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Reggae Poet Receives Doctorate Honour In South Africa
15 May 2017

Acclaimed Poet, reggae artist and political activist Linton Kwesi Johnson has received an honorary doctorate from Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa in recognition of his “inspiring political activism”. His poetry and music were called “the soundtrack of the 1980s anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa”. After he was presented with a doctorate in literature for his poetry on April 20, Jamaican-born Johnson addressed the large congregation of graduating students and their families. Whilst referring to the controversy surrounding the statue of Cecil Rhodes at Oxford, Johnson’s speech concentrated on public and personal links to South Africa. Read more »

The Citizen
Rhodes University Concerned After Striking Workers Trash Admin Building
10 May 2017

Rhodes Vice-Chancellor, Sizwe Mabizela, said he was concerned about deteriorating state of hygiene at some halls and pleaded for calm and level-headedness in dealing with the situation. Rhodes University said that it was “extremely concerned” about the workers’ protest action which took place on campus on Wednesday, despite a peace accord being signed, calling it illegal and unprocedural. This comes after more than 200 workers on Wednesday staged a protest at the university in Grahamstown, trashing rubbish bins and littering inside and around the main administration building where they had assembled. Read more »

Grocott’s Mail
Strike Follows Rhodes Wages Deadlock
10 May 2017

Union representatives were this afternoon locked in wage negotiations with Rhodes University management after members of the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union yesterday opted to down tools. Industrial action saw around 200 Nehawu members march around the university campus this morning, emptying bins, before assembling in front of the main administration building around 9am. A negotiating forum comprising representatives from Nehawu, the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) and university management due to begin at 9.30am eventually got under way around 2.30pm. Read more »

Rhodes University
Concern over illegal protest action by Nehawu as Nteu accepts revised offer and calls off industrial action
10 May 2017

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.

In terms of the Labour Relations Act which underpins the agreement, Unions are required to give a 48 hours’ notice before any industrial action commences. The agreement signed between the University and the Unions “to maintain peace and harmony within the employment relationship” at the University requires all parties to “adhere to the provisions of the applicable labour legislation.” Read more »

Times Live
Students Can Rescue The Country From Challenges: Ramaphosa
7 May 2017

Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa says students have a role to play in rescuing the country from the current challenges it faces. Ramaphosa has been speaking with academics and students at Rhodes University in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape. He says students have solutions to the country's challenges such as allegations of State Capture and downgrading of the country to Junk status. Read more »

Times Live
Rhodes SRC Likes Ramaphosa's Message
7 May 2017

The Rhodes University Student Representative Council were completely sold on the message delivered to them by ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in Grahamstown on Sunday. Speaking to The Times shortly after the address at the university’s Barrat Lecture Theatre‚ Rhodes SRC Deputy President Dingaan Booi‚ said emphatically that as an SRC “we buy into his message”. Ramaphosa addressed students‚ staff and members of the public on issues of economic transformation‚ access to higher learning and the role of students in society. Read more »

The Citizen
Barney Pityana Conferred Honorary Doctorate by Rhodes University
24 April 2017

Pityana has been vocal in South Africa’s fight for a true democracy to be enjoyed by all its citizens. Outspoken champion for human rights Professor Barney Pityana was conferred an honorary doctorate by Rhodes University over the weekend. Pityana is credited for coining the phrase, “black man you are own your own”, owing to the realities of the South African society and leading to the establishment of the Black Consciousness Movement in the mid-1960s. Read more »

Destiny Connect
Meet The Man Who Wrote Rhodes University’s First IsiXhosa PhD Thesis
24 April 2017

Dr. Hleze Kunju has become the first Rhodes University graduate to write his PhD thesis in his mother tongue, isiXhosa. Hailing from rural Mqanduli in the Eastern Cape, 31-year-old Kunju says his love affair with the language began at a young age. For as long as he could remember, he was the kid who would submerge himself in Xhosa literature, while his friends focused on the subject’s parents and teachers typically encourage students to pursue. So when he started studying at Rhodes University in 2005 he found himself in the deep end – sometimes unable to understand what was being taught in lectures. Read more »

R News
Over 2,400 Capped During Rhodes University’s 2017 Graduation Ceremonies
23 April 2017

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. This year’s graduation included a number of highlights in the attendance lists and programme - Eastern Cape Premier, Phumulo Masualle; former first lady, Ms Zanele Mbeki; Archbishop emeritus, Njongonkulu Ndungane, and esteemed author, Professor Peter Mtuze, who were are part of a glittering line up of dignitaries. Graduating students included almost 60 percent women, over 1 120 postgraduate qualifications including 82 PhD qualifications – up from 67 in 2016. Over 20 percent of the graduates were international students. Read more »

Dispatch Live
Rhodes to Honour Five Game Changers
18 April 2017

They are renowned performance poet Linton Kwesi Johnson; human rights campaigners Dr. Sheila Sisulu and Dr. Barney Pityana; artist Dr. Penny Siopis and philanthropist Dr. Marguerite Barankitse. They will be honoured at the university’s graduation ceremonies next week. Rhodes University will also award a total of 2443 degrees and diplomas over six ceremonies. Of these, 1327 (54%) are undergraduate bachelor’s degrees and 1116 (46%) postgraduate degrees and diplomas. Just under 300 master’s degrees and 78 doctorates will be awarded. Read more »

Exchange
December 2016

Welcome to the final issue of Exchange for 2016. In this issue we give you an update on the pioneering work our researchers are undertaking in Antarctica. Rhodes boasts the largest number of researchers heading to the white desert this season including our all-female team. We acknowledge a few recent awards, scholarships and recent contributions towards student funding. Your continued interest and support in our institution is greatly appreciated as we strive to realise the achievement of the greater goal of free (i.e., state-subsidised) quality higher education for academically talented students who come from families of meagre means. In addition, we would like to see a plan that provides financially sustainable mechanisms to support all students in financial need. We look forward to your continued support in 2017 and wish you all a prosperous New Year. Read more (PDF) »

Rhodes Alumni Development e-newsletter
November 2016 Issue 60

Welcome to the final alumni e-newsletter for 2016! This year has been bursting with notable events and developments at Rhodes which you can read all about in this edition. Read more (PDF) »

Deciphering the Meanings, and Explaining the South African Higher Education Student Protests of 2015–16
October 2016

In 2015-16 we witnessed the re-entry in very visible ways of South African university students on to the higher education terrain. This is not to say that students have not been part of steering and shaping higher education through institutional governance mechanisms, or that there have not been student protests post-1994, especially at the historically black universities and at institutions that were merged as part of the restructuring of the higher education landscape after 2000.
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RU Budget 2016 & Sliding Fee Scale Presentation

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AFK Insider
October 2016
By Dana Sanchez

Opinion: Free University Education In South Africa Would Expand Inequality
Student activism played a central role in the fight against apartheid, and now South African police under the ruling ANC government are using tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades against students protesting for free education...
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Student movement hijacked by violent, incoherent group.
September 2016

Four weeks ago, on a sunny Saturday afternoon, I arrived at the University of the Witwatersrand to participate in a panel discussion.

It was part of the Jozi Book Fair. My heart broke. At almost 3pm, the science campus where the fair was held, was virtually empty. A few people hung around. Brilliant writer and veteran of many book fairs Zakes Mda went from one session to the other.
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Care for your kids, teachers told.
September 2016

TEACHERS at schools in the northern areas need to change their approach and explore new methods to rescue pupils from the social ills they are faced with daily in their communities.

This was the message from St Claire Adriaan, who has been recognised for his teaching and expertise in education in the US, where he is now based.
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Rhodes Alumni Development e-Newsletter
September 2016

This is always a special time of year for us here at Rhodes University because it's when we honour our loyal alumni, celebrate their deserved successes, and dwell in our purple pride. Founders Weekend 2016 was a monumental success thanks to the continued support and interest you show in your alma mater. We wish to pay homage with a welcome to our latest Old Rhodian awardees to the honour roll as we share their achievements with you. The never disappointing National Arts Festival has come and gone which saw Oriel House celebrate its Centenary with all generations coming together to kick start your reunion season! Once again our Rhodos Magazine is available online for more alumni news to keep you close to your purple roots. Join in the celebrations of our incredible alumni and, as always, enjoy the read.
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SA slides in World University Rankings. Mediocrity the new norm?
September 2016

It's no surprise that South African universities have slipped on the QS World University Rankings 2016/17. The past year and a bit has been dogged with violence, as students seek free education but at the same time a select few destroy libraries and buildings, the exact thing they're after. It does boggle the mind but one must remember it's the few that are making the majority look bad.
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Rhodes University Honours Outstanding Alumni
August 2016

Rhodes University honoured some of its illustrious alumni who were presented with the 2016 Distinguished and Emerging Old Rhodian Award at a luncheon that was hosted at the University on Saturday, 27 August 2016 in Grahamstown.

On the photo: Judge President of the Supreme Court of Appeals and Rhodes Chancellor, Lex Mpati, Nondumiso Hlope, Tanya Acone and Mbuso Mtshali. Not pictured were other awardees Sherman Bryce-Pease and Caroline Rowland.

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Letter from Dr Mabizela to Staff of Rhodes University
July 2016

Over the past two weeks print and electronic media have reported on what has been characterised as a ‘financial crisis at Rhodes’. I thought it would be appropriate that I contextualise the recent reportage on Rhodes University. Some of it has sought to sensationalise rather than inform and educate our public on the challenges faced by our higher education institutions.
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Financial Headwinds at Rhodes University
July 2016

Troubling and disturbing news for all Rhodes alumni and stakeholders. ( http://businesstech.co.za and http://www.destinyconnect.com ). Higher education funding is now becoming a political hot potato in SA. We expect the university is working on addressing this crisis situation and will seek to clarify things and pre-empt further speculation.

"2016 was always going to be a rough and tough year for Rhodes financially, given its tight budgetary situation and extremely limited endowment and free reserves. In light of the turmoil, there was bound to be some opportunistic behavior of avoidance of fees, and fees not being paid on time. I don't think that we should become alarmist. The current financial hardship does not mean Rhodes is not a 'going concern,' and is about to collapse and close.

Much will depend on what happens later this year about fees for 2017, and whether the government comes to its senses about the very serious challenges that face universities. There simply has to be a more adequate financial dispensation for universities moving forward. The state will also have to support universities politically in drawing the lines about fees that are owed and collecting revenues. Otherwise we will see the slow but certain erosion and withering of not just Rhodes, but all our universities." The implications for equity, economic and social development, and democracy will be ghastly."

Perspective from Dr Saleem Badat, former Vice Chancellor at Rhodes University. He is now Program Director: International Higher Education & Strategic Projects at The Andrew W Mellon Foundation in New York City.

Alumni Update
Rhodes Alumni Development e-newsletter
May 2016

If we have done our jobs properly, you have been transformed into completely different people; people who look at the world with different eyes, who can begin to imagine a better world than the one we now inhabit and who have the ability to contribute to positive change. As one parent wrote recently "I must say, I gave Rhodes my baby and I got back a young beautiful woman who surely is going to make a mark in this world," said Dr Mabizela, addressing the 2250 graduates in turn at this year's six ceremonies. Read more (PDF)»

Business Tech
South Africa's best universities for business and finance degrees
May 2016

A new report highlights the rise in recognition of private institutions for higher learning in South Africa. Read more »

NYR Daily
Race on Campus: A Conversation with Yale President Peter Salovey
April 2016

Six months after a controversy about racial inclusion at Yale University gained nationwide attention, Yale President Peter Salovey has announced that Yale will not change the name of Calhoun College, named after a nineteenth-century statesman and political theorist who defended slavery. Read more »

Rhodes Exchange
Featuring: Edutainer to enhance Early Childhood Development
March 2016

Early into Dr Sizwe Mabizela's first term as Vice-Chancellor, in March 2015, he met with alumnus, Mr Chris von Christierson who committed an edutainer, specially fitted as an ECD Self-Contained School to develop an Early Childhood Development Centre. As promised, the edutainers arrived in Grahamstown earlier this month, to much Excitement. Read more (PDF)»

The Star Late Edition
Compare Rhodes with our African Presidents
January 2016

All moratals are fallible. It is also important to remember that "it is difficult to judge the past by the standards of today." Read more »

The Telegraph
Oxford University students who don't like Cecil Rhodes should 'think about being educated elsewhere', says chancellor
January 2016

Lord Patten has argued the institution is able to be "for the whole world" thanks to the legacy of the colonialist politician. Read more »

The South African
Oxford students who don't like Rhodes should "consider being educated elsewhere;" Chancellor
January 2016

Students studying at Oxford University who can't bring themselves to embrace Cecil Rhodes' legacy "should think about being educated elsewhere," according to the university's chancellor, Lord Patten. Read more »

Rhodes Exchange
Featuring: Tap Into The Community Wisdom
October 2015

This month Rhodes Exchange had the pleasure of interviewing Dr Nosipho Mngomezulu, who has been the Student Volunteer Coordinator at Community Engagement for the past four years. Read more (PDF)»

Alumni Update
Rhodes Alumni Relations e-newsletter
October 2015

Founders Weekend for 2015 was a resounding success thanks to the continued support and interest you, our loyal alumni, show in your alma mater. It is in this proud familial spirit that we welcome our latest Old Rhodian awardees to the honour roll and celebrate their achievements. Approximately 60 convocants attended Convocation and many had the chance to revive old friendships and relive your student days. The Rhodes Business School celebrated their 15th anniversary with a reunion and launched the Business School Alumni Association. More importantly you also had the opportunity to connect with current day Rhodes, its successes, challenges and needs. Read more»

South Africa: The Good News
SA - Home of Top Research Facilities
Sep 29, 2015

In this year's World University Rankings, South Africa is the best-represented African nation on this year's instalment, with nine representatives. Read more»

Rand Daily Mail
How to be white and happy in South Africa
17 September 2015

Be better than us, your parents - if your generation cannot make this society normal, we‘re screwed. IT HAS long fascinated me, the fact that some white young people fit so easily into the new South Africa but most struggle to live and learn and love alongside black youth. Read more»

Rhodes Exchange
Featuring: Furthering Our UK Links
August 2015

The Vice-Chancellor, Dr Sizwe Mabizela, and the Director of Development & Alumni Relations, Guy White, visited the United Kingdom to attend the UK Reunion and Bequest Luncheon. Read more(PDF)»

Rhodes Exchange
Featuring: Top Notch Research
July 2015

Cutting edge research being conducted in the natural and biological sciences has seen some of Rhodes University's top researchers and PhD candidates scoop national awards, notably in the area of zoology and entomology for research that is being implemented in applied systems. Read more(PDF)»

Donor Digest
A quarterly newsletter of the Rhodes University Development Division
Issue 008 June/July 2015

In this issue of Donor Digest we give thanks to students, staff members and alumni who give so generously towards student financial aid. No matter the size of each of these donations, this is the kind of generosity and spirit of philanthropy that leaves a lasting impression on Rhodes students. Read more (PDF). Read more (PDF)

Rhodes Alumni Development e-newsletter
June 2015

Dr. Sizwe Mabizela

Please be advised that in our recent newsletter, our Honorary Doctorate awardee, Prof Francie Lund was referred to as an immunologist which is incorrect as she is a Sociologist and Policy-change activist. Please accept our apologies and find the correct newsletter attached.

Please do remember that the nominations for the Old Rhodian Awards closes on the 8th July. Please take the time to nominate a fellow Old Rhodian for either the Distinguished or Emerging Old Rhodian Award. To nominate go to http://www.ru.ac.za/alumni/alumnirelations/oldrhodianunion/oldrhodianawards.
Our upcoming events are the UK London Reunion on the 25th June, the Festival Cocktail Party at Rhodes on the 7th July and the East London (South Africa) Reunion on the 31st July. If you have moved, please send us your new postal addresses to ensure that you receive the correct invitations. Read more...

Rhodes Exchange. Issue 017
May-June 2015
Featuring: Towards a More Responsive and Socially Engaged University.

Rhodes University positions itself as an African university, not simply a university in Africa. To that end it is imperative that we engage with the key socioeconomic and developmental issues we face as part and parcel of a community. Read more...

Rhodes Exchange. Issue 015
April-May 2015
Featuring: Innovation Is a Key

Some rather exciting research is unfolding within Rhodes University's Biotechnology Innovation Centre (RUBIC) to provide South African solutions to African challenges.The products coming out of this research are causing quite a stir in the global health community and present promising African solutions to diagnostic procedures and healthcare for HIV patients in both urban and rural clinic settings. Read more...

The notice from Council: Update on the future of the name of Rhodes University and institutional transformation.
May 11, 2015

The Rhodes University Council wishes to update the University community on recent developments regarding the issue of the name of the University and broader institutional transformation. Read more...

SA University, Unicef partner over HIV/Aids testing strip
Friday 8 May 2015

Rhodes Alumni

A collaboration between the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) and Rhodes University could revolutionise the manner in which diagnostic testing related to HIV/Aids is done in the field. Unicef's Global Innovation Centre has partnered with the Eastern Cape institution's Biotechnology Innovation Centre to develop a rapid, cost effective testing strip that will determine a patient's CD4 count in less than twenty minutes.
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The Students Tearing Down Cecil Rhodes's Statue Are Still Upholding His Legacy
23 April 2015

Rhodes Alumni

They complain that the university is too 'Eurocentric' – but they show no signs of wanting to make any actual changes.
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Erase Rhodes? That Offends Me as a Teacher
27 March 2015

Professor Jonathan Jansen, President of the South African Institute of Race Relations, has described the #RhodesMustFall movement as “anti-educational and anti-progressive” and questions the justifications given by those who have benefited from Rhodes Scholarships to now “spit” in the face of British colonialist Cecil John Rhodes.
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Vice-Chancellor's Circular - Developments on our campus
26 March 2015

Dr. Sizwe Mabizela

Yesterday afternoon, 25 March 2015, I received a memorandum from the University Student Representative Council (SRC) raising issues of transformation at Rhodes University and the issue of the name of our institution.
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Why would anyone in their right mind willingly become a new VC?
10 March 2015

Dr Sizwe Mabizela invoked 'giants of the liberation struggle' in his inaugural address at Rhodes last weekend.
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Rhodes Exchange. Bringing you news about research, progress and development
Issue 014/February 2015

This month we delayed release to bring you a special edition of The Rhodes Exchange celebrating the inauguration of Dr Sizwe Mabizela as the sixth Vice-Chancellor of Rhodes University. Read about the challenges Dr Mabizela will be taking on during his tenure and find out why he believes that Rhodes should be the light in Grahamstown's back yard. We also bring you highlights from the Registration Weekend that show just how much our VC takes our students to heart Read more...

The top 12 things to take away from Dr Mabizela's speech
03 March 2015

Incoming Vice-Chancellor Dr Sizwe Mabizela arrived on a stage filled with gown-clad academics to a standing ovation. It was the first of many to occur during his inauguration event on Friday held at the 1820 Settler's Monument. After the ceremonial proceedings, which included Dr Mabizela reciting a pledge and the handing over of his gown, Rhodes' new Vice-Chancellor delivered a speech outlining his vision for the future of one of South Africa's top universities. Read more...

NCLR ANNOUNCES 2015 FELLOWS FOR NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR LATINO SCHOOL LEADERS
22 January 2015

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) selected Rhodes Alumnus St. Claire Marlin Adriaan as one of 15 Fellows for the National Institute for Latino School Leaders (NILSL). As a Fellow, he will serve as a NCLR spokesperson and active agent in the policymaking process concerning reform measures, accountability systems, and quality programs in the Latino community. Read more...

December 2014 Rhodes Exchange
12 December 2014

In this, our last edition of Donor Digest for 2014, we thank donors who are enhancing not only access but the success of our “first generation” university entrants at Rhodes. We look at how our academics are reaching out internationally to create a globally relevant and connected framework for their teaching and research activities. We celebrate the successes of our six, yes, you read it correctly, six students who have been awarded prestigious Mandela Rhodes Scholarships And last but not least, Distinguished Professor Tebello Nyokong, shows us what scientific leadership in Africa is all about as she contributes to developing local capacity, this time on the panel of the UN Technology Bank and Science Panel. Read more...

October 2014 Rhodes Exchange
30 October 2014

In this issue of the Rhodes Exchange we highlight several high profile stories that are cause for celebration at Rhodes. The Department of Ichthyology and Fisheries Science (DIFS) has partnered the universities of Lilongwe, Eldoret and Makerere University (Uganda) in a African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States - European Union (ACP-EU) funded project to develop PhD curricula in aquaculture and fisheries science to enhance the capacity of our continent to improve food security. The Archbishop Thabo Cecil Makgoba Development Trust has handed over an endowment to the Rhodes Business School to host an annual lecture in support of their continued contributions in the areas of sustainability and leadership in South African business. Finally and fittingly, we pay tribute to a great humanitarian and sincerely appreciated supporter of Rhodes University, Gerald Kraak. Read more...

People are the greatest asset – new Rhodes VC
12 October 2014

Dr. Sizwe Mabizela “People are the greatest asset the University has,” says Rhodes University's new Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Sizwe Mabizela (52) whose appointment has just been announced. A professor of Mathematics with a PhD in Parametric Approximation from Pennsylvania State University, US, Dr. Mabizela has been at Rhodes for 10 years. More »

September 2014 Rhodes Exchange
30 September 2014

The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation "Circle of Excellence Principals Conference" was held at Rhodes recently, read all about the conference and also what it meant to 4 Principals from local township schools to be able to attend. We pay homage to the excellent work being done by CHERTL and extend congratulations to Prof Tom Martin on his appointment as Dean of Humanities. Read more...

July 2014 Rhodes Exchange
28 July 2014

It was with a measure of real sadness that as a University we said our goodbyes at the end of June to our Vice Chancellor. Dr Badat has been instrumental in positioning the University as world-class African University with a compelling focus on its research and postgraduate endeavors. Read more...

New Report: Student Access and Success: Issues and Interventions in South African Universities.
21 May 2014

The South African Institute for Advancement has published a comprehensive new report into the key access and success challenges facing public higher education in South Africa. The report, entitled Student Access and Success: Issues and Interventions in South African Universities identifies a wide range of academic, institutional and socio-cultural issues which conspire to stifle student achievement. Read more...

May 2014 Rhodes Exchange
19 May 2014

This year marked 20 years of democracy in South Africa, a period that has seen great change in South African society. In this issue of Rhodes Exchange we reflect on how the past 20 years has influenced Rhodes University, as seen through the eyes of Tim Huisamen, one of Rhodes longest serving lecturers. Read more...

Rhodes University: A Truly African University
5 May 2014

Rhodes University prides itself on being an Institution that provides an enabling space for all Africans to become themselves by remaining grounded in a specific context, available to meet local needs. The paradigm has shifted to a community based one with the learning process being holistic and not just about teaching in the intellectual space. Read more...

Transnet Foundation and Kingswood College Help Educate Vulnerable Children
21 April 2014

Taking the step from Junior to High School is not easy and involves a big adjustment for all pupils. If you add to this moving from a “disadvantaged school” to a highly resourced independent school, the need to perform to the requirements of a scholarship, and the massive social adjustments that come with moving away from a familiar yet under resourced environment and into an extremely foreign and yet strangely supportive environment and you will understand how special these children are. Read more...

Rhodes announces new Council Chairperson
20 March 2014

THE Rhodes University management yesterday announced the institution's new council chairperson, Vuyo Kahla, following the departure of judge Jos Jones who stepped down last week. Jones' departure from the Grahamstown-based university followed the sudden resignation of the vice- chancellor Saleem Badat who has since joined the US's Andrew W Mellon Foundation as programme director for its international higher education and strategic projects. More »

Country Manager Openings at Brand South Africa – USA & UK

New Life Sciences HubBrand SA aims to contribute to the objectives of the National Development Plan (NDP) by undertaking coordinated initiatives to build South Africa's nation brand reputation and contribute to the country's global competitiveness; and to inspire and instil pride and patriotism amongst the “rainbow” nation to drive active citizenship and nation brand advocacy. More »

March 2014 Rhodes Exchange
28 March 2014

Rhodes Exchange Our March 2014 newsletter is something of a mixed bag. We extend our congratulations to all 5 of new SARChi Chairs, viz Professors Dorrington, Kaschula, Macleod, Shackleton and Compton. In this edition, we feature 2 of our new SARChi Chairs, Prof Dorrington (Marine Natural Products) and Prof Kaschula (Intellectualisation of African Languages, Multi-lingualism and Education). More »

SABLE helping South African entrepreneurs abroad
9 March 2014

donovan-neale-may South African entrepreneurs have become increasingly high profile in Silicon Valley, the California mecca for start-up technology companies.Sable Accelerator is a consulting network of South African expats, headquartered in Silicon Valley. More »

Announcement Related to the Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor's Departure by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
4 March 2014

New York, NY (March 4, 2014): The President of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Dr. Earl Lewis, today announced the establishment of a new post of Program Director for International Higher Education and Strategic Projects. Read more...

Gordon Cragg to Receive American Botanical Council's Norman R. Farnsworth Excellence in Botanical Research Award
18 February 2014

The American Botanical Council (ABC) recognizes Gordon M. Cragg, PhD, of Bethesda, Maryland, as the recipient of the ABC Norman R. Farnsworth Excellence in Botanical Research Award for 2013. Dr. Cragg is a former research director of the US National Cancer Institute (NCI), where he was involved in the NCI's search for new cancer medicines from plants and other natural sources. Read more...

Debating the real curse behind Africa's resource wealth
13 February 2014

Africa, with its 54 unique countries, is rich in natural resources. According to David Hale, economist and founder of David Hale Global Economics, the continent produces 74% of the world's platinum, 62% of cobalt, 54% of diamonds and 11% of oil, to name a few. Read more...

Bloomberg Launches $10M Program to Train Finance, Business Journalists in Africa
13 February 2014

Founder of Bloomberg media company and former New York City mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has announced the launch of the Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa, a three-year Pan-African program to build media capacity, convene international leaders and improve access to information in the continent. Read more...

Five protests a day in SA
7 February 2014

Cape Town - A countrywide surge in violent protests as elections loom has claimed nine lives, allegedly at the hands of police, in five weeks. This death toll equals the number of people killed during protests last year, according to statistics from the South African Institute of Race Relations. Read more...

A Response to the South African Jewish Report and Ms Klazinga on ‘Jews unwelcome at Rhodes'
21 January 2014

On 1 January 2014, the South African Jewish Report and Ms Larissa Klazinga made a number of unfounded claims and unsubstantiated allegations against Rhodes University. Based on hysteria, lies and inaccuracies, the central claim made is that Rhodes University is hostile to Jews and seeks to be rid of Jews. We reject with contempt these baseless and self-serving claims and allegations of the South African Jewish Report and Klazinga. Read more...

The Big Read: Our bright young stars are shining in America
29 November 2013

Here's something very uncomfortable. South Africans are much more likely to achieve greatness if they leave the country than if they stay here... There are names you have never heard here - like Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo, Gift Ngoepe and Donovan Neale-May - but who are movers and shakers in North America.Read more...

A Goldman Sachs report: Two Decades of Freedom: What South Africa Is Doing With It, And What Now Needs To Be Done
4 November 2013

As the 20th anniversary of the birth of democracy in South Africa, on April 27 2014, approaches, it seems a perfect opportunity to take a step back and get a long-range perspective on the important question: "So, what has Nelson Mandela's South Africa done with its freedom?" Read more...

South Africa @ 20: For better or for worse?
12 November 2013

Over the next few weeks, online publisher South Africa – The Good News will be promoting the content of its new book South Africa @ 20: For better or for worse? by using some of the articles written by 42 contributors... Read more...

Donovan Neale-May presentation at GIBS Business School Gordon Institute of Business Science
7 Nov 2013

donovan-neale-may Donovan Neale-May, managing partner of The Sable Accelerator LLC (SABLE) draws comparisons between South Africa and South Korea. More »

Five Decades Of Rhodes University Alumni Speak Out In Global Survey
11 September 2013
99% of Nearly 1,000 Alumni in 22 Countries Rate Their Time at Rhodes as Valuable and Positive

GRAHAMSTOWN, South Africa (Sept. 11, 2013) -- “It's not what you think, it's how you think.” That should be the mantra of Old Rhodians from South Africa. Some 54% of nearly 1,000 alumni surveyed by Rhodes University this year believe their academic experience at Rhodes stimulated critical thinking and a questioning mind. But most importantly, 99% of Old Rhodians believe they had an extremely memorable and valuable time, or a positive life stage experience, at the institution. Read more...

Lifetime Achievement Award
27 August 2013
Development and Alumni Relations, Rhodes University

Prof Nyokong from Rhodes University was presented with a National Research Foundation (NRF) Lifetime Achievement Award at the 28th annual awards ceremony held in Port Elizabeth on 27 August 2013. She is currently the Director of the Nanotechnology Innovation Center and her research focus is on the development of molecules similar to the ones used to dye blue jeans. These can be used as chemical sensors to detect disease-related molecules and organisms, as an alternative to chemotherapy for the treatment of cancer and for environmental clean-up. We salute a phenomenal scientist who has moved the boundaries of scientific research, as well as a woman who serves as a role model for all young girls. Watch her story...

An Open Letter To The Mayor, The Municipal Manager And The Makana Municipality Councillors
14 August 2013

It is with great dismay that we are compelled to write this Open Letter, and draw attention to the utter failure of our municipality to deal effectively and efficiently with the crisis in water provision at our university and parts of town. More…

South Africa Can Turn Brain Drain Into A Brain Gain
SABLE Accelerator Press Release
Jul. 15, 2013

South Africa's talent migration abroad has created a valuable knowledge network and an untapped asset base that can further the competitiveness of the country, reports The SABLE Accelerator, a global group of South African expats advancing commercial innovation and exchange with their home country. SABLE (South African Business Link to Experts) is based in Silicon Valley. More…

Born in the RSA - and big in the USA
April 19, 2013

They make up but a handful of the immigrant population to the US, but an impressive number of South Africans have risen to the top of their fields.

Most say the same thing. They came to the United States either to avoid army conscription or apartheid itself in the late 1980s. They planned to stay for just a few years, but they stayed on. A quarter century later, this small generation of South African immigrants has risen to break through, en masse, into such key leadership roles that they're changing the US.

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Announcement of Rhodes University Chancellor

Following an extensive process of nominations and deliberations, and with the approval of the University Council, it is a great pleasure to announce the Honourable Justice Lex Mpati as the new Chancellor of Rhodes University.

Judge Mpati is President of the Supreme Court of Appeal, a post he has held since 2008 when he became the first Rhodes Law alumnus to be so appointed. As such, he is the third most senior judicial person in South Africa (after the Chief Justice and Deputy Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court). He was elevated to the Bench in 1997, and has been a Judge of Appeal since 2000. Read More...

Website of Rhodes University Chancellor, Prof Jakes Gerwel
December, 2012

As a tribute to the late Rhodes University Chancellor, Prof Jakes Gerwel, we have launched a web page, in his honour. The page contains a photo gallery as well as tributes and news articles on Prof Gerwel’s life. It can be found on the Vice Chancellor’s web page or by clicking on the following link: http://www.ru.ac.za/vice-chancellor/chancellor/

Rhodos Magazine 2012
August, 2012

The Annual Publication of Rhodes University where leaders learn.

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Featuring:
SKA BID
Meet the brains behind this groundbreaking project.
Water Resource Management
UNESCO bid highlights the importance of water education and research.
The Ubunye Challenge
Old Rhodians raise funds for early childhood development.
Cast on Canvas
A fine arts graduate pays it forward.

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SA man reaches exalted Grandmaster status
September 17, 2012

Kenny Solomon perfectly fits the theory that, other than a few outliers, chess players peak between 30 and 38. Mitchell's Plain-born Solomon is 32, and following his performance in this year's World Chess Olympiad, held in Istanbul a fortnight ago, he can now call himself a 'Grandmaster-elect'. Solomon is on the verge of attaining the highest possible ranking in the chess world, with the exception of "World Champion". Chess SA President Emelia Ellappen explained to the Daily Maverick that in order to achieve Grandmaster status, one has to have a rating of 2,500, with three "Grandmaster norms". You get your norms by performing well at chess tournaments at which other Grandmasters are competing. Solomon has the norms in the bag already. All he now needs is 50 more rating points, but the really difficult part is behind him: it is now assured that Solomon will become South Africa's first-ever chess Grandmaster, a title he will hold for life. He joins more than 1,300 active Grandmasters worldwide.

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Deficit demands SA boosts exports and savings
September 17, 2012

In the second quarter of this year, SA ran a deficit on the current account of the balance of payments equal to 6.4% of gross domestic product (GDP). This would translate to an annual deficit of R200bn if sustained for a full year. In rand terms, this is the largest current account deficit yet. As a share of GDP, it has been exceeded only in 2007 and 2008. But the current account deficit this year reflects much greater structural economic weaknesses than were present in 2007-08. Then, the deficits occurred when the economy was growing by more than 5% a year, the fastest in several decades. Now we are seeing very large deficits at a time of anaemic growth.

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Highway Africa. Highway to China?
September 10, 2012

Africa had become home to a proxy war between the United States and China and the media needs to monitor it, warned a media leader at the start of a journalism conference in South Africa this weekend. Tom Mshindi, managing director of the Nation Newspapers Division, told the gathering of editors, journalists and media industry players that these superpowers were fighting for Africa's "oil and resources to ensure its growth".

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South Africa: A racist, racist country (opinion)
Septmber 6, 2012

Johannesburg (South Africa) - In the wake of the Marikana massacre, information is trickling into the public domain, which suggests that the police killing of workers was more premeditated than initially thought. Workers who were released from police custody have confirmed accounts of unjustified police violence against protestors, and these accounts have challenged the dominant narrative of the police having acted purely in self-defence.

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Internet: Approaching Construction, Retail Threat
August 30, 2012

South Africa's total GDP is approximately R2.964-billion. The Internet economy, as a proportion of GDP, is therefore estimated to make up 2 percent of the South African economy. The result is that an Internet economy, worth R59-billion in 2011, could grow to as much as 2.5 percent of the economy by 2016. The Internet Economic Impact Study, conducted by World Wide Worx (WWW) shows that at the end of 2011, South Africa had approximately 8.5-million Internet users. This represented no less than a 25 percent increase over the 2010 figure of 6.8-million, maintaining a high growth rate fuelled by the explosion of smartphones in the South African market. Consequently, with the number of Internet users having accelerated from 2008, the number of experienced users will begin accelerating in 2013, and will continue to do so for the following five years.

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High praise for SKA team from Pandor
August 29, 2012

At a Rhodes University celebration on Monday night, Pandor said the nine-year slog by South Africa's top academics more than paid off when the country beat Australia and secured the right to host what will be the world's biggest eye into space. She predicted South Africa and the continent's global scientific research output – now half a percent – would dramatically improve thanks to SKA. Pandor described winning the bid as “one of the most memorable moments in the scientific development of our country and continent”. Rhodes University's contribution – led by Professor Justin Jonas, the associate director of science and engineering at SKA, site manager Dr Adrian Tiplady and several other top graduates were key to the win.

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IDC puts aside R5.1bn to back biofuel plans
August 27, 2012

The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has made about R5.1 billion available to develop liquid biofuels to support the production of 300 million litres of the greener fuels every year from 2016 on. Standard Bank Corporate and Investment Banking's advisory team told the portfolio committee on energy on Friday that it was initially estimated in 2007 that R3.2bn would be invested by the IDC and the Central Energy Fund into biofuel projects. The project would explore feedstock such as maize, sugar cane, sorghum, soya beans and algae for fuels including bioethanol and biodiesel.

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Africans have mixed perceptions of Chinese migrants, finds study
August 20, 2012

A study in Africa of attitudes towards Chinese migrants has shown varying degrees of acceptance, with South Africa the most welcoming.Chinese investments in Africa have grabbed media attention in recent years, often in a negative light. Trade in 2011 between China and African nations rose by one-third, from the previous year, to US$166 billion. It's estimated there are 750,000 Chinese nationals working in different African countries. China's motives are often portrayed as cynically trained on Africa's natural resources, but is this how Africans feel about the Chinese?

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New Book: Searching African Skies
By Sarah Wild
June, 2012

In the era of technological advancement astronomers want to build the most powerful telescope ever, to see back to before the first stars and galaxies formed. The SKA will be a radio telescope – instead of seeing light waves, it will make pictures from radio waves. Sarah Wild's Searching African Skies is the story of South African radio astronomy and the quest to hear the songs of the stars.

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How full is your glass?
By Justin Foxton (The Mercury )
June 11, 2012

Continually bombarded by stories of corruption, maladministration, poor leadership and political expediency, it is unsurprising that we periodically find ourselves slipping into bouts of national depression. One senses that we are again headed in this direction. The nation seems to be on a knife edge, we aren't seeing much chance of any serious political change happening at the ANC conference in Mangaung in December and there is not a lot of hope that, even if we do, a new order will deliver solutions to the issues causing our depression.

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Old Rhodians E-News
June, 2012

Every other month we send out our electronic newsletter to over 11,000 Old Rhodians wordwide. It contains URL links to the full on-line articles. This is the June issue.

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Pandor to elucidate SA's space ambitions today
By Sarah Wild (Business Days)
May 15, 2012

Pandor to elucidate SA'S space ambitions today SCIENCE and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor is expected to announce today whether SA will put another satellite into space. Speaking yesterday, ahead of her budget vote in Parliament today, Ms Pandor said some of her department's budget would go towards the satellite industry.

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Why we need leadership
By Saleem Badat (Daily Dispatch)
April 24, 2012

Recently, Reuel Khoza of Nedbank remarked on the "emergence of a strange breed of leaders" whose "moral quotient is degenerating". He raised concern about whether we have an accountable democracy and said that we have a duty to call to book leaders who cannot lead. If this is so, the new Allan Gray Centre for Leadership Ethics at Rhodes University, whose slogan is "Where leaders learn", is timely.

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South Africa: Locusts On the Horizon
April 3, 2012

Taking over a mode of rule is not the same thing as transforming it. Barack Obama is not George Bush but that fact makes little difference to the bankers looking for a public subsidy or a wedding party in Pakistan at the moment when a drone rushes out of the sky.

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Old Rhodians E-News
April, 2012

Every other month we send out our electronic newsletter to over 11,000 Old Rhodians wordwide. It contains URL links to the full on-line articles. This is the April issue.

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Speech by Deputy Minister Ebrahim Ismail Ebrahim to a Meeting of the Private Investors for Africa
March 27, 2012

Eleven years ago, in a famous cover depicting an image of chaos and war in Sierra Leone, the Economist Magazine scornfully wrote off Africa as 'The hopeless Continent.' In doing so, it reflected a view that was pervasive at the time: that Africa was backward, condemned inexorably to violence, corruption and failure. "Since The Economist regrettably labelled Africa 'the hopeless continent' a decade ago, a profound change has taken hold." These are not my words. As the Economist has been gracious enough to admit, it was wrong. (2011 issue: 'Africa Rising.')

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Grasping the Nettle - Responding to the State of the Nation Address
By Steuart Pennington
February 14, 2012

Most commentators have lauded the State of the Nation address. Mondli Makhanya of the Sunday Times said, "this was by far the best performance of his tenure...but it failed to properly deal with the biggest catastrophe facing this nation, an education system that is still producing ill-equipped citizens." I agree. Lindiwe Mazibuko of the DA, more critical, said, "the government has extensive programmes, the nation faces many trials, and our people have boundless potential – it is difficult to outline all of this in one evening as part of a consolidated vision...but what our country needed was an honest assessment and a plan of action to address it." I agree.

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Rhodes celebrates new prestigious SARChI Chairs
February 13, 2012

The Minister of Science & Technology, Ms Naledi Pandor, this morning announced the results of the latest round of awards in the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) programme. 60 prestigious research chairs have been awarded, in open competition, across the South African university system.

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Sixty new research chairs as initiative gathers momentum
February 12, 2012

ANOTHER 60 research chairs would be awarded to tertiary institutions between this financial year and 2013-14, bringing the total to 152, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said yesterday.

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A first for Africa
February 8, 2012

Rhodes University, in partnership with Inyathelo – The South African Institute for Advancement – is to offer South Africa and the rest of the continent the first ever university-level course in Advancement – the practice of building, maintaining and improving support, skills and funds for an organisation or institution. The certificate course at Rhodes Business School in Grahamstown will take place in the second semester of this year, and cover key aspects of Advancement, including governance, skills capacity, fundraising, marketing, donor stewardship, planning, strategy and leadership. The 2012 certificate course will constitute the basis of a new post-graduate diploma in Advancement which Rhodes is developing in conjunction with Inyathelo.

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Looking Ahead - Answers in the stars
January 12, 2012

The Karoo could house the powerful Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope if South African beats Ausralia to host the multibillion-rand undertaking. Kevin Jacobs spoke to Justin Jonas, associate director of the SKA project.

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W.C.C.U. paddlers excel at the S.A. Canoe Marathon Championships
November 10, 2011

The Western Cape Canoe Union team that travelled to Plettenberg Bay to compete in the annual South African Canoe Marathon Championships on 12th and 13th June, 2010, did exceptionally well, raking in a haul of medals across all the age groups competed in but in particular and excitingly, showing very good strength and depth in the Junior ranks. These championships were supposed to have taken place in Cape Town, but given the World Cup Football extravaganza, it was CanoeSA decided to return to the Keurbooms River, Plettenberg Bay (where these same championships were held in 2009) to help reduce the travelling and accommodation costs those paddlers from Gauteng and Kwazulu-Natal. With Plett. being plus/minus central to most paddlers, this practical decision was made by the C.S.A. Exco. and so the 2011 S.A. Canoe Marathon Championships will be held in the Cape at a venue still to be decided.

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REPORT: Masters -2011 World Canoe Marathon Championships
November 10, 2011

The SA Masters paddlers collectively 'cleaned-up' at the first day if the 2011 World Canoe Marathon Championships being held in Singapore, winning 11 medals - 5 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze. Racing in K1, single racing kayaks, the day got off to a blistering start (over 30 degrees at 08h00 in the morning and with a humidity index of over 85%!) when Rob MacLean (SA/WCCU) decimated the other paddlers in the 1st event of the day and which included paddlers in a younger age group to him, to romp home in 1 hour 30 minutes 08 seconds. Asked how he felt about it, his reply was ....'Damn good, 'cos the blokes I beat were Kiwi's!"....His K2 training partner, Enslin van Riet (SA/WCCU) earned the silver in their age group (Masters 60 - 64 years), the 3rd place going to New Zealander, Ben Bennett, who had led the race off the start until MacLean and another Kiwi, Keith Alderson, broke away at the first portage, never to look back. In the younger age group (55 - 59 years), Tim Cornish (SA/KZN) stormed back after a slow start (a result of the excessive heat), to catch and pass Gary Atkinson (SA/East Cape) after the final portage to win silver (1st was New Zealand's Keith Alderson), Atkinson winning the bronze.

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R20.5-Million Northern Cape Teachers Development Partnership
September 29, 2011

The Sishen Iron Ore Company Community Development Trust (SIOCcdt) is pleased to announce that it launched a Northern Cape Teacher Development Partnership project in conjunction with Rhodes University. The launch event was held on Friday 23 September 2011 at the Kalahari Country Club in Kathu Northern Cape. The project has been devised by the partnership between SIOC-cdt and Rhodes University.

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Projects to Accelerate Postgraduate Number
September 29, 2011

The production of university graduates - and especially postgraduates - is an essential component of the national systemm of innovation of modern industrialised societies, according to a March 2009 report commissioned by the Council on Higher Education.

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Rhodes pair win Child Law Moot Court
September 19, 2011

Rhodes University won the second annual Child Law Moot Court, held at the Pretoria High Court, held at the Pretoria High Court on Saturday. Lara von Wildenrath 22, and Armand Swart, 21, edged out University of Pretoria (UP) students Priscah Ramalekana, 17, and Trevor Shinwana, 19, in a tightly contested repeat of last year's final.

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Mutual & Federal Universities Boat Race a great success
September 12, 2011

The annual Mutual & Federal Universities Boat Race, held in Port Alfred over the weekend, proved once again why it is a highlight on the universities' sporting calendars thanks to a nail biting finish in the Men's race. The University of Pretoria eventually took the winning spot over the University of Johannesburg, while in the Women's event the University of Johannesburg beat the University of Pretoria.

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Threading a Tale
August 29, 2011

The Keiskamna Trust's evocation tapestries have been the launch pad for cultural training and healthcare projects that are enriching an impoverished community.

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Mr Qondakele Sompondo to the position of Alumni Relations and Fundraising Manager
August 29, 2011

It is with great pleasure we able to announce the appointment of Mr Qondakele Sompondo to the position of Alumni Relations and Fundraising Manager with effect from the 1st August.

Prior to joining Rhodes, Qondakele, worked for almost 9 years with Ubuntu Education Fund in Port Elizabeth as a Director of External Relations. This community based organisation is an incredible success story and several members of this community have studied or are currently studying at Rhodes. I encourage you to visit their website www.ubuntufund.org to learn more of this inspirational organisation. Part of its success can be attributed to the efforts of Qondakele and we are indeed fortunate to have been able to appoint a man of his talents and experience in this important position at Rhodes.

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Prof Nyokong receives "Distinguished Women in Chemistry" award
August 29, 2011

Highly acclaimed Rhodes academic, Professor Tebello Nyokong, has been selected for the 2011 Distinguished Women in Chemistry award by the Royal Society of Chemistry - Europe’s largest organisation for advancing the chemical sciences - and the Pan Africa Chemistry Network.

The award forms part of the PACN/RSC’s International Year of Chemistry celebrations. According to the RSC, this year also marks the centenary anniversary of Marie Curie being awarded her Nobel Prize for chemistry and a central theme of the year has been to celebrate women’s contribution to science.

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Prof Judith Bishop awarded a "Distinguished Old Rhodian Award"
August 8, 2011

Judith has been one of the pioneers of academic Computer Science in South Africa. She graduated with a BSc Hons in 1972 and received her Masters in 1974 from the University of Natal. She completed her PhD in 1977 at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. She is a leading female academic in a field that is largely male dominated and thus has provided a valuable role model for other women Computer Scientists. She received a DTI (Dept of Trade and Industry) Award for Distinguished Women in Science in 2005.

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Going All Out for a Great Cause
Township Times, June 3, 2011

Zimbabwean born 34-year-old Paula Heron, who has earned South African colours for triathlons , grew up in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, and studied at Rhodes University, in the Eastern Cape. She now lives in the US and is a doctor of physiology at the University of Kentucky.
She will start the Tri4Freedom fund-raiser with a two-and-a-half hour swim on Saturday morning.

She will then cycle for 13 hours and lastly run for 11 1/2 hours.
The triathlon is intended to help the 27million people who are victims of human trafficking all over the world, she said. She expects that the blistering Kentucky temperatures will be the toughest part of the triathlon.

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U.S. Companies Race to Catch Up in Africa
By James R. Hagerty and Will Connors, Wall Street Jounral, June 6, 2011

During a series of trips to Africa last year, Tim Solso had a realization: China was beating him at his own game. So the chief executive of Cummins Inc., a maker of truck and machinery engines, vowed to catch up. He plans to quadruple the company's sales in Africa to about $1 billion within five years, investing $15 million annually to train staff and build sales offices from Johannesburg to Casablanca. The company recently installed in South Africa an executive to oversee Africa operations, previously supervised from Europe and Indiana.

Cummins has ramped up sales of generators to clients such as this bottler in Nigeria. Cummins joins a growing number of U.S. companies vying for a stronger foothold on the continent.Caterpillar Inc., the giant maker of construction equipment, is selling more trucks to Mozambique and Zambia. Harley-Davidson Inc. is opening dealerships in Botswana and Mauritius. General Electric Co. has its first aircraft-leasing office in Ghana for Central and West African airlines. Google Inc., Archer Daniels Midland Co. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. are among the dozens of other U.S. companies moving in or expanding. Read More...

Rhodes Alumni Dinner in Mississauga, Canada
By Eunice Son Kee, October 15, 2010

A bunch of enthusiastic Old Rhodians, some with their partners gathered at the Port Credit Yacht club in Mississauga (just west of Toronto) on October 15, 2010 for yet another enjoyable and memorable Rhodes Alumni Dinner. The appreciative attendees were "in awe" listening to guest speaker and O.R. Robin Benger imparting his knowledge and experiences in his long and successful career in making documentary films in over 65 countries, including South Africa. We were treated to snippets on a big screen (thanks to Eunice and Raymond James) from Robin's now famous  SA documentary "Five Roads to Freedom" which was aired on Vision TV just before the start of the FIFA World cup soccer games. In good Old Rhodian fashion, Robin also shared some of his "war" stories whilst at Rhodes- these included rugby, cricket, politics, and of course the beautiful young girls that were at Rhodes in the early Seventies. In recent years he admitted that he was far removed from thinking about his time at Rhodes but our invitation allowed him to "dig deep into his chest in the attic"- he admitted that his time at Rhodes was amongst his best times as a young adult.
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STEVEN FRIEDMAN: Africans must demand the leaders they deserve. 'People led to believe that problems can be solved only by superhumans will be unable to change their lives'
October 20, 2010

WORRIED about the quality of leadership in Africa? Worry more about the habit of assuming that the continent's fortunes will improve only when the calibre of its leaders does. Leadership in Africa is under the spotlight again. The Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute has emerged, committed to "developing new African leaders for Africa's renewal". And, as it did last year, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation has refused to choose its African leader of the year. There is a greater link between these two events than the fact that media speculation has cast Mbeki as a potential winner of the award. Both, in a variety of ways, promote the common wisdom that Africa's progress depends on whether better leaders emerge. This sounds reasonable — but it misreads both the problem and the solution. Read More...

UNESCO meets with South African journalism schools at Fort Hare
October 13, 2010

PRETORIA, South Africa, October 13, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- UNESCO organized a one-day consultative meeting with the four South African universities designated as centres of excellence/reference in journalism education. The meeting took place yesterday and was hosted by the University of Fort Hare at its East London campus. It focused on the implementation of one of the modules of the Reporting Africa syllabus, based on UNESCO's Model Curricula for Journalism Education..Read More..

On the cusp of reinvention. African languages -- and the teaching of them -- have always been a contested field in South Africa.
October 16, 2010

The first linguists to work in this area were missionaries concerned only with creating orthographies for the purposes of publishing the Bible and converting people to Christianity. Then came the apartheid era, when African languages were largely taught by white academics, many of whom were not conversant with these languages and taught them as asocial "dead" languages.. Read More...

Mike Bruton: Meet the Scientist (interview)
October 14, 2010

Age: 63, but I feel 23
Schools and university attended: Cambridge Primary, Junior and High schools, East London, and Rhodes University. Science is great because ... it provides never-ending fascination, as we will never know everything, and allows me to retain my childlike curiosity.

I admire ... great scientists who also take the time and trouble to communicate their excitement and discoveries to the general public. Michael Faraday, Richard Feynman, Peter Medawar, David Attenborough, Jacques Cousteau, Desmond Morris, Gerald Durrell, Rachel Carson, Jane Goodall and our own Tim Noakes, Phillip Tobias, George Ellis and Bob Brain all come to mind... Read More...

Rhodes snake expert honoured
October 1, 2010

WHEN Grahamstown's Dr Chris Kelly meets a person for the first time and tells them he is a herpetologist, some assume he is an expert in sexually transmitted diseases."Some of them even ask me why I chose to study herpes," the award- winning Rhodes University snake expert chuckles.Sold on serpents since the age of three, Kelly recently won a prestigious international award for his research into how diverse species of snakes found all over the world are all related to each other in "an evolutionary sense".The 32-year-old academic, who is a National Research Foundation innovation postdoctoral fellow at Rhodes, was recently honoured with the prestigious 2010 Joseph B Slowinski Award for excellence in "snake systematics". Read More...

Meeting with President Barack Obama
July 13, 2010

Old Rhodian (B-Journ 2000) Sherwin Bryce-Pease ahead of and during an interview with President Barack Obama in the Diplomatic Meeting Room at the White House.

The July 13, 2010 SABC exclusive covered the Uganda terrorist bombings in Kampala that claimed 74 lives, the successful conclusion of the world cup in South Africa and Nelson Mandela, who will be 92 on July 18th.


22 Old Rhodians in the Top 200 Young South Africans

The Mail and Guardian published their annual survey of Young South Africans you have to take to lunch. These are young people who will shape our country in the decades to come, in the sporting arena, in public life and in business. Out of the 200 chosen 22 were Old Rhodians which makes Rhodes very proud.
The choices in the edition suggest that South Africa is a country brimming with talent. These are world-class young people who have blazed a trail locally and abroad. Read More...

Rating discomfort for SA academics
August 2, 2010

University raking systems may be popular among the public, but their is rising anger across the academic world because they are having several negative effects of the institutions. Read More...

The Good Ol'Days St. Andrews College Rowing
July 23, 2010

I was a pupil at St Andrew's college from 1959 to 1964 and I now live in the United States. I have taken on the task of trying to put together a history of the first 50 years of rowing at St Andrew's College so that there might be a small reference book for those who join the rowing club which may, in a very small way, contribute to the history of Grahamstown. Read More...

Nutrition for optimal endurance
July 23, 2010

 It's eight weeks to this year's Makana Grocott's cycle race. This week we focus on nutrition leading up to, during and after the event. Last year, the American college of Sports Medicine released its latest relearch results, stating that physical activity, athletic performance, and the recovery from exercise are enhanced by optimal nutrition. Although a lot of information is nothing new, this updated position couples a rigorous, systematic, evidence-based analysis with current scientific data related to a variety of athletic needs. Read More...

Huge Numbers Leave Province
July 22, 2010

 Hunders of thousands of people have left the Easter Cape for greener pastures since 2006 in what is the country's largest migration from a single province during this time. And statistics show that between 2006 and 2011, the provnice will have lost a number of people equivalent to about twice the population of King William's Town. Poor job prospects and recessionary blues have been blamed for the recent flood of people leaving the Eastern Cape, altough population figures released by Statistics SA this week show the province has been bleeding people at a stready rate for the last decade. Read More...

South Africa shining?
July 21, 2010

As the glow of the World Cup dims and those of us who didn't have to spend the tournament in Blikkiesdrop start to settle into the ordinary grind, everyone from captain of industry to Communist Party is urging us to build on the momentum. No one in their right mind could conclude that we don't need momentum. In a country with systemic unemployment, an atrocious school system for most pupils, creeping and increasingly communal modes of authoritarianism, millions still living in shacks and a state that has failed to meet its most basic obligation, which is to keep people safe, it is clear that a lot of things are broken and need urgent fixing.  Read More...

Bursary Scheme Addresses Social Challenges
July 17, 2010

Over -ou social work professionals have been absorbed by the Department of Social Development since the establishment of busrary scheme. It was established that there is a scarcity of social workering in the country, particularly in Eastern Cape. In addressing that challenge Social Development partnered with the provincial institutions of higher learning, Valter Sisulu Univerity, Rhodes, Fort Hare and Nelson Mandela University in 2007. The deal paved the way for working professions aspirants to realize their dreams.   Read More...

SA role in Edinburgh marketing festival
July 13, 2010

Two Rhodes University graduates, Tom Holmes (founder and chairman creativebrief) and William Burdett-Coutts (founder Assembly Rooms), are in the process of launching the 'International Marketing Festival', taking place in Edinburgh from 23 to 28 August 2010.  Read More...

Telkom Highway Africa New Media Awards 2010 winners
July 5, 2010

The winners of the Telkom Highway Africa New Media Awards 2010 were announced last night, Sunday, 4 July 2010, at the Highway Africa Conference opening dinner, held at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa.  Read More...

For Seattle biologist, science is a political act
July 4, 2010

For much of his life Alan Aderem was torn between his passion as a political activist and his budding career in biology. He grew up in South Africa during apartheid and spent five years under house arrest for protesting the regime and the racial injustices he saw around him.

Thirty years later, with the world focused on South Africa as it hosts the World Cup, Aderem is watching intensely, too. But now, as director of the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle, another struggle consumes him – stopping HIV/AIDS, and its deadly combination with TB. Read More...

Old Rhodian Lucy Hind - Legless Dancer Steals the Show at Art Festival
June 24, 2010

Making its South African debut in Grahamstown, the Extra- Ordinary relationship between British-based David Toole – whose lifeless legs were amputated when he was a toddler – and Rhodes University-trained Lucy Hind is challenging people to reflect on their own insecurities and prejudices.   Read More...

Free Higher Education - why not?
June 1, 2010

I support the ideal of free higher education. I also support the idea that healthcare should be avaliable free of charge to all in need, just as I believe that South Africa's economic and social policies should prioritise full employment through which all can enjoy the diginity that is associated with leading economically and socially productive lives. Read Part 1 Read Part 2

Old Rhodian Barbara Kaija becomes Editor-in-Chief for Vision Group
June 23, 2010

BARBARA Kaija is the new Editor-in-Chief for the Vision Group.The board of directors agreed that Kaija, hitherto the deputy Editor-in-Chief, takes over the position, which fell vacant after Els de Termmerman’s departure in April.
The company chief executive officer, Robert Kabushenga, announced the board’s decision to staff on Tuesday at the head office in Kampala.
The excited staff, several groomed by Kaija, applauded as Kabushenga announced Kaija’s two-year contract. He said Kaija has the professional skills and experience to lead the editorial team in informing, educating and entertaining the public.   Read More...

SA Superwoman conquers Seven Summits
May 24, 2010

Not only is she now the second South African woman to climb Everest, she is also the first South African – indeed, African – woman to have climbed the Seven Summits, the highest peaks on each of the world's seven continents.  Read More...

Rhodes Student video hits YouTube headlines
May 18, 2010

An Eastern Cape production has become one of the most watched online videos on Tuesday when it reached viral status with the launch of Youtube’s new South African portal. Produced last year by Rhodes journalism graduate Matthew Edwards, “Pineapples for sale” went from 5 000 hits last night to a phenomenal 29 158 at the time of this post after Youtube’s launch, writes Michelle Solomon.  Read More...

Put fun back into mathematics
May 16, 2010

In partnership with the Eastern Cape Department of Education and Grahamstown branch Association for Mathematics Education in South Africa (AMESA), the Rhodes University hosted an afternoon of mathematics activities themed around the 2010 FIFA World Cup for learners from schools around the Makana municipality recently. Rhodes University Mathematics Education Project (RUMEP) organiser Zonia Jooste said the project was aimed at changing the learners general perception that mathematics is a dull and non-stimulating subject. Read More...

Rhodes launches Ruth First Scholarship
May 13, 2010

RHODES University launched its highly regarded Ruth First Scholarship this week, but vice-chancellor Dr Saleem Badat quickly put to bed rumours it heralded a name change for the university. Badat, together with the Ruth First (UK) project, was instrumental in creating the scholarship and he said it had given rise to rumours that it was to “lay the ground” for changing the university’s name to Ruth First University. Read more...


 
Rhodes Alumni Survey Report

To mark its 110th year in 2014, Rhodes published a milestone report on the findings of a global online survey of its alumni around the world. Nearly 1,000 graduates living in 22 countries around the world took part in this comprehensive study of alumni sentiments and views.

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