Rhodes University John Kotze House

Rhodes University John Kotze House

John Kotze House


John Kotze consists of the main house with 72 single rooms and an annex situated under the dining hall consisting of 4 single rooms.  The annex is only used for postgraduates.

A very warm welcome to John Kotze Residence.

John Kotze Residence is part of the St Mary Dining Hall and we are located in beautiful gardens right in the centre of campus.  Our residence has one of the most striking façades on campus and this façade mirrors the strength and grace of the ladies of John Kotze.

This residence consists of 72 single rooms in the main building and 4 rooms in an annexe, where some of our post-graduate students stay.  Every room has a basin, single bed, wall-mounted heater (very necessary for our cold winters), an internet connection, a built-in wardrobe, a desk and a chair and these rooms are carpeted.  Every student is provided with linen and curtains, although you may bring your own.

The leadership team for 2017 are

Sub-Wardens:        Reitumetse Mokoena, Buhle Moholi and Zama Luthuli

Head Student:       Anelisa Matika

House Committee:

Community Engagement/Transformation                  Mbalenhle Cubeni

Entertainment/Food                                                    Shaurissa Borchard

Sport/Secretary                                                          Malika Maharaj

Treasurer/Tuckshop                                                   Asiphe Galada

Student Network/Environment/Academics               Khanyisile Buthelezi

At John Kotze residence we aim to make obtaining your degree a fun experience.  While helping you keep your eye on the main goal of getting your degree, we encourage you to get involved in sporting activities, community engagement, committees and societies that will help you discover unexpected skills and talents.  We would like you to meet many other students who will become life-time friends.  We hope that in ten, twenty, fifty years’ time you will be returning to Rhodes to celebrate and remember the amazing time you had here in 2017.

Please remember that your Warden, Sub-Wardens and House Comm are here to help you so please ask us questions and we will help you settle in to the John Kotze and Rhodes way of life.

Welcome to the John Kotze family.


Welcome JK Ladies

To all the new ladies, welcome to our home. John Kotze House is a house full of light, love and most importantly, sisterhood which is our most important trait that you will surely experience within our hall as a whole. We hope that you will enjoy your stay in this house, and make it your home too. Be sure to have fun, make new friends and create memories. And remember, university is mostly where we meet our life-time friends.

Eli likaya lethu, siyathemba ukuba nani nizakulenza lenu ikhaya apho nizakuthi nakhe ubuhlobo namanye amaqobokazana. Uhlale uyazi ukuba awuwedwa, sikho thina ukuze sakhane sibe ngumzekelo omhle nakwamanye amaqobokazana aleDyunivesithi.

To the returning ladies, Welcome back. We hope that you have had a jolly vacation and feeling revitalised, ready to yet face another year. Remember every year we meet new people, please let us make our new ladies feel welcome and spread the love of sisterhood.

Voordat ek afsluit, wil ek graag elkeen van julle ‘n wonderlike jaar. Hoop vanjaar sal gevul word met geluk en liefde. Floreer pragtige dames


“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”.

–          Maya Angelou

Your Head Student

Anez Matika-Mahapi

John Kotze reaching out

John Kotze residence has formed a bond with the Duna Library and has been working there on a regular basis