Maia Nangle

Honours Student

The motivations for different rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) cultivation practices and their perceived environmental impact in the Northern Cederberg, South Africa.

Supervisors: Jaci van Niekerk and A/Prof Rachel Wynberg

I am currently doing my Honours with the EGS Department at UCT. I completed my undergraduate degree at UCT in 2016 with a degree in Marine Biology and Environmental and Geographical Science. I was born in Munich, Germany, but my parents moved to Cape Town when I was very young, and I got to grow up in the most beautiful city in the world.

I have always had an interest in the environment and have tried to maintain a sustainable lifestyle, but this has been extremely difficult in a world where most of what we consume with easy access is produced in a manner that is not sustainable. My Honours thesis will be focusing on what motivates rooibos farmers in the Cederberg region to adopt the cultivation practices that they do, and what they perceive the environmental impacts of these practices to be. My hopes are that this knowledge will encourage rooibos farmers to adopt more sustainable practices in the future as the Cederberg region is an extremely ecologically significant and delicate area and in need of protection.

In the future I would like to see an increasingly sustainable agricultural sector, in South Africa and throughout the world. In my free time I can usually be found hiking in the mountains, swimming in the ocean, or reading a good book.