The Programme has had substantial success in building research capacity in previously disadvantaged students and historically black universities and has received the national award for research capacity development of the National Science and Technology Forum from the Minister of Science and Technology in 2012. The Programme uses the expertise of its staff and collaborators to train students not only in areas directly related to medicinal plants but also in fields related to dentistry (Francien Botha), Toxicology and cell culture (Lyndy McGaw) and governance and policy issues (Kobus Eloff).
In a few cases the interest of students determines the projects e.g. work on diarrhoea, anticholinesterase, governance issues and microbicides. Funding opportunities play the most important role in the projects undertaken. Good funding opportunities in controlling infestation and infections by parasites and microorganisms in animal production will drive the Phytomedicine Programme in the next decade.