Elelwani grew up in Thohoyandou, Limpopo Province, home to numerous nature reserves and parks. She studied for a BSc in Biochemistry and Biology at the University of Venda before completing Honours in Botany at the same university. She fell in love with nature and biodiversity during the frequent fieldtrips in her third year Botany course which led her to become very keen in pursuing conservation biology studies. Elelwani studied the diversity and distribution of alien invasive plants species at the Nysvley Nature Reserve where she came up with theoretical strategies to decrease the number of alien invasive plants at the reserve in her Honours mini-project. Upon successful completion of her Honours, she decided to advance her interest in, and love of, nature and biodiversity by taking an internship course with the Bolus Herbarium, at the University of Cape Town where she gained more knowledge and skills in biodiversity and systematics. Elelwani hopes that the MSc in Conservation Biology will strengthen her previous skills and equip her with advanced knowledge to play a vital practical role in conserving the biodiversity of South Africa, especially in areas where such skills are lacking. During her spare time she enjoys dancing, running, reading, music and meeting new people.
Long-term impacts of livestock grazing in the succulent Karoo: a 20-year study of vegetation change under different grazing regimes in Namaqualand. (Supervisors: Timm Hoffman and Simon Todd)