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Fostering a love of giving back

Even a small contribution can make a huge difference in people’s lives, as can be seen in the case of Old Rhodian Kgotso Motswedi, who recently shared his donation story with the Alumni Office. A few years after leaving Rhodes University, Kgotso began to consider giving back to his alma mater and enquired about donation options.

Lovebirds forego wedding presents to student financial aid

When Old Rhodians, Toni Parsons (37) and James Rycroft (36), decided to tie the knot just over a week ago, they asked guests to their wedding to consider donating money to settle students’ fee debts at their alma mater, Rhodes University, instead of the usual gift registries.

Alumni pledge to assist Oppidans

Rhodes University recently held a week-long telethon to update its Alumni database and ask for personal contributions towards the Rhodes University Oppidan Fund, in line with transformation objectives.

BANKSETA brings work-readiness programme to its bursary recipients

The Banking Sector Education and Training Authority (BANKSETA) this week visited 66 Rhodes University Commerce Faculty and Information Systems and Computer Science students who are beneficiaries of the R8.1 million funding from the sector.

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Why do I give to Rhodes

Making a difference is something that I have wanted to do from a young age.     It is my deep desire that I am able to leave a legacy to the next generation.  In his address Dr. Mabizela said two things that stayed with me.  The first was that Rhodes commit to ensuring that a quality education is provided to all academically deserving students and that no academically deserving student should not be afforded an opportunity to study at Rhodes because they are born into family of meagre means.  The second was to brighten the corner where you live.  By donating to the Isivivane Fund I feel that I am contributing to creating a lasting legacy that will make a difference in the lives of not only the young people who will study at Rhodes University but that as they become the leaders of tomorrow that they will have a lasting impact on the lives of ordinary South Africans.  By giving to the fund in small way it does brighten the corner where I live and work.


By Sue Robertson

Why we do this

My name is Bongi Khumalo, a proud Zulu girl from Mpophomeni Township. I and my orphaned cousins have been raised by a strong woman, a general worker (cleaner) at the Howick Municipality. My mother and I always had big dreams. She ensured that I attend the best schools inspite of her minimal income. I aspire to be a lawyer. I am 19 years old from a township that is notorious for teenage pregnancies, party culture and lack of progression to higher education. I wanted to be different.  I chose a university that has a sense of unity, a university where students care about other students, academically demanding and challenging.

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