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PhD candidate attends BRICS Network University meeting in Brazil

Date Released : 07/08/2019

Rhodes University PhD candidate in the Department of Economics and Economic History, Nandi Fumbata, is attending the BRICS Network University (BRICS NU) Research Seminar and Winter School, currently underway at the University of Campinas in Brazil.

Are universities in transition or becoming obsolete?

Date Released : 26/06/2019

Imagine there are no longer universities, where the spaces of higher education are no longer producing knowledge. Imagine these institutions were to become obsolete. This was the issue historians were grappling with during one of the afternoon sessions on the second day of the Southern African Historical Society conference at Rhodes University, entitled: “Universities: Politics and Policies.”

Conference urges historians to rethink perspectives on Southern African histories

Date Released : 25/06/2019

Addressing over 200 historians, artists, archivists, curators and scholars at the 27th biennial South African Historical Society (SAHS) conference, keynote speaker Professor Francis Nyamnjoh from the University of Cape Town challenged the audience to embrace their incompleteness as scholars and to borrow from one another on their journey of self-activation.

Rhodes University hosts the 2019 South African Historical Society conference

Date Released : 12/06/2019

Barely a year before the 200th anniversary of the 1820 English Settlers who occupied parts of the Eastern Cape including Makhanda, the 27th Biennial Conference of the Southern African Historical Society (SAHS) comes to Rhodes University

Giving language a universal voice: The journey to reviving, resuscitating and reigniting isiXhosa after 30 years

Date Released : 18/04/2019

Hlumela Palesa Mkabile, a recent Masters in Linguistics graduate of Rhodes University, has opted to explore dynamic and versatile research about the Xhosa language in her thesis, which is the first of its kind in over 30 years.

Unlearning as a means to bring hope to higher education

Date Released : 05/10/2018

The 2018 DCS Oosthuizen Memorial Lecture took place at Rhodes University’s Eden Grove Blue Lecture Theatre on Friday, the 28th of September 2018.

Decolonialism rhymes with multilingualism

Date Released : 10/09/2018

Rhodes University’s language policy is based on the principles of ‘promoting multilingualism and the intellectualisation of African languages’.

40 years after his death and Sobukwe’s legacy lives

Date Released : 27/02/2018

Today marks 40 years since the death of Mangaliso Robert Sobukwe - a teacher, lecturer, lawyer, founding member and first president of the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) and Robben Island prisoner.

‘Colourism’ is a big deal in SA

Date Released : 23/03/2016

Over the past few weeks the #unfairandlovely campaign started by black photographer Pax Jones and sisters Mirusha and Yanusha Yogarajah from the University of Texas has taken off on social media.

South Africa: #Rhodesmustfall On 702 - in Defence of Nomboniso Gasa

Date Released : 01/03/2016

So I listened to the discussion between Nomboniso Gasa and Wanelisa Xaba on 702.

Black social capital should not be wasted

Date Released : 30/06/2015

IT IS a fairly common complaint in my circle of young black professionals that we do not have the kind of networks and social capital that our white counterparts have to help them get ahead.

Gaining a strong sense of being African.

Date Released : 01/04/2015

Dr Nomalanga Mkhize was awarded a Mellon Next Generation Academic Programme lectureship from 2004 – 2006 when she completed her Master’s degree. Dr Mkhize is a lecturer in the History Department today.

Mentoring next generation academics is absolutely critical

Date Released : 01/04/2015

The Next Generation Academic Programme is absolutely crucial to bring young, committed, inspiring lecturers into the University.These are the future leaders of Rhodes and we need to be proactive about identifying them,” says Distinguished Professor Paul Maylam.

A vibrant academic atmosphere

Date Released : 01/04/2015

After being awarded a Mellon Postdoctoral Scholarship in the History Department in 2005/6, Professor Enocent Msindo was subsequently appointed as a lecturer on the Next Generation Academic Programme from 2007 to 2009, also funded by Mellon. Today he is an NRF-rated researcher and an Associate Professor in the History Department.

Tenacious belief in the ideal of the university

Date Released : 06/05/2015

WHEN the 2008 financial crash happened, Queen Elizabeth apparently wrote a letter to the UK’s top economists to ask them why they had not foreseen it.

Anger over Rhodes vindicates Mamdani

Date Released : 08/04/2015

IN 1998 eminent Ugandan scholar Mahmood Mamdani put forward the following challenge to his colleagues at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

IS IT really worth paying up to R100,000 a year to get an undergraduate degree from one of SA’s top universities?

Date Released : 11/03/2015

IS IT really worth paying up to R100,000 a year to get an undergraduate degree from one of SA’s top universities?

EFF MPs embody local-level ANC culture

Date Released : 18/11/2014

THERE’s an African idiom that warns that if you let your child be a menace to the community, one day that same child will chase you around the house with your own sjambok.

Less costly independent schools now a necessity

Date Released : 20/10/2014

THERE was a bit of a media brouhaha recently, when Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema said he would be sending his child to a private school. Malema was accused of being a hypocrite given the EFF position that stipulates that public officials must use public services.

Competition for schools has parents at wits’ ends

Date Released : 07/10/2014

THERE is a joke going around in the human rights legal fraternity that much of its litigation against the Department of Basic Education is akin to taking the Post Office to court to get stamps. That is how pedantic the struggle for improving education for the majority children in SA has become.

Pistorius less a source of shame than Griekwastad - Nomalanga Mkhize

Date Released : 23/09/2014

I am afraid I have succumbed to the lure of "oscar" commentary and wish to offer a somewhat different view from Jonny Steinberg's "racial shame" explanation, on this page last week, of many white South Africans' antagonistic responses to the athlete's murder acquittal.

Humanities bedevilled by affinity to dated ideas

Date Released : 09/09/2014

IN THE wake of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, a small contingent of health workers and scientists has been on the front lines of fighting the disease in laboratories, hospitals and makeshift World Health Organisation care centres in under-resourced villages and towns.

Boys' clubs need a culture overhaul

Date Released : 05/09/2014

Wider concerns with racial representation in academia conceal a significant gender imbalance

ANC ignored cultural codes at Marikana

Date Released : 26/08/2014

IT IS unimaginable that the shooting of mine workers by police at Marikana in August 2012 could have unfolded as it did had they been from KwaZulu-Natal.

Prof Maylam reflects on Rhodes history

Date Released : 19/08/2014

Rhodes University Emeritus Professor Paul Maylam delivered a keynote address focused on Rhodes University’s history

Legacy of the racial subsidy has yet to be overcome

Date Released : 12/08/2014

What dire household financial situation drove rock drillers to wage low-intensity war on their employers in Marikana in 2012?

More to arts and money debate than a pity party

Date Released : 29/07/2014

This year marked 40 years of the Grahamstown-based National Arts Festival, which is not only the biggest festival in SA, but also in Africa.

New land restitution process set to be messy

Date Released : 15/07/2014

The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform has made much ado about the reopening of the land claims process under the newly amended Restitution Act.

Who has the last word on our past?

Date Released : 09/06/2014

History is written by all those who have the resources to tell their version, writes Gary Baines.

A youthful take on the pandemic

Date Released : 11/11/2013

WHEN, as a first-year student at Rhodes University in 2000, Rebecca Hodes and a friend established an association called SHARC

Guptagate Open: An interview with Dr Nomalanga Mkhize and Richard Pithouse

Date Released : 10/06/2013

As the ANC becomes increasingly divided along ideological and moral lines

Re-configuring South Africa’s Youth Political Sphere

Date Released : 08/05/2013

This article is a direct follow-up to a question posed to Dr Nomalanga Mkhize at a Women's Academic Solidarity Association (WASA) discussion entitled: "Teaching the Born Frees: The Dea(r)th of Youth Intellectualism in the Post-Apartheid University".

“Teaching the Born Frees”

Date Released : 22/04/2013

Debating the extent to which young South Africans are engaging with the complex political dynamics of contemporary society, several Rhodes University lecturers recently presented their views on the topic, “Teaching the Born Frees: The Dea(r)th of Youth Intellectualism in the Post-Apartheid University?”

SRC, students and lecturers debate the status of Education in SA

Date Released : 11/03/2013

Widely acknowledged to be in a state of crisis, education in South Africa is a hot topic of debate for many South African citizens. With 26% of matriculants who passed Grade 12 in 2012 receiving a nonconventional degree pass, the spotlight is firmly on the shocking skills shortages, lack of resources, poor teacher training, corruption and maladministration, a highly unionised teaching profession and low morale that plague the majority of South African schools.