Put your audience in the picture: Why comics get your message across

Put your audience in the picture: Why co...

Reaching large audiences with important information is a challenge faced by many government departments. Carefully considered policies can fail at implementation if key audiences remain disengaged. This was the difficulty faced by the South African Department of Environmental Affairs when engaging stakeholders about the Biodiversity Economy. The Biodiversity Economy presents opportunities for people to improve their lives and create wealth from nature, whilst ensuring its sustainability for future generations. The DEA recognised the power of storytelling through comics and...
Pioneering work in community engagement

Pioneering work in community engagement

The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) lives the spirit of ‘engaged research’ at their Sweetwaters office in kwaMpumuza, South Africa. Jive Media Africa is proud to have produced a film that showcases the HSRC’s Sweetwaters site. Here, in the heart of Kwa-Zulu Natal, the HSRC undertakes ground-breaking research and society-led development efforts from within the Mpumuza community. The film serves as a communication tool which the HSRC can use to help them share their experiences and learnings with the wider research community. “Thanks Jive Media! It was a lot...
Internship opportunity

Internship opportunity

Jive Media Africa is looking to fill an available internship position for a science graduate at Honours or Masters Level. The intern will be directly involved in implementing the Science Spaza programme nationally.  Preference will be given to a candidate with a specific and demonstrable interest and experience in informal science learning and science outreach. Good organisational skills and excellent communication skills will be required.  Please submit CV’s and a covering letter...
Amazwi Ethu – Speaking Back – Community Engagement Event

Amazwi Ethu – Speaking Back – Community ...

Community Engagement is a key aspect of the work of the Human Sciences Research Council’s Sweetwaters office. The research centre is situated in the peri-urban Vulindlela District and undertakes social science research on a range of issues affecting local communities. The learnings from these communities can be further shared and applied in other settings. In order to better understand the needs of this community, the HSRC Sweetwaters office embarked on a photovoice project. Photovoice is a participatory action research strategy primarily used...
Science Rocks! Engaging through music

Science Rocks! Engaging through music

Science Spaza, an initiative of Jive Media Africa, recently celebrated National Science Week with learners from the Science Spaza club at Zibukezulu Technical High School. The theme for this year was “Science Rocks!”, a response to the National Science Week theme of Science for Sustainable Tourism. There are numerous tourism sites in South Africa related to rocks – because they can tell us such wonderful stories. So we we explored three aspects of science relating to rocks: palaeontology, archaeology and geology. Learners were introduced to these science...
Research Engagement Through Community Radio

Research Engagement Through Community Ra...

Researchers are engaging the public on the #ScienceOfSex through community radio – and they are doing so at the Centre of Excellence (CoE) Directors Forum to showcase the centre’s commitment to reaching the public with research. Jive Media Africa has provided strategic communications support and media production services to assist with setting up the recording, and mobilising audiences to pose questions to be answered by the health researchers. The broadcast took place at Nelson Mandela University in the Eastern Cape. Over the two days of the forum, four radio shows on...
The science of hope

The science of hope

A palpable chemistry fills the East Rand township of Tsakane as 60 young scientists from 40 countries congregate with enthusiastic young South Africans. The purpose of this meeting? To explore strategies for science outreach and engagement. The result? Inspiration, hope and valuable new perspectives on old challenges. It is a typical winter day on the East Rand and dodging potholes on dusty streets en route from their conference venue fills 60 young scientists with a sense of uncertainty. However, upon arrival at the African School for Excellence, the excitement is...
Community engagement through participatory media

Community engagement through participato...

Dr Alastair Van Heerden, a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) Sweetwaters Office, posed interesting questions at the opening of the Amazwi Ethu: Speaking Back exhibition held at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.  What qualifies as photography art? Would it have been better to show images taken by professionals?  It was clear from the exhibition that amateur photographers are equally, if not more capable of conveying important messages about their perceptions and experiences of the world. Amazwi Ethu is one of the outcomes of a photovoice...
First African winner of FameLab science communication competition

First African winner of FameLab science ...

Tshiamo Legoale made history on the 8th of June by winning the FameLab International competition at the Cheltenham Science Festival held in the UK. Visit https://www.facebook.com/FameLabInternational/ to see how Tshiamo won over the judges with her incredible three-minute presentation on phytomining (growing gold from wheat).  This leaves no doubt that South African research is truly golden.  Mauritius and Uganda, first time participants, were part of the nine finalists, which leaves no doubt that African research is truly golden!  Jive Media Africa and partners...
Centre of Excellence in Human Development

Centre of Excellence in Human Developmen...

“You cannot predict the outcome of human development. All you can do is, like a farmer, create the conditions under which it will begin to flourish.” – Ken Robinson The DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development (CoE-HUMAN) supports and undertakes multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary research to enhance the process of human development. From early childhood development to transforming our society, the study of human development puts people at the centre stage of their intellectual concern. The program is one of 15 CoE’s founded by the Department of...