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



The Square Kilometre Array (SKA), developer of the world’s largest radio telescope, in partnership with Jive Media Africa recently engaged learners in Carnarvon in the Northern Cape through the Hip Hop Science Spaza programme. Grade 6 and 7 learners from Carnarvon Primary School were treated to hands-on science activities through which they learned more about the SKA, radio telescopes and astronomy. The activities included the creation of art focused on the theme of astronomy and the electromagnetic spectrum, a visit to the site of the MeerKAT telescope and an international Skype session that allowed the learners in Carnarvon to engage with learners at the Jodrell Bank telescope in the United Kingdom. Through the Science Spaza Hip Hop initiative, the SKA and Jive Media Afica then hosted an awesome collaboration with learners, scientists and popular music artist, iFani, putting on a show to engage the Carnarvon community all about radio astronomy and the ‪‎SKA through the power of music! Following the event, the songs were packaged along with interviews from the scientists and musicians for community radio stations to share even more widely.

Science Spaza is a science engagement initiative of Jive Media Africa to improve science literacy by bringing curriculum-linked science to disadvantaged schools around the country. Science Spaza has established a network of science clubs throughout the country, supported with appropriate resources and tools, encouraging learners to engage in fun and interactive science, and to support educators in the teaching of science in an enjoyable manner. To find out more visit www.sciencespaza.org

Jive Media Africa is excited to be working with SANSA (The South African National Space Agency) to grow Space Science and Engineering in South Africa.

Did you know that we, South Africa, take over communications with NASA’s rockets soon after launch when they come round to our side of the planet? … And did you know that we’ve got eyes in the sky which are constantly feeding us information to help us plan and respond to development issues? … And did you know that we’ll soon be sending a South African to the International Space Station?

Currently Jive Media Africa, in partnership with Proof Communications, is developing a communications strategy for SANSA, as well as assisting in the production of newsletters and print products. Keep watching this SPACE!

Jive Media Africa has produced
4 x 8 page comic books for SKA (Square Kilometre Array) and MeerKAT (the Karoo Array Telescope). An inquisitive school girl Hannah and the young astronomer Naledi are two key characters in colourful comic books developed to engage the public in the story of the SKA and MeerKAT. A real meerkat also features prominently, along with an adorable bat-eared fox – both animals found in the Karoo.

The stories are set in and around a small rural town in the Karoo and help readers to understand how radio astronomy works and why the pathfinder telescope – and possibly later the SKA – will be built in the Karoo.

Download the Collector’s Edition which includes all three episodes or each episode individually.

A six banner display for MeerKAT/ SKA (for science centres, etc.)

An extract from an email received from Charles Phillips appears below:

Hi Marina –

This is just to say how thrilled we are to receive the fantastic set of six
SKA banners recently, and to confirm that these are now proudly hung near
our Space Zone along with all our space and astronomy displays which include
a large SALT model, Mark Shuttleworth’s space suit and a replica of his
Soyuz capsule, interactive Mars Rover plus some actual space debris that
landed in W/Cape some years ago etc etc!

Kind regards –

Charles Phillips – Exhibition Manager
MTN Sciencentre, Cape Town

Total lunar eclipse on the 15 of June

with Dr Vincent Couling, UKZN.

A talk by Dr Vincent Couling is NEVER to be missed! His passion and knowledge are electrifying! By his use of a telescope and camera combination and with the image then projected on a screen, over 100 of us were able to get up close to the action as the Earth’s shadow crept across the craters and mountains of the moon. The total lunar eclipse occured when the entire moon entered the Earth’s umbra – the darkest part of its shadow. Dr Couling always does mesmerizing experiments and equipment and this kept us all, young and old, entranced until the beautiful moment of the eclipse itself.


A mobile open-source exhibition for the International Year of Astronomy!
Downloadable 10m banner for you to print and exhibit (Client: SAASTA)

Making the universe everyone’s to explore.

We’re bringing the universe closer to ordinary South Africans. Jive Media has produced a 10m long banner with the stunning images from deep space that are usually only available to those with internet access. It has been printed across the country and is hanging in various locations such as the Zoo in Pretoria, Science Centres, etc.

This banner showcases space to the general public. Large, high resolution images of near and deep space will showcase phenomenon such as nebulae, supernovas, globular clusters and galaxies, in all their brilliance. Images of our sun, earth and moon as many have never seen them before, as well as the planets in our solar system, are also showcased.

Jive Media Africa produced a series of comic strips for Astronomy month, funded by SAASTA:

Click on the smaller image to see a larger version…





Jive Media Africa conceptualised and produced, together with Madam & Eve, a national campaign for the total solar eclipse 2002.

Print products and television inserts were distributed through most national newspapers and flighted on SABC Education respectively.






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