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Re-thinking Africa Day


Ciara O’Donoghue| Photo Sourced from Flickr Improved unity, solidarity and communication between the African States, liberation from colonial rule and the promotion of human rights for all African people. ¬†These were the main goals of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) when it was first established on the 25 of …

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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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