research is interested in understanding how the virus affects executive functions, specifically sustained attention, in a sample of children from low socio-economic backgrounds living with HIV.

  • Tel (H)- 046 603 8020
  • Tel (W) - 046 603 8503
  • Cell - 076 478 1463
  • e-mail- s.zondo@ru.ac.za

Cory House Warden

Mr Dingaan Booi

House Warden Cory House

Mr Dingaan Booi is a House Warden of Cory House since 2020. He is also the International Networks Programmes and Projects Officer in the Rhodes University International Office. Mr Booi is well known in the residence system, having been a student at Rhodes University.



Matthews House Warden

Dr Thoko Sipungu

House Warden Matthews House

Dr Thoko Sipungu 

Dr Sipungu has been the house warden for Matthews House since 2018 and is a lecturer in the Sociology department. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of sociology of men and masculinities, femininity/ies, sexuality/ies, identity and belonging, sociological theory. His current (PhD) aims to theorize the significance of the ‘body’ in the construction of Xhosa masculinity/ies. Dr Sipungu is well known with the residential system, being a student at Rhodes University and a Founders Hall student before.

  • Tel (H)  – 046 603 8022
  • Tel (w) - 046 603 8930
  • Cell – 083 843 9597
  • Email – t.sipungu@ru.ac.za

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