student1Nasreen van Rensburg

From: Tzaneen, South Africa

Study: MSc Horticulture – Growth regulator studies on plums, which entails improving various cultivars of plum fruit quality and fruit set, and secondly comparing quality of two plum cultivars under shade nets versus full sun, as well as finding ways to efficiently control excessive vegetative growth under nets.

Life philosophy: “You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore”






student1Qamani Doko

From: Queenstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Study: MAgric Horticultural Science – Quantifying water use of apple orchards.

Life philosophy: “Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference” ~ Robert Frost







student3Andrew van Lingen:

From: Greyton, South Africa

Study: MSc (1st year) – Quantifying the Impact of Insufficient Winter Chill on ‘Golden Delicious’ Apple Fruit Quality.

Life philosophy: “We have a destiny to fulfill, not an existence to waste” ~ Dutch Sheets




student3Micheline Inamahoro:

From: Burundi

Study: PhD – Physiological dynamics of dormancy in apple buds grown in areas with insufficient cold.

Life philosophy: “Never stop learning, because life never stops teaching” ~








student3Zanele Ntshidi:

From: Umthatha, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Study: PhD – Investigating the partitioning of evapotranspiration in orchards from planting until full-bearing age and implications for water resources management.

Life philosophy: “Be the change you want to see in the world.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi



student3Imke Kritzinger:

From: Langkloof

Study: Currently doing second year of PhD in Horticulture – Studying Japanese plum cuticles to determine whether they have an influence on post-harvest moisture loss and fruit shriveling.

Life philosophy: “Nothing is stronger than the bond of family. Together, there is nothing we cannot overcome – we have to carry each other through the difficult times, because life is hard and often unfair, but through our hardships we learn compassion, gain wisdom, and become unbreakable.”




student4Kenias Chigwaya

From: Zimbabwe

Study: Currently doing first year masters and working on research titled “Moisture loss in nectarines”.

Life philosophy:  “I’d rather attempt to do something great and fail, than to attempt nothing and succeed.” Robert H. Schuller.





adriaanAdriaan Theron

From: Breërivier

Study:I’m currently in the final year of my MSc Horticulture project, entitled – “Moisture loss studies of Japanese plums”.

Life philosophy:  “If you can’t have fun, there’s no sense in doing it.” – Paul Walker.





deonDeon Kirstein

From: Zimbabwe

Study: Second year MScAgric : Mechanical thinning of Pome Fruit

Life philosophy: Work hard and play harder for the life in your years.