2 Te Oppidan Press 9 October 2012
Investec Rhodes Top 100 2012
From the desk of the DoS
Thoughts on the Investec Rhodes Top 100
My warm congratulations to
Te Op- pidan Press
, who have yet again pulledof the ‘op 100’ initiative or the 3rdtime at Rhodes, under the impressiveand able leadership o Jamie Be-zuidenhout. As always, reading aboutthe achievements o the ‘cream o thecrop’ at Rhodes has been inspiring andimpressive. It is indeed a privilege andan honour to be Dean o Students at aUniversity where so many o our stu-dents take such amazing advantage o the brie opportunity available to themduring their time as students, and whoget wholeheartedly involved in extra-mural activities while maintaining asolid academic record.
We have students with perect recordswho have been on the Deans’ liststhroughout their time at Rhodes; wehave students who have dedicated hourso their time working towards the uplif-ment o our local community, and wehave others who energetically espouseparticular causes such as HIV AIDS, hu-man rights violations and environmentalissues. Our SRC, sub-wardens, housecommittee members, society chairper-sons, and sports captains have excelledthemselves. And we have superb sports-women and men, musicians and artistsand entertainers.Not one o them has had a seriousacademic or disciplinary ‘blemish’recently. Not one o them has lost a DPor received a June warning in the past2 years. More than just that, in the DoSLeadership and Academic categories thewinning candidates are all ne role-models, and I have little doubt that thereaders o this edition will be inspiredby their talent, energy and passion. Ourmotto is “Where leaders learn” and thereis little doubt in my mind that each o our top 100 students will go out into theworld once they have completed theirdegrees, make a positive contribution tosociety and show everyone what Rhodesstudents can do.Te secret o real success at University is in nding the right balance betweenwork and extra-curricular activities. Tisrequires engagement with a wide rangeo new experiences and opportunities,many o them outside the classroom.During this active process, studentsbegin to understand their strengths andwork on their weaknesses, and acquirequalities which will enable them tobecome critical and engaged citizens inour new democracy. Tis sort o learningis voluntary, and takes place outside theormal classroom. I am sure all o ourtop 100 students will agree that they have learned a lot, and that the eort wasextremely worthwhile.I am well aware that there are armore than these 100 students who arealso outstanding in many ways, and arenot yet acknowledged or listed in thesepages. Many o you were probably toomodest to put your names orward andlef it to others to nominate deservingcandidates. Next year please don’t letthat happen - we would like to recogniseall deserving students.My personal congratulations goes toeach o the students listed in this edition,who have risen to the top through sheerhard work and dedication.
Dr Vivian de Klerk
M e e t t h e j u d g e s
A message from Investec
Another year and another cohort o youngleaders recognised and celebrated as part o the Investec Rhodes Top 100. Having beenpart o the adjudication process, exposedto the intense discussions around who isto be included as part o this list, I wish toextend well-deserved congratulations to allthose who have been included in the 2012Investec Rhodes Top 100 list.It takes committed and hard-workingpeople to be part o such a prestigiouscommunity. Those who make it onto thislist possess a rare combination o traits andabilities. They are perormances driven byaction-oriented people “who walk the talk”.We at Investec are delighted to provide, inpartnership with Rhodes University and
, a platorm that acknowledg-es and celebrates such leadership potential,qualities and abilities, or it is celebratingothers that encourages them to continuedelivering all-round. We also believe thatthe creation o this list connects like-mind-ed people who will not only celebrate eachother but will draw rom each other in moreways than one, not only or the better-ment o their own lives but those o theircommunities and society at large.All successul participants are requestedto make use o this achievement andrecognition to accomplish even the small-est o jobs with perection. This is becauseeach time one conquers the smallest task,it lets them grow stronger, enabling themto take on an even bigger task. All o youare on your way to doing some great thingsindeed. I would like to remind winners thatthe more successul they become, the morethey need to inspire others to ollow theirpassions and aspirations. True leadership isabout taking others along.Due to the socio-economic challengesacing South Arica and the world, there is aneed or people who are passionate, hard-working and committed to their chosenspaces as well as to the empowerment o others. Those who make it onto this list arerepresentative o such people and we hopeto see this community grow over the years.Once again, congratulations!Best wishes,Setlogane Manchidi
Dr Vivian de Klerk — General Excellence andDean o Students Leadership
Vivian de Klerk has been the Dean o Students at Rhodes University since 2007.She obtained her BA (Hons) and MA de-grees cum laude rom Rhodes and a PhDrom UC, as well as completing an HDEdegree rom Unisa. She was Proessorand Head o the Department o EnglishLanguage and Linguistics rom 1991 to2006, and was awarded the Rhodes ViceChancellor’s Senior Research Award in2004.
Larissa Klazinga— Dean o Students Leadership
Larissa Klazinga is the Student ServicesOcer at the University’s Dean o Stu-dents oces. In addition to working withthe Dean o Students, Klazinga is also theLilian Ngoyi Hall Warden and the StudentAnti-Harassment Ocer. Commenting onthe students who made the op 100, Klaz-inga said, “Tey have shown exceptionalleadership skills, they are committed andhard-working, and this award celebratestheir endeavours.”
Eric Oei— General Excellence andDean o Students Leadership
It is the breadth and intensity o hisleadership experiences that dene EricOei most completely. During his years atRhodes, Oei has displayed an interest inservice. He has been active in community engagement volunteering programmesand participated regularly in residencesports and student governance. In particu-lar, he has been SRC President, Hall seniorstudent, a society president and a classrepresentative (2007-2010). Oei is cur-rently the SRC Student Liaison Ocer.
Dr Kenneth Ngcoza— Community Engagement
Dr Kenneth Ngcoza is a science educationlecturer in the Education Faculty and hasbeen involved in establishing the MiSResearch Centre. Ngcoza is also involvedwith Te Khula Programme, which wonthe 2009 Vice-Chancellor’s DistinguishedCommunity Engagement Award. Teprogramme teaches senior school learn-ers valuable skills in areas such as mathsand science, which allows them to assisttheir teachers in educating their class-mates in these subjects.
Setlogane Manchidi— Commerce and Finance
Setlogane Manchidi, Head o Investec’sCorporate Social Investment division inSouth Arica, was awarded an Honoursdegree in Social Policy and Managementwith distinction rom the University o Cape own (UC). Afer graduating, heworked or Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) as an organisation and humanperormance business analyst and consult-ant, beore joining Investec as a CSI con-sultant in 2003. He headed up the divisionin 2005. Investec CSI, under Setlogane’sstewardship received the 2009 Sunday imes op 100 CSI Leadership Award.
Sarah Green— Commerce and Finance
Sarah Green is currently the Head o theCareer Centre at Rhodes University andhas been in this position or just over ayear. Green has worked with studentsat Rhodes University or 8 years as acounselling psychologist
7 o these inthe Counselling Centre and enjoys thechallenge o interacting and assistingstudents with nding their eet and ully participating in University lie and in thewider world o work.
Gillian McGregor— Sports
Gillian McGregor is a lecturer in theGeography Department. She completedher BA Honours and MSc at Rhodes. Herprimary research elds include uvialgeomorphology, impact o impoundmentson rivers systems, developing methodsor water resource management throughGIS. She is extensively involved in RhodesSport, specically underwater hockey.
Stephen Penney— Sports
Stephen Penney is the Sport and Motor-ing reporter or
, as well aschie photographer. Penney was the 2005recipient o the Sanlam Community PressPhotographer o the Year award, and has akeen interest in sports photography. He isalso an avid runner and has completed thewo Oceans Marathon, among others.
Roger Adams— Sports
Roger Adams is the current Deputy Deano Students and ormer head o Rho-des sport. In his tenure, Rhodes sportenjoyed a considerable shake up, withthe improvement o the Inter Res sportsprogramme, and o the various sportssocieties at Rhodes. Outside the oce, theather o two enjoys cycling and playinggol.
Mandla Gagayi— Sports
Mandla Gagayi is the head o sportsat Rhodes University. He was also therecipient o the 2010 Vice-Chancellor’sDistinguished Community Engagementaward, which he received or his work es-tablishing the Grahamstown High SchoolsSoccer League.
Corinne Cooper— Arts, Culture and Media
Corinne Cooper is a Sound echnology lecturer at Rhodes University and owns arecording studio. She is actively involvedin Grahamstown’s music industry, servingas a judge or Live Music Society’s Battleo the Bands.
The Oppidan Press— Judging acilitators
Benjamin Katz, Editor; Kate-Lyn Moore,Deputy Editor; Jamie Bezuidenhout,op 100 Project Coordinator; CamaguMona, Managing Editor; Kirsten Makin,Chie Photo Editor; Sian Rees, MarketingManager.