Plant Conservation Unit BSc Honours students Nina Zizzamia, Tara Nair Van Ryneveld and Sally Mashele were among thousands of students who graduated in April 2018 from the University of Cape Town. Nina, and Tara (in absentia), graduated on 4 April 2018 and Sally graduated on 6 April 2018. We would like to congratulate these students on their hard work and dedication to their projects. You have all worked so hard and we wish you every success for the future. Many thanks to colleagues and their institutions who helped to co-supervise these projects. Read the full article to learn more.
The Plant Conservation Unit would like to give a warm welcome to Sonto Mtolo who has recently joined us as an intern under the DST-NRF programme. Sonto will be working with Samantha Venter and Prof. M. Timm Hoffman and will largely assist in processing historical photographic collections and with our citizen science project, rePhotoSA. Welcome Sonto!
On 27 February 2018, Cherié Forbes, a doctoral candidate at the Plant Conservation Unit at the University of Cape Town (UCT), attended the Western Cape Climate Change Response Forum: An initiative under Provincial Strategic Goal 4. The meeting was co-hosted by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning and the African Climate and Development Initiative based at UCT. Read the full article to learn more about the workshop. Article and images supplied by Cherié Forbes.
“Hanging on a Wire: Photographs by Sophia Klaase” was shortlisted for, and subsequently won, the 2018 Humanities and Social Sciences Award for Best Non-Fiction Edited Volume. The awards were held at the John Kani Theatre at The Market Theatre in Johannesburg on 15 March 2018. Congratulations to the editors, Rick Rohde and Siona O’Connell, as well as to the photographer Sophia Klaase (“Vytjie”), who sadly passed away at the beginning of 2017.