Dr Africa received her PhD in Sport Science in 2006 from Stellenbosch University and began her lecturing career in 2007. She started her research journey in the field of motor skills development in 2004 and continued in the field of adolescent health. She made a U-turn in 2007 where she re-directed her focus to early childhood development and gross motor skills, becoming increasingly interested in and fascinated with the Autistic population.
In 2010, she initiated the Honours Kinderkinetics programme at
the Department of Sport Science, Stellenbosch University and qualified as a Kinderkineticist at the end of the year. She is currently the coordinator of the programme Stellenbosch Kinderkinetics and serves on the South African Professional Institute for Kinderkinetics (SAPIK).