What’s in a name – Re Bo Mang?

Leago Mamabolo reviews a student production about naming and destiny.

How do we contextualise where we are from? The film Re Bo Mang? (Who are we?) does this by begging the question of, “what’s in a name?”. Centred around the directors, Karabo Magofe Mahlaela and Dimpho Edwin Mabodimo’s Pedi community, the film reveals that there are contesting opinions and views on the issue of how much impact a name has on one’s life. There are two main characters, Thomonodah Mohlala and Odirile Makola, whose stories the film follows. The film is screened in the South African Student Film category at Encounters 2020. (more…)

Mission Lockdown Recipes: Peppermint Crisp Tart

Catherine White whips up a sweet treat

Are you feeling stranded at home during lockdown? Do you have access to cream, tinned caramel, tennis biscuits and peppermint crisp? Make it your mission to try out this easy recipe. If I can do it, you can too!

Portrait of Place – Red Café

We visit The Red Café in High Street, Grahamstown \ Mahkanda to feel the atmosphere of this friendly and popular little café. Owner Louis talks about their menu and what makes Red Café one of the most charming establishments in town. The discusses the issues that a small business owner has to go through in order to keep running.

Production by Michael Taylor

Portrait of place – Ultra Fitness

Bill Jokana is a personal trainer at a gym in Grahamstown. He understands the many reasons people join a gym and encourages people of all ages to look after their bodies, to remain healthy and increase their chances of living longer. Bill shows us a normal day in his world…

Production by Khaka Ngcofe

Nqontsonqa – Ndaakuthanda

Ndaakuthanda is a Xhosa rap song by Nqontsonqa, a language activist from Grahamstown (Makhanda). In the song he is reflecting about the love of his life, why he loves her and how he initially fell in love with her. The artist is passionate about the preservation of the rich Xhosa language and culture.
Production by Nelisa Kom & Zimkhita Kweza


Imagine how great it would be if a science lecture could be as exciting as a play?

We investigate the power of educational theatre in making science more relatable and entertaining to young minds. This is achieved by looking at the play “All from One” which was performed at Scifest Africa this year.

Production by Michael Dorfling & Smangaliso Ngwenya

Toying with Science

A Rhodes University student attends the Toys from Trash and Mankala workshops at Scifest Africa

Close to Home

On the streets of Athlone, Cape Town, boys grow up idolizing neighbourhood gangsters standing on street corners and jump at the chance to become one of them – a township celebrity. Grant Porthen was one of those boys. For his mother, Sharon, tough love was the only answer. Eventually she was forced to give up on her son. Grant endured prison, the wrath of the Numbers gang and crystal meth addiction leading to the collapse of his thriving drug empire. Close to Home documents the changing relationship between Grant and Aunty Sharon through the years. Their determination to stay connected through separation and pain explores the deeper meaning of love and family.

Production by Rhea MacDonald, Laura Skippers & Louise Fuller

#RHODESSOWHITE – Director’s Cut

#RhodesSoWhite explores systematic white privilege within Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa. Students talk through the current controversies and share their ideas of transformation in this 24 min documentary.

The production deepens the conversations around #BlackLivesMatter, #RhodesMustFall and #Luister, looking at the racial experiences of students on campus in a time of change.

Production by Campbell Easton, Jenna Lillie & Nikho Mageza

Basotho ma Xhoseng – Sotho people amongst Xhosa people

Lehlohonolo Matsepe and Prudence Dyofile are two students who identify as Sotho, but find themselves slightly out of place in the Eastern Cape a predominantly Xhosa region. Despite their difficulties, both have found comfort in their own culture and identity while navigating through the cultural melting pot of Rhodes University.

Production by Teboho Ramosili

Letting go

There’s quite a lot of attention given to what happens to boys who grow up without fathers, but there is growing research that suggests that girls are affected just as much, if not more.

Nash Skosana never thought her father’s absence affected her that much. She weighs her feelings and remembers what life was like without a father around.

Production by Rhea MacDonald

Living in Colour

Living in Colour explores the challenges young black South Africans have when it comes to playing an active role in their culture.
Meet Kimerudi Motswai – a student at Rhodes University – as she describes her sense of cultural dislocation.

Production by Nikho Mageza


We live in a society where anything that is different is feared or misunderstood but what happens when you make the conscious decision to stand out? John Wayne Stevens, a body modification artist and performance artist, speaks about what life is like as a heavily modified individual.

Produced by Louise Fuller

2 become 1

2 become 1 explores the impact of growing up without a father through the eyes of Carey Moraladi – a student at Rhodes University. Carey was raised in a single parent household by her mother’s with whom she had an extremely close bond until her passing. This resulted in her having identity and abandonment issues as a teenager as she tried to find herself without much parental support.
After years of separation, she finally reunited with her father and established a relationship just 2 years ago. This has seen a gradual process of trust and re-commitment for both Carey and her father to establish a bond. She still maintains a close relationship with her mother’s family who reside in Grahamstown, especially during the time she has been studying at Rhodes.

Production by Laura Skippers


Five Rhodes University students speak about gender, sexuality and societal pressures that are experienced by members of the LGBTQI+ community. They discuss issues such as labelling, ‘coming out’ and the pervasiveness of heteronormativity within the public sphere. Each student shares their experiences of misconceptions surrounding their gender, sexuality and identities at Rhodes and beyond.
The LGBTQI+ community is increasing in visibility on Rhodes campus. Societies such as OutRhodes and Gender Action Project ensure that members of this community feel welcomed and included. Issues such as heteronormativity, homophobia and misconceptions around gender, sex and sexuality are addressed by these societies in the hopes that the LGBTQI+ community can feel more included and visible. The dissemination of this information is vital so people are more aware of how societal norms exclude and demonise anyone who is not heterosexual. The LGBTQI+ community encompasses many genders, sexuality and orientations allowing some people to live a more fluid life.

Production by Jenna Lillie

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