The 2024 CPHB-FABI mentorship program welcomes 18 new undergraduate mentorship students that will assist postgraduate mentors and gain hands-on experience in research laboratories. The mentorship program has been running since 2005 with a focus on preparing undergraduate students to pursue postgraduate studies while also exposing these students to Plant Health. At a meet-and-greet function on 8 April, the mentees were welcomed into the programme by Prof. Fanus Venter, who encouraged them to engage with the research activities in the program while maintaining their academic aptitude. The mentorship students also had the opportunity to meet their mentors during the meet-and-greet function. The mentorship students include second- and third-year BSc students majoring in various fields. The mentorship program will run for the remainder of 2024.


The mentors and mentees in 2024 are:

Vinolia Danki and Mamello Machusi

Alida van Dijk and Amber Marshall

Nicole van Vuuren and Arya Govender

Melandré van Lill and Mckayla Tobias

Bianca Hough and Joné Bester

Edwin Wanjofu and Njabulo Makhoba

Michal Slupski and Nadia Danielle Gurtel

Zimazile Jazi and Ayanda Phulula

Sithembile Kunene and Zoë Odendaal

Vida Burger and Courtney Andrews

Alecia Heyns and Lizelle Gordon

Kayla Midgley and Danielle Rosner

Grant Terblanche and Zandri Coetzee

Bernice Smal and Tiisetso Moiloa

Jenna-Lee Price and Pearl Nkosi

Streicher Claassens and Sayuri Renelle Moodley

Chanel Thomas and Agreanette Samukelisiwe Sibanyoni

Dr David Nsibo and Kaylen Botha