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The IAU OAE National Astronomy Education Coordinator team for South Africa

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Matie Hoffman
Prof Matie Hoffman
Team Member, NAEC team - South Africa
University of the Free State (UFS)



Appointed as NAEC until: Aug. 1, 2024

Sally MacFarlane
Dr Sally MacFarlane
Team Member, NAEC team - South Africa
University of Cape Town


Dr Sally Macfarlane (NAEC South Africa chair) is currently working as a post-doctoral fellow and part-time lecturer in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Cape Town. The prime purpose of her post-doc is to work with the IDIA Visualisation Laboratory to explore the immersive visualisation of scientific data within the digital dome environment, specifically using the Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome in Cape Town. As an energetic supporter of science engagement and the development of South African Astrotourism, she also works as a part-time planetarium presenter and educator. Through her post-doctoral work and the production of a full-length locally produced planetarium film, she aims to promote the importance of local digital dome content in order to popularise and expose South Africa's many impressive artistic and scientific achievements.


Appointed as NAEC until: Aug. 1, 2024

Dr Tshiamiso Makwela
Team Member, NAEC team - South Africa
University of Cape Town


My background is in Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy as well as Physics and Astronomy Education Research (PER/AER). I completed my MSc (Masters of Science, Science Education) at the University of Witwatersrand with my research focus in Astronomy Education Research. My current PhD research thesis (University of Cape Town) is primarily focused on Astronomy Education Research (AER), where I am looking at university students' engagements with astronomical scales (in particular size and distance) as well as spatial awareness. Being in a country where astronomy is growing rapidly, it is important to find ways in which we can make the astronomy curricula and research accessible to students beyond our borders.


Appointed as NAEC until: Aug. 1, 2024

Sivuyile Manxoyi
Sivuyile Manxoyi
Team Member, NAEC team - South Africa
South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO)



Appointed as NAEC until: Aug. 1, 2024

Case Rijsdijk
Case Rijsdijk
Team Member, NAEC team - South Africa
South African Institute of Physics/ Astronomical Society of Southern Africa


Case Rijsdijk has been involved in Physics, Astronomy and Education his whole life. Educated at Kabaulonga Boys HS in Lusaka Zambia, graduated from UCT and studied Astronomy under Prof R H Stoy at the Observatory in Cape Town.

He taught Physics at St Georges College Harare and Bishops in Cape Town before returning to the South African Astronomical Observatory, SAAO.

He took early retirement from the SAAO in 2003 to continue his research in Particle Physics and writing but is still involved with teacher education, the SA Physics Olympiad and numerous outreach activities. In addition he serves on several Science Advisory Councils, and is the current President of the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa, ASSA.

In 2009 he was awarded an NSTF Special Award for his contributions to Physics, Astronomy, Education and Science Communication over a lifetime. He is also an honorary member of the ASSA, the Royal Society of SA and the SA Institute of Physics. In 2017 he was awarded the prestigious Gill Medal of the ASSA for his contributions to Astronomy.


Appointed as NAEC until: Aug. 1, 2024

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Astronomy Education in South Africa

For more information on Astronomy Education in South Africa, see the Astronomy Education in South Africa Summary (PDF file 212.72 kB) prepared by our NAEC team. This document is available under Creative Comments Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) Creative Comments Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) icons