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A Background on Africa Day

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Leo Vaccaro |Photo Sourced from Wikimedia Africa Day (also known as African Liberation Day) celebrates the establishment of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) which was established in 1963. It is also a day to acknowledge the progress of African states including their past and present challenges. In that time …

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Lecturers Brought to Life


You see your lecturers at Rhodes every day of the week, but do you know much about them? Would you believe that they have lives off campus? From underground rappers to Karate masters, Activate sits down and talks to the men and women who are helping us along the road …

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Surviving Load Shedding

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Megan Whittington I was editing an old manuscript of my grandmother’s when I experienced my first Eskom-induced blackout in Grahamstown. It was precisely 6pm and it had been an overcast day, which meant that it was almost completely dark outside. I was keen to get more editing done before the …

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Giving a helping hand with JJH

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Mitchell Shaun Parker The first thing that will hit you when walking into a JJH tutoring session will quite literally be the children. Taps on knees from little hands asking to be lifted up into a hug, high-fives and laughter from all the excitement created by your arrival will crash …

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