Jive Media Africa is thrilled to announce that as of 1 December 2012, Professor Albert Thembinkosi Modi, Dean of the School of Agricultural, Earth & Environmental Sciences at UKZN, has joined Robert Inglis and Hilary Kromberg as an equal shareholder and Director of Jive Media Africa.
Jive Media Africa’s association with Professor Modi began whilst he was CEO of the Moses Kotane Institute of Science and Technology in 2010 when we partnered to bring public audiences Café Scientific (now Science Spaza – a science education and outreach initiative by Jive Media Africa).
Professor Modi’s vast experience in education, especially encouraging the studying of science and mathematics, as well as his profound passion for making science and mathematics accessible and relevant to rural communities have organically lead to this exciting partnership.
Jive Media Africa’s core aims of delivering accessible communications in fields as diverse as health, human rights, biodiversity and science and technology are enhanced through Professor Modi’s profound wisdom and involvement.
Professor Modi has taught crop science at UKZN since 1996, studied a Ph.D. on a Fulbright Scholarship at Ohio State University, won several awards including the Agricultural Writers SA (North) Agriculturalist of the Year Award in 2009 and a Fellowship Award from the South African Society of Crop Production 2011, joined the Department of Economic Development in KwaZulu-Natal to establish and lead the Moses Kotane Institute of Science and Technology as CEO, was a founder member of the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) and personally funds children from five rural schools in Transkei (in the village from which he comes) to study Science from Grade 10 to 12.
Albert’s passion is infectious and Jive Media Africa is privileged to have him on board!