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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.


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:

Rhodos Magazine 2012
August, 2012

The Annual Publication of Rhodes University where leaders learn.

Rhodos Magazine Cover

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.


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.


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.


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".


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.


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.


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.


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.


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?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.')


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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...

Annual Fund
April 30, 2010

What a feeling! Graduation brings with it a feeling of pride and accomplishment that’s hard to beat. Now, imagine how it would feel, knowing you’d helped someone else – who would otherwise not have had the opportunity – to share this experience! Please consider contributing towards a bursary for a financially disadvantaged student.

Lindaba Ziyafika – The News is Coming..on a Cell Phone
April 26, 2010

Harry Dugmore of Rhodes University is working on a pioneering project to provide news and information into urban neighborhoods in South Africa via mobile phones. The project – Lindaba Ziyafika (the news is coming) – is designed to create and distribute news in the context of the “techno-social flux” that South Africa is experiencing. Read More...

Mom, son graduate from Rhodes together
April 23, 2010

BURNING the midnight oil paid dividends for a single mother from Grahamstown when she recently graduated at the same time as her 23-year-old son. What makes the achievement by Rhodes University IT expert Tracey Chambers, 42, all the more special is the fact she held down two full-time jobs and still managed to graduate in three years instead of four. Inspired by her son Glynn’s determination to ignore medical advice and keep studying accounting at Rhodes despite a serious skull fracture, Chambers said spending hours burning the midnight oil together was the cherry on top. Both graduated from Rhodes University with degrees from the Commerce Faculty. Read more...

The recent 2010 PDAC (Mining Show) in Toronto attracted more than 25,000 visitors and miners from all over the world.

On the photo: Nine attendees who attended the recent O.R Geologist's breakfast at the Royal York. Eric Cunningham remarked that the turn-out was disappointing this year (probably due to the Miners busy hustling at the show). However, the people who attended had a great time interacting both personally and professionally.

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Dynamic South African - St Claire Adriaan
SAPROMO Magazine, March 2010

St Claire Adriaan, the co-founder and co-principal of Success Preparatory Academy in New Orleans, Louisiana, has won many awards including the Disney Teacher Award Honoree (2006), San Diego CW5 Dream Classroom winner (2006) and University of Kentucky Teacher who made a difference (2006 and 2007) to name a few. Read More...

A photo of four generations of Rhodian chemists at the 50th anniversary meeting of the American Society of Pharmacognosy in Hawaii in early July, 2009.

Mike Davies- Coleman is on the left, then me, Kerry McPhail, I think Mike's first Ph.D. student and now Assistant Prof at Oregon State U. in Corvallis (she is doing very well), and Srinivas Patnala, a postdoctoral associate currently with Mike.

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Year-End Message to Old Rhodians in North America
Dec 20, 2009

Greetings to all as we close off on another eventful year. I'm pleased to report that we have greatly strengthened representation on the Rhodes University Trust USA board and continue to work very closely with our alma mater in helping to fund and remain closely connected with the world class academic community in Grahamstown, South Africa. So all of our Rhodes Alumni in North America can stay abreast of developments, I have invited Dr. Saleem Badat, the vice chancellor, to provide us with a comprehensive year-end update... Read year-end update from Dr.Saleem Badat.

Under his enlightened and far-sighted leadership, Rhodes is making significant progress as a global institute of higher learning, advanced research, progressive thinking and program innovation. The impressive expansion of facilities at Rhodes and the growing diversification of its student body is a strong indication of the vital role Rhodes will play in helping South Africa's future leaders learn. Please do what ever you can to help support Rhodes on a financial level. The university has many needs and alumni are a valuable lifeline for student aid and assistance. Your contributions at any level will be most appreciated. Please click here to make you online donations.

On a personal level, I am contributing a percentage of property transactions in my KwaZulu-Natal eco-estate development to fund scholarships for disadvantage students attending Rhodes University. See more information at

Wishing you all a healthy and prosperous New Year.
Best regards.
Donovan Neale-May

Donovan Neale-May, chairman of the board of directors for the Rhodes University Trust USA, visited Grahamstown in October.
Oct 20, 2009
Donovan Neale-May, chairman of the board of directors for the Rhodes University Trust USA, visited Grahamstown in October. He is pictured (solo male, standing rear) with Guy White (center foreground, kneeling), director of communications and marketing, as well as the support team in the alumni relations, development and communications and marketing office. The same day, Donovan and Guy met with Dr. Saleem Badat, the Vice Chancellor, and with Roger Adams, head of Rhodes Sports Administration. They also attended a luncheon hosted by the vice chancellor honoring the visit of South Africa's new Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Minister Maite Nkoane-Mashabane, who gave a lecture to Rhodes students on: Core Issues Facing South African Foreign Policy Today -- Continuity and Change.

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UNESCO and Rhodes University work to strengthen journalism education in Africa
Sep 03, 2009
A partnership between UNESCO and the Rhodes University School of Journalism and Media Studies will strengthen African journalism education in September 2009. The joint activities planned over a week-long period are: A special training programme to empower African journalism teachers in using New Media;
a research colloquium as part of the African preparations for the World Journalism Education Congress to be organized by Rhodes University in July 2010.

Rhodes Journalism’s Fabulous Festival Media Powerhouse
July 03, 2009
What would the National Arts Festival be without Cue newspaper, available from a friendly vendor every morning and helping thousands of festival-goers plan their day? Now in its 23rd year, Cue is an institution, and the longest running independent festival newspaper in the world. Produced from the dynamic Africa Media Matrix Building, on the Rhodes University campus, Cue is, however, no longer simply a newspaper. The undertaking has grown from humble beginnings to become CueMedia, under the chairmanship of Brian Garman. CueMedia incorporates not only the familiar tabloid-style paper but also CueOnline, established as new media began to make its presence felt in South Africa, and which draws in and creates a virtual home for CueTV, CueRadio, and CuePix.

Dorothy Randell - 100 not out!
July 01, 2009
Dorothy Randell, better known to her many friends as "Dimmie", celebrated her 100th birthday on 29th June. Her memories stretch back to the First World War - that blood soaked seedbed of the fascist and communist dictatorships which have scarred so much of "her" century - and the transformation of Africa from colonies into nation states. On that great tapestry, she continues to weave her own contribution, of artistry, determination, strength, gentleness and faith.

Rhodes Accounting Student in Top 10
June 29, 2009

A Rhodes University accounting graduate, Amar Naik, has made history by becoming Rhodes’ first top ten and one of two black candidates to pass Part One of the Qualifying Examination (QE1), a critical milestone on the path to becoming a Chartered Accountant (SA).

Mr Naik who studied at Rhodes, the smallest of South African universities, from 2005 And 2008 for a BCom Accounting Honours degree, came 6th out of a total of 3 373 candidates who sat for the 2009 board examination. The results were released on Friday, June 26, by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.

FirstRand Foundation Chair in Mathematics at Rhodes
June 08, 2009
“We have lost all notion about the beauty of maths,” said Professor Marc Schäfer, currently head of Rhodes University’s education department, and recently announced at Rhodes University Senate as a FirstRand Foundation (FRF) Chair in Maths Education. “I would like to think that maths has a soul, it has a beauty, a philosophy . . . . and I am going to look for teachers who buy into that.” Read More...

Mondi Awards get new categories, May 19, 2009

On the back of the recent Mondi Shanduka Newspaper Awards in Johannesburg on Wednesday, 6 May, the awards committee has announced the addition of two new categories – Journalism Twenty-Ten and Editorial Cartoons. Read More...

An Upstart makes its mark in Grahamstown
Daily Dispatch Online, May 8, 2009

A YOUTH newspaper called Upstart is helping hundreds of Grahamstown youngsters to have bigger dreams – thanks to a relative newcomer to the City of Saints. Read More...

Theatre at the National Arts Festival, May 2009

Theatre digs deep into the psyche at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown from July 2 to 11. Private narratives from the book of life make for searing drama at the National Arts Festival. The programme features no less than five world premières. Read More...

Rhodes residence named after Hani
Daily Dispatch Online, April 29, 2009

RHODES University has renamed one of its residences after former Umkhonto weSizwe chief of staff and SA Communist Party leader Chris Hani, who was assassinated in April 1993. Read More...

Graduation Facts and Figures
Rhodes University Alumni, Newsletter, April 2009

Over three days, 1841 students graduated at five graduation ceremonies. 61% were women, 486 were international students from 20 countries in the rest of Africa, 36 were from Europe, nine from North and South America and five from Asia. This is a tremendous contribution by Rhodes University to the intellectual base of South Africa and other countries. A year-on-year comparison shows that there were increasing numbers of black students graduating, but the number of white students was still significantly higher than students of other races.

The Faculty of Humanities produced the largest number of graduates, followed by Commerce, Science, Education, Pharmacy and Law.  There were 188 Masters Degrees and 27 PhDs conferred. The Faculty of Science awarded the most Masters and PhD degrees.

Rhodes University Athletics Club - Centenary Year

The Rhodes University Athletics Club has a proud history and this year marks the Centenary year, making it one of the oldest sports clubs within the University. As part of the Centenary celebrations the Club plans to publish a Centenary magazine which will include various stories and information about the Club throughout its 100 year history. If you were a past Club member, or were involved with the Club in any way we would love to have your stories, anecdotes, photos, or any information in general. We would also like to host a celebratory function (provisional date Friday 28 August) to coincide with the University's Founders' weekend 29/30 August when the meetings of Convocation and the Old Rhodian Union will take place, as well as the Old Rhodian Award luncheon and the Founders' Ball. We would love to hear from you.

If you wish to submit an article or attend the function, please e-mail to

Rhodes Students Excel in CA Qualifying Exams
By Kerry Peter, Rhodes University, March 25, 2009

Rhodes graduates who wrote the Professional Practice Exam (PPE) this year have obtained a pass rate well above the national average while one graduate who wrote the Financial Management Exam came third nationally.


Rhodes University appoints Highway Africa Chair of Media and Information Society
Press Release by the Highway Africa Project of the School of Journalism and Media Studies, March 13, 2009

Prominent media activist Jane Duncan is to take up a post as professor in the Chair of Media and Information Society at Rhodes University.This five-year contract position is sponsored by the Department of Communications, and operates within the Highway Africa project of the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes. Read More...

Rhodes Proud of Distinguished Woman Scientist
By Earl Hodges, March 6, 2009 The L’ORÉAL-UNESCO Awards for Woman in Science took place in Paris on 5 March 2009.

The award ceremony was attended by Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Badat. South African Government officials such as the Ambassadors, the South African delegation to UNESCO and senior officials of the Department of Science and Technology also attended this prestigious award ceremony...Professor Nyokong, DST/NRF Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Nanotechnology at Rhodes University, Director of the DST/Mintek Nanotechnology Innovation Centre (Sensors), is the Africa-Arab States Laureate for 2009. Read More...

Rhodes' Child Project is a Constant Winner
The Sowetan, January 29, 2009

The Centre for Social Development at Rhodes University in Eastern Cape is early childhood development’s unassuming trailblazer. As winner of the yearly Absa and Sowetan Early Childhood Development (ECD) Awards, it was placed first in 2007 and third last year in the ECD resources and training organisations category. Read More...

The Flanagan Scholarship returns to Rhodes for the sixth time in eight years
By Earl Hodges

Melissa Marsh, an honours student in the Music Department at Rhodes University is the sixth Rhodes graduate out of the last eight recipients to be selected for the prestigious national Flanagan Scholarship. Melissa has applied to study at the Norloff-Robbins Music Therapy Centre in London next year where she hopes to combine her academic interests in music and psychology in a course-work masters degree in music therapy. Validated by London City University, the Centre is renowned for its high clinical and research standards. Read More...

Rhodes has the Most Mandela Rhodes Scholars for 2009

Rhodes University with a total of 6 300 students, 0.8% of all tertiary students in South Africa, has won 14 % of the Mandela Rhodes Scholarships awarded by the Mandela Rhodes Foundation seeing four Rhodes students out of a total of 28 in the rest of South Africa become Mandela Rhodes Scholars for 2009. Bearing proud testimony to Rhodes University’s high standing among South Africa’s tertiary education institutions for its academic excellence, these four students represent the most number of students to be awarded in any university in the country. The University of Cape Town and Wits tie for the second largest number of Mandela Rhodes Scholars with three each. Read More...

Sustainability the Core Issue
By Business Day, Thursday 6 November 2008, p.20

The financial crisis has heralded the need for a new approach to the promotion of sustainable business practices. Read More...

Transnet's R5 million boost for the Rhodes University library extension project
By Communications and Development Division of Rhodes University

Transnet Limited, the state owned freight transport and logistics service provider has made a R5 million donation to the Rhodes University Library extension project. This is an important part of its drive to boost mathematics and science education in South Africa. Read More...

Rhodes University's Vice-Chancellor receives Inyathelo Award for Exceptional Philanthropy
By Kerry Peter

Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Saleem Badat, is the recipient of The Inyathelo Award for Exceptional Philanthropy, in recognition of an individual philanthropist for his/her exceptional commitment to the advancement of philanthropy and their dedication to social giving to bring about beneficial change in South Africa. Inyathelo – The South African Institute for Advancement – presented awards to eight remarkable South African philanthropists who are helping to build our democracy and ensure sustainable social development at a gala awards event addressed by Niall Mellon of the Niall Mellon Township Trust and Cheryl Carolus, CEO of Peotona Group. Read More...

Rhodes University Professor Tebello Nyokong is one of the world's five most astounding women in international science
By Kerry Peter

Rhodes University’s Professor Tebello Nyokong, has won the Africa-Arab State 2009 L’Oréal-Unesco Award for Women in Science for her pioneering research into photodynamic therapy which looks at harnessing light for cancer therapy and environmental clean-up. Nyokong is the third South African Scientist to receive this award, and reaffirms Rhodes’s place as one of the top research institutions in the country. University of Cape Town’s Professor Jennifer Thompson was previously recognised for her work on genetic engineering while Wits University’s Professor Valerie Mizrahi was recognised for her tuberculosis research.


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