In Afrikaans we have an expression that says: klein botteltjies, groot gif .
This translates as small bottles contain strong poison or don’t underestimate a pint-sized person, they may be stronger than you think!
In the case of this petite professor and business owner of Somerset West, I am sure that whatever her poison is, it has to be of plant origin. And it is powerful!
Nox Makunga manages to combine a career as medicinal plant biotechnologist with a teaching post at the University of Stellenbosch where her title is associate professor in the botany and zoology department.
Nox’s particular interest is ethnobotanicals or compounds in plants used to make traditional herbal medicines
But her story does not end there.
This go-getter is also a successful e-commerce entrepreneur and owner of the Somerset West-based e-commerce floral boutique called Phenology.
We were privileged to tell Nox’s story in the studio but the cherry on top was the gorgeous Hendrik Vermeulen Couture dress she brought and which pushed the style-o-meter up quite a few notches. (See top image)
Have a look!