Rhodes Alumni South Africa

Our mission is to provide a community for Rhodes Scholars in Southern Africa. The Association comprises Senior Scholars from the constituency, as well as resident Scholars in Oxford, and Scholars from other parts of the world who are currently living in South Africa.

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Scholar Elect Zac Abel holding the Official Rhodes Announcement Poster for 2021.

The Rhodes Class of 2021

Meet the Southern African Rhodes Scholars Elect for 2021!

Judy Sikuza with Shaun Johnson

"He was able to bring people together, channel that power and get people to think about what contribution they could make in society." Judy Sikuza with Shaun.

Memorial Service for the late Shaun Johnson

On what would have been his 61st birthday, a very moving Memorial Service was held for Shaun Johnson (South Africa-at-Large & St Catherine's, 1982) on 30 November 2020 at St George’s Cathedral in Cape Town. Originally scheduled to be take place in March this year, the service was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This wonderful celebration of Shaun’s exceptional life was attended by Shaun’s family and close friends; and live streamed. You can watch the whole service here.

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Jacko Maree honoured with a prestigious Lifetime Achiever Award

Congratulations to Jacko Maree (St Andrew’s College & Pembroke 1978), deputy chairperson of the Standard Bank Group, who was celebrated with the Lifetime Achiever Award at the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies annual awards on 12 November 2020. The award is decided by a high-profile independent panel and recognises an individual who has consistently contributed to the South African economy. Watch Jacko feature in this video (from 28 minutes 40 seconds to 38 minutes 15 seconds).



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Dr Kopano Mabaso – hailed a hero by Bill Gates

Microsoft founder Bill Gates has included three South African doctors Prof Salim Abdool Karim and his wife Quarraisha, and Dr Kopano Mabaso (SA-at-Large & Magdalen 2010) on his heroes list. Kopano is the  founder of the Grow Great Campaign, an initiative aimed to mobilise South Africa towards a national commitment to zero stunting by 2030, and was interviewed earlier this year on Radio 702 about her work:

Profile Interview - Dr. Kopano Matlwa Mabaso

Bill Gates hails three South African doctors as heroes

Organising Committee

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Dr Lisa Klein

South Africa-at-Large & St Antony's 1994

Charne Lavery, 2019
Events Committee

Dr Charne Lavery

South Africa-at-Large & Balliol 2008

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Events Committee

Ms Sha'ista Goga

South Africa-at-Large & St Antony's 2004

News archive

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Rhodes Scholars from across the world and across the decades joined staff and Friends of the Rhodes Trust for the first ever virtual Bon Voyage on 17 September 2020. Read the full Bon Voyage Report

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We are so proud of the nation-building work being done by Trudi Makhaya (SA-at-Large & St Anthony’s 2002), in her role as economic adviser to the South African president. Read more about Trudi's work

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Congratulations to Joshua Nott (South Africa-at-Large & St Antony's, 2017) who ran a solo-marathon in Oxford on Sunday, 14 June 2020. He completed 42,24 kms in a time of 3:43;51 and raised over R58k in support of the South African Solidarity Fund.

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GO1, an online training start-up founded at Oxford by Rhodes Scholars, Andrew Barnes (Queensland & Exeter 2014) and Melvyn Lubega (SA at Large & Lincoln 2013), has received a $62m investment boost to expand the business in Australia and South Africa. The company is based in Brisbane and Melvyn heads up the South African division. Posting on Facebook, Melvyn wriote: “Five years ago to the week, rushing between classes at Oxford, Andrew and I recorded a video and asked our Facebook friends to vote for us in a competition to win GBP 5,000 (R105,000) to bring to life an idea we had for a platform to improve how people learn….”

Read more about GO1 and the Investment

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It is deeply saddening to announce that the memorial service planned for MRF Founding Executive Director Shaun Athol Johnson on Tuesday 17 March 2020 has been postponed. The announcements by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday 15 March and the growing need to work together to curb the spread of COVID-19 necessitate this decision as a precautionary measure. We had intended to make a significant announcement at the memorial service on Tuesday, which we will share with stakeholders here.

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Congratulations to Dr Kopano Matlwa-Mabaso (SA-at-Large & Magdalen 2010), who was featured by Bill Gates in his Hero in the Field series, for her work at the Executive Director of Grow Great SA (https://www.growgreat.co.za/). Kopano leads the Grow Great campaign to fight malnutrition and stunting in South African children. Watch Bill Gates's Heroes in the Field: Dr. Kopano Matlwa Mabaso

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Justice Edwin Cameron (South Africa-at-Large & Keble, 1976)  served as a judge in South Africa for a quarter of a century and as a Constitutional Court Judge from 2008.  Hailed as an “exceptional legal scholar”, Cameron is well known for his stand on HIV/Aids; his activism for gay rights; and the “protection of the dignity and rights of the most vulnerable” in South Africa under his watch. Cameron stepped down from the judiciary in 2019 and was honoured at a special sitting of the Constitutional Court on 20 August 2019. President Cyril Ramaphosa appointed Cameron as the inspecting judge of the Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services (JICS) for a three-year term with effect from 1 January 2020.

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Congratulations to Dr Francois Bonnici (South Africa-at-Large & Brasenose 1999) on his appointment in late 2019 as the Director and Head of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, sister organization of the World Economic Forum.

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August 31st marks the end of winter in the Southern Hemisphere. It heralds the start of a new season, new growth, and new beginnings for a new cohort of Rhodes Scholars, eager to start their journey at Oxford University.

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Related Groups in the Rhodes community

Learn more about the work of the Rhodes Scholar Africa Forum - one of the groups in Oxford run by current Rhodes Scholars. It is dedicated to increasing awareness of social, political and economic issues, supporting small-scale community development projects, and addressing and engaging with the historical relationship between the Rhodes Scholarship and the African continent.