Tshefu Awonke has made history by becoming the first South African student at the University of Fort Hare to be the recipient of the Mandela Rhodes scholarship. The Mandela Rhodes foundation annually selects between 20-30 students from universities throughout the African continent. The goal of the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship programme is to offer educational opportunities to young Africans with scholastic, intellectual and leadership potential to study at suitable tertiary institutions and to create a network of principled future leaders, with the capacity and will to advance themselves and their countries. The Scholarships aim to give expression to the legacy of academic excellence, leadership, education, reconciliation and entrepreneurship.
Playwright, poet, novelist and activist – Sindiwe Magona is an archetype of South African feminism, self-empowerment and literary advocacy.Born in Mthatha and raised in the sprawling Cape Town township of Gugulethu, Magona transformed herself from a spiritually-defeated domestic worker to a doyen of South African literature, matching her innumerable personal victories with a literary output of astonishing prolificacy and quality. In addition to their ardent championing of African language and culture, Magona’s works are windows to the domestic heartaches and longings of women, not only in contemporary South Africa, but also in the country’s not-so-distant past.
Five Post Graduates from the Faculty of Science and Agriculture, UFH, were part of the 25 students countrywide who represented South Africa in the Annual Summer Practice event held at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) in Dubna, Russia. The programme, aimed at exposing South African students to international research opportunities. Mr Awonke Tshefu, Ms Thandiswa Magqeleba, Mr Siphosethu Ntuku, Ms Atsile Ocwelwang and Ms Namhla Manona, undertook projects under the supervision of researchers at the various laboratories at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) in Dubna. During the practice students worked on various projects depending on their background, wrote a report and gave a presentation at the end of the program. “The programme has exposed me to advanced research equipment like Neutron Spectroscopy, Scanning Electron Microscope, etc. and my project there was relevant to the one I am currently doing at Fort Hare.
Dr. Maya van Gent, a senior lecturer at the Department of Human Movement Sciences, has been invited as one of the VIP’s to attend the Global Forum for Physical Education Pedagogy (GoFPEP), to be held at the North West University from the 15-17 May 2014. The GoFPEP is a biannual event drawing together leading experts from a variety of disciplines with the common interest of physical education and health programs in the 21st Century, and this year’s event will be themed; Best Practice of Physical Education and Health in Schools and Communities around the globe.