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Newsletter 6

10 years in the making: Caro Kapp’s PhD journey

Life realises itself in unexpected ways. Caro Kapp’s PhD journey is true to that. By Kyra Rensburg “In high school, I didn’t think I was smart, so I wasn’t planning on studying hefty degrees at university. I applied to do…

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Meet the new Economic Development Manager

Hortrgro’s newly formed Economic Development Committee is gearing up to take transformation in the deciduous fruit industry to new heights. These are interesting times. By Gerrit Rautenbach Cynthia Mahlathi looks you square in the eye when talking to you. And…

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New Plant Pathology chair at Stellenbosch University

Post-harvest expert Dr Cheryl Lennox discusses the challenges facing the industry and her vision for the Department. Dr Cheryl Lennox completed her PhD in plant pathology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal before first joining Stellenbosch University in 1991. In 1995,…

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Nuwe leierskap by Departement Hortologie

Dr. Elke Crouch neem vanaf 1 Februarie 2023 oor by dr. Esmé Louw, wat na ’n drie-jaar termyn terugstaan om op haar sagtevrugtenavorsing te fokus. Dr. Elke Crouch het in 1999 haar BScAgric vanaf die Universiteit van Pretoria behaal. Daarna…

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Hortgro’s Dr Xolani Siboza graduates his first MSc student

By Kara van der Berg Hortgro’s Dr Xolani Siboza’s first MScAgric student, Dian Craven, graduated from Stellenbosch University on 4 April. Dr Siboza is a Hortgro-seconded researcher in the Department of Horticultural Science at Stellenbosch University where Craven conducted his study.…

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Prof. Karen Theron retires

But due to industry demands, she is busier than ever! By Anna Mouton A respected scientist and academic Prof. Karen Theron recently retired from the Department of Horticultural Science at Stellenbosch University, where she held the Hortgro Chair in Applied…

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Elke Crouch: it’s about finding out why things go wrong

By Engela Duvenage Dr Elke Crouch, newly appointed Postharvest Physiology Research Chair in Deciduous Fruit at Stellenbosch University (SU), unequivocally loves her work in the fruit industry. For one, it allows her to work closely with people who have over…

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SURVEY TO DETERMINE A BASELINE OF CRIME IN RURAL AREAS OF THE WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE

HORTGRO supports a study by Dr Daan Louw investigating crime in rural areas of the Western Cape. Please find the rationale and background information for the study, below. Letter of introduction: letter-introduction-oabs-signed WCDoA safety benchmark: wcdoa-safety-benchmark-introduction-may-2020 Rural safety baseline: rural-safety-baseline-bidders-briefing-session-final…

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At least wash your hands better, asks microbiologist

Despite all the technological advances of the past century, there is one basic thing that people have simply not yet managed to learn: to wash their hands. Diseases and germs will not spread so widely if people can only start…

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