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khusta3.jpgI was born on the 31st March 1992 at Mdantsane where I grew up. I started school at Equleni Junior Primary school in 1999 and I studied my senior primary school at Langelitsha, where I was the class representative in grade 5 and then the school’s head boy when I was doing grade 6 and 7. I matriculated at Khulani Commercial High School in 2011 with a distinction in Accounting.

I was invited to attend an open day at RU in 2011 as I was in the top 10 Matric. I came to Rhodes in 2012, I was admitted to the extended studies programme. I have been offered to study towards

 

Grade 8 student

Grade 8 student

Postgraduate Diploma in Accountancy in 2017 at Rhodes, so that I may reach my ultimate goal of becoming a CA(SA).

 

When I graduate from Rhodes University, I will not only have attained a Bachelor of commerce degree but also leadership experience that I have gained throughout the years. Rhodes is where leaders learn.

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By CHRISKELLZ

Story six – The sexual frustration continues

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cardsStory six of my sexually frustrated drunkard life.

It was the last day of May, 2014. I was waiting for midnight for the bank SMS notification. Me and, let’s call him Q, were roaming the streets of Grahamstown killing time. We went to Oldies to spend his electricity money on a few beers while we wait for midnight.  It ran out. On our way back to his place, we decided to make a U turn and go to this other guy’s place. We got there. He was with his friend and two girls from Midlands College. They were drinking and playing Crazy 8. We joined them. I played one or two games before suggesting that we play Strip Crazy 8 instead. The rules are the same; the only difference is that the loser, in each round, takes off one item of clothing.  We played, people stripped. A couple of games…

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By CHRISKELLZ

THE PREMIER OF THE LILLIAN NGOYI HALL

Chris looking dapper in a suit after church

Chris looking dapper in a suit after church

His full name is Christopher Khuselo Kale – most people call him ChrisKellz. He is the democratically elected Lilian Ngoyi Student Representative Counsel Hall Representative, as well as being the 2014 treasurer for Joe Slovo House and the Project Officer for Methodist Society, but his unofficial title is “the premier of the Lillian Ngoyi hall” at Rhodes University.

The third year Bcom Accounting student from the Xhosa suburb of Mdantsane in the Eastern Cape defines his role as acting as a “liaison between the students in the hall and the SRC”. A day in the life of a this Hall Representative is filled with the busyness of being a university student as well as keeping up with the meetings and reports that come with this leadership position.

Chris said that in the midst of all this activity, “You don’t really have much time to yourself.” His passion for his role in the hall is obvious. Chris has been successful in maintaining the casual, friendly and mutually respectful relationship that he established with the hall’s student body and he wishes for it to remain that way. He even re-counted an incident with the younger students he used to tutor when they addressed him using the traditional Xhosa title for a revered older man – “Bhuti” – and his vehement refusal to be exalted to such a position of authority.

Chris looking at the names of his predecessors with appreciation and happiness

Chris looking at the names of his predecessors with appreciation and happiness

“I said no, don’t call me that. You must call me by my name”, he said while shaking his head vigorously. This rule does not apply to his proud cousins, Lelethu, Pumezo and Ndikho. Approachability is where Chris believes the essence of being a good leader lies. He cites the Rhodes University Vice Chancellor, Dr Sizwe Mabizela, as one of his influences from which he draws inspiration for his own leadership style. He described Dr Mabizela as having a humble, respectful, and approachable father-figure-like manner which is both pacifying and liberating for his followers. Other icons like the “intellectual” Thabo Mbeki feature. The softly spoken Chris teemed with glee when he started talking about his mother and grandmother who he said raised him. He appreciates the “nice Christian” women who must have been the apt board of advisers behind this premier’s success. He spoke with awe and excitement about being taught the values of self-respect, caring and supporting others that he has today.

The position of Hall Representative was not without its fair share of challenges this year. There was the issue of organising accommodation for students who could neither afford to go home nor pay for alternative accommodation during March vacation. That was preceded by the contentious #RhodesSoWhite and #RhodesMustFall debacle which caused friction within what Chris sees as an already divided student body. This is not to say there have not been any accomplishments made by Chris in partnership with the Lillian Ngoyi Hall Committee. The Welcome Dinner – a chance for the hall’s students to relax and socialise – was a hit. The prominent players were the Lillian Ngoyi Hall Senior Student, Mthawethemba Kumalo, and the Lillian Ngoyi Hall Administrator, Genean Catto, as well as Chris and the students who volunteered to organise the event.

Chris is very proud of his hall

Chris is very proud of his hall

Christopher’s long-time friend who went to the same high school as him, Noluvuyo “Vuyo” Matiwane, said that “he believes in many chances” and his journey towards becoming Hall Representative epitomises this. The 2014 hall representative elections were his second time running. The first time was in 2013 to no avail. Despite his feelings of dejection, Chris decided  to enhance his abilities as a leader by helping with hall student governing and seeking advice from Somila Tshabe – a former Hall Representative – who talked him through the logistics of the process and supported his ambition. Somila said that he identifies Chris with one attribute which is “the will to do” what is necessary for him to succeed.

Songezo Mtsatsa, who has known Chris since their shyness ridden first year, said, “When you ask him to do a certain task, he will kill it. That’s the kind of person he is.”

It is not all work and no play for Christopher Kale. He likes to find peace in the sanctuary for sleep that is his residence room. In the little time that he has to spare he likes to watch action movies and play April’s Fools’ Day jokes where he quits the position of being Hall Representative and gets everyone in a panic. My House Warden, Meesbar Jiwaji, has not quite forgiven him yet for that one.

Chris’s goals for this year include improving student awareness and participation in student governing in a campaign to reduce what Somila calls “the student apathy of an apolitical student body”. The other is to realise his vision for a united student body in the hall that embraces diversity.

Most likely to: become a successful Charted Accountant and business man.

Written by Samkele Myeni.

By CHRISKELLZ
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April fools’ day Joke

Addressing Lilian Ngoyi Hall Students

Addressing Lilian Ngoyi Hall Students

Good day Lillian Ngoyi Students and wardens

On the 30th of March I decided and unfortunately terminated my Rhodes University registration contract due to personal reasons.

Hence, I regret to inform you that I am resigning as your Lillian Ngoyi Hall SRC Rep effective immediately.The reason for my resignation is that the LHN and SRC constitution does not allow a non Rhodes university students to serve at the SRC.
I would like to express my gratitude to Hall comm and SRC for the leadership experience they have exposed me to, and the Lillian Ngoyi Hall students for the opportunity to serve them.
Kind Regards
April fools day 

By CHRISKELLZ