Annual Internships, Human Capacity Development Programmes

Applications are invited from candidates who are interested to acquire work experience in the areas of specialisation or disciplines in the nine provinces. Please see the attached document under downloads to get more information about the provinces and areas of specialisation or disciplines.  Only South African university graduates with Bachelors, Honours, BTech, MTech or Master’s degrees may apply. People holding a National Diploma, DTech and PhD need not apply.

  1. DST-NRF Internship Programme 2015/16

    ... Diploma, DTech and PhD need not apply. REMUNERATION Interns will receive a monthly salary ranging between R 5 772 and R 7 691 per ...

  2. Human Capacity Programme

    ... students the opportunity to enhance their competencies. Interns are hosted at various public and private sector institutions in the ...




    The South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA, a business unit of National Research Foundation) on behalf of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) is inviting unemployed science, engineering and technology graduates (18 to 35 years of age) to volunteer their services towards the implementation of the Youth into Science Strategy under the auspices of the National Youth Service Programme.

The overlooked History of African Technology

The overlooked History of African Technology

New book explores the confluence of innovation, hunting, and nature in Zimbabwe.

In exploring the hunt as a mobile space for work and education, Mavhunga’s book — “Transient Workspaces: Technologies of Everyday Innovation in Zimbabwe,” just published by MIT Press — is a call for a historical rethinking about the meaning, prevalence, and application of technological innovation in Africa.


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Inkaba yeAfrica capacity building success: Jacek Stankiewicz (GFZ - ex SA)

Inkaba yeAfrica capacity building success

11 February 2013

Dr Jacek Stankiewicz – one of the first South African graduate students to have benefited from the link between AEON and GFZ as part of the Inkaba yeAfrica program. From a field assistant during the Inkaba Phase 1 project seismic profiling in the Karoo, in 2006, to a seismologist at GFZ for nearly 7 years. He has recently been appointed Senior Seismologist in the European Seismic Centre based in Luxemburg. Jacek featured on German TV as part of their report on Germany - SA Year of Science 2012/13:

Iphakade – a new beginning in 2015

Iphakade – a new beginning in 2015

Two collaborative bilateral Earth System Programs – Inkaba yeAfrica ( and !Khure Africa ( – have been active for 10 and 5 years respectively, with Germany and France.  The programmes have been generously supported by DST (Department of Science and Technology)  and NRF (National Research Foundation), but the bilateral nature of these programmes has come to an end. It is therefore timely to move on, and establish a South African Programme that can stand on its own.  Building on the success of these two earth systems science programmes, we have combined their goals and ongoing research and capacity building aims into one unified program with earth stewardship science as its main objective, and which we have called – Iphakade – an isiKhosa word meaning: ‘observe the present and consider the past to ponder the future’.

Iphakade is an AEON (Africa Earth Observatory Network) flagship programme that is trans-disciplinary, focussing on new integrated developments and consilient knowledge amongst earth and life sciences, engineering, resource economics and the human sciences, Earth Stewardship Science (ESS) is a new discipline that has emerged in response to the need to link Earth System Sciences more explicitly with Society, and form a broadly-based plan of action to deal also with the environmental-socio-political issues of the Anthropocene.

Iphakade will help to forge Earth Stewardship into a science that can sustain the planet and its people. Until end-2016, the program will continue with its DST/NRF funding based on the previous Inkaba yeAfrica and !Khure Africa formulas.  Soon the websites will be integrated into one.

Inkaba yeAfrica is Big Science

*    Over 5 years : 24 Million Euros or 240 Million Rands expended    *

The scale and complexity of Inkaba yeAfrica are what set it apart from most Earth science efforts globally.

Much of the science carried out requires layout of expensive field and laboratory equipment, the use of marine research vessels and various satellites.

The science teams are taking on truly Grand Challenges of urgent socio-economic needs to meet the extreme complexities of sustainable development in our present and future world.

Left : Seismic equipment from the GFZ pool ready for deployment in the Karoo. Right: Newly-installed GPS as part of tide gauge system at Marion Island

NEW: The overlooked history of African technology

A new book , Transient Workspaces - Technologies of Everyday Innovation in Zimbabwe,  Clapperton Mavhunga (an associate professor in MIT’s Program in Science, Technology, and Society) views technology in Africa from an African perspective by exploring the confluence of innovation, hunting and nature in Zimbabwe.

Technology in his account is not something always brought in from outside, but is also something that ordinary people understand, make, and practice through their everyday innovations or creativities — including things that few would even consider technological.


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