On 22 May 2018, PhD candidate Cherié Forbes attended CapeNature's Quarterly Ecological Meeting (QEM) at the Porterville Library in Porterville, Western Cape. The purpose of the QEM was to allow a space to reflect on and discuss past and upcoming CapeNature activities in the region. The meeting was well-attended with interesting feedback and updates on projects undertaken by CapeNature staff and associates. Read the article written by Cherié to learn more.
On 8 May 2018, Sonto Mtolo, a DST-NRF Intern currently assisting the Plant Conservation Unit (PCU) with processing historical collections, graduated from the University of Zululand KwaDlangezwa main Campus. Sonto graduated with Merit in Bachelor of Library and Information Science. The PCU team would like to congratulate Sonto on this wonderful achievement. We are fortunate to have her on our team and we know that she will do well in all her future endeavours. Read the article to learn more!
The Plant Conservation Unit (PCU) would like to give a warm welcome to Sally Mashele who has recently joined us as a Research Assistant. Sally will be largely assisting the PCU team with GIS and other mapping software. Welcome Sally!
The South African National Biodiversity Institute and partners (including the Plant Conservation Unit, Cape Citizen Science and others) held a Citizen Science Fair at The Old Mutual Conference and Exhibition Centre at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens over the weekend (14-15 April 2018). Hundreds of citizen scientists attended the Saturday event, which had a fantastic line-up of talks, display stands and interactive workshops on a variety of citizen science projects, including rePhotoSA. The citizen science fair was aligned with international citizen science day organised on the same day. Read the article to learn more about this exciting event!