Postgraduate achievements more than double in 2019

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Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Sizwe Mabizela
Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Sizwe Mabizela

By Zandile Hlabangane, fourth-year journalism student


The annual Postgraduate Student Cocktail function took place on 7 November 2019 in honour of 77 outstanding postgraduate students at Rhodes University.

This function aims to celebrate the achievements of postgraduate students at Rhodes University, as well as to acknowledge the contributions they have made towards academic research.

Last year, just over 30 postgraduates were honoured whereas this year, the number more than doubled to 77.

Heads and supervisors within their department who believe a particular student deserves recognition for their contributions to excellent research or special achievements nominate students. Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Sizwe Mabizela, paid homage to the Research Office led by Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Dr Peter Clayton. He said, “We would not be here to celebrate these outstanding postgraduate students had it not been for the incredible role played by all the people in your division.”

Dr Mabizela congratulated a number of students for publishing accredited journal papers and making a major contribution to a co-authored paper in an accredited journal. Many students have also published in high impact journals including, Electrochimica Acta, Pharmaceutics, Dyes and Pigments, Ecology and Society, Freshwater Biology and Molecules.

The Vice-Chancellor concluded the function by speaking about the importance of students using their own research to change society. He said, “Through our individual and collective efforts, we can witness an emergence of a different and a better society, a different and a better world.”

To watch a short video on the event, please click here.


The following students were recognised for their achievements:

Lindokhuhle Nene

Siphesihle Nxele

Nobuhle Ndebele

Lekhetho Mpeta

Nnamdi Nwahara

Sivuyisiwe Mapukata

Donovan Mafukidze

Reitumetse Nkhahle

Refilwe Matshitse

Rodah Soy

Aviwe Magadla

Gauta Matlou

Azole Sindelo

Nnaemeka Nnaji

Sithi Mgidlana

Frank Akamagwuna

Edegbene Ovie

Denis Choruma

Matthew Weaver

Margaret Wolff

Zamange Zwane

Simphiwe Linda

Mikaela Ann Daries

Sidne Fanucci

Matthew Barwick

Miebaka Jamabo

Sean Bosman

Bwalya Witika

Pascal Ntemi

Pedzisai Makoni

Nanamhla Nhana Gwedla

Manda Kambikambi

Ulandi du Plessis

Yamini Kalyanaraman

Idowu A Akinloye

Thomas Salmon

Kayla McEwan

Mallika Sardeshpande

Zakeera Docrat

Guy Sutton

Zolile Maseko

Megan Reid

Rosali Smith

Sally-Ann Robertson

Samu Chikiwa

Tinotenda Mangadze

Desire Chiwandire

Miriam Mattision

Cassandra Barker

Katherine James

Sidne Fanucci

Miebaka Jamabo

Alain Bapolisi

Adwoa Padiki Nartey

Manda Juliet Kambikambi

Craig Lawrence Rennie

Lubabalo Mofu

Malika Sardeshpande

Monelisi Falayi

Jonathan Gouws

Martins Vusumzi

McLellan Ve ' Da

Mugido Worship

Ngorima Agripa

Ngulani Thembelihle

Senkoro Anne

Soumya Kori Veeranna

Tata Ngome, P.I.

Samridhi Sharma

Silke Jospeh

Sixolile Centane

Mellisa Chikukwa

Sofonie Dala

Vivienne Dames

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