For Ms Sophia Bam, the importance of education has always been the key to her determination to succeed. Her focus and drive are rooted in her grandparents who worked as farmers in the Eastern Cape and whose legacy ensured that their children and grandchildren were able to receive a good education. Her master’s study investigated
Mr Sbongiseni Xolo was awarded a Master’s in Entomology for his investigation of biodiversity recovery in a reforestation project. The study used ants as a monitoring model to evaluate the extent to which reforestation for carbon sequestration can have co-benefits for biodiversity. It was conducted in the reforested landscape of the Buffelsdraai Landfill Conservancy. In the context of
Ms Bongekile Ngobese, who was awarded her Master of Science in Genetics cum laude, grew up in the small village of Nqutu in northern KwaZulu-Natal, where she completed her matric at Ekucabangeni Secondary School. Hard work was part of Ngobese’s everyday life. ‘I had to walk more than 20 km each day to get to school.
Ms Nomfundo Praise Ntombela graduated with an MSc in Biochemistry after developing assays to identify non-specific compounds that are known as “promiscuous” for their ability to unselectively cause false positives in early drug discovery processes. ‘The identification and elimination of these compounds is important in early drug discovery so that time and resources can be