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



What are your options as a young scientist in South Africa? GET – SET – GO is an exciting and accessible guide to Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) careers and opportunities.

Jive Media Africa is proud to have worked with the South Africa Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) to complete the design and layout of this important publication aimed at high school learners.

SAASTAs intention was to produce a publication containing comprehensive information on careers and study opportunities in the fields of SET in South Africa, with an emphasis on areas experiencing skills shortages and the grand challenges facing the science, engineering and innovation system.

Thanks, Jive Media for an excellent and very attractive careers publication.

I believe it will serve a good purpose in creating awareness of careers in the science sector, as well as excitement about the possibilities. The end product really exceeded my expectations. ” Ina Roos, Editor, Corporate Communication: South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA)

For more information contact SAASTA.


Jive Africa produced the following books for publishing by the Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action (PACSA) and Sonke Gender Justice Network, “Men and Masculinities in South Africa is a three-part series comprising stories, analysis and faith based resources. Its aim is to mobilize positive changes in the ways that men and women understand male identity in South Africa”. Daniela Gennrich (Editor).

“Gender transformation work is critical to sustain our country’s democratic process.

PACSA and Sonke Gender Justice Network share the ambitious aim of bringing about fundamental social change that includes the prevention of domestic and sexual violence, achieving gender equality, responding to HIV and AIDS and deepening democracy and human rights”. Daniela Gennrich

The book was launched on the 29th November 2013 as part of PACSA’s 16 Days of Activism Campaign against gender violence. PACSA’s men and gender focus influenced the book as a project which began in 2010.

If you would like to read and download the book as a PDF or e-Book format, click here


Jive Media Africa was privileged to be part of the productions of a series of manuals, implementation guidelines and legal guidelines for the HSRC entitled the “Legal, ethical and counselling issues related to HIV testing of children”.

Here is an extract from an article that can be found here where the guidelines are also available for download:

“A significant number of children in South Africa live with HIV. According to figures provided by the Department of Health, an estimated 32 940 children under 15 years of age were living with HIV and AIDS but were not on treatment. These facts highlight that every effort must be made to facilitate HIV testing in this population within the framework of applicable legislation and policy. Once tested, children can be placed on treatment, and linked to care and support.

The HSRC, through the SA National AIDS Council (SANAC), was commissioned to provide technical support to the Department of Health to ensure implementation of the goals for voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) as set out in the 2006-2011 National Strategic Plan on HIV, STIs and TB (NSP).

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation provided the funding for this initiative.”

Jive Media Africa’s production of the 4 books included the overall design concept, layout and illustration, and took the 4 products to completion/ print.

Pastor and Politician: Essays on the legacy of JL Dube, the first President of the African National Congress

R. Simangaliso Kumalo

This book aims to revive the legacy of John Langalibalele Dube who made a tremendous contribution to the liberation of the African people in South Africa. Dube was a pastor, first President of the African National Congress, a Pan-Africanist, founder of Ohlange Institution, and a counselor to Zulu kings.
In the 21st Century, as Africa seeks to determine its own future, Dube’s legacy offers valuable insights. The book ex- amines issues of self-reliance, good governance, and African identity and – most relevant to by  in post-apartheid South Africa – reminds us that religion is political and politics can be religious, as revealed by the life of Dube who held the two in a creative tension.

Produced by Jive Media Africa

Published by Cluster Publications

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“This book is about the significant events that occurred in Yvonne Kgame’s life, starting on the day she experiences a double stroke and drives herself to the hospital…. The story continues into her search for healing – of body, mind, spirit, and the synchronous path that opens up opportunities to undergo healing through her engagement with various medical specialists, teachers, gurus, pastors, friends, and family.”
Gloria Britain.

How does one prepare to face death whilst in the midst of life? What are the steps to accepting the end of life, embracing it and making peace with it?

This book, is about Yvonne Kgame’s acceptance of possible death and her surrender to the Divine while simultaneously, taking full responsibility for her spiritual, emotional and physical healing.

Yvonne’s path towards healing the body, mind and soul is nothing short of miraculous. As her journey unfolds, a number of sacred encounters with various international and local medics, alternative healers, teachers, masters, , gurus and pastors bring their love and light to bear on her healing process. Master minded by none other than the Divine, the power and love in each of these sacred encounters leads Yvonne to an awesome experience of reawakening and to a realisation of Boundless Grace available bestowed on her.

Buy the e-book here or pre-order a hard copy of the book here…

Philippe Denis, Radikobo Ntsimane and Scott Houser.

The twenty-six stories collected in this book were told by survivors of violence, oppression and abuse who took part in “Healing of Memories” workshops run by various Christian organisations under the co-ordination of the KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council.

Telling a painful story in a safe and loving environment and with the support of people sharing similar experiences is the first step, small but important, on a journey towards healing and reconciliation.

By agreeing to have their stories recorded and published, the participants show that, in spite of all obstacles, group processes like those in which they took part or any other form of community support can help wounded people to move on.

Produced by Jive Media Africa

Soon to be available from Cluster Publications

Philippe Denis and Graham Duncan

Established in 1963 in Alice in the Eastern Cape, a short distance from the University College of Fort Hare, the Federal Theological Seminary of Southern Africa, popularly known as Fedsem, occupies a unique place in South African history.

For three decades it was the main place of training for black candidates for the ministry in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, the Methodist Church of Southern Africa, the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa and a cluster of Presbyterian churches. The majority of students were black, but the seminary also trained white, Coloured and Indian ordinands and the staff was racially mixed.

Because of its multiracial character and its close links with the black consciousness movement the seminary was a thorn in the flesh of the apartheid regime which ordered its expropriation in 1974 and continued to harass its staff and students after it relocated to Umtata, Edendale and eventually Imbali in the vicinity of Pietermaritzburg. Fedsem closed its doors in 1993 as a result of financial difficulties but also because of disagreements on the manner of running a theological institution in the post-apartheid era.

“This book has scholarly stature, integrity and authority. It will undoubtedly become the definitive study on Fedsem.”

Produced by Jive Media Africa

Clive Lawrance was born in Pietermaritzburg in 1935. After a mediocre high school education in Pretoria, he spent a learning year at the Naval Gymnasium at Saldanha Bay and a lucrative year on the diamond mines in Namibia; followed by a meditative year on a chicken farm near New Hanover, and a dreary year clerking for an insurance company.

At 21 he went to London to play professional football; but he met a writer on the ship who re-aligned his compass towards poetry, journalism, and a BA degree. After a successful career in journalism in South Africa and the United States of America, he retired to the Karoo to write poetry, make metal sculptures and build an indigenous garden. He now lives on the edge of a mini-forest in Prestbury, Pietermaritzburg.

Most of the poems in Part Two of this volume happened between 1994 and 2004 in various towns, villages and farms in the Great Karoo. Some names have been omitted or changed.

“A delightful anthology from the pen of Pietermaritzburg based poet Clive Lawrance. Be surprised.”


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