The Staff Wellness Programme incorporates activities aimed at promoting and enhancing physical, social, emotional and spiritual wellness, quality of life, financial, and intellectual wellness. This year, emphasis is being placed on the development of partnerships to assist with wellness activities. Examples of such partnerships are with Sports Administration, Human Kinetics and Ergonomics, the Law Clinic, Student wellness and the Health Care Centre.

All staff NOT on medical aid, can have free access (i.e. no payment) to the full range of services provided by the HCC as regards consultation with a nurse, medication and consultation with a doctor. This is free on the basis that the University is not contributing towards the person’s medical aid costs.

All staff ON medical aid, will have to access to a consultation with a nurse and medication but will be required to pay for this service. There will be no consultations with a doctor but the HCC will assist with a referral to a doctor of their choice i.e. make the appointment for the staff member.

 Rhodes University Circular re: Health Care Centre: English

Rhodes University Circular re: Health Care Centre - IsiXhosa


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Recent Events

FAMSA presentation (May 2013)

In June FAMSA offered two brief presentations to staff members. The first presentation which took place on 13 June was aimed at increasing awareness of the FAMSA service available to staff and to confirm with line managers the referral process of staff members to FAMSA. This session was combined with an HIV/AIDS awareness presented by Mr Thandi Mzizi in efforts to target the same focus group. 37 staff members within the grades 1-5 staff category from the Grounds and Gardens Division attended this first presentation. Of this group, 76% were male and 24% were female. The second presentation focused on the topic of ‘Finance: Budgeting, loans and garnishee orders’. This presentation was attended by 36 staff members within the grades 1-5 staff category from the Grounds and Gardens Division. Of this group, 80% were male and 20% were female.

Department cup of nations (February – May 2013 )

The Department Cup of Nations is a physical wellbeing and social event involving sporting activities in the form of soccer, volleyball and netball competitions whereby departmental teams competed against one another. This is co-ordinated by Sports Admin and the HR Division.

HIV/Aids Week (August 2013)

Rhodes University, in partnership with the Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) and the Department of Health (DoH), facilitated the second session of its "First Thing's First Campaign" (HCT campaign) during this week. This drive included HIV testing, free TB screening, Blood Sugar and Blood Pressure monitoring, Nutrition Assessment (BMI), Family Planning and a pap smear (conducted at the Health Care Centre).

Wellness Presentations by Law Clinic (September 2013)

Various presentations, all to be offered by the Law Clinic, were presented during September 2013. Presentations were offered in both English and isiXhosa.

  • Financial Wellness Presentations: Credit management, loans, debt collection.
  • A repeat of the ‘will presentation’ that took place in 2012. 

Last Modified: Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:21:16 SAST

Previous Wellness Activities

World AIDS Day

Rhodes University celebrated world AIDS day with a address by Constitutional Court Judge Edwin Cameron and a UBOM production. For more detail please refer to:,71217,en.html

Financial wellness presentations during September 2012

As part of the build-up to Financial Wellness Week in October, the Staff Wellness Programme together with FAMSA presented  a  one hour  informative session on Financial Wellness. Each session covered the topics of Attitude towards Money (budgeting), Garnishee Orders and Hire Purchase. The presentation was repeated ten times to ensure all staff could attend and was furthermore presented in  IsiXhosa and English. The slogan was :  “Be the master of your own wallet”

The total number of staff attended was 162. More advance financial presentations are planned to maintain the momentum started with this presentations. Thanks to FAMSA for presenting and to the relevant Line managers who agreed to their staff attending.

Bonitas Wellness day at Rhodes - October 2012

Bonitas medical fund celebrated wellness week at Rhodes with a range of tests done. These tests were free of charge and consist of: 

1.            Blood pressure testing
2.            Glucose testing
3.            HIV/Aids testing (Optional)
4.            Cholesterol testing

The total amount of participants was 85 with an average age of 45 years (62.3 % males and 37.6 female).

For the complete analysis please refer to Bonitas Wellness Day Report

RHODESLYMPIC during Wellness week 1-5 October 2012

In the spirit of this year’s Olympic Games, the Human Resources Division has teamed up with Rhodes Sport to host the first ever casual tournament, encouraging all staff members to get active and enjoy a friendly, early evening game in support of physical and social wellness activities. 

Kicking off on 2 October (Wellness week) department’s play a game of basketball, mixed netball volleyball and five-a-side soccer at the Rhodes sporting facilities. Competition was fierce but the sporting fields also provide an ideal platform to meet colleagues.

Final Results:

1st  Sports Admin                                              
2nd Chemistry Department             
3rd  IT & HR

Thanks again to all participating members and work areas.                                     

Wellness Walk - January 2012

In support of the Staff Wellness Programme, a physical and social event in the form of a ‘Walk for Wellness’ initiative took place during lunch time on Friday, 1 March 2013. The activity involved a walk to the Botanical Garden, while Mark Hazell and Philip Crous from the Grounds & Gardens Division enlightened us with interesting facts surrounding the garden’s history, vegetation and folklores.

Tegan Crymble from the Human Kinetics & Ergonomics Department was on hand to measure the effect of exercise on the body and share some enlightening information on the subject. Such an effect  on the body became even more apparent when the group of 38 participants were lead up the 250 steps of Jacob’s ladder and resulted in elevated moods and laughter, despite feeling closer to 5000 steps. Thanks to the participating staff of Grounds & Gardens, Finance Division, Human Resources Division, Sports Admin and a large group of participants from the Housekeeping Division for their role in making this a memorable and healthy lunchtime event.

A follow up event is on the cards!

Please see the photos of the exhaustion, sweat, and overall enjoyment that accompanied this event.


Last Modified: Tue, 29 Apr 2014 11:06:02 SAST