RUCE Community Partner of the Year goes to….

River Rescue!

We are thrilled to announce that River Rescue was award the Community Partner of the year award at this year’s RUCE Awards. This would not have been possible without so many of our volunteer’s stellar commitment to Makhanda’s rivers and communities. Thank you all.

Read more about the awards below.


The Rhodes University Community Engagement Awards is an annual evening of celebration, recognising a year of excellence in Makhanda’s community engagement space. The Awards is an opportunity to acknowledge and share our pride in the students, researchers, community organisations and the university community for their dedication to building meaningful relationships and embodying social change.

The annual award ceremony is a small event that celebrates the heartbeat of Community Engagement and the organs that keep community engagement growing and thriving in Makhanda. At this event, RUCE takes a moment to recognize and acknowledge those who act to build bridges through interventions aimed at the public and transformation of our town and beyond. These awards take place towards the end of each year after our active citizenship programmes have ended for the year.  RUCE has hosted this event every year from as far back as 2012, and believes it is an important moment encouraging volunteers to take ownership of the Community Engagement space. The event also serves as a moment to reflect upon the past year, enjoy the successes and heal from the challenges. The event brings together volunteers and student leaders from across our citizenship programmes, as well as early engaged researchers and the community partners who make it all possible. The Awards are also an opportunity to reaffirm the student leaders and volunteer managers of our programmes, all of whom go above and beyond the calls of duty throughout the year, to ensure the best possible experience for everyone involved in the project.