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Rhodes Business School student contributes to the country’s 2030 vision of job creation

Rhodes Business School student, Ludwe Gcingca, uses old tyres to create jobs and fight against climate change.

Reimagining the impaired body

The evening of 5 September 2019 welcomed an informative and interactive lecture entitled “Renegotiating perceptions of the impaired body’ by Lebo Kibane, Enable Society’s Vice-Chairperson.

Rhodes University and Fort Hare unite to teach dictionary skills

Last week Thursday and Friday, the Steve Bantu Biko lecture theatre was bustling with activity as Rhodes University hosted a dictionary skills training workshop.

Rhodes University celebrates longest serving staff

Rhodes University academic, administrative, and support staff recently gathered in Eden Grove Red to celebrate those who have been in service at the University for 10, 15, 25, and 35 years.

A differently-abled experience

As part of Rhodes University’s Equity and Institutional Culture annual Disability Week, ability activist Chaeli Mycroft shared her inspiring story with the University.

Rhodes University honours three of its most distinguished alumni

Rhodes University’s 2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards Luncheon was presided over by the Old Rhodian Union (ORU) Vice-President, Professor James Gambiza, who introduced each of the awardees.

VC highlights Rhodes University’s excellence at Convocation

Rhodes University held its 69th Annual Meeting of Convocation, together with its Annual General Meeting of the Old Rhodian Union at the Gavin Relly Postgraduate Village recently.

Old Rhodian Union bursaries more than double over the last year

Thanks to a generous bequest from Old Rhodian, Dr Abraham Faure, Rhodes University’s Old Rhodian Union (ORU) bursaries have increased more than twofold in the last year.

CBC spearheads cactus control in Namibia

Rhodes University’s Centre for Biological Control (CBC) recently released biological control agents to combat two invasive cacti species in Namibia.

Out with a bang: Postgraduate Conference comes to an end

The Rhodes University Centre for Postgraduate Studies (CPGS) closed off their annual Postgraduate Conference with a presentation from the Technology Transfer Team and a prize-giving ceremony.

The creative forefront of academic social responsibility

Friday 23 August was day two of the informative and exciting Rhodes University Postgraduate conference.

Flashmob stops High Street traffic

The locals were beaming with joy at the sight of a spectacle rare to the City of Saints.

Prof Palmer takes us into the messy spaces

The latest episode of Rhodes University’s Community Engagement Division’s Engagement in Action podcast features Professor Tally Palmer, Director of the Institute of Water Research and winner of the 2018 VC’s Distinguished Community Engagement Award.

Rhodes University expands postgraduate support

Rhodes University’s Centre for Postgraduate Studies (CPGS) has added a €950 000 EU-funded project to its stable of successful postgraduate support initiatives.

Developing a network of sharing in academia

The Centre for Postgraduate Studies (CPGS) recently held a two day conference aimed at opening up the academic conversation between researchers at Rhodes University.

The scholarship of leadership

As is the tradition, Rhodes University presented the inaugural lecture of Professor Noel Pearse titled, The Scholarship of Leadership: An illustration of the Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning and Community Engagement.

Inspiring entrepreneurial flair

Entrepreneur, global motivational speaker, philanthropist and travel guru, Ms Johanna Mukoki recently inspired budding entrepreneurs to be agents of change when achieving their goals, as part of Rhodes University’s Student Entrepreneurship Week.

A dream come true for newly elected SRC President

Rhodes University students have entrusted a 23-year-old Pharmacy student, Katlego Mphahlele, with the role of leading the 2020 Student Representative Council (SRC).

SRC hosts first annual governance colloquium

The Rhodes University Student Representative Council (SRC) 2019 recently hosted their first annual Student Governance Colloquium.

Women take the lead: 2020 SRC inauguration

The night of 16 August was a monumental victory for women in leadership as Rhodes University inaugurated its 2020 Student Representative Council (SRC), with a total of 13 out of 15 positions being filled by women.

An in-depth look at how enzymes benefit the bio-economy

As the recipient of the 2018 Vice Chancellor’s Senior Distinguished Research Award, Professor Brett Pletschke presented a lecture on his research topic and findings on 14 August in the Eden Grove Blue lecture theatre.

Rhodes University attends Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence inaugural meeting

Rhodes University’s Deputy Dean of Humanities (Research), Professor Enocent Msindo, and the Manager: Research and Development Projects, Noëlle Obers, recently represented Rhodes University at a week-long series of meetings at the University of Bayreuth, Germany.

RUCE honours Prof Chrissie Boughey during Women’s Month

With August being Women’s Month, the Rhodes University Community Engagement (RUCE) Division acknowledged and celebrated recently retired Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Chrissie Boughey, with an interview in its Engagement in Action podcast.

Former Rhodes University PhD student wins 2019 SAIPA Accountancy Top Achievers Award

It was a night of glitz and glamour last night at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, as the former Rhodes University PhD student, Dr Teresa Pidduck, was awarded with a South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA) 2019 Accountancy Top Achievers Award (PhD Taxation category).

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.

Investec celebrates and rewards Commerce Extended Studies students

The Rhodes University Commerce Extended Studies Programme (ESP) and its sponsor, Investec, recently held a dinner to celebrate past and present students.

Distinguished Alumni awardee Johanna Mukoki is back on campus

Multiple award-winning entrepreneur Johanna Mukoki graces the 2019 Rhodes University Student Entrepreneurship Week.

South Africa is in a great space for entrepreneur leaders to emerge

Opening the 2019 student entrepreneurship week, the Rhodes Business School held a student panel discussion by the attendees of the entrepreneurship development in higher education on 8 August.

Looking beyond the gender boundary

By hosting a series of open discussions and conversational panels, the aim of this year’s Gender Week has been to facilitate the process of healing and to educate the University community about gender, societal and institutional culture.

Dismantling the framing of difference

The second day of Gender Week ended in an insightful conversation titled 'Debunking Deviance', facilitated by Dr Lindsay Kelland, Senior Lecturer at the Allan Gray Centre for Learning Ethics (AGCLE).

Through a village boy’s eyes: a journey of literary criticism

As per tradition, Rhodes University recently hosted an inaugural lecture of Professor Patrice Kabeya Mwepu, after he was conferred the status of Full Professor by the University.

We need more women in leadership roles

The Registrar of Rhodes University, Dr Adéle Moodly, held a public lecture on 5 August, posing the question: Are there divergence in perspectives pertaining to pathways of women to positions of leadership in Higher Education?

Three individuals from Rhodes University make Top 35-under-35 finalist list

Two alumni and one Rhodes University lecturer have made the SAICA Top-35-under-35 finalists list.

PhD candidate attends BRICS Network University meeting in Brazil

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.

Young Scientists break records at Eskom Expo held at Rhodes University

Learners won a record 14 gold, 11 silver and 24 bronze medals, together with a total of 34 merit awards, at the Regional Final Eskom Expo held at Rhodes University this year.

Remembering S.E.K Mqhayi

Rhodes University’s African Languages and Linguistics Department concluded its series of S.E.K Mqhayi tribute events on 2 August 2019. The Department commemorated Mqhayi Day at Soll Amphitheatre.

How do we write laws for that which we cannot see?

In July 2019, the Rhodes University Political and International Studies Department welcomed its 2019 Nelson Mandela Professor of Political Studies, visiting Professor Adam Ashforth, to give a public lecture.

Grahamstown-Makhanda Stakeholders close ranks in unprecedented “circle of unity”

A diversity of multi-sectoral civil society stakeholders including faith organisations, businesses, unemployed people, schools, rate-payers, youth and cultural organisations, met at Rhodes University on 30 July in an “unprecedented show of unity” to reflect on the challenges facing the city.

Rhodes University honours S.E.K Mqhayi

Rhodes University’s African Languages and Linguistics department held its first series of S.E.K Mqhayi tribute events this week.

Professor honours BB Mkonto during International Year of Indigenous Languages

Rhodes University’s Professor Russell Kaschula was invited to give the inaugural talk at the prestigious BB Mkonto lecture at Nelson Mandela University on 24 July 2019, as part of the University’s commemoration of the International Year for Indigenous Languages.

Rhodes Drama department consistently wins Student Festival awards

The Rhodes University Drama Department has won a Student Theatre Festival award every year since 2014, making this their sixth year of victory.

Rhodes University gears up for Women’s Month with a fun run in Makhanda

With just few days before the Women’s Month start, Rhodes University Sports Administration through its affiliate, the Rhodes Sports Executive Council’s Community Engagement arm, hosted its inaugural Women’s Soiree 5km Race.

Rhodes University Education Faculty hosts a ‘Doc Week’

The Rhodes Faculty of Education has this week (22 -26 July) hosted its second ‘Doctoral Week’ for 2019 at the Environmental Learning Research Centre (ELRC). Read more...

Experts trouble curriculum change in panel discussion

As part of the Education Faculty’s Doc Week, on Wednesday evening, CHERTL hosted a campus-wide panel discussion on “Troubling Curriculum Change”. Read more...

Silent Protest 2019 focus on healing

The Silent Protest against rape and sexual violence will this year not include a march in the city’s streets.

Rhodes University wins third place in national competition

Rhodes University’s Enactus team won third place for the Ideation Challenge at the 2019 Enactus National Championship, held at the Sandton Convention Centre from 8-9 July.

Are ethical lawyers on the decline?

Rhodes University’s Faculty of Law hosted visiting lecturer, Max Boqwana, on 22 July for a public lecture titled: “Ethics in the legal profession”.

Student wins esteemed travel award

Rhodes University Honours student Siph’esihle Ndaba has been granted an Abe Bailey Travel Bursary and will be travelling to Ethiopia and the United Kingdom this November.

Rhodes University hosts animal research ethics training workshop

Rhodes University’s Research Office and Animal Research Ethics Committee (RU-AREC) hosted a successful three-day Animal Research Ethics Training course between 2-4 July at Postgraduate Village.

Rhodes University shines at environmental conferences

True to Rhodes University’s vision of producing research that contributes to solving South Africa’s problems, researchers and students from several departments have recently featured prominently among the awards and keynote presentations of two events dedicated to managing and rehabilitating South Africa’s natural resources.

Rhodes University hosts African Linguistics School

For the first time in the history of South Africa, the African Linguistics School (ALS) was hosted by Rhodes University from 01 July to 12 July 2019.

Coalitions in a state of crisis in contemporary South African politics

The Political and International Studies Department hosted the second day of their annual Teach-In at Barratt Lecture Theatre on 16 July 2019.

The crisis of the opposition in Southern Africa

Over 100 students gathered in Barratt Lecture Theatre to listen to Dr Somadoda Fikeni’s speech, which took place during the Politics and International Studies Department’s Teach-In Week.

Vuka! Makana celebrates Madiba legacy year-round

The Rhodes University Community Engagement Division (RUCE) is encouraging citizens of Makana to join its Vuka! Makana initiative in honour of Nelson Mandela’s birthday this week.

Postdoc wins prestigious award for pregnancy paper

Dr Ulandi du Plessis, a Rhodes University PhD graduate and postdoc fellow at the Critical Studies in Sexuality and Reproduction Unit, has been recognised by the British Psychological Society’s Psychology of Women and Equalities Section (POWES) and Feminism & Psychology after her submission on the governing of pregnancy in South Africa received 72/72 from the reviewers.

Rhodes University welcomes new Library Director

When the Department of Public Service Commission wanted to establish libraries in the former Transkei, they made funds available for Library and Information Sciences. The newly appointed Director of Rhodes University, Nomawethu Danster, was one of the beneficiaries of the fund.

Professor Roy Lubke: Lifetime Achievement Award & Plenary Speaker

Prof Roy Lubke will be receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award and will be presenting “A Review of some Ecological Rehabilitation Strategies in South Africa over the last 50 years” at the LaRSSA conference in July 2019.

A step in the right direction for new Manager

Rhodes University welcomed its first ever Institutional Planning (IPU), Research and Quality Management Manager last week.

A learning convention in honour of comrade Vuyisile Mini

The Vuyisile Mini Winter School is an annual initiative of the Rhodes University Neil Aggett Labour Studies Unit (NALSU), in partnership with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) foundation – a German funding body. This year, it runs from from 9-12 July.

Enactus raises R150 000 for community upliftment and empowerment

Since its inception, Rhodes University’s Enactus initiative has raised R150 000 for uplifting, empowering and equipping the local community.

Deputy Auditor-General of South Africa visits PSAM at the 45th National Arts Festival

Rhodes University’s Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM) hosted an interactive panel discussion as part of the Critical Consciousness Programme at the 45th National Arts Festival 2019 at the Amazwi South African Museum of Literature on 27 June 2019.

Alumni recall the pain and joy of student life

A gala dinner was held on 29 June at Bantu Steve Biko Oppidan Dining Hall for Rhodes University’s Alumni classes of 1980 to 1995. The event was hosted by Dr Sizwe Mabizela and the master of ceremonies was the SRC President, Samkelo Mngadi.

Rhodes University Alumni reconnect through storytelling

Rhodes University’s Alumni Relations held a festival cocktail in honour of homecoming classes of 1980 to 1995 on 28 June at the Senior Common Room.

Dr ‘Mabokang Monnapula-Mapesela assumes role of Deputy Vice Chancellor: Academic and Student Affairs

Rhodes University today welcomes Dr ‘Mabokang Monnapula-Mapesela as Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic and Student Affairs.

Makana welcomes technology-based community building initiative

Social change begins with you - the people of Makana with rich histories, complex struggles and formidable resilience. Tapping into this deep well of stories and lived experiences is the core purpose of Rhodes University’s new Social Innovation Hub - a multi-faceted digital storytelling lab launched by the Rhodes University Community Engagement Division on the chilly evening of 25 June.

Are universities in transition or becoming obsolete?

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

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.

Innovative digital storytelling project launches at Rhodes University

The Social Innovation (SI) Hub is an exciting new project run by Rhodes University’s Community Engagement Division that promises to bring innovation, creativity and improved digital literacy to the Makana community.

GBS donates over half a million to Rhodes University

GBS Mutual Bank has donated R600 000 to Rhodes University for educational purposes this year.

Become Love: published in memory of Brian Gaybba

On 12 June, a small congregation gathered to honour the launch of Larry Kauffman CSsR’s book titled; Become Love: Gradual Growth and Transformation from John to Francis.

Copyright and digitisation in South Africa

Rhodes University hosted its 3rd annual Library Research Week last week, in support of emerging African academics and researchers.

Library kicks off research week

Rhodes University Library hosted their 3rd annual Research Week, which kicked off on Monday 3 June 2019. The topic for the first day involved “Research discovery, evaluation, peer reviews and Publons”.

The Vice-Chancellor and Thomas Alty awards recognised staff academic achievement

Rhodes University held its annual Vice-Chancellor and Thomas Alty Awards on 6 June this year. This award ceremony recognises staff who successfully completed an additional qualification either through Rhodes University or an external academic institution over the past year.

Rhodes University hosts the 2019 South African Historical Society conference

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

Rhodes University academics join international scientists in an EU-funded AquaVitae project

Two Rhodes University scientists, Dr Cliff Jones and Professor Peter Britz, both from the Ichthyology and Fisheries Science department have joined over 70 scientists and industry professionals from 16 countries in Tromsø, Norway to launch the European Union (EU) funded AquaVitae project.

Rhodes University receives R200 thousand worth of bursary from GBS Mutual Bank

Eight academically-deserving students, who fall out of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) threshold, from Rhodes University have been awarded a R200 thousand worth of bursary from GBS Mutual Bank.

Clean, reliable and fair Makhanda water

Professor Palmer, who has been working with the IWR since 1989, held a workshop at City Hall on the evening of 30 May, with the tagline: Makhanda: Water Works for Everyone.

Biological control as a means to fight water loss

Rhodes University’s Communications Division recently sat down with Distinguished Professor Martin Hill from the Centre for Biological Control, to discuss the history of biological control at Rhodes University and how this method of fighting alien plant species is helping drought-stricken areas like ours replenish water loss.

A call for millennials to take back their future

On the evening of 1 October, the Rhodes Business School held their 4th annual lecture at Rhodes University on Values-Based Leadership, which is in collaboration with the Archbishop Thabo Makgoba Development Trust (ATMDT).

Reconfiguring, reshaping and reimagining our region

As part of International Week, which started off with a vibrant parade hosted by the Rhodes University International Office, an inaugural Internationalisation Summit was held on 19 May.

ARUA Centre of Excellence in Water launches at Rhodes University

The African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) Centre of Excellence in Water officially launched at Rhodes University on 27 May, with Director of the Institute for Water Research (IWR), Professor Tally Palmer, at the helm.

Students promote poetry, rhythm and art to the community

Spit Pit Poetry & Live Visuals, a rhythm and art initiative started by two Rhodes University students, aims to not only bring the Mahkanda community together, but to promote the creative career as a viable option.

A long family history of academic excellence at Rhodes University

Old Rhodian Judge Johnathan “Jos” Jones, who recently turned 79, shared the story of his family legacy at Rhodes University, starting with his parents, who met at the University in the 1930s.

Rhodes University Professor among research consortia awarded £7 million to tackle HIV-related cancer

Rhodes University’s Professor Adrienne Edkins has received close to 2 million rand from the UK Government to tackle HIV-related cancer as part of an international initiative to understand and treat HIV related cancer.

State of Makhanda: joint stakeholder statement

Having noted the recent media coverage of the impasse between Makana Municipality and humanitarian organisation, the Gift of the Givers, we urge both sides to keep talking to find a resolution that is fair and equitable and, most of all, that serves the best interests of the people of Makhanda.

Rhodes University seeks solutions to Makhanda water crisis

Instead of the usual public lecture given by recipients of the Award, Professor Tally Palmer and her team are inviting members of the community to experience engaged research at the Vice Chancellor’s Community Engagement 2018 Award Lecture (“Water Works for Everyone”).

WATER WEEKLY 10 | 17 May 2019

Welcome to our latest edition of Water Weekly. Please continue to #SaveOurWater by sticking to the 50 litres per person per day limit.

The university course that changed everything

Tanatswa Chivhere, second-year Law and Journalism major at Rhodes University, signed up for the IiNtetho zoBomi course after her friend told her that it was relatively easy. She shares her journey with us.

Dr Ellery shares fringe insights in science teaching

On 14 May, Dr Karen Ellery, recipient of the 2018 Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Distinguished Teaching Award, held a lecture titled: “What happens in science classrooms? Insights from the fringe”.

Invasive plants threaten water security

Rhodes University’s Communications Division recently sat down with Distinguished Professor Martin Hill from the Centre for Biological Control, to discuss the history of invasive alien plant species in South Africa and why they are such a threat to our water resources.

Vuka! Makana brings community together

On Thursday, 9 May 2019, a day after the national elections in South Africa, a Rhodes University initiative with other social partners rebranded itself under the new name of Vuka! Makana, formerly known as Trading Live.

WATER WEEKLY 9 | 3 May 2019

Welcome to our latest edition of Water Weekly. Please continue to #SaveOurWater as you have been doing by sticking to your 50 litres per person per day limit.

Rhodes University welcomes secondary school learners

It is that time of the year again, when Rhodes University opens its doors to secondary school learners from across the Province.

Rhodes University students win international accolade

Four Rhodes University PhD Chemistry students were awarded the top position in the 2019 Hult Prize Challenge for their electronic and electrical waste management system.

Rhodes University’s Education Department makes history

For the first time in Rhodes University history, the Education Department graduated undergrads in the Bachelor of Education (BEd) four-year programme.

Rhodes University Administrator to coach Windbreakers basketball team

Xolisa Kula, an Admin Assistant for the Department of Student Affairs at Rhodes University, was recently appointed as the coach for Windbreakers basketball team.

Customary law in South African courts

Rhodes University’s Faculty of Law recently hosted Judge of Appeal, Nambitha Dambuza who gave a public lecture titled: “Customary law in South African courts - shunned?”

A ray of hope for the city of Makhanda

This hopeful campfire story will need constant rekindling by networked institutions of the state and civil society if it is to fuel sustainable and scalable change in the years to come.

Rhodes University 2019 graduates inspire Makhanda learners

Fulfilling its commitment to individual and social transformation, Rhodes University Community Engagement (RUCE) division in partnership with the University’s Communications and Advancement division continued with their initiative of live screening graduation. The six graduation ceremonies commenced on Thursday, 11 April and ended on Saturday, 13 April 2019.

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

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.

WATER WEEKLY 7 | 17 April 2019

Professor Tally Palmer from the Institute for Water Research (IWR) has been announced as the recipient of the 2018 Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Award for Community Engagement, for her ground-breaking work in ecological justice and water sustainability.

Water resource PhD graduate to continue the legacy of Professor O’Keeffe

Matthew Weaver, who recently graduated with his PhD in Water Resource Science, was the last doctoral student supervised by the late Emeritus Professor Jay O’Keeffe, Founding Director of the Institute for Water Research (IWR).

Rhodes University honours Masters and PhD students at special event

The Rhodes University Postgraduate Hall hosted a dinner in honour of new Masters and PhD graduates on 13 April 2019 at the Bantu Steve Biko Oppidan Dining Hall.

Honours degree for petrol attendant

Eight years ago Zolani Bethela worked as a petrol attendant at a BP garage in Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown).

It’s all systems go for Rhodes University 2019 graduation

Graduation season at Rhodes University, which kicked off on 11 April, will see 2 321 students receiving their degrees and diplomas in six ceremonies spread over three days.

Astronomers capture first image of a black hole

Rhodes University contributes to paradigm-shifting observations of the gargantuan black hole at the heart of distant galaxy Messier 87.

The right to vote: a South African discussion

A panel discussion on the right to vote in South Africa was held on 26 March 2019 in the Eden Grove Blue Lecture Theatre. This discussion focused on the right to free, fair and regular elections and the upcoming South African general elections taking place on 8 May 2019.

Local resident overcomes obstacles to graduate at Rhodes University

Ntsikelelo Charles will graduate with his Honours degree in Physics this week and he credits, amongst others, Rhodes University’s many outreach programmes over the years as an inspiration for realising his dream.

Seventy-seven-year-old botanist crowns her life’s work with a PhD at Rhodes University

Seventy-seven-year-old Yvette Van Wijk will soon receive the highest academic qualification that can be bestowed on someone, proving that it is never too late to further your studies. She spoke to Julian Jacobs from Rhodes University’s School of Journalism and Media studies about her journey.

KISCH chats patents at Rhodes University

Rhodes University’s Technology Transfer Office recently hosted legal firm KISCH IP Attorneys, to deliver a seminar on Intellectual Property and the IPR Act at the Main Library.

Starting the postgraduate journey with a map

The Centre for Postgraduate Studies (CPGS) officially opened the year’s programme by hosting a welcome event for all postgraduate students.

Rhodes University honours five of Africa’s best

Five remarkable individuals will be honoured with Honorary Doctorates by Rhodes University during its 2019 annual graduation ceremonies between 11 and 13 April.

WATER WEEKLY 6 | 2 April 2019

Welcome to our latest edition of Water Weekly, which is full of good news. As the water situation becomes increasingly stable, there is less to report on, so our weekly water news will probably become shorter in the coming weeks.

Rhodes University Accounting Department initiates internal review after shock SAICA results

Rhodes University Accounting Department has noted with concern the “uncharacteristic, poor performance” by its accounting students in the 2019 South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) Initial Test of Competence (ITC) examination.

Professor Nyokong awarded fourth honorary doctorate

Rhodes University’s Distinguished Professor Tebello Nyokong will be receiving her fourth honorary doctorate in June, this time from her alma mater Western University where she completed her PhD in Chemistry.

Rhodes University publishes study on brain injury in contact sports

Rhodes University researchers published a study in the South African Journal of Psychology last month, based on the doctoral research of former Rhodes Psychology student Dr Diana Zoccola, confirming other studies that demonstrate persistent brain injury effects in association with long-term participation in a contact sport.

Barry Gilder’s The List launched at Rhodes University

Barry Gilder’s latest book got the Rhodes University community and guests riled up during the first public dialogue for 2019 for the Department of Political & International Studies and Office of Equity & Institutional Culture series.

WATER WEEKLY 5 | 27 March 2019

Welcome to our latest edition of Water Weekly. A lot has happened since last week. Please see the latest updates on the water crisis.

Panel discusses the meaning of human rights

Bringing together a diverse audience, the ‘What Do Human Rights Mean To Me?’ panel discussion took place at Rhodes University on 20 March 2019, as part of Human Rights Week organised by the Office of Equity and Institutional Culture.

New Ethics coordinator loves starting new projects

Walking into the Research Office in the Administration Building where newly appointed ethics coordinator Mr Siyanda Manqele sits, I was directed to his office. I found research ethics books lying neatly on his desk.

Chemistry awarded R3.5 million NRF grant through Dr Mashazi

Dr Philani Mashazi, a senior lecturer within the Department of Chemistry at Rhodes University, was recently awarded an amount of R3.5m from the National Research Foundation’s National Equipment Programme.

WATER WEEKLY 4 | 19 March 2019

In the last few days, load shedding has been implemented nationally. This has impacted on Makana Municipality’s ability to supply water to the town and campus because electricity is needed to pump water from the dams into the water treatment works and then into the reservoirs supplying the reticulation system.

Rhodes University Head of Physics forges his own path to publish book on optically-stimulated luminescence

Professor Makaiko Chithambo, Head of the Physics and Electronics Department of Rhodes University published a book entitled ‘An Introduction to Time-Resolved Optically Stimulated Luminescence’ late last year.

VC’s Distinguished Community Engagement 2018 Award winner a true water hero

Professor Tally Palmer from the Institute for Water Research (IWR) has been announced as the recipient of the 2018 Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Award for Community Engagement, for her ground-breaking work in ecological justice and water sustainability.

WATER WEEKLY 3 | 12 March 2019

There have been rumours circulating, once again, about Rhodes University closing down due to the water crisis. Please note, that Rhodes University has no plans to close down. Please help us to stop these rumours from spreading.

Sarah Baartman District Academy opens world-class doors for athletes

Late last month, dignitaries and representatives of the Makana municipality in partnership with the Department of Human Kinetics and Ergonomics (HKE) at Rhodes University, the Eastern Cape Academy of Sport and the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (DSRAC) assembled in Joza, Grahamstown/Makhanda gathered for the official opening of the Sarah Baartman District Academy for Sport.

Rhodes University helps open pathways for girls and women in science

Globally, the proportion of female scientists and women working in technology is still much lower than that of men. This is why, when Tanya Accone, head of UNICEF’s Global Innovation Centre (GIC), and Professor Janice Limson, Director of the Biotechnology Innovation Centre at Rhodes University in South Africa, met, they recognised an opportunity to do valuable work together.

WATER WEEKLY 2 | 5 March 2019

Thank you to all the suggestions, submissions and engagements received after last week’s newsletter. There were a lot of queries about how Oppidan students and off-campus staff should be dealing with the water crisis, so we are dedicating this edition to off-campus living. Remember, that anyone who lives off campus falls under the municipality’s water crisis measures

ECP Training: Moving Makhanda forward together

Many volunteers might join Rhodes University’s Engaged Citizen Programme (ECP) because they want to help ‘the community’, but it is as one of the student leaders for the programme writes boldly on his purple shirt, “I do community engagement because I am a part of the community.”

WATER WEEKLY 1 | 26 February 2019  

Welcome to the first in a series of weekly water updates from Rhodes University. The aim of these regular news briefs is to inform, support and connect with the Rhodes University community in all water-related issues.

Rhodes Stallions register first win in Varsity Shield rugby competition

FNB Rhodes Stallions grinded out a victory against Eastern Cape neighbours, FNB Fort Hare Blues, in an epic Varsity Shield derby match at the BCM Stadium in East London last night, winning 13 -12.

Learners win big with Rhodes University Maths Experience

This year the Rhodes University Maths Experience (RUME) welcomed 22 schools and a total of 360 learners from in and around Grahamstown, with schools from Port Alfred and Port Elizabeth joining as well. RUME is an annual event that hosts learners from grade 7-12, both public and private schools.

Rhodes University student wins car through Absa

Excited Rhodes University Pharmacy student, Mpho Kotolane, was recently handed keys to her new Ford Figo by Absa at Rhodes University.

Two Rhodians named among most influential young South Africans

Associate Head of Rhodes University's Creative Writing Programme Dr Hleze Kunju, and alumna Lefatshe Moagi, have both been named as finalists for Avance Media’s prestigious 100 Most Influential Young South Africans in the Personal Development and Academia category.

New online ethics application system to streamline research

The days of tedious paperwork for your ethics applications are a thing of the past, with Rhodes University’s newly-launched online ethical review application system (ERAS).

No plans to close Rhodes University due to water crisis

Contrary to recent media reports, Rhodes University is not about to shut down.

Land reform experts discuss equitable access to land at UWC

The University of the Western Cape (UWC), together with Rhodes University and the University of Fort Hare, recently held a two-day conversation regarding land reform issues.

Rhodes redefines its student orientation programme

Rhodes University has developed an integrated approach to academic orientation by setting up panel discussions that are more in line with its general formative degree structure.

It’s all systems go as Rhodes welcomes new students this weekend

Rhodes University is well on track for welcoming its new students as orientation kicks off from 2-9 February.

Global Challenge Research Fund partnership for Rhodes University

Rhodes University is pleased to announce its role as key partner in a major global research programme to influence ocean health and integrated ocean governance for equitable and inclusive sustainability.

Orientation for academics kicks-off at Rhodes University

New academics at Rhodes University are spending more than a week engaged in learning of their own.

Rhodes University’s Geography department instrumental in publishing of permafrost paper in Nature Communications

Rhodes University staff and students from the department of Geography have contributed to a Nature Communications journal synopsis about global permafrost temperatures.

Rhodes University will open for the 2019 academic year as planned

Following rumours on social media that Rhodes University will not be opening for the 2019 academic year due to water shortages, the University would like to put it on record that this is not the case. The University’s plans to open for first year registrations on 02 February 2019 are on track.

Rhodes research outputs up 15.6%

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) recently confirmed that Rhodes University’s research outputs are up by 15.6%.

9/10ths mentee named top in district

The Eastern Cape Department of Education named Usiphile Gazi as the top matric 2018 learner from a historically disadvantaged institution (HDI) in the Sarah Baartman District on Friday 4 January, at an awards ceremony in East London.

SARChI Chair awarded Newton Fellowship grant

Rhodes University SARChI Chair for Molecular and Cellular Biology of the Eukaryotic Stress Response Professor Adrienne Edkins, has been awarded a 2018 Newton Advanced Fellowship grant of £101 000 (which is close to R2 million) from the Academy of Medical Sciences.

CHERTL launches pilot short course

This year saw the launch of an innovative tutor development short course by the Centre for Higher Education Research, Teaching and Learning (CHERTL) at Rhodes University.

South African sugar production tour takes Rhodes to KwaZulu-Natal

The South African Sugar Association (SASA) recently invited Rhodes University and several media organisations to their annual media tour, which took place between 28-29 November in KwaZulu-Natal.

Student Affairs’ 3-year strategy plan launched

Director of Student Affairs, Nomangwane Mrwetyana, officially presented the Division of Student Affairs’ strategic plan for the years 2019-2021 on 27 November 2018 at Steve Biko Dining Hall.

Rhodes student a poetry ‘bright star’

Third year Bachelor of Music student, Asakhe Cuntsulana recently published his debut anthology, Ikhwezi Eliqaqambileyo. After completing the Via Afrika WritePublishRead online course, 21-year old Cuntsulana gracefully adds ‘self-published author’ to his biography.

Rhodes staff help acquire first 3D printer for use in SA public school

Rhodes University lab technical officer, Luyolo Mapekula (Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology), and Biotechnology Innovation Centre (RUBIC) Head of Department, Dr Earl Prinsloo, were instrumental in securing a 3D printer donation to DD Siwisa Primary School as part of the General Electric (GE) Additive Education Program.

Distinguished Research awardees announced

Associate Professors Caroline Khene and Brett Pletschke have been announced as the winners of the 2018 Vice-Chancellor’s Research Award.

Data rescue for future researchers

DataFirst, located at the University of Cape Town, recently launched the Keiskammahoek Rural Survey (KRS) and Surplus People Project Survey Datasets (SPP) in partnership with the Neil Aggett Labour Studies Unit (NALSU) of Rhodes University. The rescuing of these datasets formed part of a national Data Rescue Project that had been initiated by DataFirst.

BioBRU celebrates 10 years

A talk organised by Rhodes University’s Biomedical Biotechnology Research Unit (BioBRU) was held recently in celebration of BioBRU’s 10-year anniversary.

Distinguished Teaching Awards winners announced

Dr Siphokazi Magadla and Dr Karen Ellery were officially announced as Distinguished Teaching Award winners by the Rhodes University Vice Chancellor at a Senate meeting held earlier this month.

Rhodes’ final goodbye to 2018 retirees

On 20 November 2018, Rhodes University bid farewell to its retirees at a retirement function held at the Institution’s Senior Common Room.

Nigerians at Rhodes University meet with their Consul General

Nigerians within the Rhodes University Community recently met with their Consul General, Mr Godwin Adakole Adama.

How African Scientists Are Testing Cheaper, Faster Ways To Test For Malaria, Pregnancy, HIV Success

Longer-lasting and more cost-effective ways of testing for pregnancy and whether HIV treatments are working effectively, as well as checking for the top two strains of malaria, are being tested by scientists at a South African university. These could ultimately help save lives in emerging countries, they believe.

Jump-starting innovative new tests for HIV, pregnancy and malaria

“There’s a gap in the developing world for foetal and maternal health diagnostics,” explains Professor Janice Limson, Director of the Biotechnology Innovation Centre at Rhodes University.

CHERTL professors win notable teaching award

Associate Professors of the Centre for Higher Education Research, Teaching and Learning (CHERTL) at Rhodes University have received one of the 2018 National Teaching Excellence Awards by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and the Higher Education Learning & Teaching Association of Southern Africa (HELTASA).

Rhodes student recognised for paper on nakedness as political resistance

Gcotyelwa Jimlongo, a Political and International Studies post-graduate student won Best Honours Essay at the South African Association of Political Studies (SAAPS) conference held in October.

Artist Bright Ackwerh highlights importance of popular culture in art

Bright Ackwerh, a multifaceted young artist based in Accra, Ghana, opened his first solo exhibition at the RAW Spot Gallery in October at Rhodes University.

Howard University Assistant Professor talks elections in the age of “fake news”

Room 202 in the African Media Matrix was abuzz with journalism and political studies students and lecturers waiting to hear what CNN’s Jennifer Thomas had to say on reporting on elections in a time where “fake news” is rife.

A case for African languages in the legal system

In August 2017, African Language Studies Section of the School of Languages and Literatures at Rhodes University reported that they were developing a new Honours module to ‘address the classism and language-based discrimination of our legal system’.

Accreditation, and postgrad festivities

A large number of postgraduate students gathered at a celebration of their contributions to the academic community.

Using technology to innovate teaching and learning

The Teaching with Technology Showcase on 22 October 2018 saw a group of academics come together to present and share new and exciting technological innovations that they have implemented in their teaching.

Celebrating love, humanity and multilingualism with Professor Kaschula

Prolific writer, multilingual scholar and the 2017 Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Senior Research Awardee, Professor Russel Kaschula, recently presented a lecture titled “One Language, One Love, One Humanity”.

SARChI appoints new Rhodes University Chair

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) have appointed Rhodes University Head of Entomology, Distinguished Professor Martin Hill, as one of its South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) chair.

SACO 2 and the value of sustainability

The second iteration of the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) was launched at Rhodes University on 10 October 2018, indicating the sustainability of inter-university projects.

Nobel winner's story shows uphill battle for women

At the recent Jobs Summit, it was agreed that companies should annually disclose pay gaps between men and women employees.

South African journalism’s problems are bigger than ethics: they’re about ethos

When the editor of the Sunday Times in South Africa, Bongani Siqoko, published an apology in the newspaper earlier this month he surely set a new precedent in the country’s journalism.

Rhodes University Librarian scoops LIASA award

Rhodes University Library Services Director, Ms Ujala Satgoor is the first recipient of the Executive Librarian of the Year Award made by the Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA).

Rhodes University Chancellor, Judge Lex Mpati, appointed to head PIC commission

Rhodes University Chancellor and former Supreme Court of Appeal president, Justice Lex Mpati, has been appointed to lead a judicial commission of inquiry into the Public Investment Corporation (PIC).

Cosatu’s first woman president attends Rhodes Business School’s Project Management Course

First woman president of Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), Zingiswa Losi, recently joined her colleagues in a Rhodes Business School short course on project management.

Rhodes University lecturer in high-level review panel

Rhodes University Political and International Studies Senior Lecturer, Dr Siphokazi Magadla, has recently been elected by President Cyril Ramaphosa to form part of a high-level review panel into the work of the State Security Agency (SSA).

Teaching and learning KiSwahili in SA will open doors for investment in Africa

The teaching of KiSwahili will open up South Africa to new business opportunities and investments, said Rhodes University post-doctoral fellow in African Languages, Dr Peter Mose, in a radio interview on CapeTalk on 9 October 2018.

Rhodes alumnus awarded partial UNICAF Global Scholarship bursary

Recent Bachelor of Social Science graduate and Rhodes University alumnus Kihara Muchiri, has been awarded a prestigious UNICAF Global Scholarship to undertake a postgraduate degree at the University of Nicosia.

A case for sexual and reproductive justice approach

Rhodes University’s Distinguished Professor Catriona Macleod, a recipient of numerous awards, presented her lecture titled “Adolescent sexual and reproductive health: controversies, rights and justice” at the Eden Grove Blue Lecture theatre on 10 October 2018.

Recognising meaningful contributions and engaged citizens

Rhodes University has become a leading engaged university, as was evident with the remarkable individuals and community organisations celebrated on 4 October at the Community Engagement Gala Dinner.

Self-Titled: A ticket for Africa‘s artistic talent to shine

Rhodes University student, Philiswa Lila has won this year’s Absa L’Atelier Gerard Sekoto Award.

The magic of water

The 2017 Vice-Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award recipient, Mrs Joyce Sewry presented her lecture titled ‘The Magic of Water’ on 3 October 2018 at Rhodes University’s Eden Grove Blue lecture theatre.

Procedural fairness, executive decision-making and the rule of law

Rhodes University’s Faculty of Law was treated to a public lecture by visiting Professor Clive Plasket Judge of the High Court, Eastern Cape Division on 2 October.

Science Café draws diverse crowd

Grahamstown Science Café, which has been running once a month since March this year at Café Divine in New Street, consistently draws an assorted crowd of all ages.

Bridging the gap between academia and general audiences

The Conversation, a not-for-profit media outlet that has played an important role in communicating academic writing to the world at large, recently hosted a workshop for Rhodes University PhD students and staff on how to write about research for the media.

Afems 2018: A single language for feminism

The African Feminisms (Afems) Conference 2018, hosted by the Rhodes University Department of Literary Studies in English and Department of Fine Art, saw Laura Nish, Douglas Thomas, Sue Marais, and Pumla Dineo Gqola present their various bodies of work during a session entitled “Gendered spaces & places”.

Afems 2018:Rebellion to you, strength to us

Dr Siphokazi Magadla, Senior Lecturer in Political Science and International Relations at Rhodes University, knows what it means to be a strong African woman, as her recent appointment by President Cyril Ramaphosa to serve on the Presidential Independent High-Level Review Panel on Intelligence illustrates.

Afems 2018: on death, desire and spirituality

Academic Director of the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS), Dr Nthabiseng Motsemme, presented an informative keynote address at the second annual African Feminisms (Afems) 2018: The Mute Always Speak conference hosted by the Department of Literary Studies in English and Fine Art.

Unlearning as a means to bring hope to higher education

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

Tell us your best teacher stories for World Teacher’s Day!

In celebration of International Teachers Day on 5 October, the Rhodes University Education Department is calling for story submissions in honour of teachers everywhere.

Helping hands in purple boxing gloves

Alec Mullins Sports Hall was ablaze in a flurry of activity on the evening of 21 September for Purple Glove Promotions Fight Night.

Rhodes student interns as Next Generation Scientist in Switzerland

For Christian Nkanga, getting an education, furthering his studies and working with top researchers was a dream come true.

There is no social justice without environmental justice

The annual Environmental Awards promote environmental awareness and acknowledge the work of those who quietly soldier on to promote sustainability.

Rhodes University joins consortium in SACO tender win

A five-year tender to run the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) has been granted to a consortium of universities including Rhodes University, Nelson Mandela University, University of Fort Hare, and the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Use of mother-tongue in tutorials helps learners understand better

Teaching in the home language of learners deepens understanding, according to Prof Salochana Lorraine Hassan, the Head Academic Staff Development Unit at Fundani: Centre for Higher Education at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

Rhodes University represents South Africa at International Ergonomics Association Congress

The International Ergonomics Association (IEA) Congress, held in Florence, Italy from 26 to 30 August, is the largest meeting of ergonomics researchers and practitioners in the world.

Preservation of heritage or perpetuation of a single national identity?

National monuments, museums and symbols in South Africa are constantly under contestation.

ABSA invests R2.4million in scholarships

Absa recently handed over a cheque of R2.4million to Rhodes University from its CEO scholarship programme for the 2018 academic year.

Sixty-six years of lasting love… and counting

In 1947, Bill Mills travelled from a town called Umtali in the Southern Rhodesian highlands, to South Africa to study for a B.Com degree at Rhodes University.

Pioneering researcher Tebello Nyokong, PhD’87, carries hopes, dreams of continent

It is difficult to know where to start the story – so far – of Tebello Nyokong.

Law Society bolsters literacy with book drive

In line with World Literacy Day, which was declared by UNESCO in 1966, the Rhodes Law Society embarked on a book drive in partnership with Duna Public Library in Grahamstown East.

Professor Wim Trengove narrates ‘abuse of power’ story

A fully-packed Moot Room, which included Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor Dr Sizwe Mabizela, and members of the local National Prosecuting Authority, welcomed legal legend Visiting Professor Wim Trengove SC on 10 September 2018.

The FDA commends Rhodes’ Biopharmaceutics Research Institute, which remains fully-accredited ahead of its larger international counterparts

During March this year, the Rhodes University Biopharmaceutics Research Institute (BRI) was inspected by the USA’s Food & Drug Administration (US FDA) and recently received notification that the audit was successful, a great tribute and acknowledgement despite its relatively small size and modest funding.

Rhodes University women in science honoured

The Rhodes University community celebrates the achievements of two women in science - Professor Adrienne Edkins and her Masters student, Ms Kelly Schwarz.

Rhodes funding telethon brings in plentiful pledges

Rhodes University recently held a telethon to update its alumni database and asked for personal contributions from the University alumni for the Isivivane Fund.

Rhodes commemorates 22 retirees

Rhodes University’s Vice-Chancellor, Dr Sizwe Mabizela hosted various staff members and family to celebrate long service and Arbour Day on 4 September.

Decolonialism rhymes with multilingualism

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

Convocation meeting sheds light on challenges and strengths

Spring day brought with it a reunion and the 68th annual Rhodes University Convocation Meeting, held jointly with the annual General Meeting of the Old Rhodian Union, at the Gavin Relly Postgraduate Village at Rhodes University.

Radio telescope presents biggest ever data challenge

At a recent Science Café held in Grahamstown, Director of the Inter-University Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy (IDIA) Professor Russ Taylor urged South Africa to consider the capacity needed to handle the massive amount of data that the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project is expected to generate.

Rhodes Business School addresses skills shortage with latest postgraduate offering

The Rhodes Business School is now offering a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Analysis to help solve critical skills deficits in business.

Celebrating women in community engagement

Rhodes University master’s student, Thandiswa Nqowana, is tackling the Grahamstown water issue and uplifting the community at the same time.

Six Rhodes students among GradStar’s top graduates

Six students from Rhodes University are among GradStar’s top 100 tertiary students in South Africa.

Rhodes University’s First Physical Theatre Company tours Cape Town

The First Physical Theatre Company, an affiliated project of Rhodes University’s Drama Department, will be showcasing two performances ahead of a tour to Cape Town.

EPE colloquium held at Royal Embassy of the Netherlands

The recent Enhancing Postgraduate Environments (EPE) colloquium held at the Royal Embassy of the Netherlands in Pretoria was a celebration of this highly successful project.

An affirming space for sisters in science

A well-attended roundtable discussion, comprised of women in science, took place at Rhodes University, where women from different disciplines addressed the science position in the developing world, and how best to prepare for the future.

Rhodes University student wins two illustrious awards

Zakeera Docrat, a full-time registered doctoral student in African Language Studies in the School of Languages and Literatures at Rhodes University, recently won two esteemed awards, including a Women in Science Award for the DST-Albertina Sisulu Doctoral Fellowship: Humanities and Social Sciences.

SA feminism has long been intersectional, says Prof Shireen Hassim

Wits University Professor of Politics Shireen Hassim, based in WiSER (Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research), presented the Fourth Annual Neil Aggett Labour Studies Lecture on the 14th of August at the Eden Grove Blue lecture theatre.

A night of tears and victory: 2019 SRC inauguration

The night of the 17th of August was a whirlwind of emotion as Rhodes University inaugurated the 2019 Student Representative Council (SRC) only hours after the memorial service of the late Khensani Maseko, who was an SRC alumni and member of the Independent Electoral Board (IEB).

There is no shame in being a rape complainant

Sexual violence has become a gruesome topic in the country. On 7 August 2018, as part of the Silent Protest Programme, Rhodes university hosted a “Rape and the Law” panel discussion, where Dr Benita Moolman, Mx Lisa Vetten, Dr Thulane Gxubane and Advocate Nicola Turner spoke about how the criminal justice system responds to rape.

Reflections from a position of privilege

Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor’s 2017 Distinguished Research Awardee, Dr Sally Matthews gave her lecture titled: “Reflections from a Position of Privilege: An Account of a Research Trajectory” on the 15th of August, to an audience of scholars and academics.

Disrupting spaces through art with Aqui Thami

During this year’s Silent Protest, BACK.TALK Womxn’s Collective held a two-day workshop at Rhodes University, which included poster making, an exhibition, and a creative dialogue with India-based artist Aqui Thami.

Postgraduates share research at conference

Rhodes University’s 9th Annual Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference was held on 26 and 27 July 2018.

Honouring Madiba during and beyond Trading LIVE for Mandela Week

The Rhodes University Community Engagement Division reported a very rewarding Trading LIVE for Mandela initiative, which continued well beyond its initial allocated week.

Judge President Mbenenge urges students to serve their communities

On 01 August, the Black Lawyers Association (BLA) Rhodes University Student Chapter hosted a discussion with Judge President Mbenenge.

Fifty Rhodes University students receive R5.8 million from BANKSETA

The Banking Sector Education and Training Authority (BANKSETA) has donated nearly R5.8 million to assist 50 Rhodes University commerce and science students with full tuition for 2018.

Bright young Rhodes chemistry student awarded famed Fulbright scholarship

Zweli Hlatshwayo has been awarded the Fulbright Foreign Student Scholarship to study the Chemistry PhD programme at Ohio State University as of August 2018 with full funding.

The lessons, confessions and professions of Professor Anthea Garman

Rhodes University School of Journalism’s Anthea Garman presented her first lecture as a professor at the Eden Grove Blue on Wednesday 1 August 2018.

Rhodes University pushes for an inquest, substitutes academic programme following death of a student

Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Sizwe Mabizela, lowered the University flag this morning in commemoration of third year Bachelor of Arts student, Khensani Maseko’s tragic passing on Friday, 03 August 2018. The flag will fly at half-mast until her funeral.

The inequality of Apartheid still felt in Eastern Cape, says Dr Reynolds in new book

The Labour Studies Seminar Series – hosted by the Neil Aggett Labour Studies Unit (NALSU), the Department of Sociology, the Department of History, and the Department of Economics and Economic History – kicked off Part Two of its 2018 programme with the launch of a new book by Dr John Reynolds.

Rhodes University role players help launch world’s biggest and most powerful radio telescope

Several Rhodes University students, staff and alumni, under the directorship of Physics and Electronics Professor Justin Jonas, are involved in the MeerKAT project, which officially launched on 13 July 2018 in the Northern Cape.

Pharmacy Department students cloaked in professionalism

The Rhodes University Pharmacy Department recently held its annual White Coat Ceremony at Chemistry Major to officially inaugurate 2nd-year students into the world of pharmacy.

Twenty-eight students receive bursaries from the Old Rhodian Union this year

Twenty-eight hard-working students received bursaries totalling R225 000 from the Old Rhodian Union this year.

Rhodes University and Giyani sign research partnership

Giyani Metals Corporation has signed a research collaboration program with Rhodes University, South Africa, regarding battery-grade manganese within the Company’s flagship Kanye manganese project in Botswana.

Rhodes University celebrates two 100th birthdays on Mandela Day

Rhodes University recently commemorated two exceptional individuals – Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and Jane Funiwe Mahlakahlaka, on their 100th birthday.

Rhodes University Law Faculty alumnus receives prestigious Fulbright Scholarship

The Rhodes University Faculty of Law has the pleasure of celebrating the award of the US Fulbright Foreign Student Program Scholarship to its alumnus and former Andrew W Mellon Lecturer, Mr Tladi Marumo.

Rhodes University celebrates three African Reproductive Justice Champions

Rhodes University recently commended three African reproductive justice champions during the Abortion and Reproductive Justice: The Unfinished Revolution III conference held on campus during 8-12 July 2018, and hosted by the Critical Studies in Sexualities and Reproduction (CSSR) research unit and partners.

Department of Political and International Studies takes a practical look at the question of the land

16 July 2018 marked the commencement of the annual Teach-In event held by the Department of Political and International Studies at Barratt 2. This year, the four-day event focuses of The Land Question with the aim of providing a historical and intellectual discussion to the policy on land redistribution in South Africa.

Rhodes University to spend a full week honouring Madiba

For this year’s Nelson Mandela centenary celebrations, Rhodes University’s Community Engagement division has seven full days’ worth of activity planned in honour of Madiba’s birthday.

PSAM hosts discussion on improving public access to government budget data

Rhodes University’s Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM) gathered members from the National Treasury (NT), the Legal Resources Centre, Afesis Corplan, and OpenUp, for a panel discussion last week at Olive Schreiner Monument Hall.

Rhodes University wins NAF Student Festival Award for Best Ensemble

Rhodes University’s drama department won Best Ensemble Award at this year’s Student Festival at the National Arts Festival (NAF), for its play, Seeing Red.

Rhodians old and established share memories, cocktails, and good news

On the chilly night of 3 July 2018, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Dr Peter Clayton addressed “Rhodians old and established”, as he put it, at the annual Old Rhodian Festival Cocktail Party that took place at Alumni House at Rhodes University.

Determination and drive steers Rhodes graduate to achieve her goals

Lwanda Maqwelane formed part of the 63% female representation at this year’s Rhodes University graduating class and who, through strong-willed dedication and tenacity, managed to defy the odds and obtain her BSocSc Honours Degree in Anthropology in record time.

Rhodes University students, staff, and alumni among Mail & Guardian’s Top 200

Several students, staff and alumni from Rhodes University are among this year’s Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans for 2018.

Rhodes University’s PSAM to discuss open data and social justice

Rhodes University’s Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM) will be hosting members from the National Treasury, the Legal Resources Centre, Afesis Corplan, and open data activist organisation, OpenUp, to discuss the accessibility and transparency of budget data, on 04 July 2018.

Gavin Krastin and the First Physical Theatre Company put on yet another illuminating performance

Known for his experimental performances that are full of beauty yet hard-hitting, Rhodes University’s Gavin Krastin, in association with First Physical Theatre Company, will be premiering his latest piece, Yet to be determined, at this year’s National Arts Festival between 05-07 July at the Nun’s Chapel.

Alumni Awarded Mandela Washington Fellowship at the University of Iowa

Three Old Rhodians have been selected to participate in the 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship of the Young African Leadership initiative (YALI. They will participate in a six week academic and leadership program at the University of Iowa, USA and attend a three day summit in Washington with US leaders. They will form part of a cohort of 700 leaders across the African continent.

Award-winning student director tackles another bold play at Student Theatre Festival

Winner of the 2017 Student Theatre Award for Best Original Work, Mmatumisang Motsisi and Winner of the Best Stage Manager Award, Manoko Tlhako, will be putting on another hard-hitting and combative play at this year’s National Arts Festival.

Equipping graduates for the new world of work

The Rhodes University Information Systems (IS) Department Advisory Board meeting took place at BSG's Johannesburg offices in Houghton on 30 May 2018.

Rhodes University’s supplementary school venture ends on a high note

The Rhodes University High Impact Supplementary School (HISS) programme, done in conjunction with GADRA Matric School (GMS), helped six learners obtain Bachelor-level passes this year.

Rhodes University karate team member brings home two bronze medals

Even more proud to be South African – that was the verdict of three Grahamstown karatekas who recently returned from the 7th WUKF World Karate Championships in Dundee, Scotland. The Graham Hotel on Wednesday night, 20 June, hosted a welcome-home celebration for them and their families

UN gets a helping hand from Rhodes University

Rhodes University on Thursday said Director of the Allan Gray Centre for Leadership Ethics (AGCLE), Professor Pedro Tabensky, had developed a learning module for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) under its Education for Justice (E4J) initiative

Launch of new gallery and SARChI Arts Lounge

The new Arts of Africa and Global Souths Arts Lounge and RAW Spot Gallery opened on 13 June 2018 at Rhodes University.

Rhodes University honours long-service staff

Rhodes University academic, administrative, and support staff gathered in the Senior Common Room to celebrate those who have been in service at the University for 15, 25, and 35 years.

Rhodes Business School MBA programme ranked among top 2% worldwide

The Rhodes Business School MBA programme has been given the thumbs up for another three years by the Association of MBA (AMBA), an accreditation service which currently accredits programmes from the top 2% of business schools in over 70 countries.

Rhodes wins second place at International Trade Law Moot in Kenya

Four final year Rhodes University LLB students participated in the All Africa Round of the ELSA Trade Law Moot competition between 24 and 29 April in Nairobi, Kenya.

Rhodes steps up its security measures

Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Sizwe Mabizela, has reiterated an earlier call to anyone with information about an alleged rape incident on campus on Sunday to come forward to assist the investigation.

Irish abortion law referendum highlights need for ongoing debates on reproductive justice

Recently, the world saw the majority of the Republic of Ireland voting in favour of repealing its Eighth Amendment, which has, up to now, had very stringent anti-abortion laws. However, this referendum vote comes shortly after the US’s seeming backwards-moving abortion policy Gag Rule introduced by the Trump-Pence administration on 22 May.

Rhodes visual arts lecturer receives NIHSS award

Rhodes University art history and visual arts senior lecturer Sharlene Khan was adorned with an award from the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS) at the John Kani Market Theatre in Johannesburg on 15 March 2018.

First tetrapods of Africa lived within the Devonian Antarctic Circle

Fossils of two new species of these four-legged vertebrates also evolved in polar regions, and not just in the tropics as previously believed.

Rhodes alumna gains coveted Skye Foundation scholarship

Rhodes University alumna Joanna Pickering was recently awarded the prestigious Skye Foundation scholarship to complete her second master’s degree in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action at the Paris School of International Affairs, a graduate school within The Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po), in Paris, France.

Fifty-seven Rhodes graduate staff honoured

The Rhodes University Thomas Alty and Vice-Chancellor’s Awards were held on 6 June to celebrate a total of 57 staff members who recently obtained academic qualifications while in the service of the University.

Rhodes biocontrol scientists lead multimillion project

The newly-established Centre for Biological Control (CBC) at Rhodes University has been awarded a R68m contract by the Department of Environment Affairs (DEA), one of the largest partnerships the University has secured to date.

Support Services available to Rhodes University students

The 2018 mid-year exam period has started. If you or someone you know is struggling to cope during this time, we urge you to make use of the support services that are available to Rhodes University students.

Marc Shroeder Book Launch

Old Rhodian, Marc Schroeder launched his debut novel, Sleeping with Dogs: A Tale of Madness, in Grahamstown at NELM (National English Literacy) on the 31st May.

Rhodes graduate helps rhinos survive in the wild

This conservation scientist left a lucrative job — and her home country — to help white rhinos outpace extinction. Zoliswa “Zoe” Nhleko studies white rhinos in South Africa. So why is she 8,000 miles away at the University of Florida?

Transgressive learning as a way forward

Although lecturers and teachers play a huge role in educating students and learners, the dynamic nature of the contemporary world requires new types of teaching and learning processes to be developed, both for inside and outside of classrooms.

The Alpha Project Bursary: for students by students

This year will be the first year that the Alpha Project Bursary, started by Rhodes University Postgraduate Diploma in Enterprise Management (PDEM) students, will be offered to Rhodes University Business School students.

Isivivane campaign visibly changes lives

The amount of support our Alumni has been contributing towards fundraising campaigns is heartwarming.

Kenya’s road to democracy

On 15 May, the Politics and International Studies department at Rhodes University, in association with the East African Society (EASoc), hosted a dialogue with the Kenyan Ambassador to South Africa, H E High Commissioner Jean Kamau

Open Day both educational and fun for secondary school learners

This year’s Open Day will see the Rhodes University campus abuzz with activity as over 300 learners from 19 different secondary schools are welcomed.

Group of young alumni pay it forward

A group of 16 young alumni have established a scholarship programme, called the Ntombesizwe Scholarship, which was launched in Grahamstown earlier this year by Zukisa Pityana, one of the founding members.

Making psychosocial disabilities more visible

At university, having an invisible disability* (which includes mental disabilities such as bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety) is challenging as students can be subjected to stigmatisation because of their illness.

Warning to media: build personalised ties or say goodbye

Financially-troubled mainstream media and their journalists need to work harder to build strong personalised relationships with their audiences or kiss their centuries-old businesses goodbye.

Two UNILAG lecturers win 2018 edition of Rhodes Artist and Writer Residency Fellowship (RAW)

Professor Peju Layiwola, Head, Department of Creative Arts, and Dr. Patrick Oloko, a senior lecturer in the Department of English, have been awarded the Rhodes Artist and Writer (RAW) Residency Fellowship Programme for 2018.

Rhodes University to host critical dialogues in reproductive justice

Rhodes University’s Critical Studies in Sexualities and Reproduction (CSSR) research programme will be co-hosting a flagship conference to address abortion and reproductive justice issues in July.

Community engagement as a tool for decolonisation and transformation

Professor Jacqueline Akhurst, 2017 recipient of the Vice-Chancellor’s Community Engagement Award, presented a lecture on Community Based Service Learning (CBSL) as part of Rhodes University’s Community Engagement Week on campus last night.

Rhodes honours Chaka Chaka, Judge Moseneke

Rhodes University will host an event in Johannesburg on Friday, 11 May 2018 to honour two of their Honorary Doctorates, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Judge Dikgang Moseneke.

Twenty-three universities gather for annual symposium

As part of Rhodes University’s Community Engagement Week (CE Week), delegates from 23 different universities gathered at the National English Literary Museum (NELM) in Grahamstown for the 4th annual Community Engagement & Social Innovation Symposium, done in partnership with Durban University of Technology

Journalism under threat: Where to now

There is no denying that the introduction of the internet and social media has been a great disruptor of journalism.

Research Week launch focuses on the need for research visibility in Africa

Rhodes’ Research Week kicked off yesterday with talks highlighting the importance of research visibility, language preservation and use and stakeholder unity.

Rhodes celebrates innovative women on Intellectual Property Day

To commemorate this year’s World Intellectual Property Day on 26 April, Rhodes University’s Technology Transfer Office hosted a presentation to define the roles of Intellectual Property and honour women in innovation.

Media control of tech giants scrutinised

The 2018 World Media Economic and Management Conference has kicked off in Cape Town, where the world’s leading scholars of media business and media management have gathered to discuss issues affecting the media industry.

4 Seychellois trained in fish health, bio-security course to island nation's app

Four Seychellois are now better equipped to deal with fish health management after attending a one-week training course on fish health and biosecurity at the Rhodes University in South Africa.

Visiting professor compares South Africa and Malaysia’s approaches to regionalism

Professor Muhammed Haron, from the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Botswana, discussed comparative approaches to regionalism at Rhodes University’s Ruth Mompati Seminar Room in the Department of Political and International Studies on 04 May 2018.

Rhodes professor catches up with life in immeasurable ways

If you feel you are a veritable late-bloomer with limited time, take comfort in the fact that Rhodes Faculty Researcher of the Year 2017, Professor Lilla Stack, learnt to swim at a seasoned 75 years of age – and she only started her academic journey at 32.

Ekunyamezeleni Ukhona Umvuzo!

Athenkosi Nzanzeka was one of the 63% women representation who graduated from Rhodes University this year.

From gown to town

The town of Grahamstown experienced a first-time-ever during this year’s annual Rhodes University graduation programme.

Research Week to highlight international research trends and digital

The Rhodes University Library in collaboration with the Research Office will be hosting Research Week between 7 and 11 May.

Further degeneration of Makana infrastructure must be avoided at all costs, urges Minister Mkhize

The Minister of Cooperative Government and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Dr Zweli Mkhize, has thrown his weight behind a new programme of action to improve service delivery challenges and infrastructure deterioration in Makana Local Municipality.

CE Week premiers various prestigious events

“Things are really cooking,” said Community Engagement (CE) Director, Di Hornby, in reference to the various activities of the upcoming CE Week, which has a distinctly international flavor this year.

Big shots coming to town

This weekend (5 May), the Rhodes University Rifle Range will once again be the venue for Eastern Province Small-Bore Rifle Association Championships.

World leaders in South Africa gather for historic media summit

World leaders and researchers of media management and media business will meet at the Lagoon Beach Hotel in Cape Town for a four-day summit this month.

The end of the perpetual performance Theodorah

Last week, the School of Fine Arts hosted cross-disciplinary artist Senzeni Mthwakazi Marasela in a creative dialogue at Rhodes University, during its launch party for the Art on our Mind Research Project and website (www.artonourmind.org.za).

Three days of unrestrained optimism at Rhodes’ 2018 Graduation ceremonies

The 2494 graduates, their attending family members, and participating Rhodes University staff glowed with pride during the three days of celebration, inspirational speeches, music, dance, and jubilation that made up last month’s Graduation ceremonies.

Women’s parental rights concerning ulwaluko rites

Women’s parental rights concerning ulwaluko rites

New staff are warmly welcomed at Rhodes

Rhodes University’s biannual new staff welcome event took place in the Common Room last week.

25th RUMEP anniversary event highlights funding challenges

While the Rhodes University Mathematics Education Project (RUMEP) celebrated 25 years of mathematical understanding achievements this year, the event also highlighted its urgent need for funding.

Nanotechnology workshop awards three Rhodes students

The 8th annual DST/Mintek Nanotechnology Innovation Centre (NIC) Workshop, which took place at Mintek in Randburg, Johannesburg recently, saw three Rhodes students winning awards.

Rhodes University honours Maxeke, Sontonga and Sobukwe

Families of three of South Africa’s most prominent struggle icons Mmakgamo Charlotte Maxeke, Mankayi Enoch Sontonga and Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe will tomorrow (Wednesday, 25 April 2018) join Rhodes University at an event to mark the renaming of three residences in honour of the icons.

Timelessly phenomenal, our own Prof Tebello Nyokong

When Maya Angelou wrote her poem Phenomenal Woman, she had women such as Rhodes University’s Distinguished Professor Tebello Nyokong in mind.

Rhodes to co-host first forensic linguistics conference in Southern Africa

A first for Southern Africa, the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, in affiliation with Rhodes University, the University of South Africa, and University Eduardo Mondlane, will be hosting the International Association of Forensic Linguists (IAFL) conference from 16-17 April 2018 at Lagoon Beach Hotel in Milnerton, Cape Town.

Limerick exchange student attains MCom from Rhodes

Edward Horn received his MCom from Rhodes University last week after a three and a half-month stint at Kemmy Business School of Limerick University in Ireland.

It’s all joy as graduate of Oprah Winfrey’s girls school in South Africa pursues PhD

One of the alumni of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in Gauteng, South Africa is now set to pursue a PhD.

Andrew Mlangeni urges youth to pick up spear

ANC Struggle veteran and former MP Andrew Mlangeni says the youth should pick up the fallen spear of his comrade Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and use it to fight the scourge of corruption.

Local twins ‘master’ it at Rhodes

East London twins Jakub and Sebastian Kosiorek yesterday received their masters degrees from Rhodes University.

ANC veteran Mlangeni honours Madikizela-Mandela

African National Congress veteran and Rivonia trialist Dr Andrew Mlangeni has urged South Africans to pick up the baton from leaders such as Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and fight for economic freedom in the country.

Rhodes confers Honorary Doctorate to Yvonne Chaka Chaka

One of this year’s celebrated Rhodes Honorary Doctorate recipients is singer, entrepreneur, and humanitarian, Ms Yvonne Chaka Chaka, who will be bestowed with a Doctor of Laws (LLD).

From Monument to Joza!

The screening of the graduation ceremony in public schools is by far one of the best initiatives by Rhodes University

Rhodes graduation ceremonies commence

Professor Emeritus Peter Mtuze was today conferred with an Honorary Doctorate at the first of the six graduation ceremonies taking place at Rhodes University this week.

All systems go for Rhodes Graduation Ceremonies

After months of preparation, Rhodes University’s Registrar, Dr Adele Moodly is confident that it is all systems go for the 2018 Graduation ceremonies.

Rhodes to screen graduation ceremonies at local community venues

In a bid to create more access for learners to the Rhodes University graduation ceremonies taking place from 05 to 07 April, Rhodes University will this year screen the ceremonies to local schools.

Rhodes to Host Special Event to Honour Dikgang Moseneke and Yvonne Chaka-Chaka

A special event, a first for Rhodes University, will be hosted by the University in Johannesburg in honour of two of its Honorary Doctorate recipients in 2018.

RMR nominated for a prestigious radio award

Rhodes Music Radio’s (RMR) breakfast show has been nominated for a Liberty Radio Award.

Rhodes confers Honorary Doctorate to Yvonne Chaka Chaka

One of this year’s celebrated Rhodes Honorary Doctorate recipients is singer, entrepreneur, and humanitarian, Ms Yvonne Chaka Chaka, who will be bestowed with a Doctor of Laws (LLD).

Rhodes confers Honorary Doctorate to Prof Vishnu Padayachee

One of this year’s celebrated Rhodes Honorary Doctorate recipients is economist and scholar, Professor Mahavishnu Padayachee, who will be bestowed with a Doctor of Economics (DEcon).

Rhodes confers Honorary Doctorate to Prof Peter Tshobisa Mtuze

One of this year’s celebrated Rhodes Honorary Doctorate recipients is poet, priest and academic Professor Emeritus Peter Tshobisa Mtuze, who will be bestowed with a Doctor of Letters (DLitt).

Rhodes Business School Empowers Local School Leaders

For the third year running, the Rhodes Business School in collaboration with the Departments of Education and Management at Rhodes University hosted Heads of Departments of schools in Grahamstown

Rhodes confers Honorary Doctorate to Dr Sindiwe Magona

One of this year’s celebrated Rhodes Honorary Doctorate recipients is author, poet, and activist, Dr Sindiwe Magona, who will be bestowed with a Doctor of Letters (DLitt).

Rhodes confers Honorary Doctorate to Justice Dikgang Moseneke

One of this year’s celebrated Rhodes Honorary Doctorate recipients is SA Judge, Dikgang Moseneke, who will be bestowed with a Doctor of Laws (LLD).

Rhodes confers Honorary Doctorate to Dr Andrew Mokete Mlangeni

One of this year’s celebrated Rhodes Honorary Doctorate recipients is activist Dr Andrew Mlangeni, who will be bestowed with a Doctor of Laws (LLD).

Six exceptional individuals to be conferred with Honorary Doctorates by Rhodes University

Justice Dikgang Moseneke, acclaimed authors, Dr Sindiwe Magona and Prof Peter Mtuze among six exceptional individuals to be conferred with Honorary Doctorates by Rhodes University.

University of Havana scholars visit Rhodes University

Scholars from the University of Havana in Cuba were joined by Professor Catarina Gomes from The Catholic University (Luanda, Angola), Professor Carlos Arnaldo from Universidade Eduardo Modlane (Maputo, Mozambique) and welcomed on the Rhodes University campus with a brief presentation on Rhodes University, its history and the contemporary context of Higher Education in South Africa by the Director of the International Office, Ms Orla Quinlan.

Universities SA Appeal to the Corporate Sector and Private Donors to Continue to Support Students

There is a growing concern across the university sector that companies and individual donors who traditionally offered students and universities funding for bursaries are no longer doing so.

Matthew Lester – A tribute by a friend and colleague

Matthew Lester passed away, after a short illness, on the 12th March 2018 at the age of 56. Educated at St Johns, Rhodes University and Wits University, he was one of South Africa’s foremost tax experts.

Rhodes hosts high-level Budget debate

Rhodes University will host a high-level delegation from the Department of Treasury to facilitate an in-depth discussion of the 2018/19 budget delivered last month by former Finance Minister, Malusi Gigaba.

Rhodes University’s Tax Guru, Matthew Lester, passes away.

Rhodes University has learned with deep shock and sadness about the passing on today of Professor Matthew Lester after a short illness.

Minister of Science and Technology at the Scifest

Minister of Science and Technology, Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, will officially open the National Science Festival at the Monument on the 9th of March 2018.

Rhodes lecturers honoured for receiving Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished and Senior Distinguished Teaching Awards

The Rhodes University community along with various guests gathered recently at the Blue Lecture Theatre in Eden Grove to celebrate Prof Catherine Foxcroft and Dr Jennifer Williams for having received the Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award for 2015.

Judge President heralds a promising year and future for Rhodes’ Law students

The Eastern Cape Division Judge President’s encouraging speech helped set a positive tone for the coming academic year at Rhodes’ Faculty of Law annual opening function, which took place 1 March 2018.

Rhodes launches community engagement podcast

The Rhodes Community Engagement Division has launched a podcast series aimed at bringing to life the many ways in which the university interacts with communities around it.

40 years after his death and Sobukwe’s legacy lives

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.

Rhodes scholar receives top award for promotion of language

A love affair sparked in his childhood has seen a young scholar celebrated internationally for the preservation of his culture.

Fine Art student exhibits at prestigious Joburg Gallery

Fine Art master’s student Wallen Mapondera is on track in his meteoric rise to international recognition in the art circles.

Rhodes entrepreneurs qualify for the next leg of Hultz prize

In his maiden State of the Nation address as president of South Africa, Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa promised a healthy investment into agriculture and small businesses during his term.

Illicit outflows of capital crippling Africa

Over 50 years Africa has lost an estimated $1-trillion at around $50 billion annually through illicit financial overflows.

Rhodes' Veteran Parasite Warrior Champions Africa Specific Solutions at America's Leading Public Health Institute

At 87 years of age, South African-trained Clive Shiff is surely one of the most experienced full-time researchers and lecturers in America’s entire health sector.

Rhodes student honoured for inspiring excellence in sport and community engagement

Masters in human kinetics and ergonomics student Micheen Thornycroft was this week recognised as the world’s most inspirational rower.

Rhodes unearthing Grahamstown’s young Mathematicians

According to the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2016 results, South Africa’s pupils were ranked second last out of 48 countries for grade 4 mathematics and grade 8 mathematics.

Making iRhini a centre for education excellence

“The 9/10ths mentoring programme is like an extended family, a family we didn’t choose but we are glad they are part of our lives. They want the best from and for us; they helped us learn how to care for one another’s progress,”

Rhodes launches Centre for Biological Control

Rhodes University is launching its Centre for Biological Control (CBC) in the Department of Zoology and Entomology. The Centre builds on the existing capacity within the institution and facilitates partnerships with other organisations locally, regionally and internationally.

Free on-campus health check-ups for students and staff

The Rhodes University Wellness Office and the SRC in partnership with the Department of Health (DoH) and the Raphael Centre are hosting a weeklong annual campus-wide First Thing's First HIV testing Campaign from Monday, 12 – 16 February 2018.

Investigation into alleged rape of a Rhodes Student draws a blank

An anonymous post [dated 4 February 2018] on social media reads: “I have only been here for 2 days but so much has happened in just 48 hours

Parents and students marvel at seamless Rhodes registration

Rhodes University’s 114th registration was a runaway success, with parents, management and new students raving about the efficient service as early as lunchtime on Saturday, 3 February 2018.

Changing a city, one child at a time

Rhodes University is committed to play a significant role in revitalising public schooling in Grahamstown. The extent of its commitment is underlined by the fact its Vice-Chancellor, Dr Sizwe Mabizela, personally heads up an institutional programme aimed at coordinating all efforts in this regard.

nGAP: Building the next generation of African scholars

The Next Generation of Academics Programme (nGAP) simply deals with the need for universities to ensure that a future generation of academics is developed to serve higher education into the future.

Mentoring for Success

Research shows that mentees generally perform better than students without mentors. The three Grahamstown schools that were part of the Rhodes University's Nine-Tenth Mentorship programme in 2017 are testament to this sentiment as they have received a record of 52 bachelor passes - and with that a passport to embark on their higher education journey.

Rhodes creating pathways to success for Grahamstown learners

Rhodes University in partnership with Gadra Education kicked off the 4th year of the 20-day High Impact Supplementary School earlier this month to ensure that matric learners from under-performing local schools who failed or performed poorly in Matric have another shot at furthering their education.

Dr Hugh Masekela, the end of a remarkable life

The Rhodes University community is saddened by the passing of one of its alumni, Dr Ramapolo Hugh Masekela, this morning after a protracted and courageous ten-year battle with prostate cancer.

Blaauw expands his horizons

Third year Politics, Journalism and Media Studies student Kyran Blaauw is one of four South African undergraduate students selected to participate in the highly competitive 2018 cohort of the Study of the US Institute for Student Leaders Programme.

Rhodes Business School launches partnership with Montpellier Business School

A visionary collaboration between the Rhodes Business School and the Rhodes International Office has secured a partnership between the Rhodes Business School and Montpellier Business School (MBS, France) to facilitate Faculty and student mobility and exchange

Insights and discussions on being an academic at Rhodes

The Centre for Higher Education Research, Teaching and Learning (CHERTL) at Rhodes University is hosting the initial phase of the 2018 Academic Orientation programme from Monday, 22 to 26 January & 30 January to 01 February.

All undergraduate students new to Rhodes University (all years of study)

If you have applied to NSFAS – please provide us with your NSFAS reference number.Please email this information to NSFAS@ru.ac.za before 18 January 2018.

Rhodes affiliated scholars pen pertinent body of work to acclaim

RHODES University’s post-doctoral fellow Dr Laura Alfers (NALSU/ISER) and Dr Francie Lund (RU Honorary doctorate holder), along with their colleague Rachel Moussié, contributed a critically acclaimed research-based article on ‘The human right to social security’.

Claim of announcement by Rhodes University of ‘the return of the minimum initial payment plan’ devoid of truth

Rhodes University rejects misleading claims in an online publication that the University announced ‘the return of the Minimum Initial Payment (MIP)”. It is regrettable that the inaccurate claims have caused unnecessary confusion and consternation regarding an extremely sensitive matter of fees.

Student Fees 2018: FAQs for parents, fee-payers and students

A compilation of Frequently Asked Questions and some useful information for fee-payers and students

When Women Were Combatants

Siphokazi Magadla is a Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Fellow (2013–14), whose groundbreaking work focuses on gender and post-conflict political life in South Africa.

New Director for Student Affairs

Rhodes University is delighted to announce that Ms Nomangwane Mrwetyana, Manager: Student Wellness/ Harassment Officer has been appointed as the new Director: Student Affairs effective from 01 January 2018.

Rhodes Exclusions a Result of Criminality, No Student Disciplined for Protesting

Rhodes University notes with deep concern the gross misrepresentation of facts and attempts at manipulating public opinion by some of the students who have been excluded from the University for committing criminal acts.

Seventh African Potentials discuss global concerns

The Unit for Humanities at Rhodes University hosted a successful two-day 7th African Forum last week under the theme “African Potentials to Develop Alternative methods of Addressing Global Issues”.

Fascinating book on SA inventions

A grouting machine, world-renowned chutney and an enviro-loo are some of the imaginative products invented in the Eastern Cape and which are featured in a new coffee table book called What a Great Idea! by former East Londoner and Rhodes University ichthyology professor Mike Bruton.

Transforming working and learning in a local and global context

The 10th International Researching Work and Learning (RWL) Conference is underway at Rhodes University until Friday 8th December 2017.

Council decides about the future of the name of Rhodes University

At its meeting held on 30 November 2017, the Rhodes University Council considered a number of issues, the most pertinent of which being that of the University’s name.

Legendary scientist inspires black excellence

Professor of Science, Tebello Nyokong is a legend. This week she became the first recipient of the Black Science, Technology & Engineering Professionals (BSTEP) Excellence Award.

Ubom! presents a six-day drama festival

The Ubom! Eastern Cape Theatre Company will host a jam packed annual Christmas festival for Grahamstown residents from this Saturday, 2 to 11 December.

Rhodes research output for 2016 impresses

Rhodes University’s 2016 Research Report captures impressive research outputs and activities by every department.

168 rural youngsters qualify in Community Development

The MEC for the Eastern Cape Department of Social Development (DSD), Nancy Sihlwayi and Rhodes University hosted an emotional graduation ceremony for over 168 young people who completed a three-year National Youth Service skills programme in level 4 Community Development on 30 November 2017 at Rhodes University.

Distinguished Rhodians honoured for being game changers tonight

Some of Rhodes University’s outstanding alumni are set to be recognised at the Old Rhodian Awards ceremony on Tuesday, 28 November 2017.

Recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Old Rhodian Awards: Chris Brink

Professor Chris Brink served as Vice-Chancellor of Newcastle University in the United Kingdom for 10 years and before that as Rector and Vice-Chancellor of Stellenbosch University for 5 years.

Prof Nyokong honored for impressive outputs and doctoral graduates

Dubbed the Compassionate scientist, Rhodes University’s Professor Nyokong has been raking in international and national the awards for her hard work and commitment to the advancement of health in Africa.

Recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Old Rhodian Awards: Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela

Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela is an author, Professor and holds the Research Chair Studies in Historical Trauma and Transformation in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Stellenbosch University.

Dr Les Shone

Dr Leslie John Shone was awarded the Distinguished Old Rhodian Award 2017 and sadly passed away on the 10th November 2017. Dr Leslie John Shone was known for his personal integrity, exceptional leadership qualities and the ability to deal with people at all levels without pride or prejudice.

Creating funding opportunities for the ‘almost theres’

“Last year, a few days before my 21st birthday I could not celebrate. My results were withheld because my student account was in arrears.

Tony Granger

Distinguished Old Rhodian Award: South African born author and businessperson, Tony Granger has continued the Old Rhodian tradition as a trustee of the Rhodes University United Kingdom Trust.

Prof Godwell Nhamo

Distinguished Old Rhodian Award: Professor Godwell Nhamo, (a C3 Rated NRF researcher), has dedicated his life since his first enrolment at Rhodes in 2003 to opening up critical research areas in the fields of climate policy, green economy and sustainable development.

Rhodes Fieldlab prototype wins another national award

Once again, the dynamic duo Masters students Charles Faul and Lucas Lotter’s Fieldlab, a mobile lab-in-a-box prototype, won a half-a-million rand first prize in the Innovation Hub’s GAP-Biosciences national awards on Thursday, 16 November 2017.

Former Rhodes journalism student aims to address your needs

Former Rhodes journalism student Lyndsey Duff aims to address your mapping needs by dividing the world up into 3 metre by 3 metre boxes – each box having three unique words in 14 languages with isiXhosa, isiZulu and Afrikaans to follow shortly.

Prudence Ogunlade

Emerging Old Rhodian Award: Dr Prudence Ogunlade is an Executive Manager in the Office of the Chief Operations Officer at Transnet Freight Rail. She holdsa PhD in Chemistry from Rhodes University obtained in 2007, has studied Programme in Business Management at Unisa and is currently busy with her studies towards a MBA degree.

David Abbey

Emerging Old Rhodian Award: David Abbey is widely recognised in the banking and financial services industry for his high intellectual and execution capability, sound business acumen and commercial shrewdness.

2017 South African Literary Awards winners announced!

This year’s winners of the South African Literary Awards (SALAs) were announced on Tuesday night, 07 November 2017 at UNISA, Pretoria Campus.

Isivivane, taking care of our own

Throwing a single stone in a pile appears to have little impact at face value; however, a pile is made up of single stones thrown by multiple people.

Industry joins forces with academia to ensure graduates are equipped

As part of BSG's ongoing commitment to investing in local talent and skills development, BSG CEO, Greg Reis, recently attended the two-day Rhodes University Information Science (IS) Department Advisory Board meeting.

Umthwalo wakho uyakusinda? Is your luggage too heavy for you?

The amazing Rhodes University Rowing Club has clubbed in some of their most valuable items and donated them to fellow students for the upcoming year.

Mobile Visa service tested at Rhodes for international students

For the first time in the history of Rhodes, the Visa Facilitation Service (VFS) travelled to the University campus last week to test the new mobile biometric on international students to ensure that they meet their visa requirements for 2018.

Rhodes weather station revived

Rhodes University is reviving its Weather Station following yearly requests by the Grahamstown community for weather data for various uses.

Constitutional Court Dismisses Appeal Against Interdict

In a unanimous ruling yesterday, the Constitutional Court dismissed an appeal by three Rhodes University students against an interdict granted by the Grahamstown High Court in December 2016.

Africa joins global strategists to chart future of media and journalism

How should media managers and editors cope with the shifting sands of a profession under siege from all fronts?

Book on Rhodes a study in excellence

Rhodes University history professor Paul Maylam has written a fascinating book on the history of this iconic Eastern Cape educational institution.

Scholarships for women in media to do postgrad at Rhodes

The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) will award ten postgraduate scholarships for Southern African women media leaders who wish to study media management at Rhodes University’s Sol Plaatje Institute (SPI) for Media Leadership in 2018.

FAST takes a look at the science of sociology

Roodt’s presentation to FAST addressed the decades-long argument about whether sociology – and in fact any of the social sciences – can be considered to fall into the category of science is no longer really a matter of debate.

Rhodes student launches book on walking in someone else’s shoes

Rhodes University student and author Lunga Izata launches her book, The Story is about me tonight, 3 November 2017. “There is always a reason for everything that happens in our lives.

Rhodes Scholar shortlisted for Literary Award

Professor Pamela Maseko, Associate Professor in the African Language Studies Section in the School of Languages and Literatures has been shortlisted for the prestigious South African Literary Awards (SALA) for the book William Wellington Gqoba: Isizwe Esinembali, Xhosa Histories and Poetry (1873 – 1888) and D.L.P. Yali-Manisi Imbali Zamanyange (Historical Poems).

A community remembers forced removals

The Group Areas Act of 1950 ravaged communities across South Africa. Names like District 6 and Sophiatown stain popular history textbooks, but never are places like Grahamstown mentioned.

Mgqatsa, turning her childhood into a career

The Department of Zoology and Entomology this year welcomed its first black female lecturer, Dr Nokubonga Mgqatsa.

Cory’s life and writings contextualised in new book

Former Head of the Cory Library, Dr Sandra Shell, launched her book titled Protean Paradox, an exploration of the life of chemist and historian King George Edward Cory.

Trompie, finding gems on the streets

Several months ago, Luthando “Trompie” Dayimani, a second year Bachelor of Education student, bumped into eight young and displaced youth while walking back to his flat in High street.

Rhodes professionals on mental health awareness

October is Mental Health Awareness month, a campaign to educate South Africans about mental health to reduce the stigma and discrimination attached to mental health.

The South African health conundrum, a capitalist tale

Pouring money into the healthcare system did not improve services and South Africa was a living proof of that view, Health minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, said yesterday while addressing the seventh Alfred Bitini Xuma Memorial Lecture.

Celebrating Can Themba: one of Rhodes’ first black students

Teacher, activist and writer Can Themba is one of the first black students to be admitted at Rhodes University in the late 1940s.

1917-2017: The Russian Revolution and its Relevance Today

Veteran activist Oupa Lehulere and Rhodes University’s Lucien van der Walt presented a truly revolutionary lecture during the 2017 Labour Studies Seminar Series recently.

My Body My Choice 2017: Intimacy As Emancipation

The phrase ‘My Body My Choice’ has been used in various contexts—all of them activist. Since its conception at Rhodes in 2009, ‘My Body My Choice’ has focused its message on the objectification of women’s bodies as well as on sexual and gender-based violence, believing that we cannot properly address violence against women without also addressing the objectification of women’s bodies.

Rhodes-Investec honour 100 student leaders

The Top 100 Rhodes University students were honoured at the annual Rhodes-Investec Top 100 awards ceremony last night in recognition and endorsement of their achievements across a range of categories.

Rhodes pays tribute to Professor Govin Reddy

The Rhodes University community wishes to convey sincere heartfelt condolences to the Reddy Family, friends and colleagues.

Rhodes University MBA student, African winner of prestigious six-continent scholarship

Rhodes University Business School MBA student, Godfrey Nyamande, has been awarded the Association of MBAs 50th anniversary scholarship, the only award of its kind for the whole of the African continent.

Nanotech holds promise for Africa, but not prioritised

Despite immense potential that nanotechnology holds for Africa’s development, the continent is slow in embracing it, a workshop reports says.

Sports heroes guests at the Rhodes Annual Sports Awards

Tonight, Rhodes University’s athletes will trade their purple and white sports kits for suits and ball gowns as they are honoured and recognised for their sportsmanship at the much-anticipated Sports Awards ceremony.

Factionalism and Robert Mugabe’s Leadership in Zimbabwe

No one is safe in Zimbabwe, not even Mugabe thinks he is safe.”

Learn to conserve scarce water

The Rhodes University Environmental Learning Research Centre is offering a free course on rainwater harvesting and water conservation for people training small-scale farmers and subsistence gardeners.

RU students to compete for $1 million

Chemistry Masters student Zweli Hlatshwayo reckons students are among the most creative thinkers around and he’s thrilled to be the 2017/18 Director of the Rhodes University leg of the Hult Prize.

Rhodes bodybuilder qualifies for World Championship in France

Unfortunately, natural bodybuilding does not have enough exposure and therefore is not a priority sport for endorsement.

Crossword puzzles on African heritage

Rhodes University’s Professor George Euvrard, psychologist and educator, will launch a ground-breaking book, JDE: The Original South African Cryptic Crossword, a collection of crossword puzzles inspired by African heritage.

Monitoring, a critical tool to check if the government uses the budget to develop citizens - Amisi

Rhodes University’s department of Political and International Studies hosted Matodzi Amisi, Director of Evaluation in the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation based in the office of the Presidency of South Africa.

Rhodes Psychology researcher wins continental award

Rhodes University’s Psychology researcher won a top award and fifteen received honourable mentions at the Student Presentation Awards during the inauguration of continental 2017 Pan African Psychology Union conference in Durban recently.

Education Department hosts international scholar, Dr Rose

The Education Department hosted Dr David Rose, a pioneer of the groundbreaking Reading to Learn (RtL) programme for teaching, reading and writing across the curriculum, and from primary to tertiary education.

Community Engagement: Some of the key projects of 2017

Following the Community Engagements Awards earlier this week, where student volunteers and community partners were honoured and encouraged for their efforts towards actively seeking social change and justice within the community, here are some highlights of the work by Rhodes University and the Grahamstown Community.

Community engagement at Rhodes, a manifestation of Ubuntu

The Rhodes University’s Community Engagement Division hosted a momentous Community Engagement Awards ceremony last night to honour and recognise student volunteers and community partners for their contribution towards building a more just and caring Grahamstown.

Rhodes student, one of the best in SA

Hayley Warring, 20, was announced as one of the top 10 undergraduate university students in South Africa at the GradStar Awards last week.

Rhodes Law team in the top 3 in African Human Rights Moot Court

The Faculty of Law team impressed at the finals of the 26th African Human Rights Moot Court Competition finals in Mauritius when they made it to the top three.

Language, a part of our identity and soul - Multilingualism Colloquium

The Language Committee hosted the sixth Annual Multilingualism Colloquium with internationally acclaimed storyteller, Dr. Gcina Mhlophe, as the guest performer and speaker.

‘SA not outraged enough about gender violence’ - Machel

Humanitarian and activist Graça Machel lashed out at the lack of collective outrage by South Africans about the rapidly escalating brutalisation of women and children by men.

Changing curtains and leading by example

Dr Adele Moodly is a quintessential, multi-cultural and dynamic woman who exudes an aura of diplomacy paired with a raging passion for the movement of women towards their rightful place in society.

RU Commerce students represent at the Student Leadership Summit

Two Rhodes University Commerce students, Letty Seshoka and Denzel Makombe have been selected to participate in a national Student Leadership programme as part of the top 30 students chosen for the Student Leadership Summit 2017.

Machel presents the 3rd Archbishop Thabo Makgoba Lecture

Humanitarian and activist Ms Graça Machel will give the keynote address at the third Archbishop Thabo Makgoba Development Trust Annual Lecture, titled: ‘Values Based Leadership’, hosted by the Rhodes Business School on Thursday, 5 October at 18h30 at the Barratt 1 Lecture Theatre.

The Revolutionary Impetus

“The revolutionary impetus emerges in situations of radical injustice, where the political order advantages one group at the cost of another and where those in power are largely deaf to legitimate demands for justice from the underclass,” Pedro Tabensky, Professor of Philosophy, Rhodes University.

Psychology has failed to radically transform from a colonialist endeavor - Prof Catriona Ida Macleod

Professor Catriona Macleod, Professor of Psychology and SARChI Chair of Critical Studies in Sexualities & Reproduction will tonight receive the 10th Social Change Award, which recognises prominent psychologists for their contribution to social change in the country.

Poverty and lack of access to arable land raising stunting levels in SA

Almost 20% of South African children between the ages 0 - 5 years are stunted (preventing growth and proper development), while one in three children that have died in hospitals between 2005 and 2009 were malnourished.

Environmental conservation must be prioritised everyday – RU Awards

This year’s Environmental Awards honoured scholars working in the line of water conservation, an especially socially relevant area, with Grahamstown currently experiencing a water crisis, as well as the greater South Africa.

In conversation with Bettie, a “victorious” rape survivor

Three or so minutes tick by, slowly, as I stand watching Sue and a woman, whom I later discover is Bettie’s* friend hugging in solid embrace. The air is heavy with deep emotion.

Eastern Cape marine scientists working together to plan for the future of Algoa Bay

Eastern Cape, South Africa – Seventeen scientists from across the Eastern Cape have launched a collaborative, two-year project to develop a marine spatial plan for Algoa Bay that harnesses the collective expertise of researchers in the natural sciences, humanities and law.

Social upliftment: teaching the teachers

For a city that is home to a respected university and some of SA’s leading private schools, Grahamstown’s educational challenges are conspicuous.

Rhodes Researcher attracts NRF P-Rating

Amongst those honoured at the National Research Foundation Gala Awards held in Bloemfontein on the evening of 14 September 2017 was Dr William Bennet of the Department of English Language and Linguistics at Rhodes University.

Former VC Woods returns to explain our DNA

Former Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor and first Head of the Department of Microbiology, Dr David Woods is a fitting scholar to unpack in a public lecture

Humanising the university space through Umrhabulo

Rhodes University launched the first series of Umrhabulo: Breaking Bread talks, a programme through which interested staff and students converge to discuss the prospect of a university committed to social justice and Ubuntu.

Scholars from three universities look at gender, sex and power in Africa

A tri-varsity colloquium celebrates 30 years of anthropologist, Dr Ifi Amadiume's ground-breaking book, Male Daughters, Female Husbands - Gender and Sex in an African Society from Thursday, 21 to 22 September 2017 at Eden Groove Blue at Rhodes University.

Rhodes Biotechnology prototype, the best in the country

In a first-ever public launch of technologies developed by the Rhodes University Biotechnology Innovation Centre, a student prototype beat over 300 innovations at the national Innovation Bridge Showcase and bagged R50 000 in prize money for Best Prototype: Fieldlab.

Maxeke and Sontonga honoured at Rhodes

In line with the University’s transformation agenda and as a continued celebration of the cultural identity and geographical location of the University within Africa, South Africa and the Eastern Cape, the Rhodes Council approved the name change of a further two of their residences this week.

Mbeki on Economic transformation and African Capitalism

Rhodes University in collaboration with the Economics Society of South Africa presents a public lecture by Moeletsi Mbeki on Economic Transformation, Economic Freedom and the role of African Capitalism, at Rhodes University on Tuesday, 19 September at 18h00 at the General Lecture Theatre.

Gender activist Nomboniso Gasa to present the 45th Oosthuizen Memorial Lecture

Gender activist, researcher, analyst and freelance writer on gender, political and cultural issues, Professor Nomboniso Gasa will present the 45th Oosthuizen Memorial Lecture, one of the most prestigious annual lectures at Rhodes University, on Tuesday, 19 September 2017 at 6PM, at Eden Grove Blue Lecture Theatre.

‘Passion and an honourable vision can translate to profits’ - Stone

Jabu Stone is the epitome of dreams realised through a simple, clear and honourable vision.

Dlamini-Zuma, a “safe bet for the ailing ANC” – Verwoerd.

Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is most likely to be elected as the next president of the African National Congress and South Africa, according to Melanie Verwoerd, former African National Congress MP and ambassador to Ireland.

Rhodes congratulates new Standard Bank CEO Sim Tshabalala

Rhodes University congratulates Simphiwe Tshabalala, an alumnus of the University, on his appointment as the first black Standard Bank sole Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Transforming education through educators: Inaugural Lecture

Rhodes University presents Professor Di Wilmot’s Inaugural Lecture titled Transformative Teacher Education in a time of crisis on Thursday, 7 September 2017 at 18h30 at the Eden Grove Blue Lecture Theatre.

Media, accountability and local governance

The notions embedded in the theme of this conference take me to very special spaces in time.

Rhodes hosts international Economics Conference on Curriculum Transformation

For the first time Rhodes University is hosting the Biennial Conference of the Economics Society of South Africa (ESSA) from Wednesday 30 August to 1 September 2017.

“Journalism standards have plummeted to an all-time low” conference told

The official opening of the Rhodes University Highway Africa conference shot straight into the purpose of this 21st gathering with delegates agreeing early on that the standard of journalism and accountability is in crisis mode.

The Dignity Drive: Bunnady’s Challenge

For her 47th Birthday on 16 August, Donor & Office Administrator, Ms Bunnady Landman wanted all her gifts to be in a form of basic toiletries, stationery and clothing, which she would then donate to students as part of the Dignity Drive.

Highway Africa deals with accountability and local governance

The Rhodes University Highway Africa Conference hosted by the School of Journalism and Media Studies in partnership with Corporate South Africa kicked off today (Monday, 28 August) and will end on Friday, 1 September 2017 in Grahamstown.

Rhodes to host Women’s Debate themed: “I am the dragon breathing fire”

The Rhodes University Debating society is hosting the 2017 Women’s Debating Open themed I am the dragon breathing fire from Saturday 26 until Sunday 27, August 2017.

Second installation of the VC’s Teaching and Research Award lectures

Rhodes University is hosting the second installation of the 2017 Vice Chancellor’s Senior Distinguished Teaching and Research Award lectures on Thursday, 24 August 2017. The teaching awards aim to stimulate scholarly teaching, research, and to recognise new lecturers who are exceptional in their discipline.

VC’s Teaching Award winners present four lectures

Rhodes University will host the 2017 Vice Chancellor’s Senior Distinguished Teaching and Research Award lectures on Tuesday, 22 and Thursday, 24 August 2017.

Rhodes welcomes donation of rich Buddhist Arts literature

A limited edition encyclopaedia of Buddhist Art, comprising 20 volumes, was donated to the Rhodes University library this week by the Fo Guang Shan, an international Chinese Buddhist monastic order and new religious movement.

The SRC’s women ready to lead from the front

The inauguration of Nhlakanipho Mahlangu as the second black female President of the Rhodes University Student Representative Council on Friday marked a start towards the end of a culture of lack of female leaders in student governance.

App allows Rhodes Communiversity to teach communities for free

Could free lectures on their phones inspire young people to start businesses, grow the economy and employ more people?

Rhodes Business School launches TV Channel for business empowerment

In a ground breaking move, the Rhodes University Business School this month launched a television channel, which offers lectures in Economics I, Commercial Law, Entrepreneurship and financial planning.

Rhodes aggressively tackling HIV/Aids

South Africa has the highest prevalence of HIV/Aids in the world, at 11 percent (6 million) of the population, according to research done by Statistics SA in 2015.

Supramolecular Chemistry for industrial upgrade

The Department of Chemistry hosted its annual Barker Lecture with Professor Susan Bourne, Head of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cape Town, speaking on Supramolecular chemistry: useful properties through weak interactions.

Subverting the Silence - 10 Years of Silent Protests against Rape

Thousands of students will gather on campuses in Grahamstown, Durban and Cape Town during August - Women’s Month – to participate in the annual Silent Protest – showing solidarity with rape survivors. The Grahamstown Silent Protest will kick-start at 6H00 on Friday, 11 August 2017.

Womanhood and motherhood within Christianity

The Department of Politics and International Studies presents a Women’s month public dialogue titled uMama woManyano Ngumfazi: Ubufazi and Motherhood for Methodist Manyano Women tonight, 10 August at 18h00 at the Barratt 1 Lecture Theatre.

Rhodes gives staff an opportunity to improve their qualifications

Rhodes University has a number of staff members without matric certificates. However, this is set to change with the introduction of a programme through which staff can obtain this qualification.

The nation needs collective psychology to heal

Professor Jacqueline Akhurst presented a thought-provoking Inaugural Lecture about the re-repositioning of community psychology (as a branch of psychology) as it is at the helm of change within the psychology profession and communities in South Africa and beyond last week.

Forensic linguistics: Rhodes working towards an inclusive legal system

Rhodes University academics are developing a new ground breaking course that seeks to address the classism and language based discrimination of our legal system through a new discipline called ‘forensic linguistics’.

Rhodes strengthens scholarly activity in the visual and performing arts at African universities

During the month of July, the Rhodes University Arts of Africa and Global Souths research programme in collaboration with the School of Fine Art at Makerere University organised and hosted the 2017 Publishing and Research of the South: Positioning Africa (PROSPA) Workshop in Uganda over four days.

Tourism, hip-hop and magic expected at Rhodes Science Open Day

Rhodes University’s Faculties of Science and Pharmacy will engage 450 local Grade 9 learners in over 20 science and maths related activities during an Open Day this Saturday, 5 August.

Rhodes offers beginner isiXhosa lessons

Language is an essential tool in effecting transformation in a culturally diverse institution like Rhodes University.

Rhodes University Concludes a Successful Multi Sectoral Transformation Summit

Sustainability, social justice, local responsiveness and global competitiveness emerged as dominant themes at a ‘productive’ three-day multi-sectoral Rhodes University summit, which ended on Sunday afternoon.

Building bridges, building partnerships

Six days, 140 events, 336 groups, 70 partners and a spirit of Ubuntu made up this year’s Trading Live campaign by the people of Makana held from 24 to 28 July, 2017.

Clayton connects with the heart of Joza

It has been a few years since the technology-savvy Dr Peter Clayton camped on top of the water tank at Nombulelo High School in Joza, Grahamstown.

Re-reading African Feminisms colloquium

In a bid to contribute to the intensifying need to strengthen the feminist movement in Southern Africa, the Rhodes Departments of English and Fine Art in collaboration with Finding Africa are hosting an international colloquium on African Feminisms from Friday 21 to 22 July 2017.

Dlamini-Zuma: Africa must take its economy into its own hands

Former African Union (AU) chairperson, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma delivered a talk on the African Union’s Agenda 2063 at Rhodes University, urging that instead of being dependent on outside forces, Africa needs to rely on its own resources and citizens to build the future wanted and needed.

Rhodes Trading Live for Mandela

As a contribution towards Mandela Day, Rhodes University has embarked on an intensive citywide ‘Trading Live for Mandela’ movement that takes place from March to August each year and supports the development of the whole Grahamstown community.

Rhodes Scientist develops new way to purify communal water

Aphiwe Mfuku, 25 is on verge of launching innovative research that will provide solutions to the water crises currently faced by the country, including Rhodes University.

Politics host the Post-American World Teach-in

The Political & International Studies department will this week present a series of lunch-time lectures as part of their annual teach-in from Monday, the 17th of July to Thursday the 20th of July at Barratt 1 Lecture Theatre.

Buco, first business to take part in Trading Live

Ahead of the Trading Live Week, an annual initiative by Rhodes University’s Community Engagement center, local businesses have shown tremendous interest in participating in this relationship of reciprocity inspired by the Mandela Day.

Common Good First consortium meets at Glasgow Calledonian University (GCU)

Rhodes University’s Community Engagement (CE) participated in a unique international European Union funded Common Good First digital project in Norway and Scotland.

Dr Gcina Mhlophe to headline this year’s Schools Festival

Storyteller extraordinaire Dr Gcina Mhlophe will treat over 350 learners to her charismatic performance and storytelling when she gives the keynote address at this year’s opening ceremony for the South African Schools Festival staring this Sunday, 9 July and ends Wednesday 12, July 2017.

Rhodes University’s SPI wins landmark media summit for Africa

GRAHAMSTOWN, South Africa – Fifteen years ago, Rhodes University’s Sol Plaatje Institute (SPI) for Media Leadership in South Africa introduced the study of media management and leadership for newsrooms in Africa and the developing world, making it the first such institution in Africa to teach this relatively new academic discipline.

eRhini, next door to Grahamstown: a unique exhibition

A few weeks ago, I called a young man who is studying at Rhodes University to ascertain his exact location.

Moseneke liberated himself from self-importance

Justice Dikgang Moseneke delivered an unusually relaxed and colourful address compared to the usual courtroom judgements during the opening ceremony of the Word Festival 2017 (WordFest) at Rhodes University on Monday morning.

Rhodes director receives Festival Ovation Award

A Rhodes University Masters student won the prestigious 2017 Standard Bank Ovation Award for her play Bayephi, at the Grahamstown Arts Festival this week. Directed by Thembeka Madliki, the theatre production is about finding peace after the disappearance of a loved one.

Uhuru tackles the black radical tradition

The Rhodes University's Unit for Humanities (Uhuru) in partnership with the Steve Biko Foundation are currently hosting a conference on : The Black Radical Tradition from Toussaint to Biko and Beyond 1791: Haiti; 1958: Ghana; 1968: USA; 1968: Grahamstown; 1987 Burkina Faso.

Can a university transform without Africanising?

The SarchI chair at Rhodes University has exceeded all expectations and requirements set out for its five-year duration.

Closing the gap in science leadership

For Dr Samson Khene, a lecturer in physical chemistry at a South African university, the Africa Science Leadership Programme has opened his eyes to the power and responsibility of science to solve complex social problems.

African tongues losing favour?

THE Eastern Cape has a rich seam of intellectual and cultural heritage. This arises from the fact that in the early encounters between the colonial settlers and the indigenous inhabitants of the area of the Eastern Cape now known as the Zuurberg, the European settlers established a foothold followed by the missionaries.

Carving a path for African languages in academia

Ntombovuyo Ngaphu, 21, is a petite and soft-spoken African Languages post-graduate student with an almost tangible passion for language, particularly isiXhosa.

Rhodes, advocating for a multilingual learning environment

In a discussion held last week, the Transformation Language Group resolved that intensive advocacy towards language transformation at Rhodes University is essential to highlight the gains achieved over the past three years.

Finding success against all odds: the story of Olwethu Waka

Success is no accident, says Pele, arguably the world’s all-time best footballer.

Rhodes hosts conference on African intellectuals, their work and its place in academia

Rhodes University will host an intensive two-day Colloquium under the theme - Rethinking South African Canonical Writing: Centering the isiXhosa Writings of the 19th and Early 20th centuries from 21 to 22 June 2017.

Dr Mkhize calls for universities to teach citizenship and ubuntu

Former Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Dr Zweli Mkhize and Treasurer of the African National Congress (ANC), urged institutions of higher education to produce citizens that consider their education as an investment in society during a public Lecture on Citizenship and our Country yesterday at Rhodes University.

Rhodes raising R1bn for 'missing middle'

RHODES University yesterday launched its biggest fundraising initiative ever aimed at raising R1billion to assist academically deserving students in financial need.

Rhodes sets sights on Rlbn

RHODES University yesterday launched its biggest fundraising initiative ever, aimed at raising R1billion to assist academically deserving students in financial need.

Rhodes to raise R1 billion for students financial aid

Dr Sizwe Mabizela, Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor launched an ambitious student financial support initiative called Isivivane Fund in Grahamstown today.

An opportunity to make hopes, dreams and aspirations a reality

Thank you for joining us on this significant and historic day of our University.

Rhodes launches ambitious student support fund - Isivivane

When Phelokazi Ndaba*, a 19-year-old Rhodes University law student, became one of the first group of 150 students to benefit from the newly launched Isivivane Fund

Universities consulted on the internationalisation policy in higher education

Rhodes University recently hosted Chief Mabizela, Chief Director of higher education policy for the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to engage on the draft Policy Framework for Internationalisation of Higher Education in South Africa as part of International Week.

Trading Live for Mandela Day Challenge

It is that time of the year again when Rhodes University and Grahamstown gear up to participate in Trading Live for Mandela Day.

Alumni add their voice on the Transformation of RU

Rhodes University alumni consultations swung into action in May with several well-attended meetings in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Namibia and in Perth.

Research Conference to look into the devastating impact of climate change

Rhodes University will host the third two-day Adaptation Colloquium (Think Tank) on climate change from 30 -31 May 2017.

Ambassador of Africa’s last colony gives talk at Rhodes University

Rhodes University hosted a discussion titled Africans Colonising Africans: Colonisation in present day Africa, the Western Sahara Conflict last night.

Dr Siphokazi Magadla presents Dialogue on women combatants during apartheid

Newly conferred Rhodes University Politics and International Relations lecturer, Dr Siphokazi Magadla , presents a Talk on “Yayi lixesha lento ayithethwa!": Women combatants and the armed struggle against apartheid this Wednesday at 6PM at the General Lecture Theatre (GLT).

A snapshot of our University today

Rhodes University, like all other public universities in our country, is in the throes of change. Much is happening in our space and all around us.

Men urged to attend a men only discussion around Gender Based Violence

Amidst growing statistics of gruesome murder and violence perpetuated by men against women, a men only meeting is to be held this evening at the Zoo Major to discuss the current situation and the role that men can play to make the world a better place.

Final year student excluded from University for 10 years for rape

A final year Bachelor of Commerce student was this week excluded for 10 years from Rhodes University after being found guilty of rape.

Concern over illegal protest action by Nehawu as Nteu accepts revised offer and calls off industrial action.

Rhodes University is extremely concerned about an illegal and unprocedural protest action which took place on campus today against the requirements of a signed agreement between the University and organised labour in the institution.

Politics honours struggle icon Ruth Mompati

The Department of Political and International Studies last week honoured struggle icon Ms Ruth Segomotsi Mompati during their graduation by naming a Seminar room after her.

48 year old PhD graduate champions black excellence

Dr Nyameka Kangela and her academic achievements are the embodiment of black excellence, a value which her father instilled in her at a young age.

Rhodes’ Jeff Opland awarded Ikhamanga by the President

Professor Jeff Opland, Research Associate and visiting Professor in the Rhodes University’s African Language Studies: School of Languages & Literatures will be awarded the presidential Silver in the Order of Ikhamanga Awards on Friday, 28 April 2017.

Rhodes organised labour hand over memoranda to management

The National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) and the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU), organised labour at Rhodes University

Over 2 400 capped during Rhodes University's 2017 graduation ceremonies

It was smooth sailing at Rhodes University in Grahamstown where over 2 400 graduated with degrees and diplomas in six ceremonies - the last one was held on Saturday.

PhD written in isiXhosa hailed as milestone

A chance encounter between a South African music teacher and Xhosa-speaking students in Zimbabwe has led to the production of Rhodes University’s first PhD thesis in isiXhosa.

Meet the man who wrote Rhodes University’s first isiXhosa PhD thesis

Hailing from rural Mqanduli in the Eastern Cape, 31-year-old Kunju says his love affair with the language began at a young age.

Barney Pityana conferred honorary doctorate by Rhodes University

Outspoken champion for human rights Professor Barney Pityana was conferred an honorary doctorate by Rhodes University over the weekend.

Rhodes University historic graduation off to a good start

Rhodes graduation got off to a smooth start this morning to mark the start of a programme in which six ceremonies will be held in three days to confer degrees and diplomas to over 2400 students.

Rhodes to honour five game changers

Rhodes University will confer honorary doctorates on five world game-changers.

Traditional Courts Bill, the devil in the details

Judge of Appeal Nambitha Dambuza, 45, addressed a lecture that interrogates the devil in the detail of the newly revised and approved 2017 Traditional Courts Bill on the 3rd of April 2017 as a guest of the Faculty of Law, Rhodes University, Grahamstown.

Strengthening a counter culture to gender based violence:

In my circular last week, I provided an update about the work that we are doing to strengthen a counter culture to rape and sexual/gender-based violence in our institution.

A questionable site using universities' information

It has come to our attention that a website unknown to Universities South Africa is using our corporate identity

First Things First Campaign kicks off at Rhodes

According to research conducted by the Higher Education and Training HIV and AIDS programme (HEAIDS), the HIV prevalence rate among South Africa's university students is at 3.4%.

2016 Interdict: Court processes concluded

The Grahamstown High Court, on Friday (24 March 2017), dismissed with costs an application for leave to appeal by students named as 4th, 5th and 6th respondents against a 2016 interdict granted by the same court.

Rhodes investigates controversial video

An investigation has been launched into the production and posting online of a controversial video titled “being a fly on the wall @ protests.” The video was brought to our attention this morning.

Doctorate under focus

Last week Rhodes University hosted the first Inaugural Lecture of the year by Professor Sioux McKenna titled Unmasking the Doctorate.

Higher Education institutions team up to take on fundraising challenges

Seeking out proactive collaboration and designing approaches to shared institutional fundraising challenges were some of the issues discussed at the first Higher Education Fundraising Forum held at Stellenbosch University (SU) recently.

Calls for Nominations for the Vice Chancellor’s Community engagement Award for 2016

The Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Community Engagement Award is a prestigious and competitive annual award that recognises meaningful and committed partnerships between the members of the university and the community.

Science and indigenous knowledge: the best of both worlds

Learning is a collaborative process between teacher and learner. At least it should be.

SA academics receive local and international recognition for book on the current state of affairs in SA’s tertiary sector

Rhodes University academics Sally Matthews and Pedro Tabensky have been shortlisted for an NIHHS award in the Category: Best Non-Fiction edited book for their book Being at Home.

Science Festival highlights indigenous knowledge on its 21st year

This year marks the 21st year of existence for the Science Festival Africa currently underway in Grahamstown.

Hundreds of students to serve the Grahamstown Community

Over 600 Rhodes University students opened the new academic year with an intent to be more than just academic students but to actively engage in the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge to the greater Grahamstown community.

Over 600 students volunteer for Community Engagement 2017

One of the primary roles of a Higher Education institution in a society is knowledge generation and knowledge dissemination.

Heartbreak for RU as they drop points at home

Rhodes University’s rugby team had it all to prove on Monday, 27 February at their penultimate home game in the 2017 Varsity Shield tournament.

Tonight Rhodes University rugby is up against old rivals

Tonight Rhodes University rugby is up against old rivals, University of Fort Hare at the RU Great Field at 6:30pm.

Rhodes Student wins Top National Competition

Helen Lenahan (g14L0854), currently registered for Classics Honours in the Classics section of the School of Languages and Literatures at Rhodes, has won two prestigious national competitions hosted by the Classical Association of South Africa (CASA).

Rhodes welcomes additional allocation for higher education in 2017 Budget

Rhodes University welcomes today’s announcement by the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, of an increase in the budget allocation for higher education and NSFAS.

3 Grahamstown learners awarded full Mathematics Scholarships

Three full scholarships for further study at Rhodes University were awarded to local Mathematics learners chosen from over 250 learners from 17 schools in the Grahamstown District

Office of the Premier funds academically deserving students

In line with their efforts to support academically deserving students to access higher education, Rhodes University signed a memorandum of understanding with the Office of the Premier (OTP) in the Eastern Cape last week.

Student Accommodation Update

By virtue of its small town location, most students attending Rhodes University require accommodation. Of the over 8 277 students that will register at Rhodes in 2017, 3 594 will have a place in the University residence as this is the capacity of the university residence system.

Rhodes University Opens Academic Year

Rhodes University hosted a media briefing in Port Elizabeth today (Tuesday, 14 February) where members of the media were briefed about some of the pertinent issues that face the University as they prepare for the start of the academic year, which starts next week.

VC Address to new students and Parents 2017

On behalf of our academic, support and professional staff I extend a hearty welcome to you, our new students, and to your parents and other family members who have accompanied you to Rhodes University.

Parents impressed with the first day of registration

The first day of Rhodes University’s Registration went off to an amazingly seamless start.

The battle of the varsities

The spotlight turns to varsity rugby’s second division tonight as the eagerly anticipated FNB Varsity Shield presented by Steinhoff International kicks off across the country.

RU pledges Varsity Shield Debut winnings to education Fund

Rhodes University makes its FNB Varsity Shield debut today (Thursday, 9 February 2017) against Tshwane University of Technology in Tshwane at 6:30PM.

Peer educators to drive workplace health promotion

On Monday, 30 January 2017, community engaged research in higher education met health in a collaborative project that is run under the stewardship of Mr Thandi Mzizi,

EC university VCs meet Premier Phumulo Masoalle

he Vice-Chancellor for Rhodes University met with Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle together with the Vice-Chancellors of two of the Eastern Cape’s universities today.

Rhodes Welcomes new Director for Communications & Advancement

Having joined Rhodes University as the new Director for Communications and Advancement, former Parliamentary spokesman, Luzuko Jacobs has hit the ground running.

Revisiting the Rhodes Department of Divinity

Saturday the 21st of January saw a group of approximately 25 people gather on the lawns in front of the Environmental Science Department.

Varsities upbeat on ‘new approach

Rhodes University says it is ready for the new academic year despite threats that ongoing #FeesMustFall protests that disrupted academic learning in 2016 would continue.

Rhodes delays opening of term

Rhodes University’s academic year is set to start a week late as the institution wraps up the last of its 2016 exams.

Rhodes University to Host Philosophy Transformation Dialogue

The terms “decolonisation” and “transformation” have captured the imagination of academics and students, and have recently found fertile ground for expression in the wake of the #FeesMustFall phenomenon.

Big dreams for the future

Fresh from a “holiday” where she helped struggling pupils improve their maths marks, a Rhodes University honours student will look at new entrepreneurship projects she can undertake to continue supporting her family.

Rhodes University ready for a new Academic Year

Following the #FeesMustFall protests at the end of last year, Rhodes University is one of the few universities in South Africa which successfully completed the full 2016 academic year, including the year-end exams for nearly all courses.

Rhodes University Maintains Exceptional record of Mandela Rhodes Scholarships

The Mandela Rhodes Foundation has announced its selection of the 13th cohort of Mandela Rhodes Scholars – six (6) of whom will be studying at Rhodes University this year.

280 million-year-old fossil reveals origins of chimaeroid fishes

High-definition CT scans of the fossilized skull of a 280 million-year-old fish reveal the origin of chimaeras, a group of cartilaginous fish related to sharks

Residence Accommodation in January/February 2017

The University’s residence system will be available to students returning to campus for examinations in January and February 2017.

Year-End Closure

Rhodes University will be closed from 16 December 2016 to 3 January 2017.

Rhodes researchers form part of first-ever Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition (ACE) Project

Two Rhodes University microbiologists will join a team of 50 researchers from 30 countries to participate in the first circumnavigation of Antarctica.

Interdict Application Decision

Following student protests earlier this year, the University sought and was granted an interim interdict to prevent those who engaged in unlawful activities from doing so.

South African professor says Africa must solve its own problems

Africa must learn to solve its own problems, says the winner of this year's African Union (AU) Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Award, Professor Tebello Nyokong of Rhodes University in Grahamstown in Eastern Cape Province.

Transforming Organic Chemistry

Rhodes University hosted the Frank Warren Conference from 4 to 8 December 2016

All-female research team heads to Antarctica for pioneering study

Seven researchers from Rhodes University are heading to Antarctica for the annual summer relief voyage on 30 November 2016. This is the largest contingent from any South African University on this year’s expedition and includes two academic staff members and five students.

Environmental Award Winners 2016

The winners of the Rhodes University Environmental Awards 2016 were presented with their trophies on Wednesday 23 November in the Senior Common Room. The winners of the Individual Award was a joint award to Prof Brian Allanson and Mrs Louw Claassens.

Rhodes Research Group scoops another award

Prof Nyokong’s Nanotechnology Research Group have been recognized as the most productive research group (for 2015) by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) together with the National Laser Centre.

Safety and security on campus

Safety and security on campus are both an individual and a collective responsibility of all students and staff. On its part, the University has a responsibility to take all such steps as may reasonably be practicable to create a safe and secure university environment in which students and staff can learn, work and live.

The Internet in South Africa turns 25

It has been 25 years since the first Internet connection was established in South Africa.

Campus Update

The University condemns this wanton damage to property absolutely.

Platform gives social projects digital drive

All communities, irrespective of their socioeconomic status, have an exceptional ability to tackle social problems and find innovative solutions.

Call for Nominations: Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa Executive Training

The Bloomberg Media Initiative course applications are now open.

Community Engagement Awards 2016 Winners

The annual Community Engagement Awards are an annual celebration of the hard work, dedication and commitment by students, staff and community partners towards building partnerships for sustainable human and community development across Grahamstown.

Campus Update

Unfortunately, Rhodes University experienced disruption in the early morning of 5 October 2016. Protesters invaded residences on the upper part of campus while students were sleeping. Fire alarms were set off as the residences were invaded. Tyres and two rain water storage tanks were also set alight in the immediate vicinity.

Declaration of a Higher Education & Training multi-stakeholder summit that took place on 03 October 2016.

On 03 October 2016 the Minister of Higher Education & Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, convened a multi-stakeholder consultative forum in Kempton Park to deliberate and reach a common position on the crisis engulfing our public Higher Education system.

Campus Update

The academic programme resumed with lectures and tutorials at 10:30 today, following engagement with staff this morning, 28 September 2016. Protesting students disrupted lectures and some arrests were made.

#Feesmustfall: The forgotten stakeholders

We all seem to have forgotten about the biggest stakeholder in the debate, the South African family.

Arson attempt on campus

At approximately 4am today, 1 October 2016, a fire was started at a basement entrance on the south wall of the main administration building, using a flammable substance.

Letter from the Vice-Chancellor

Since the start of disruptions of the academic activities of our University on Tuesday, 22 September 2016, I have received numerous e-mail messages from students, academic and support staff and parents who are anxious and concerned about events on campus.

Public Lecture by Deputy-Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

The Political and International Studies Department hosted The Honourable Luwellyn Landers MP, Deputy-Minister of International Relations and Cooperation who delivered a timely lecture on Wednesday, 14th of September 2016, unpacking the importance of fostering development and democracy through international relations and diplomacy.

Let us march in support of our students and our public higher education system

Our public higher education stands on the edge of a precipice. The challenges confronting our system demand that we all work together to strengthen rather than weaken it further

Rhodes University’s response to the Minister of Higher Education & Training’s statement on university tuition fee adjustments for 2017

Rhodes University notes and welcomes the Minister's recommendations regarding university tuition fee adjustments for 2017. We particularly welcome Government's commitment to assist students who come from poor and working class families and those who come from mid-level income families.

Kgalema Motlanthe calls for reawakening of the values of uBuntu

Rhodes Business School hosted former President Kgalema Motlanthe for the second Archbishop Thabo Makgoba Development Trust (ATMDT) annual lecture, on Monday 12th September 2016.

Rhodes University Celebrates Dedicated Retirees on Arbor Day

Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Sizwe Mabizela, hosted the annual Arbor Day Tree Planting Ceremony to honour recently retired staff members who were in service of the University for 15 years and more, on 6 September 2016.

Motlanthe calls on SA to hold leaders ‘accountable’

Former state president Kgalema Motlanthe has said the only way to address ruling party “arrogance and deceit” is to hold leaders accountable.