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 congratulate Tshiamo on this great win. Click here to read the press release (this will open in a new window).

Jive Media Africa, which brought FameLab to South Africa in 2013, provides science communication training to a wide range of research organisations. We are proud to have trained two out of nine of the FameLab 2017 finalists – from South Africa and from Mauritius.

Join us in FameLab 2018 by submitting your expression of interest before 15 June 2017. Please find an expression of interest form and partnership brochure. Please lodge your expression of interest on or before the 15th of June 2017 and indicate when would be the best time for your institution to receive training and host an internal heat.


“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 Science and Technology & National Research Foundation, and is the only one with social studies at its core.

Jive Media Africa is delighted to be working with this Centre of Excellence and its Director, Professor Linda Richter, at the University of the Witswatersrand. Our strategic communication role supports the creation of a brand identity and the production of media pieces which showcase and translate the work done by the CoE-HUMAN in easily-accessible and digestible ways.

Below are some of the media outputs produced by Jive Media Africa for the CoE-HUMAN:

Breastfeeding – No Substitute 

What Families Do

Children in South African Families – Lives and times 

Gun Control: Fewer guns, fewer deaths 

Parental Care and Feeding Count

Early Childhood Development





Tshiamo Legoale, the South African winner of FameLab 2017, attended science communication and media training facilitated by Jive Media Africa ahead of a FameLab institutional heat at Mintek (one of 14 organisations which partnered to deliver the 2017 competition). Tshiamo now travels to represent South Africa at the international competition in the UK in June. She said “Being part of FameLab has helped me to grow immensely as a science communicator. It has helped me to know that doing science in the lab is not enough, that it needs to come out of the lab and it needs to go to the people.”

Please find an expression of interest form and partnership brochure. Please lodge your expression of interest on or before the 15th of June 2017 and indicate when would be the best time for your institution to receive training and host an internal heat. Please contact us with any queries or visit the FameLab South Africa website: www.britishcouncil.org.za/famelab

FameLab is an international science communication competition, running in 30 countries worldwide and we would like to invite organisations to be a FameLab partner in the 2018 cycle. Trainings and heats are commencing immediately. It has been run in South Africa for the past 5 years and has grown science communication and media skills among hundreds of young scientists – benefiting their organisations and South Africa at large. The competition is an initiative of the Cheltenham Festivals in the United Kingdom and is managed in South Africa by a partnership between The British Council, The South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) and science communication agency Jive Media Africa.

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.

Sources: 1http://chs.ukzn.ac.za/News/16-07-05/DRILL_for_Research_Excellence

It is with great excitement that we congratulate Tshiamo Legoale on her FameLab SA win at Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, Johannesburg. Tshiamo delivered three minutes of science communication excellence with her presentation on using wheat as a gold hyperaccumulator from mine tailing dumps, or literally growing gold from wheat!

Tshiamo was one of 10 finalists who progressed from their local heats through to today’s FameLab SA final, competing for an all-expenses paid trip to represent South Africa at the FameLab International Final at the Cheltenham Science Festival taking place from 5-9th June this year. She also walks away with R 5000 cash.

FameLab is an incredible opportunity for young scientists to develop lasting connections with public audiences. The Jive Media Africa pre-heat training covers everything from understanding the importance of public science communication to structure and storytelling to eye contact and body language, empowering participants to share their science with confidence and passion in the heats and beyond.

Thank you to our partners, the British Council and the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA), for helping us make this event possible for the 5th year in a row.

We wish Tshiamo the best of luck and brilliance as she joins national winners from all over the world this winter in an attempt to bridge the gaps between science and society.

From left: Dr Sheetal Silal,  senior lecturer and researcher in the Department of Statistical Sciences at the University of Cape Town (UCT), Ms Nanji Sheni, Engineer-in-Training at Mintek, Dr Jabu Nukeri, Managing Director at SAASTA, Ms Tshiamo Legoale, scientist at Mintek (Small Scale Mining and Beneficiation division).

Research is an essential tool to secure health and wellbeing for the people of Africa and the world. Without deeply understanding the complexities of health issues, we are unlikely to develop the necessary innovations to address them. However, when that research involves human subjects, it becomes critical to consider both the potential benefits and the potential risks of that research. It’s a complex field, and one which requires unique responses to local challenges. Jive Media Africa are proud to be working with the South Africa Research Ethics Training Initiative (SARETI) to develop communication tools to support the initiative by celebrating and nurturing health research ethics expertise in Africa.

SARETI is an African-based, multi-disciplinary Masters programme at the University of KwaZulu Natal (Pietermaritzburg) focusing on strengthening and deepening research ethics in South Africa and Africa. SARETI provides a variety of educational opportunities, varying from short courses to full masters programmes, and partners with numerous organisations in Africa, the United States and Europe. SARETI’s staff represent many facets of research ethics and are drawn from South African and international universities.

Jive is particularly excited about this work because it challenges us to think about how to do better public engagement around science. As an organisation which spends a lot of time navigating spaces between science and society, we feel that research ethics practitioners have a lot to contribute to the discussion on public engagement. Research ethics processes require researchers to engage with participants, often members of the communities which suffer the health problem at hand.

And this engagement doesn’t only happen at the end of the research as a way of “disseminating” findings but by necessity happens before, during and after the research. Not only do experts have to find creative ways of translating their science in order to have conversations with “non-science” audiences, but they are also compelled to listen to the responses of these audiences – and to think through the benefits and the risks of their research.

That kind of interaction fundamentally alters the research and over time, shifts the research agenda. And in a world where decisions are made for millions by relatively few, having meaningful conversations with people about their health and wellbeing, and about the impact of research in their lives, has to be a good thing.

Please visit the SARETI website if you would like to view or receive copies of the 2010 to 2014 newsletters: http://sareti.ukzn.ac.za/Newsletters.aspx


It is all smiles for the ten contestants who have made it through to the #FameLabSA finals! The competition is fast reaching its climactic end, when these young scientists meet each other at the FameLab South Africa 2017 final. The event will take place on the 19th of April 2017  at the Rand Easter Show,  Nasrec, from 10am to 1pm.

Only one contestant can be crowned the FameLab South Africa 2017 winner. They will walk away with an all expenses paid trip to the international FameLab final in the United Kingdom, and R5000 to spend. Two runners-up will each receive R2500.

Congratulations to the FameLab SA finalists:  
CSIR – Tshepo Makgoba
Mintek – Nanji Sheni and Tshiamo Legoale
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University – Wynand van Lesenoord
University of Cape Town – Dr Sheetal Silal
University of South Africa – Saneliswa Magagula
University of the Free State – Oluwasegun Kuloyo
DST NRF Centre of Excellence in Palaeo Sciences – Aviwe Matiwane
DST NRF Centre of Excellence in Strong Materials – Phylis Makurunje and Michael Bodurin

Jive Media Africa will be tweeting live from the finals on the 19th of April.  @JiveMediaAfrica  Tweet us with the hashtag #FameLabSA to show your support for the contestants!

The South African #FameLab winner will be announced here on Jive’s FameLab blog, on Twitter and on our Facebook page.

FameLab ® is an initiative of the Cheltenham Festivals. The British Council in collaboration with the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) and Jive Media Africa deliver the FameLab competition in South Africa. Find out more about FameLab South Africa at www.britishcouncil.org.za/famelab





Announcing Story Press Africa:

Story Press Africa, an imprint of Catalyst Press (USA) and Jive Media Africa (South Africa), is a collaborative platform for sharing African knowledge.

Through the medium of stories (including graphic novels, young adult and children’s literature) we aim to place African knowledge in its rightful place among the knowledge of the world. We publish African stories for a global audience; authentic, challenging and frequently controversial visions of the continent that birthed humankind.

We debut this fall in the US with the graphic novel Shaka Rising: A Legend of the Warrior Prince, by Luke Molver which is the first in our African Graphic Novel Series. Watch this space…


Where did human beings first begin to wonder, investigate and create? Growing scientific evidence now suggests that it was right here, under African skies. And this process, repeated over millennia, now continues in the creation of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope. Jive Media Africa is honoured and privileged to have worked with the SKA in South Africa on the creation of a book which aims to deepen and broaden public interest and engagement with the SKA project. The book, Journeys of Discovery – Stories of Human Innovation in Africa, positions the  SKA within a larger story of over 200 000 years of human history and innovation on the African continent.

The book highlights scientific and technological advancement on the continent by exploring themes as varied as imagination and innovation, the human odyssey, pyrotechnology, early chemistry and early engineering, with beautiful images of symbolic innovations and development in Africa. The book provides an overview of the SKA project and how its objectives and long-term scientific benefits link to the story of human innovation, and ultimately to our future as a species.

The book was researched, written and produced by Jive Media Africa, in association with leading archaeologists and origins researchers. The publication has been exceptionally well-received and an exhibition highlighting key themes and images from the book and an official launch will follow. (Watch this space for more details).

“The products were brilliant and far exceeded expectations. The science communication experience and proficiency was of the highest standard. There are many highlights stemming from where the product was used.” – Mr Lorenzo Raynard, Communications Manager – SKA South Africa

Feature image: Ostrich eggshells covered with engraved geometric patterns found in Diepkloof Shelter, near the coast, north of Cape Town. Image credit: PJ Texier



Jive Media Africa, through its work with the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development at the University of the Witwatersrand, provided media and science communication support to the South African launch of the Lancet Global Series on Early Childhood Development.

The Minister of Science and Technology launched the series entitled Advancing Early Childhood Development: from Science to Scale to highlight the critical role of science in informing policy.

The series gathers scientific evidence from around the world which is powerfully demonstrating how low-cost interventions which facilitate and support nurturing care for infants in their first years of life contribute to lifelong health, wellbeing and productivity with economic impacts which far outweigh the investment costs.

The evidence is presented in a Lancet series with 45 contributing authors edited by distinguished South African researcher Professor Linda Richter.

Find out more at http://www.thelancet.com/series/ECD2016


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