Science Spaza hung out with learners from Mlungisi Secondary School for National Science Week 2016, learning about sustainability and laying down tracks. It was a blast!  



Science Spaza collaborated with learners from Carnarvon Primary School, scientist from the SKA and popular music artist iFani. This exciting engagement was hosted by the South African Square Kilometre Array (SKA) all the way out in the Northern Cape during their Hip Hop Science Spaza experience earlier this year. 



Science Spaza is celebrating National Science week 2016. The theme this year is Science for Sustainable Development and Improved Quality of Life. Hip Hop Science Spaza is focusing on water, food security and nutrition.

Learners from Mlungisi Secondary School in Taylor’s Halt, Pietermaritzburg, joined in on the celebrations with Hip Hop Science Spaza and science experts to learn more about nutrition, food security and water. They then composed songs to convey an important message about sustainable living and got to perform their songs for their parents and the community.

 The songs were professionally recorded and will be played on community radio stations across the country during National Science Week 2016 (08 -13 August 2016).

 The National Science Week launch was hosted at the University of the Western Cape on the 6th of August 2016. Five of the learners from Mlungisi Secondary School had the opportunity to perform their songs in front of a crowd of over 3000 people and were featured on SABC 2’s Morning Live.

 Follow us on Facebook  to find out more about what we are getting up to this National Science Week.

 National Science Week is an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology, managed through the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA). For more information, go to: www.saasta.ac.za. 

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The Hip Hop Science Spaza 2016 competition is now open. Want to record your Hip Hop song with Science Spaza? It’s easy, write  a Hip Hop song and send it to us by 30 November 2016 and you could be recording your track professionally!

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The Science Spaza team is out in Taylor’s Halt at Mlungisi Secondary School for the Hip Hop Science Spaza programme. 30 learners from the school have been chosen to participate in this programme. They were asked to think about sustainability with the focus being on water, food security and nutrition. They were then tasked with drawing key messages to use to compose their very own Hip Hop songs.

“It is  amazing to see how creative all these leaners are. The effort and passion they put in when creating these songs is motivating” – the words of the Hip Hop Science Spaza project manager, Sthabile Mazubane.

 The team will be heading out again for more workshops with the learners to finalise the songs  and prepare them for the Hip Hop Science Spaza event .  The event will be hosted  by the learners where they will perform their songs for their community.



The young scientist from KwaZulu Natal, Nozipho Gumbi, has made us proud by flying the South African flag high at The Times Cheltenham Science Festival in the United Kingdom by participating in the FameLab 2016 finals.

After winning the South African leg of the competition, Nozipho got onto the world stage and delivered her engaging speech on how carbon nano-tubes can be used to remove micro-pollutants in our water systems and  secured herself a place in the finals. 

The finals took place on the 9th June 2016 and ended with the announcement of Abhi Veerakumarasivam from Malaysia taking the crown for the FameLab 2016 competition. Congratulations to all those who participated and made it to the finals!


What have you got planned for National Science Week (8- 13 August 2016)National Science Week is an initiative of the DST to promote science and scientific solutions to society’s problems in South Africa.) 

This year’s theme is ‘Science for Sustainable Development and Improved Quality of Life’ and the Science Spaza programme will be focusing on the critical topics of food security, water and nutritional health.

10 000 thousand copies of Spaza Space (Science Spaza’s official newspaper) along with fun science activities will be distributed to a network of over 140 self-initiated science clubs and 30 science centres in all 9 provinces in South africa. Your organisation could be featured in this publication in the form of an advertorial or advertisement. If you have a programme you would like to promote during National Science Week, Space Space offers an excellent platform to do so. You would be reaching a network of over 5000 learners nationwide in both urban and rural areas. 

Contact Science Spaza at info@sciencespaza.org or call us on 076 173 7130/ 033 342 9380 to see how  can get involved in this great initiative and show the nation that you too think knowledge is ncah!


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Bringing National Water Week to a close

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The final day of National Water Week was World Water Day! We thought it would be a great opportunity to show you just what our Science Spaza clubs learned about raising awareness on water and health!

Three Science Spaza clubs (Emzamweni Science Club; Mehlokazulu Science and Sobantu Science Club) from the uMgungundlovu district in Pietermaritzburg had a chance to learn all about water and health in a Hip Hop Health research project by Science Spaza supported by the Wellcome Trust. As part of the project they conducted research activities in and around their communities dealing with water-borne diseases, water-washed diseases and water quality.

The activities included:

  • Testing water sources near their communities for E. coli to get an indication of water-borne diseases present in their water,
  • Surveys to determine their peers’ general knowledge on water-washed diseases, and
  • Determining the water quality of water sources by counting the number of small organisms living in the water using the miniSASS method (the more small organisms, the better the water quality).

The students then had the exciting task of taking their newfound knowledge and using it to create Hip Hop songs about water and health! They got together with local musicians to create the music, and, once they had perfected their lyrics, they performed their songs at an event at the Hexagon Theatre for their parents, communities and South African Hip Hop sensation iFani. The songs were recorded live and have been put onto an album, and have been played on the radio throughout the week. If you missed them, be sure to check them out on SoundCloud!

A feature of the students doing their research activities was broadcasted on Hectic Nine-9 on the 22nd of March, at 16:00 on SABC 2 – CHECK OUT THE YOUTUBE VIDEOS BELOW!

 So that’s it from us for National Water Week. Remember to save water, keep it clean and stay healthy! 

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The Science Spaza team does it again!

The Hectic Nine-9 crew, were in Pietermaritzburg on the 28th of February for the filming of the Welcome Trust Hip Hop Health project. Three different clubs got to meet the crew and do interviews with TV personalities, Ayanda Makuzeni and Thozama Ngwenya, who explained the importance of water and health as well as highlighting the importance of using water resourcefully. They also got a chance to conduct their research studies in front of the cameras! The footage will be aired on Hectic Nine-9, 22nd of March at 4pm so don't miss it! These research activities were produced by Science Spaza and supported by Wellcome Trust. 

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