Marce Doubell

From: Nelspruit

Study: MSc Entomology – Determining the basic bio-ecology of a katydid (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae) pest in South African vineyards, with a focus on biological control to assist the development of an integrated pest management programme.

Life philosophy: “Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely” ~ Auguste Rodin







Bonginkhosi E. Dlamini

From: Manzini, Swaziland

Study: PhD – Potential of entomopathogenic nematodes and fungi for the control of the Banded fruit weevil, Phlyctinus callosus (Schönherr) (Coleoptera: Curculionidae)

Life philosophy: “One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say” ~ Bryant McGill








Welma Pieterse

From: Stellenbosch

Study: PhD – Forecasting the invasion potential of Bacterocera dorsalis in the Western Cape of South Africa using a trait-based approach.

Life philosophy: “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again” ~ Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela






Monique James

From: Bellville, Cape Town

Study: MSc Entomology – Investigating biological control agents for the Mediterranean fruit fly using entomopathogenic nematodes, fungi and parasitoid wasps.

Life philosophy: “Present choices determine future consequences, therefore embrace excellence” ~ Unknown





Greg Gatsi

From: Zimbabwe

Study: BScHons Plant Pathology – Pathogenicity testing of fungi isolated from discolored vascular tissue of young apple trees..

Life philosophy: “A man with one watch knows what time it is; a man with two watches is never quite sure” ~ Lee Segall






student1Mathulwe Letodi Luki

From: Limpopo, Polokwane

Study: MSc Entomology (1st year) – Control of the Woolly Apple Aphid (WAA), Eriosoma lanigerum, using entomopathogenic fungi.

Life philosophy: “It always seems impossible until it’s done” ~ Nelson Mandela




student1Khumbuzile Bophela

From: Kwa-Mashu, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Study: PhD (2nd year) – “Effect of drought and ring nematode stress combination in predisposing Prunus domestica (plum) to Pseudomonas syringae infection

Life philosophy: “The only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work hard for them” ~ Michelle Obama







Khwathelani Takalani

From: Mukula, Limpopo, South Africa

Study: MSc Plant Pathology (1st year) – Phytophthora infecting stone fruit trees (apricot, plum, peach, nectarine, cherry, almond). Stress factors influencing disease development in stone fruit trees by Pseudomonas syringae pv. syringae

Life philosophy: “Life has twist and turns we don’t anticipate. Yet with your talents, there will always be new roads you can follow and opportunities waiting to be discovered.” ~ Unknown




student1Maryna Odendaal

From: Zimbabwe

Study: MSc (2nd year) – The Ring nematode Criconemoides xenoplax, with special reference to grapevine and stone fruit.

Life philosophy: “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value” ~ Albert Einstein





student1Rhona Van der Merwe

From: Breerivier, South Africa

Study: MSc Plant Pathology at Stellenbosch University: Survey of stem canker and wood rot pathogens on stone fruit propagation material and young stone fruit trees.

Life philosophy: “SUCCESS IS NO ACCIDENT. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do” ~ Pele





Makomborero Nyoni

From: Shurugwi, Zimbabwe

Study: PhD student in Plant Pathology: Topic “Management of apple replant disease using phosphonates”.​

Life philosophy: “One of the most important keys to Success is having the discipline to do what you know you should do, even when you dont feel like doing it” ~ Unknown





student1Deidré Odendaal

From: Zimbabwe

Study: Deidré is currently doing her first year PhD – Incorporating entomopathogenic nematodes and fungi in an integrated pest management system for the control of codling moth​.

Life philosophy: “The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion.” – Paulo Coelho





student2Caro Kapp

From: Langebaanweg

Study: I am doing my PhD in Nematology focussing on the effect of various above ground soil amendments in orchards on soil health using the nematode community structure as a bio-indicator of soil health.

Life Philosophy: “Be lions roaring in the forests of knowledge” – Bahá’í Scriptures




student5Francois Gulu Bekker

From: Eastern Cape

Study: Gulu is currently doing his first year PhD – Integrating GIS and spatial analysis with insect pests monitoring data for the purposes of area-wide integrated pest management.

Life Philosophy: Live every day in such a way that you never have to look back and regret what you have done




davidDavid Ngadze

From: Zimbabwe

Study: I am currently in 2nd year studying for my MSc Agric (Entomology).

Life Philosophy: Sad face …out of my way …I have plenty of happy faces to attend to…