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Orientation, Graduation and the call for the Distinguished Alumni Awards
May 2019

In this issue, we include Orientation, Graduation and the call for the Distinguished Alumni Awards. These awards acknowledge alumni role-models in their professional accomplishments, services to society and support of the University. Please fill in the nomination form and access our website for further information.

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Professor Nyokong awarded fourth honorary doctorate
March 29 2019

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. Read More »

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Rhodes University publishes study on brain injury in contact sports
March 28 2019

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. Read More »

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Rhodes University honours five of Africa’s best
March 07 2019

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

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Two Rhodians named among most influential young South Africans
February 19 2019

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. Read More »

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Global Challenge Research Fund partnership for Rhodes University
January 24 2019

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. Read More »

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Rhodes University and Giyani sign research partnership
July 23 2018

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. Read More »

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Fifty Rhodes University students receive R5.8 million from BANKSET
August 8 2018

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. Read More »

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The Year-End Update For Rhodes North American Alumni
Dec.3, 2018

This year sees the 114th Anniversary of our alma mater. When we enrolled as students at Rhodes, all those many years ago, we established a lifetime association with, and a special community, at Rhodes University. Read More »

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Media Advertising Campaign
September 2018

We have recently embarked on a media advertising campaign that includes radio (SAfm, 702, CapeTalk), television (eNCA) and print (Sawubona).
Some of you may have heard or seen the adverts already, but for those of you who haven't, you can find them on
the Google drive »

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Ways of Giving Survey
September 2018

We are always looking for ways to make our systems easier and more user-friendly. Whether you have financially-supported Rhodes in the past or not, please take a moment to complete the short survey. Please click on the link below to begin.
If you are unable to access the survey through the link, copy and paste the URL into your web browser. This survey will take you less than 5 minutes to complete. https://survey.ru.ac.za/index.php/388437?lang=en

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Call for nominations: Distinguished Alumni Awards
October 2018

The closing date for the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards nominations is 1 October 2018. These awards acknowledge alumni role-models in their professional accomplishments, personal successes, service to society, and support of the University. The nomination form can be downloaded and emailed to alumni@ru.ac.za. For any queries, Tel: +27(0)46 60 38887.

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Rhodes University welcomes Zethu Mkhize, the first Harassment and Discrimination Manager
September 2018

Rhodes University has appointed Dr Zethu Mkhize as its first-ever Harassment and Discrimination Manager in the Directorate for Equity and Institutional Transformation. The highly qualified Dr Mkhize started in her new role at the University last week.
Her responsibility includes transformation, advocacy and awareness-raising in respect of harassment, discrimination, sexual assault and violence. She is in charge of the coordination of all complaints and the development and monitoring of related policies, programmes and training. Read More »

Bright young Rhodes chemistry student awarded famed Fulbright scholarship
July 2018

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. Read More »

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Rhodes mourns Khensani Maseko
August 2018

On Monday morning 6 August, Rhodes University students and staff gathered in their numbers outside the Drama Department, otherwise known as Purple Square. This followed a call the previous night by the university’s Student Representative Council (SRC) for an academic shutdown following the tragic death of student Khensani Maseko. Maseko reportedly committed suicide in her Johannesburg home on Friday, 3 August. Read More »

Rhodes must stop treating rapists like victims
August 2018

For Rhodes University, there is another dimension to the difficult problem of undoing rape culture — a deep distrust that has developed between parts of the university community, particularly since relations broke down during the 2016 protests and subsequent police interventions. What we need is a truth and reconciliation process that will end the enmity and make it possible to build a lasting solution. Read More »

African Arguments
The shocking absence of Global South scholars in international journals
July 2018

Analysis of four leading journals found that less than 3% of articles were by writers in the Global South. Read More »

Rhodes University Law Faculty alumnus receives prestigious Fulbright Scholarship
July 2018

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. Read More »

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Rhodes role in game-changing SKA
July 2018

The 64 MeerKAT radio antennae situated in the Northern Cape have produced an astounding image of the centre of our Milky Way galaxy due in no small part to the expertise and servers made available by Rhodes University. Read More »

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The Return Of Rhodes University’s Minimal Initial Payment Sparks Outrage
January 2018

Rhodes University students were unhappy after the university announced the return of the Minimum Initial Payment (MIP) or Initial Fee Payment (IFP) for 2018. Prior to registration, students are required to pay an initial payment, which is approximately between 35% and 50% of the cost of their tuition and residence. Read More »

Rhodes creating pathways to success for Grahamstown learners
January 2018

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. Read More »

Rhodes affiliated scholars pen pertinent body of work to acclaim
January 2018

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’. The article appears in the latest edition of the prestigious International Social Security Review. Read More »

Times Live
Successful student-run biotechnology empire creates jobs
January 2018

Students make money in many ways, but a student-run business venture as successful as this is unheard of.

Masters students in Rhodes University’s Biotechnology department, Charles Faul and Lucas Lӧtter, founded Akili Labs. It was started to create job opportunities in biotechnology and produces nootropic supplements and medical prototypes. Read More »

January 2018

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, and has successfully championed an environmental, Africa-specific model for the west’s response to parasitic diseases in the continent of his birth. Read 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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