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Rhodes University South Africa Alumni

Rhodes University South Africa Alumni

Rhodes University Alumni, One of the most well known departments on the Rhodes campus is the university’s school of Journalism and Media Studies, through which many of South Africa’s most notable media celebrities have passed. There are also an especially high number of radio celebrities who graduated at Rhodes – many of them having spent time with the university’s campus radio station Rhodes Music Radio.


  • Matthew Buckland – Media-owner and entrepreneur
  • Stephen Grootes – Political journalist and commentator
  • Anand Naidoo – Anchor and correspondent for Al Jazeera English based in Washington DC; previously with CNN
  • Jeremy Mansfield – Radio host, television presenter, comedian
  • Haru Mutasa – Correspondent for Al Jazeera International
  • Zaa Nkweta – Former Carte Blanche presenter
  • Verashni Pillay – Mail & Guardian editor-in-chief
  • Toby Shapshak – Journalist and African technology thought leader
  • Barry Streek – Political journalist and anti-apartheid activist
  • Rob Vember – 5FM DJ

Notable staff

  • Margaret Ballinger – Political activist; taught in the history department
  • André Brink – Writer
  • Andrew Buckland – Performer and playwright
  • Julian Cobbing – Professor of African history; wrote an influential and controversial theory on the nature of the Mfecane
  • Ward Jones – Professor of philosophy
  • Don Maclennan – Professor of English and notable poet
  • Obie Oberholzer – Photographer
  • D.C.S. Oosthuizen – Philosopher, Christian, critic of apartheid
  • Selmar Schonland – Botanist
  • J.L.B. Smith – Ichthyologist; first to identify a taxidermied fish as a coelacanth, a fish previously thought to be extinct
  • H.W. van der Merwe – Founder of the Centre for Intergroup Studies, University of Cape Town
  • Etienne van Heerden – Writer
  • Arthur Matthews (mathematician), founding professor of the University
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