UKZN’s College of Health Sciences (CHS) is taking knowledge production to a new level through their Developing Research Innovation, Localisation and Leadership (DRILL) program.

In collaboration with the Kwa-Zulu Natal Department of Health (DoH), DRILL aims to identify and nurture the next generation of South African health science research leaders. The skills these researchers develop through the DRILL program will help confront local healthcare challenges whilst keeping South Africa on the forefront of globally competitive research and innovation.

Jive Media Africa has been awarded a 4-year contract, delivering strategic communication and media support in support of the program’s goals. We have been intrinsically involved in the development of the DRILL brand, representing excellence and diversity, as well as a suite of communication tools that position the programme as a significant contributor to health research in South Africa.

Over 5 years, DRILL is to link 20 fellows with leading academics in their fields to develop and boost their existing research capabilities in the interrelated fields of HIV/AIDS, Mental Health, Health Professions’ Education, Health Systems Strengthening and Research Ethics. High-profile mentors will arm each fellow with the necessary skills to lead culturally-aware, locally-valuable research programs that respond to the needs and capacities of the healthcare environment in Kwa-Zulu Natal and wider South Africa. Our valuable science communication training further enables the fellows to share their research with the public in meaningful and engaging ways.

We look forward to supporting DRILL on this inspiring journey towards world class research leadership for South Africa, and beyond.

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Jive Media Africa was privileged to support the Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Human Development with its science engagement activities at the CoE Directors’ Forum which took place on the 25th and 26th of August 2016 at the Howard College Campus in Durban. The Centres of Excellence programme is an initiative of the National Research Foundation and the Department of Science and Technology that takes place annually. Jive supports CoEHuman, the first of the CoE’s with a focus on Social Sciences, with science communication services. These range from communication strategy and media production support to developing engaging ways to interact with the public around the science being undertaken through the programme. School learners were very excited by and engaged with the activities at the exhibit. Here are some photographs from the event…

Dr Phil Mjwara (Director General of the DST) and Prof Linda Richter – Director of the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development


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Jive Media Africa is excited to be working with SANSA (The South African National Space Agency) to grow Space Science and Engineering in South Africa.

Did you know that we, South Africa, take over communications with NASA’s rockets soon after launch when they come round to our side of the planet? … And did you know that we’ve got eyes in the sky which are constantly feeding us information to help us plan and respond to development issues? … And did you know that we’ll soon be sending a South African to the International Space Station?

Currently Jive Media Africa, in partnership with Proof Communications, is developing a communications strategy for SANSA, as well as assisting in the production of newsletters and print products. Keep watching this SPACE!

The Media in Education Trust (MiET Africa) conducts workshops with parents of school-going children to support them to engage with their children’s education. Jive Media Africa was contracted to develop a training programme for these parents, many of whom did not themselves have an opportunity to attend school.

To address this challenge we created a series of “picture-building” exercises, where parents discuss topics and then build pictures representing key learnings – the programme has been highly successful and we recently completed a second set of resources which deal with topics including teenage pregnancy, nutrition, parenting adolescents, financial management and creating environments conducive to learning.

The programme is already being rolled out in other regions of the sub-continent.

Jive Africa lends it’s support to the Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action, managing the bulk of PACSA’s communications needs e.g. Annual reports, branding, books, invitations, newsletters, etc.

For more information on what PACSA does please go to their website


Jive Media Africa develops extensive marketing and communications strategies for clients.

Communications strategies were developed for organisations and institutions such as:

  • German Development Cooperation (GIZ): A Communications Strategy for the Limpopo National Park (LNP), Mozambique.
  • The Centers for Disease Control.
  • KwaZulu-Natal Biodiversity Stewardship Programme (KZNBSP) – lead partner Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife.
  • CINDI – the Children in Distress Network.
  • SAN! Partnership (Stop AIDS Now).
  • Rob Smetherham Bereavement Services for Children.

Jive Media Africa also develops brands for a variety of clients. The process of understanding what each client needs to communicate is an integral part of brand development and we focus very closely on listening to, and integrating, the different needs of our clients, who are operating in vastly different milieus or environments.


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