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Rhodes Council Votes to Retain Name

30th November 2017

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In a long and labored six-page statement detailing the context of its decision, the Rhodes University Council announced it has voted to retain the university’s name despite transformation and decolonization pressure from internal and external stakeholders. Alumni have rejoiced at the decision on social media following much emotional debate. Many indicate they will now continue contributions to their venerable alma mater. Read Statement »

Rhodes University opts to keep name
December 6, 2017

Rhodes University is to keep its name. The university council has agreed by 15 votes to nine to retain the identity of the university, named after the late Cecil John Rhodes. The university in a statement says that this does not mean that the colonial legacy is being underpinned as “Rhodes” represents a far better legacy that of the former Cape Prime Minister. Learn more »

Name change for Rhodes University rejected
December 6, 2017

It’s official: Rhodes University will not change its name. Following some years of highly charged debate and wide consultation‚ the Rhodes Council‚ the university’s highest decision-making body‚ made the formal announcement on Wednesday.Learn more »

Rhodes University will keep its name as voted by council
December 6, 2017

Rhodes University has been pursuing a path to re-imagine itself as part of its transformation drive with the issue of name change a hot topic on the lips of academics, alumni and Rhodes University Council. Learn more »

Vice-Chancellor, Dr Sizwe Mabizela introducing Isivivane Fund

20th October 2017

In June this year, we launched the Isivivane Fund, the largest and most ambitious fundraising campaign in the 113-year history of Rhodes University. We have set ourselves a target of raising R1 billion in 10 years; reflective of the harsh reality that our needs and those of our students far exceed available resources. This fund is an integrated approach to building and maintaining life-long relationships with stakeholders based on unique partnerships and is inspired by the Zulu saying “ukuphosa itshe esivivaneni” (to throw one’s stone on a pile or monument) or to make a personal contribution to a great common cause. It calls on us to ask what we stand for, what institutional commitments we will make to define who we are and who we will be decades and centuries from now. Learn more »

 

What people are saying on Social Media

Ian Edwards "This is the VERY, VERY, VERY, BEST NEWS of the year being the year of our Lord 2017. As Taki quite correctly stated, sanity has prevailed. As I mentioned previously, all students from the late sixties to the early seventies must have a feeling of exalutation at this wonderful news.”


Mary Todd Vianello "Absolutely wonderful news. I don't agree with what Rhodes did but those were the times. As long as we move on and include everyone."


David Alcock "I am very relieved about this. And I think common sense has prevailed. I am sure there are objections to what the man Cecil John Rhodes stands for but he was a man of his time and we can now enjoy his legacy and try and benefit some of those who have been disadvantaged in the past. Rhodes University has a good name - and I have heard only good things about the university in the UK; and the graduates who get employed prove their worth and make their way successfully in the world. I spent some of my best years at Rhodes University as a student and on the staff of the drama department, a time which formed my thinking and my abilities. I made life-long friends there. So all in all I think this is a good decision.”


Trevor Brodrick "Well done to the voices of reason. Those who are unhappy go elsewhere as we capitalists want to support our university financially and will not if the name changes.”


Camalita Naicker "FFS!! What a shameful decision by Rhodes University Council which has proven once again how uncommitted they are to transformation! I remember in my first year the name change was already being discussed and pushed for by Sasco, The article is false to claim that it was only brought up two years ago, there was always a concern by black students about this name. Now ten years, a whole movement calling for Rhodes to Fall, we are still here."


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