Newsletter June - July 2016


26 July 2016

We're more than halfway through an exciting year, and as usual there's been lots on the go. We've continued connecting with alumni, and are reaching more of you every day. Thank you for your continued support, and enjoy reading about what's been happening recently.

Meeting an alumnus - Dr Carl Bruns (1950)


Class of 1950


The first class in Agriculture, pictured in 1948: Back row (L-R): Peall, McKenzie, Tustin, Setterberg, D Reusch, Lello, Cuan McCarthy and Rodel. Third row (L-R): Cooper, Knox-Davies, Phillips, Brown, Horne and McAllister. Second row (L-R): Bolton, Gordon-Smith, Stubbs, Mullins, Bruns, Hanson and Routledge. Front row (L-R): Alcock, Röhrs, Dicks, Jobst, Seward and Hunter.



Dr Carl Bruns completed his BSc Agric at the then-Faculty of Agriculture at the former University of Natal in 1950. The son of a farmer, who ran a mixed farming enterprise in Welkom, he majored in Pasture Management under the instruction of Professor JD Scott. Carl, whose German heritage meant that he spoke only Afrikaans and German for the foundational years of his childhood, attended secondary school at Grey College in Bloemfontein, writing his matric in Afrikaans.

He described his upbringing as a humble one; his mother made all of his clothes and his father made his shoes, and their farm provided food for their table. He describes his parents as hardworking and honest; his mother was Jewish, born in Germany, she came to South Africa as a child of three. Carl has a 90 year-old sister, Charlotte, still living in Welkom, who worked as a physical education teacher, and also had a brother, Leo, who was a mining engineer.

Having always dreamed of doing medicine, as a 17 year-old matriculant, Carl reasoned that he should rather pursue agriculture in order to help with his parents’ farm.


Carl close-up

After spending three years at the newly-established Faculty of Agriculture in Pietermaritzburg, Carl farmed with his father until 1956, despite always wanting to do medicine. He had previously enrolled in the University of the Witwatersrand in 1946 at the age of 17 to study Soil Conservation. Having been schooled in Afrikaans and then being required to study in English at Wits, Carl had to repeat his first year in 1947. He then came to the University of Natal’s Agricultural Faculty from his second year in 1948, where he spent three years; “The best,” he says.

“Oribi was the best,’ said Carl, recalling the days of the University’s use of the converted Military Hospital in Oribi. Each student had their own room at the former barracks, and lectures were conducted in these facilities as well. He used to regularly run from Oribi to Woodburn Stadium for rugby practices. In his final year at Oribi, Carl was appointed a member of the Residence House Committee, giving him a seat at the “head table” in the dining hall with sherry in the common room.



“They had these army trucks that they used to transport us to Cedara for practicals once a week,” he recalled. “For me, having grown up on a farm, there was nothing strange about seeing a cow, a sheep or a pig, but a lot of these lads came from cities, and they’d never been on a farm in their life before.” (Mirroring many of the experiences of many undergraduate agriculture students even today).

Two of Carl’s classmates, Ken Hanson and Tony Stubbs, had each had a leg amputation, Ken as a result of a landmine injury in the war, and Tony when he was a child as a result of a deformity. One had his left leg amputated, and the other his right leg. While travelling in the truck to Cedara, the two used to sit next to one another; Tony on the right and Ken on the left, with their prostheses next to each other. At one stage, a visitor to the class accompanied them to Cedara, and, unaware of the two fellows’ prostheses, was left shocked when Tony began forcefully kicking Ken’s leg, and Ken kicked him back. The pair vigorously kicked one another’s legs repeatedly, with the class brushing it off by saying they were used to it.

“Still to this day, I don’t think he knew what was going on,” chuckled Carl.

Carl also remembers being reprimanded by a pipe-smoking Professor Ewer of Zoology for making too much noise with his friends outside the Professor’s house he shared with his wife, a fellow pipe-smoking academic. He threatened the students with “proctotorial” action, which, said Carl, was too much for an agricultural student to comprehend.

Recalling more antics of his classmates, Carl described how one particular student, given to drinking binges, went down to the docks and embarked on a ship, waking up in Stockholme.

He described the Green Grasshopper, run by classmate Mike Seward and his then-fiancée Sheila (a teacher at Wykeham School), and Dieter Jobst, selling refreshments. Carl himself was in charge of the cigarette counter in his residence at Oribi.



UN Rugby 1949

An avid tennis and rugby player, Carl played for Natal in rugby in 1949 while in Pietermaritzburg, fleetingly while a regular player was unavailable. In his last year at Oribi, he was appointed vice-captain of the 1st XV rugby team, with Peter Booysen as the captain, and was also presented with a rugby blue.

Right: Carl (seated, 2nd row, 2nd from left), with the 1st XV team in 1949. Peter Booysen is 4th from left



Carl maintained a close friendship with Mike Seward, who lived in East London for a time before moving to Rhodesia, where he married Sheila, with Carl as his best man. Mike joined the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), working up to the position of CEO. Mike went on to attempt the development of a braai contraption, which failed, leaving Mike with 90% of his body burnt in a gas fire accident involving his invention, and in hospital for 10 months. Mike passed away just a few years ago; his widow Sheila still living in Harare. Mike and Sheila had four children, one of them passing away in his youth in an accident in a trip to the Transvaal, and another still maintaining correspondence with Carl.

Carl was married to his wife Joan for 55 years, nursing her in her final year following her first stroke; Joan passed away in her husband’s arms in 2012.

The couple met on the Union Castle Line travelling from Cape Town to Southhampton in 1952, en route to the Summer Olympics in Helsinki. At the time, the two-week trip cost £50, for what he called absolute luxury.

Carl and Joan married in 1956, and that year Carl informed his father that he still felt urged to pursue his dream of medicine, which was met with encouragement. His parents’ farm was later sold to the Union Corporation mining company.

Carl then went down to Cape Town for a year while waiting for the academic year to start at Trinity College, Dublin. He worked in the Pay Office of the Public Works Department, facing seasickness on boats going to Robben Island weekly to pay plasterers and bricklayers. He described going to the docks with over £2000 in a suitcase with which to pay the workers without fear of being attacked.

In 1957, Carl began his studies in medicine at Trinity College. While sitting in a class of 320 first year students, Organic Chemistry lecturer Mr McKenzie informed the class that second year had place for only 60.

Upon hearing this, Carl exclaimed, “I said to myself, ‘Carl, what have you done? What made you come here?’”

55 students proceeded to second year medicine, and of those 22 qualified as doctors. Having started studying medicine at the age of 29, and qualifying at the age of 35, Carl described the different attitude towards his studies, which left him little time for extracurricular activities like the rugby he had enjoyed in Pietermaritzburg.

“When my beloved Joan passed away, after 55 years of marriage, I had to get to grips with life without having the most loving and caring wife next to me,” said Carl. “However, she presented me with two incredible children.”

His two children, Glenda (now Mendes) and Brent, were born while Carl was a student at Trinity College in Dublin; his daughter born while he was writing his final exams.

Both have now immigrated to Australia, and have been there for 19 and 16 years respectively, in Melbourne and Bendigo. Each have two children. He credits his late wife for her invaluable support, calling her the best mother. His daughter works with autistic children, and his son is a human resources manager at a foundry. Carl describes his children as exceptional, saying his daughter has, to a great extent, filled the void left by her mother, holidaying with her father in Phuket every year for the past three years. His son organises a week of visiting uncommon destinations in Australia with his father on each visit Carl makes Down Under.

Carl worked as district surgeon in Vanderbijl Park until 1988, at which time he and his wife moved to Umhlanga. Not content with unadulterated retirement, Bruns soon went to offer his services as a medical doctor to Addington Hospital, where he worked until 2013, describing his work as sometimes including that which no one else wanted to do. He left with memories of many happy hours spent there.


Carl Bruns 2016


Dr Carl Bruns in June 2016, with Networking Facilitator Christine Cuénod


Carl lives in Umhlanga on his own, missing his late wife immensely but pursuing life committedly nonetheless. He relies on his strong faith, driving himself to church every Sunday in Musgrave Road, where he has been for almost 20 years.

“From an early age I realised that faith was an integral part of my life,” said Carl. “I enjoyed attending church services, something I followed throughout my life in Theunissen, Bloemfontein, Pietermaritzburg, Welkom, Dublin, Cape Town, Vanderbijlpark and now, Durban.

Carl has been to Australia 8 or 9 times, and will attend the wedding of one of his granddaughters in Melbourne in December. He has been to Phuket 22 times.


Amongst all of his life experiences, his time at the then-University of Natal is one of his most valued.

“I treasure and display my BSc (Agric) certificate with pride and recall my days at Oribi as being the best and most carefree in my life.”

Right: Professor John Cooke, Dr Carl Bruns, Professor Emeritus George Quicke and Dr Pete Zacharias at a reunion in 2011






Agricultural Economics Students Shine at Agbiz Congress


Winning Team

The winning team: Mr Njabulo Nkosi, Mr Luan van der Walt Ms Carmen van Niekerk and Ms Frieda Scheepers


At this year's installment of the Agbiz Congress, held in Cape Town, three Masters students from the discipline of Agricultural Economics in UKZN’s School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES) took part in one of the Congress’ premium events, the Student Case Competition, with one of them a member of the winning team.
Mr Njabulo Nkosi (sponsored by Syngenta), Ms Pilela Majokweni (sponsored by FNB) and Ms Nonthando Buthelezi (sponsored by Signa) all had the opportunity to attend the Congress, with Nkosi participating in the winning team. A number of universities across the country had students take part, including North-West University (NWU), the University of the Free State (UFS), the University of Fort Hare (UFH), the University of Pretoria (UP), and the University of Stellenbosch (US).
The Student Case Competition involved 16 students, grouped into groups of 4, who were required to develop a business plan for a small medium, and micro enterprise (SME), in this case De Fynne Nursery, which sells indigenous plants. In a time of 5 hours, the teams had to develop a plan that combatted expansion challenges threatening the nursery’s growth potential. Teams presented their strategies and recommendations to a panel of judges consisting of industry executives and leaders, including Messrs Nico Groenewald (Head Agriculture at Standard Bank), Sean Walsh (Managing Director at Kaap Agri), Andre Uys (Managing Director at Overberg Agri) and Melcus Nel (Director at Signa).
Nkosi’s team used their diverse skillsets to their credit, winning the competition. His teammates were Carmen van Niekerk (UP), Frieda Scheepers (NWU) and Luan van der Walt (UFS). Nkosi was responsible for marketing, advertising and branding within the business plan.
‘The Congress was a really great experience,’ said Nkosi. ‘It brought together the industry's most influential leaders and it was an honour to get a glimpse of the direction that the industry is going, with different sectors coming together and plan for the future. It was also a great platform for the students to identify which sector they fit in.’
Nkosi and his classmates enjoyed the experience of being exposed to a new perspective of the industry, which they believe will contribute to their future careers.
Nkosi is investigating links between food security, climate change and food market value chain in his Masters, Majokweni is assessing the impact of institutional support on smallholder productivity in Msinga, KwaZulu-Natal, and Buthelezi is exploring the costs and benefits analysis of investments in environmental infrastructure.



Graduate in Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans


Ndoni Mcunu

UKZN MSc graduate Ms Ndoni Mcunu was named in the Mail & Guardian’s 2016 list of 200 Young South Africans showcasing the talent, drive and innovation of young folk striving to improve the lives of others.

Mcunu was recognised in the field of education for her work in founding the registered Black Women in Science (BWIS) non-profit organisation, set up to promote careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) for young, rural, Black women who have limited access to knowledge and guidance in this regard. She hopes increased exposure, support and mentorship will see more Black women enter science in Africa.

BWIS holds scientific presentations and workshops in rural high schools, identifying


potential bursary candidates to support and guide through tertiary education.

BWIS was inspired by Mcunu’s personal experience of pursuing science. Science was not always an interest of hers, however she saw family members becoming successful scientists, exposing her to the field.

‘What provoked my interest in science was actually my struggle in understanding maths,’ revealed Mcunu.

‘Support from my family helped me overcome this challenge, and encouraged me to continue pursuing science. It’s important not to give up.’

Mcunu credited her master’s supervisor, Professor Onisimo Mutanga, with challenging her thought patterns and encouraging her to pursue a PhD, and said that lecturers such as Professor Trevor HillDr John OdindiMs Dayle Trotter and Mutanga inspired innovative, critical thinking, affecting how Mcunu thinks and views people.

‘In my academic career, lecturers, friends and colleagues showed me that becoming a scientist is not necessarily about how smart you are but how willing you are to learn and work hard,’ said Mcunu.

While at UKZN, Mcunu was involved in ENACTUS and the University newspaper, encouraging her to be a person of change and influence for whom helping others and sharing knowledge was never a burden. She was also selected as a Miss Earth South Africa Environmental Ambassador in 2014.

Mcunu is pursuing her PhD at Witwatersrand University’s Global Change and Sustainability Research Institute, supervised by Professor Bob Scholes. She hopes to contribute to improving agricultural production and food availability for small-holder farmers by predicting possible impacts of climate change on food production.

After completing her PhD, Mcunu wants to be involved in policy decision-making and strategic planning for agriculture and food security in Africa, which contributes to building a strong economy. She would also like to work closely with international organisations and local government, and hopes BWIS will operate throughout Africa and that her PhD will inspire young Black women to pursue science.

Mcunu acknowledged close friend and colleague, Serge Kiala, for his support, as well as other colleagues in the Environmental Science Department for their contributions to her career. She thanked God, her parents and siblings for their support, even when she wanted to give up.



Alumnus Brings High School Class for a Visit


Zenzeleni visit

Former UKZN Geography and PGCE graduate Mr Thokozani Nkomo (now teaching at Zenzeleni High School, Kosi Bay) proudly brought a co-ed group of 45 scholars on a Geography tour of eThekwini and uMsunduzi and spent several hours in Geography and Environmental Sciences on the Pietermaritzburg campus.

They were welcomed by Professor Trevor Hill and the focal point of their visit was an introduction to the Mathuba programme by Ms Thembeka Mhlongo and Mr Nduh Cele. They also had the opportunity to visit the University's Royal Show stand during their visit.

This visit was something of a sequel to what started out in 2012 as an initiative to bring together the many innovative Citizen Science efforts in the aquatic socio-ecological space in the uMsunduzi & Howick areas into a connected hyperspace.





Students 2


School and Citizens River Health Programme

The Mathuba programme features a cell phone and Google Earth-based story-telling and mapping system developed as a collective and organically stimulate effort stimulate originally by staff and students of UKZN. The Mathuba phenomenon has now been engaged by many organisations in the Umsundusi & Umgeni catchments.  Thokozani is beginning such an endeavour at Zenzeleni High School to map local stories about water and citizens efforts.


Left: A river clean up activity organised by the Dusi Umgeni Conservation Trust, mapped onto Google Earth



Plant Pathologists Attend International Plant Virology Epidemiology Symposium


Plant Virology Epidemiology Symposium

UKZN flew the South African flag high at the recently held 13th International Plant Virology Epidemiology Symposium. The meeting was held in Avignon, France early in June, with the theme of 'Building bridges between disciplines for sustainable management of plant virus diseases'. The comprehensive meeting programme included sessions on Etiology and Diagnosis, Evolution and Molecular Epidemiology, Virus-Vector Interactions, Quantitative Epidemiology and Modelling, and Virus Control.

The Plant Virology research group leader, Dr Gus Gubba, attended the meeting with two


students, Ms Sinethemba Ximba (MSc) and Mr Vaneson Moodley (PhD). Ms Ximba presented a poster entitled 'Detection and identification of potato virus Y infecting potato in the Msinga area in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa'. Mr Moodley gave an oral presentation entitled 'Disease mapping and risk assessment of whitefly transmitted virus infecting vegetable crops in South Africa'. Another PhD student, Mr Charles Karavina, who could not attend the meeting, had a poster displayed entitled 'Occurrence and distribution of Iris yellow spot virus on Allium species in Zimbabwe'.

At the event, Dr Gubba accepted the nomination to be a member of the International Committee for Plant Virus Epidemiology (ICPVE). The ICPVE is a subject (Plant Virology) committee of the International Society for Plant Pathology (ISPP). The ICPVE will be responsible for organizing the 14th IPVE to be held at CIAT, Colombia in 2019. After that, the 15th edition of the IPVE will be coming to the shores of South Africa in 2022.



Geography Students Hit the Atlantic


Geography Masters students

Three Masters candidates from the discipline of Geography in UKZN’s School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES) spent ten days navigating the icy waters of the Atlantic on a research cruise.
Ms Camelot Radloff, Ms Amanda Khuzwayo and Ms Samiksha Singh, completing their Masters degrees in Paleoecology and aquatic systems bio-monitoring respectively. The cruise, for which the trio was selected amongst students throughout the country, involved daily lectures, skills training and deck work, exposing the students to what life as an environmental researcher on these vessels would be like. The three students were part of a larger group including students from other universities and institutes.
The cruise specifically involved investigating climate change and its effects on ocean temperatures and wildlife.
Radloff, whose research is focused on a Holocene record of climate and environmental change from Lake St Lucia, KwaZulu-Natal, said her research experience would be relevant to the offshore marine equipment on the vessel they travelled on.
‘I am eager to learn new concepts and techniques to better understand the interconnected dynamics of the ocean and atmosphere,’ said Radloff, ‘as these two driving forces shape global patterns across multiple scales.’
Singh, who is also an intern at the Institute for Natural Resources (INR), looked forward to broadening her skills from river bio-monitoring to encompass oceanographic research.
Khuzwayo, who plans to go on to PhD research, said she was looking forward to exposure to a new field of research. Both her and Radloff’s research has involved considerable laboratory work, making the opportunity for an extensive time on a practical research trip exciting.
The three were looking forward to interacting with new people with similar interests, and were excited at the prospect of seeing wildlife on the trip, as well as seeing first-hand how climate change is affecting vulnerable, isolated areas in the Atlantic.



Farmer Support Group Hosts 6th Annual Food & Nutrition Fair


FSG Nutrition Fair

The Farmer Support Group (FSG) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) held its 6th annual Food and Nutrition Fair on the 20th of July in Msinga.

Close to 250 guests attended, comprising farmers, community members, FSG and UKZN staff members, as well as representatives from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (KZN DARD), staff and students from the University of Zululand, and ward councillor for the area.

The event brought together small-scale farmers from Msinga and Bergville, who shared how they plant, tend their plots, save their seeds, cultivate their seedlings and market their produce. The theme of this year's Fair was 'From Seed to Plate', and featured displays of crops and crafts for sale.

The event included a visit to the Nhlesi community's Sukuma group's vegetable plots alongside the Mooiriver, where two pumps, supplied by the FSG and by the Department of Social Development, and an irrigation system have enabled farmers to continue to produce crops despite the severe drought. The group of 30 farmers grows crops including spinach, spring onions, beetroot, tomatoes, and more. Members of the community used to farm beef as well, however the drought has decimated their cattle herds.

The farmers’ produce is organic, with the farmers describing their farming techniques as using no fertilisers or chemicals. The farmers also utilise inter-cropping methods to control pests. Despite the abundant and healthy crops produced, and the fact that the farmers grow crops year-round, market access remains a challenge for the rural farmers. The profit from the crops runs households and sends children to school.

Farmers have also been able to work with unemployed youth, teaching them the value of agriculture. Dean and Head of the School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES) Professor Albert Modi invited these young people to visit the University to learn and access opportunities to improve their communities.

The farmers lauded FSG for their assistance in enabling them to teach their children, make profit and support themselves.

Farmers had the opportunity to share about their cultivation and how they manage their land. Bergville farmers explained their farming methods, including saving of seeds and minimum tillage, and encouraged the use of organic produce even in animal feed.

Ms Nonhlanhla Mthembu of the FSG, facilitating the day, expressed hope that those who attended learnt something, especially considering the organic farming techniques described.

A spokesperson for one community said they were happy with what they had learnt, and joked that one day they hoped to buy an aeroplane with their farming profits. They also thanked the FSG for teaching them how to grow their own seedlings.

KZNDARD extension officer Ms Phumelele Khanyile said that she was pleased to see that farming operations have grown. She added that the department would be interested to see focus moved to goat farming, because the area is so dry, and she also encouraged the one home, one garden project, as well as the use of grey water for irrigation.

FSG Director Dr Maxwell Mudhara thanked those that attended, particularly the group hosting the event for the second time.

'This group struggled a little bit,' he said, 'but their new gardens have blossomed and the group has gone from strength to strength, with many new members joining them.'

Mudhara also raised the issue of climate change, emphasising the importance of exploring options that can contribute to resilience. Touching on the day’s theme, he encouraged farmers to continue to explore how to grow their own seedlings rather than buying them, and re-emphasised the importance of considering what it is that is put into food in terms of chemicals, and mentioned the need to find ways to sell what is produced.



Coming Up



Food Security & Vulnerability Assessment Short Course



The incidence of food security in some African countries remains high. This anomaly of widespread food insecurity amid national food surpluses stimulated the analysis of the nature and causes of food insecurity. Some countries are experiencing production shortfalls due to a series of drought and/or policy failures. Subsequently, national, regional and international organisations have engaged themselves in assessing the impact of such failure so as to better understand the context and take appropriate actions to build the capacity of vulnerable households and communities to respond to any changes in their environment.

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has recognised this challenge and identified the African Centre for Food Security (ACFS) and the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) as Centres of Excellence (CoE) in Vulnerability Assessment and Analysis (VAA). The overall objective of Food Security Analysis is to provide the necessary skills to practitioners who carry out vulnerability assessment activities and build much needed analytical capacity.

In this course, you will learn to:

  • Understand complexities of food security, vulnerability and its indicators in the context of countries in Africa
  • Use food security and vulnerability analysis as a means to promote continuous monitoring rather than the once-off assessments triggered by emergency response
  • Understand the assessment of crop and animal production, storage and access to food security and vulnerability

Key focus areas:
Module 1: Conceptualising Food Security and Vulnerability
Module 2: Food Production and Availability
Module 3: Food Access, Livelihoods, Policies and Coping Strategies
Module 4: Monitoring and Evaluation (M & E)

NQF Level:
Level 7 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF)

Two weeks, commencing on the 10th of October 2016



3rd Biennial Global Change Conference



The South African Global Change Science Committee, together with University of KwaZulu-Natal, are excited to announce the hosting of the third DST/NRF National Global Change Conference at the University of KwaZulu Natal Durban Westville Campus between the dates of 5 and 8 December 2016. On-campus accommodation will be available at competitive rates.

The Global Change Grand Challenge (GCGC) is now in its 6th year of implementation and together with related NRF/DST Global Change programmes have produced a substantial amount of new knowledge and information, and has funded the development of many post graduates. The main purpose of this biennial conference is to bring together the diverse global change research community in South Africa in order to share recent progress across the broad scope of the global change programme, with a special focus on post graduate students. In 2014 this event provided a forum for many students to present their new work, and fostered lively debate and discussion, and opportunities for greater trans-disciplinary and inter-institutional collaboration. The conference will provide an opportunity for post graduate students, emerging researchers, group leaders, and exhibitors to locate their contribution in the context of the Global Change Grand Challenge. This will also provide a platform to raise awareness of the multiple opportunities that exist for career development in global change.

A call for formal registration will be announced in due course.

Expressions of interest are invited by Monday August 8th 2016.

Full- and part-time students linked directly to relevant DST/NRF Global Change Programmes are potentially eligible for travel, accommodation and subsistence support, particularly if giving oral or poster papers. You will be requested via this link to locate your contribution within one of the four pillars of the Global Change Grand Challenge, with reference to page 3 of the GCGC plan.

If you have specific queries, get in touch.




BotSoc Tree Course by Dr David Johnson



BotSoc Tree Course

by Dr David Johnson

Saturday 6 August 2016 9 am – 3 pm (Pietermaritzburg)

Venue: UKZN Botanical Garden, Pietermaritzburg campus

Cost: R 200 (incl. morning tea; Please bring own lunch). R 100 is the Special rate for Students.
A copy of the Leaf Key is compulsory and will be sold @ R25.

Presenter: Dr David Johnson, author of the new key for the most recent Pooley’s Trees by R. Boon.

Format: A talk in the morning and Keying practice with samples, followed by a Practical session in the afternoon.

To Book: Contact Alison Young



Careers & Bursaries




Institute for Commercial Forestry Research


Programme Manager: Forest Management

This senior research position, based in Pietermaritzburg, is responsible for leading and managing the ICFR’s Forest Management Research Programme, focused on informing and supporting a range of forest management issues faced by the South African Forest Sector. This includes, but is not limited to, forest operations, forest productivity, forest economics, stand growth and yield projection and forest yield regulation.

Key responsibilities, minimum requirements, application processes, required documents, terms and conditions and more information can be seen on the offical job advertisement.


Closing date for applications: 12 August 2016
Proposed appointment date: 1 October 2016 or sooner


Senior Laboratory Technician

The ICFR is looking for an experienced Senior Laboratory Technician to manage our analytical research laboratory and associated resources, contributing to research projects that utilise these services. The laboratory conducts soil and plant analysis as well as method development for research projects. This position requires close alignment to current and future research needs at the ICFR to develop appropriate analytical ability and capacity. Engagement with internal and external stakeholders and a focus on service delivery are key aspects of the job.

Key responsibilities, minimum requirements, application processes, required documents, terms and conditions and more information can be seen on the offical job advertisement.

Closing date for applications: 12 August 2016
Proposed appointment date: 1 October 2016 or sooner



HortGro Bursary




HORTGRO is looking for students who are studying in the following areas:
‪Crop Protection
‪Entamology / ‪Nematology
‪Soil / ‪Water Science

To meet serious shortages in the industry, Hortgro has bursaries on offer for top students in these disciplines. Applications close on the 15th of August.



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Christine Cuénod
Networking Facilitator
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Duncan Stewart
Committee Chairman
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