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Introducing our new Chief Financial Officer:

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Kamlesh Riga to the positon of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Rhodes University with effect from 01 January 2020.

With the retirement of the Executive Director: Infrastructure, Operations and Finance, Dr L‘Ange the executive management structure was reviewed and a decision was made to reinstate the Registrar: Finance and Operations post and rename it Chief Financial Officer.

Mr Riga is a qualified Chartered Accountant and also holds a Masters’ Degree in Domestic and International Tax. He has held various senior management and executive roles in both the Public and Private Sectors and has served on the Executive Council, the Council and the Audit and Risk Committee for 10 years at the Nelson Mandela University.

Mr. Riga has worked at a strategic financial management level at the Office of the Auditor-General, SARS and the BKB group where he worked for over 10 years. The BKB group includes several subsidiary companies in the agriculture and agro-processing sectors. He was responsible for advising the Managing Director and Board on financial and ICT matters as well as investments, mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Riga successfully managed a diverse team at BKB and was integrally involved in the diversification and transformation strategies at BKB. In addition, Mr Riga is very conversant in both the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) and Companies Act, Procurement, Higher Education Governance, Audit and Risk management, Treasury Management, as well as business related to lending activities, for instance Compliance, Credit, Credit Risk, and Business Development and Support.

We are delighted that our University has been able to attract a person of Mr. Riga’s ability and wealth of experience. He will add value to Rhodes University and we look forward to his contribution. We welcome him to the Rhodes University community and wish him well in his time with us.

Issued by Dr. Mabizela and the Human Resources Division



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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