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...
Science communication is spreading! Invasive biology researchers get a competitive advantage

Science communication is spreading! Inva...

Healthy and robust ecosystems are essential for the health and wellbeing of the planet. That’s why Jive Media Africa is thrilled to be working with the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology. The principal aim of the Centre’s work is to reduce the rates and impacts of biological invasions by furthering scientific understanding. Engaging with communities affected by these issues is a critical part of this process and Jive Media Africa’s science communication training bridges the gap between researchers and the various stakeholders who have the potential...
FameLab South Africa 2017 kicks off

FameLab South Africa 2017 kicks off

Registration now open for SA’s ‘Pop Idols of Science’ Are you South Africa’s next great scientist? FameLab® South Africa 2017 kicks off and you can register to enter as a contestant for the South African leg of the international competition dubbed, the ‘Pop Idols of Science’. Entries NOW open. http://www.britishcouncil.org.za/famelab/enter-competition (Link will open in a new tab) This year’s competition will launch on 8 December 2016 with the first heat at the second annual Science Forum South Africa (http://www.sfsa.co.za/) which takes place at the CSIR...
FameLab SA 2017 – are you ready?

FameLab SA 2017 – are you ready?

Are you getting ready for FameLab South Africa 2017? The CSIR is! Jive Media Africa is working with researchers from the Council for Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) to enhance their science communication skills and enable them to present their science topic to a panel of expert judges in just three minutes. You can register to enter as a contestant for the South African leg of the international competition, dubbed the ‘Pop Idols of Science’. Entries NOW open, register here: www.britishcouncil.org.za/famelab/enter-competition Share...
National Science Week 2016

National Science Week 2016

Hip Hop Science Spaza celebrated National Science Week 2016. The theme this year is Science for Sustainable Development and Improved Quality of Life. Hip Hop Science Spaza focused on water, food security and nutrition. Learners from Mlungisi Secondary School in Taylor’s Halt, Pietermaritzburg, met up with food security expert, Mbali Gwacela, hydrologist Lungi Lembede and Zandile Ngcobo who is a Nutrition Advisor at Taylor’s Halt Clinic. After learning more about these three areas of science, the learners composed songs to convey an important message about sustainable...
National Science Week 2015

National Science Week 2015

SAMA award winning Hip Hop artist iFani jetted in to KZN to collaborate with star scientists and learners from Edendale Technical High School to kick off Hip Hop Science Spaza 2015.   Learners, who had been preparing and practicing their songs on light, met up with leading SA scientists from the CSIR National Laser Centre and the International Square Kilometre Array project before putting their songs under the spotlight. Hip Hop Science Spaza is celebrating the International Year of Light and Light Based Technologies – raising awareness of the importance of light...
Hip Hop and Science combine with explosive results!

Hip Hop and Science combine with explosi...

SAMA award winning rap artist, iFani, jetted into Durban on Saturday, 19 July 2014 for a music event with a difference – the Hip Hop Science Spaza! The BAT Centre (Durban) was the laboratory in which hip hop and science were combined to boost science education with the addition of a little rap. Grade 10 – 12 learners from Chesterville and Umlazi engaged in practical science activities and then turned new knowledge into rap songs. The event culminated in a hip hop battle for the best science rap. The surprise ingredient was iFani, the hottest name in SA Rap who this...