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.

Save the New Date for the SAARS Bon Voyage for the Scholars-Elect, 2020


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Southern African Rhodes Scholars-Elect, 2020

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

Scholar News

  • 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.
  • 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 today, Melvyn writes: “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 on: https://www.afr.com/technology/corporate-training-marketplace-raises-62m-amid-work-from-home-boom-20200512-p54sa3.
  • 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 recently 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.

News archive

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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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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.