Rhodes University

Founded in 1904, Rhodes University is a well-established University located in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.

It is a small research intensive university which enjoys the distinction of having amongst the best undergraduate pass and graduation rates in South Africa, outstanding postgraduate success rates, and the best research output per academic staff member.

The University takes pride in its motto, Where Leaders Learn, and in producing graduates who are knowledgeable intellectuals, skilled professionals, and critical, caring and compassionate citizens who can contribute to economic and social development and an equitable, just and democratic society.

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The not-for-profit sector continues to grow in Africa and across the world. Shutterstock

The role of NGOs in Africa: are they a force for good?

Non-governmental organisations are criticised for pandering to the whims of the donor community at the expense of local populations. The real question is: can they bring about real change?
Sikhumbuzo Makandula’s ‘Ubuzwe II’, 2016, Digital photograph: Inkjet on Epsom Ultrasmooth. The mural kaSebe/Sebe’s Lip (2011) is by artist Buntu Fihla.

Five reminders of how visual artists can invoke and stir deep emotions

In an image-saturated world, it can feel like we are beyond being moved. But five exhibitions in South Africa's Eastern Cape province in 2016 managed to capture memory and ego in exactly the right proportions.
Lack of support for beneficiaries of land reform in South Africa has seen many new farmers fail to live off the land. Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

South Africa’s land reform efforts lack a focus on struggling farmers

South Africa's government makes much of its efforts of putting more land in the hands of the previously disenfranchised black majority. Yet, many beneficiaries continue to wallow in poverty.
A billboard of US president-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Danilovgrad, Montenegro. Reuters/Stevo Vasiljevic

Beware of misleaders who thrive on fear and capitalise on crises

The world needs great leaders who thrive on making a positive difference to people’s lives and not on festering fear and war mongering.
South African President Jacob Zuma. What next? Reuters/Philimon Bulawayo

Zuma and ANC run out of road as bad news piles up

South African President Jacob Zuma's days of spinning out court cases indefinitely and at taxpayers' expense may soon come to an end -- possibly his worst news in a week of bad news.
Polls and elections are considered vital democratic tools – but there’s more to true democracy. Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Genuine democracy involves more than just polling people

There are several different ways to approach democracy. Polls, elections and referenda all feature, but they're not the only way to deepen democracy.

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