“The prestigious award recognises the efforts of the best final year student of the previous year. It is supported by HORTGRO Science, the research arm of South Africa’s deciduous fruit industry,” said a statement from the university.
Marais was described as a “meticulous student” by Dr Lynn Hoffman, chairperson of the university’s Department of Horticultural Science. Hoffman said that Marais had “excellent technical insights” that would stand her in good stead in her chosen field of study.
The presentation was made at HORTGRO Science’s annual technical symposium in Simondium. Marais is currently in the first year of MSc Agric studies in Horticultural Sciences. Her studies are being funded by the Citrus Academy.