Dr Lisa Klein
South Africa-at-Large & St Antony's 1994
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.
The 2023 Selection Season is a wrap! We are delighted to announce the winners of the Rhodes Scholarships for Southern Africa for 2024. Meet our inspirational Scholars-Elect here
The Southern African Association of Rhodes Scholars (SAARS) hosted the annual Bon Voyage and Alumni Conference on Saturday, 26 August 2023, at the Kelvin Grove Club in Cape Town. The programme included fascinating talks by Billy Downer (South Africa-at-Large & Brasenose 1980) and Christopher Trisos (South Africa-at-Large & Wolfson 2008); an introduction of the twelve Rhodes Scholars-Elect (2023) from South Africa, Malawi and Zimbabwe to the Rhodes community; and a panel discussion on the Trust's key focus areas over the last two years. The event was a wonderful community-builder; allowed the new cohort of Southern African Rhodes Scholars-Elect to engage with senior Scholars; and provided a wonderful social opportunity for our alumni to catch up with old friends and make new connections over lunch and drinks. The post-event report is available here.
Thanks to Dr Thomas Brennan (Diocesan College & & Keble 2004), who recently initiated a WhatsApp Group for Gauteng-based Rhodes Scholars. If you would like to be included on the Group, please e-mail your details to: email@example.com
Julian Ogilvie Thompson (Diocesan College, Rondebosch & Worcester 1953)
SAARS mourns the death of Julian, affectionately known as JOT, who died aged 89 on 11 August 2023 in Johannesburg, after a period of declining health. Julian lived a good, long, and fulfilling life, and was very generous to the Rhodes Trust. We will miss his presence at our SAARS events. Deepest sympathies to his four children, Christopher, Rachel, Anthony, and Katharine and their families.
Seán Day (South African College School, Newlands & Oriel 1974)
It is with great sadness that SAARS informs you that Seán passed away on July 27th 2023, after a long and valiant struggle with an ALS-like illness. He died at his home in the USA, peacefully, and surrounded by his family.
Eusebius McKaiser (South Africa-at-Large & St Antony's 2003)
On behalf of all at the Rhodes Trust, we are heartbroken to share that Eusebius McKaiser (South Africa-at-Large & St Antony's 2003) passed away on 30 May 2023 from an apparent epileptic seizure. He was taken from us tragically young, at the age of 45. A prolific writer and broadcaster, Eusebius was well known across South Africa and beyond for his astute political commentary, grounded in his academic training as a moral philosopher. Deepest sympathies to his partner, Nduduzo, their family and friends, and all who knew and admired Eusebius and his work.
Ben Rabinowitz (South African College School, Newlands & Brasenose 1953)
SAARS is saddened to inform you of the passing of Bennie Rabinowitz in May 2023. Ben obtained a BA (with distinction) from UCT, was awarded a SACS Rhodes Scholarship and went up to Oxford, receiving his MA Law there. He had been semi-retired from the property industry since 2005. He loved music and supported many cultural, educational and other charitable institutions. He initiated the successful campaign to save Oudekraal from property development, helped save Princess Vlei and led the campaign by SEAFA to save the Sea Point beachfront for the community. He received the Mayor’s Medal for Philanthropy, the Inyathelo Award for Lifetime Philanthropy, the Paul Harris Fellow Award from the Rotary Club of Sea Point and the Spectemur Agendo Award from SACS and in 2013, the UCT President of Convocation Medal. He was also on the board of the Cape Town Concert Series, Croxton, LEAP Science & Maths School, Musiquelaine SA and the Cape Jewish Seniors Association and a trustee of the Ben and Shirley Rabinowitz Cricket Trust. RIP Bennie.
Charles Simkins (Transvaal & Balliol 1970)
It is with great sadness that SAARS informs you that Charles Simkins died peacefully, after a long illness, on 08 December 2022. This followed close on the passing of his beloved wife Rae, some 48 hours earlier. Please find below tributes issued by the Helen Suzman Foundation and fellow Rhodes Scholar, RW Johnson (Natal & Magdalen 1964). RIP dear Charles.
John Kane-Berman (Transvaal & Pembroke 1969)
It is with sadness that SAARS advises that John Kane-Berman (Transvaal & Pembroke 1969) passed away on 27 July 2022. Deepest sympathies to his partner of many years, Pierre Roestorf, and his extended family.
South Africa-at-Large & St Antony's 1994
South Africa-at-Large & Balliol 2008
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.