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The Responsibility of Determining People’s Lives

By | September 19th, 2018|Profiles|

Justice Maya Mandisa is the first woman President of South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal, which dates back to 1910. “The most challenging aspect of being a judge is the enormous responsibility you carry in resolving society’s disputes and determining people’s lives, including whether a person must go to prison for life,” says Justice Maya. [...]

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In the Footsteps of Acocks

By | September 19th, 2018|Profiles|

He was a gigantic, unsung character with unsurpassed knowledge and understanding of South African plant species, veld types and veld management. Landbou Weekblad salutes South African botanist and man of the veld, the late great John Acocks. By Heather Dugmore In the Footsteps of Acocks is the working title of a book about the contributions [...]

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A future for a very different world

By | October 16th, 2016|Profiles|

 Heather Dugmore speaks to Wits alumnus Koos Bekker about communication, China and transition. Markets ebb and flow, but one constant that Naspers Chair Koos Bekker understands is that people need to connect with one another and the world. “Communication technology has transformed the globe in two short decades,” he says. “For example: of the businesses [...]

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A Man called Mukovhe

By | October 16th, 2016|Profiles|

Wits alumnus and SRC President (2010/11), Mukovhe Morris Masutha, is helping hundreds of students from rural areas and townships throughout South Africa to succeed at university. Mukovhe Masutha well deserves the title of Wits Graduate – his qualities of commitment, humanity and intelligence extend far beyond himself and his achievements. In 2010, while he was [...]

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Gcina Mhlophe ­ Honorary Doctorate Rhodes University 2014

By | October 11th, 2016|Profiles|

A much bigger world out there Celebrated South African storyteller, author, poet, actress, playwright and director, Gcina Mhlophe, has travelled the world, sharing her stories. On receipt of an Honorary Doctorate from Rhodes University on the 11 April this year, she explains that of all the experiences and awards her rich life has offered, she [...]

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Professor Neil Turok – Honorary Doctorate Rhodes University 2014

By | October 11th, 2016|Profiles|

Nurturing an African Einstein Professor Neil Turok’s goal is to unlock and nurture mathematical and scientific talent across Africa, so that within our lifetime we are celebrating an African Einstein. On the 10 April, at the 2014 graduation ceremony, Rhodes University proudly conferred an Honorary Doctorate on him. Johannesburg-born cosmologist and theoretical physicist Professor Neil [...]

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Dr Sydney Brenner – Honorary Doctorate Rhodes University 2014

By | October 11th, 2016|Profiles|

A World Created Mostly in One’s Head Life-changing breakthroughs in the genetic code and human genome are part of Dr Sydney Brenner’s work, for which he received a Nobel Prize for Physiology/Medicine. Rhodes University conferred an Honorary Doctorate on Dr Brenner on the 12 April at the 2014 graduation ceremony. At the age of 87 [...]

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Whether you are on the big stage or the small stage

By | April 6th, 2015|Profiles|

It's 5 o'clock in the afternoon at the Pretoria headquarters of Soweto-born Public Protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela, who is on Time magazine’s 2014 list of the 100 Most Influential People In The World. This is home time for most people but not for Madonsela, as there is no nine to five when your work is [...]

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The Vice-Chancellor who loves Mathematics and cares about people, not things

By | November 3rd, 2014|Profiles|

He loves Mathematics, sudoku and jogging. He believes that understanding our place in the universe is far more important than the accumulation of material possessions. Meet the new Vice-Chancellor of Rhodes University, Dr Sizwe Mabizela. If you’re on the streets of Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape at 4.30 in the morning, you might see the [...]

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The Pursuit of Fearlessness

By | November 3rd, 2014|Profiles|

From Chicago to London to Outer Mongolia, Kevin Volans’ classical compositions reach beyond creed, culture or established form. Emanating from a desire for freedom, they orbit the world. The Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras (570BC – 495BC) proposed that the Sun, Moon and all the planets emit their own unique, orbital sounds – known as [...]

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