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JULIA FISH: After months of speculation as to who would take over from the distinguished Dr Saleem Badat, it was announced in an e-mail to staff that the post will be filled from within.

Acting Vice-Chancellor and distinguished mathematician Dr Sizwe Mabizela, has been announced as the incumbent “6th Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Rhodes University with effect from 1 November 2014”.

Dr Mabizela has quietly and confidently been running the show since Dr Badat stepped down earlier this year. The choice to retain institutional memory, promote from within and show commitment to the ethos that Rhodes has maintained, is expected to be widely respected.

PETRU SAAL: Beer Properties have recently been inundated with complaints from residents saying that the construction site at Pepper Grove Mall is disruptive and inconveniences mall goers. Business owners and customers alike are up in arms saying that the 23 parking bays that have been cordoned off for the first phase of construction is disrupting the general functioning of the mall.

In a letter sent out to Pepper Grove tenants, Rob Beer from Beer Properties asked residents to be patient while the upgrade to the mall is still in construction. Referring to rumours that Spec Savers, Crazy Store and Mugg & Bean are the shops that will be opening in the mall, Beer said that no confirmation has come through yet. “I am not at liberty to disclose, at this stage, which new shops are entering the mall.” Beer said that the new shops will definitely attract students to the mall. “There are four in number all of which will be of benefit to Rhodes students”.

APHILE-APHILE SOLOLO: The celebration of Women’s Week 2014, being held from 4 to 9 August, began with the Pan African Youth Dialogue (PAYD) panel discussion on Beauty and Strength on Tuesday, 5 August at Rhodes University.

Lisa Maholo, the head of the Rhodes University division of PAYD, said the purpose of the discussion was to “provide a platform for young men and women to engage with issues around beauty and strength in a modern society”.

Zukiswa Kota, an Education Researcher and Environmentalist at Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM), raised the notion that beauty lies in strength and the natural environment in which one lives.

Rape and recovery talk a success

Sunday, 03 August 2014 07:59

ATHINI MAJALI: “18 years ago I fell in love. I met Mr. Right. I was young, naïve and in love with a man. After sometime we decided to move in together. It was on the night of our housewarming party that he raped me along with his lover. They held me down and raped me continuously. For a year I lived with this man, and the events of that night were never discussed. I refused to acknowledge that what transpired that night was rape because men don’t get raped but the reality is – they do- the truth of the matter is: I am a man and I am a rape survivor.”

SIBULELE MAGINI: The newly re-elected South African President, Jacob Zuma, made his cabinet announcement on Sunday evening, 25th May 2014. This is the country’s fifth administration since the dawn of democracy and will be leading the country in respective assigned departments in the next 5 years. There are some new faces, new ministries, mergers and old faces shuffled around from department to department.

The Prince of Body Building

Monday, 19 May 2014 16:01

FEZEKILE COKILE: At a glance, Andile Mapapu looks like your average student. He is 19 years old. He is in second year studying BPharm. For the purposes of our interview he invited me in his room at Chris Hani residence. Like any normal student, his room is a bit untidy. The bed has not been made up yet even though it is 1:30 pm. Books and papers litter the table.  We sit down and he plays Rick Ross’ song ‘The Devil is a liar’ on his computer. “I listen to Hip Hop music, to artists like Drake, Kanye West and Rick Ross,” he says with a bright smile. Mapapu has reason to smile indeed. He recently won the Makana Bodybuilding Contest in the under 21 category and the Men’s overall contest. All of his trophies and medals are displayed on top of his bookcase. When asked if he expected to win the competition he says confidently that he believed he stood a chance. He had worked extremely hard three weeks prior to the competition by training six days a week, and going on a strict diet. His diet included dramatically increasing his protein intake.

SINAZO NAKUPI: Wednesday 7th May marked the fifth national and provincial elections since the advent of democracy in 1994. Rhodes University students, most of them voting for the first time, came out in their numbers to participate in the most competitive and anticipated election in twenty years.

A record of 25.3 million voters registered for the 2014 national and provincial election, about 2.2 million more than those who registered in 2009.

With two voting stations on campus that opened on time, one at the Rhodes University Drama Theatre and another at the Great Hall, voters did not have to stand for long in queues as both venues had short or no queues at all.

Rhodes student killed in residence

Saturday, 26 April 2014 04:58

Matthew Kynaston and Rhea MacDonald: A Rhodes University student has been killed.

Two bodies were removed from Cullen Bowles at 10am today. The deceased are a Rhodes student and a Grahamstown resident. Police were called to the scene this morning after reports of a shooting.

Two people killed in Rhodes residence

Saturday, 26 April 2014 04:58

MATTHEW KYNASTON AND RHEA MACDONALD: A Rhodes University student was shot and killed on Saturday 26 April. Her attacker shot himself on the scene shortly thereafter.

Two bodies were removed from Cullen Bowles at 10am on Saturday. Police were called to the scene early in the morning after reports of a shooting.

Jane Berg: Members of a new anti-rhino poaching activism group ‘The Cliptivists’ argued for their cause at a public meeting in the Environmental Learning Research Centre on April 22.

At this inaugural public colloquium, the group implored audience members to ask themselves “what can I do?” to stem the killing of rhinos.

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