South African Young Academy of Science

Mmaki Jantjies

Mmaki Jantjies

Mmaki Jantjies is an Associate Professor in Information Systems at the University of the Western Cape. Prof Jantjies has served as a Head of department at two South African universities. She holds a PhD in Computer Science and has supervised to completion Masters and PhD students. She teaches and also supervises research students in the UWC department of Information Systems.

Her research focuses on technology for development, having conducted studies on mobile systems design and adoption in education, health and small businesses. She has been recognised for her study on developing multilingual mobile learning applications to support STEM education in South African multilingual schools. Prof Jantjies continues to publish in local and international academic journals and conferences. She is passionate about science communication and has published her work in public platforms such as Popular Mechanics, Fast Company and CNBC.

Prof Jantjies has served as the South African delegate representative to W20 in 2017 and 2018. She is a member of local and international research committees which include the Equals research group. Prof Jantjies has been awarded different fellowships such as the Aspen New Voices in Development fellowship. She has been recognised as one of the 50 people who globally help make the Internet a better place by Mozilla Foundation, Mail and Guardian leading young South Africans under 35 years and many other local and international awards.

Prof Jantjies working with UN Women and Mozilla foundation started technology clubs for girls, boys and co-education clubs which are after school clubs where children from disadvantaged communities come to learn about the basics of digital literacy, software development as well as Internet security, working with UWC students from various universities who teach on the programmes. She further founded a non-profit organization Peo Ya Phetogo that teaches teachers digital literacy skills to impact them with children across schools.