About this podcast

Join us for a safari through the skies!

Season 6 coming June 5th!!!

The Cosmic Savannah podcast showcases world-class, afro-centric astronomy and astrophysics. It is for a general audience and anyone can listen. No astronomy knowledge needed!

Africa’s beautiful dark skies and vast plains make it an ideal place for cutting-edge astronomy research. Hear about the fascinating people and discoveries coming out of Africa and how they are relevant on the world stage.

Each episode, we chat to guests involved in the world of astronomy across the African continent. New episodes are released on a fortnightly basis during a season.

The podcast is produced and hosted by Dr Jacinta Delhaize from the University of Cape Town, Dr Daniel Cunnama from the South African Astronomical Observatory and Dr Tshiamiso Makwela from the University of Cape Town and MPIA.

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Daniel is on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and Jacinta can be found at Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and her website.

Credits

The Hosts

Put a face to the voices you hear! Our world-class hosts come from diverse backgrounds. They are also the producers of The Cosmic Savannah.

Jacinta

Dr Jacinta Delhaize is an astronomer and lecturer at The University of Cape Town. She leads a research team called RADHIANCE studying galaxy evolution and radio astronomy. She is originally from Australia and her hobbies include yoga and playing with her dog Sam.

Dan

Dr Daniel Cunnama is a Science Engagement Astronomer at The National Research Foundation’s South African Astronomical Observatory (NRF|SAAO). He is originally from KwaZulu-Natal and his hobbies include running ultramarathons.

Tshia

Dr Tshiamiso Makwela is a research scientist at the International Astronomical Union’s (IAU) Office of Astronomy for Education (OAE) and the Max Planck Institute of Astronomy (MPIA). She is also a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Cape Town. She is originally from Soweto, Johannesburg and her hobbies include swimming.

The Managers

Francois – Podcast Manager

Francois Campher is an Honours student in Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Cape Town through the National Astronomy and Space Science Programme (NASSP). He loves all things astronomy and is deeply passionate about South African astronomy. His research interests centre around machine learning solutions to astrophysical problems and big data astronomy. 

Sumari – Social Media Manager

Sumari Hattingh started as a volunteer for The Cosmic Savannah after she attended the DARA Big Data School for Africa in 2019. This is where she met Jacinta, who was hosting a workshop on science communication and how podcasts work. Now, as Social Media Manager, Sumari manages the social media channels for TCS and does all the social designs and planning. She has a postgraduate background in Astrophysics (CSR, NWU) but works as a Data Scientist in the world of Data, Analytics & Innovation. Her experience includes field sectors of mining, healthcare and banking. Since July 2023, she has been the Associate Director and Tech Team Lead of Craft Intelligence.

The Experts

Jacob – Audio editor

Jacob Fine has been the editor of The Cosmic Savannah since Season 4. He is infinitely patient with us!

Brian – Photographer

Michal – Photographer

The “Volunteer Army”

Meet some of the amazing volunteers behind-the-scenes of The Cosmic Savannah.

Abi – Transcriptions

Abigail Thambiran is an Astrophysics Honours student at the University of Cape Town (UCT) currently undertaking the National Astrophysics and Space Science Programme (NASSP). She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and now does intern work for the Science Engagement team at the NRF|SAAO part-time. She is passionate about making science accessible to the public and her current research interests include radio pulsars.

Shamin – Website and General

Shamin is an intern who is part of the Science Engagement team at the NRF|SAAO. He is a commerce graduate currently pursuing a degree in Physics. His current interests include Exoplanets, science engagement and SALT operations.

Emil – You Tube videos

Emil Meintjes recently completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Cape Town majoring in Physics and Astrophysics and is currently working towards finishing his Honours in Physics, also at UCT.

Moses – General

Moses is a Science Engagement Intern at the NRF|SAAO, holding a BSc Honors degree. During his time there, he developed a profound interest in astronomy and honed his skills in public engagement. This role allowed him to explore science from a new perspective and fostered his passion for technology, driven by the cutting-edge innovations in astronomy. He had the privilege of working under and learning from some of the most brilliant minds in the field, which has enriched his knowledge and introduced him to new skills.

Sponsors

We gratefully acknowledge support from the South African National Research Foundation, the Square Kilometre Array Observatory, the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement, the South African Astronomical Observatory and the University of Cape Town Astronomy Department.