PE-born Abel wins Rhodes scholarship

Zandile Mbabela

PORT Elizabeth-born student Tim Abel was this week chosen as the St Andrew’s College Rhodes Scholar-elect to Oxford University next year, where he will be studying towards an MPhil Economics degree.

Abel, 22, who aims to centre his studies on issues with specific relevance to Africa, will research ways in which developing countries can strengthen their vulnerable democracies for their economic benefit.

The Rhodes Scholarship is a global bursary scheme founded by Cecil John Rhodes in 1902, with only four South African schools – Grahamstown’s St Andrew’s College, Cape Town’s SA College School (SACS) and Bishops Diocesan College and Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch – part of the programme.


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