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...
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...
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...
SARETI: South African Research Ethics Training Initiative

SARETI: South African Research Ethics Tr...

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...
Story Press Africa

Story Press Africa

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...
Journeys of Discovery

Journeys of Discovery

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...
Mapping the Gaps – Early Childhood Development

Mapping the Gaps – Early Childhood...

How do we go about changing the way South Africa understands and invests in Early Childhood Development? Jive Media Africa has been part of a research-process led by the FrameWorks Institute in Washington to better understand how experts, stakeholders and the public understand key issues in Early Childhood Development (ECD). The aim is ultimately to work towards creating new narratives which can be used to communicate key learnings about ECD to positively transform our society. The research report which was designed and produced by Jive Media Africa, is entitled: Early...
Centre of Excellence (CoE) Human Development

Centre of Excellence (CoE) Human Develop...

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...
Visual storytelling for Dlalanathi

Visual storytelling for Dlalanathi

Jive Media Africa is proud of these short films/ documentaries that tell the stories of some of the community members whom Dlalanathi supports (an NGO providing psychosocial support for children through play by training and supporting caregivers). Mr & Mrs Gwala – Families healing families Dlalanathi – Mr & Mrs Gwala – Families healing families from Dlalanathi on Vimeo. Building The Road – Youth changing preceptions of youth Dlalanathi – Building The Road – Youth changing preceptions of youth from Dlalanathi on Vimeo. Gogo’s...