The Rhodes University council has approved a two-stage process for talks on changing the name of the Grahamstown institution, following the removal of the Cecil John Rhodes statue from Cape Town University’s campus.
In a statement late last week, council chairperson Vuyo Kahla said a task team would be appointed to engage the community and students on the possibility of a name change.
“It is intended that the task team be composed of members of impeccable credentials so that the outcome of the process can be beyond reproach,” he said.
“Council accepted the advice and further suggested that the task team not only investigate the matter of the future of the name of our university but situate this matter in the broader context of transformation at Rhodes University.”
The move comes as students at UCT successfully protested for the removal of the Rhodes statue on campus to allow for transformation at the institution to take place.
photo credit: Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute – St. Michael’s Hospital via photopin (license)