Botany Centennial: News

Commemorative issue celebrating 100 years of Botany on the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University is published in Bothalia (Vol. 51. No. 1)!

Go to the following link to access papers:


Please note that the Gala event will be postponed to next year. We will keep you updated!


Please follow the link below to see the newspaper articles which appeared in the Potchefstroom Herald in celebration of Botany's centenary (Articles can be seen under the 'Community' link)

The following key words can also be typed into the search function, which will then take you to the respective articles:

'urban ecology'; 'restoration ecology'; 'water en algnavorsing aan die NWU'

From the Botanical Garden

Franci Greyling from the Subject Group Creative Writing, School of Languages at the North West University recently published a research paper titled "'Ek loop hier in 'n labirint'-Digitale kinderverse in 'n botaniese tuin: performatiwiteit en rasionaliteit" in Stilet. The NWU Botanical Garden features throughout the article. Franci added that the Botanical Garden played a pivotal role in the research for the article. Please see abstract below. Contact Franci at for a complete version of the article.

Abstract from 'Ek loop hier in die labirint'-Digitale kinderverse in 'n botaniese tuin: performatiwiteit en rasionaliteit:

Site-specific digital literature (mobile literature, locative literature) offers a distinctive reading experience that cannot necessarily be understood by existing reading frameworks. In this article performativity is suggested as a possible framework to account for the interwoven interaction characterising site-specific digital literature installations. Working from a material semiotic perspective, four modes of performativity (spatial, embedded, textual and embodied performativity) are investigated and applied to the children’s poems in the Byderhand site-specific digital literature installation in the NWU Botanical Gardens. The article argues for a view of site-specific digital literature as multifaceted, relational, dynamic and performative in nature and that the participant thus plays an integral role in the performance and realisation of the work.

Bursary awarded to Liné Pretorius

Liné received a bursary from Botany and Postgraduate Recruitment Marketing and Student Recruitment at the NWU as part of Botany’s 2020 centenary celebration. Here is her response:

I sincerely wish to thank the Department of Botany for this exceptional honour of being part of the 100th-anniversary celebrations. It was such an overwhelming feeling when I heard that I was the best performing student pursuing studies in Botany at a postgraduate level and the winner of the R10 000 bursary. I feel so blessed, not just for this privilege but also for the opportunity to study in this extraordinary field.

To study Botany especially in South Africa with its rich diversity is a privilege and not many students appreciate it while studying. I started with Botany and Zoology in my first year and I thought that I was going to hate Botany. But the courses we did in the undergraduate studies was remarkable and I learnt that I was passionate about plants and how they work. One of the things I learnt that had an extraordinary impact on my life was the process of photosynthesis. How plants give energy and oxygen in such a unique and complex way. People won Nobel prizes on this subject, but its complexity is so remarkable that there is still so much that is not known yet. I realized through this that nature is so complex and we have so much to learn. For me, I feel with my studies so much closer to my Creator.

I also want to take time to thank all the lecturers I had; it was people to whom I can look up to. People with knowledge, passion and each with their amazing personalities.

If I can have my undergraduate studies all over again, I would definitely choose to do the same.

From me to you thank you for this privilege, I am so thankful, and I am so excited to begin my postgraduate studies in tissue culture of Chenopodium quinoa. I hope that I can one day have a great contribution to the Botany field.

Kind regards

Liné Pretorius