Itumeleng Molefi

BSc (Pure and Applied Mathematics): University of the Witwatersrand

BSc Honours (Physics): University of the Witwatersrand

Itumeleng Molefi is a science educator and freelance writer. Molefi has five years’ experience teaching Physical Sciences and Natural Sciences from grade 8 to 12. His work was instrumental in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope’s human capital development project that seeks to support learners attending schools in the Karoo that surround the telescope.

In 2016, Molefi was selected as one of 50 high school science and mathematics teachers from around the world to attend the European Council for Nuclear Research’s (CERN) pilot high school teacher programme in Geneva, Switzerland. The following year, he visited the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Canada for their EinsteinPlus teacher programme. Molefi was also selected as one of the Mail & Guardian’s Young 200 South Africans in 2017.

Molefi’s writing focuses on science and the arts. He has done science reporting and profiling for special supplements of the Mail & Guardian newspaper. His arts writing has mainly been reviews of theatre, film and books with an emphasis on how these works of art speak to our current moment in history from a social or political perspective.

Molefi’s work has appeared in Sunday Times, The Daily Vox and Business Day, amongst others.

Molefi also writes, directs and produces video-essays on African literature for the YouTube channel BOTLHALE. These video essays discuss pieces of literature from a particular lens (for example, using oral literature as a way to understand the first poem in Koleka Putuma’s collection Collective Amnesia or placing Taiye Selasi’s novel Ghana Must Go in the tradition of epic poetry) in an attempt to make the books more accessible to readers and to provide further scholarship for the purposes of archive creation.