Southern African Systems Analysis Centre (SASAC)

Building on the successes of the Southern African Young Scientists Summer Program (SA-YSSP), the South African NMO and Government (Department of Science and Technology) have decided to evolve and expand its activities to develop capacity for systems analysis in South Africa and the wider region by launching the new Southern African Systems Analysis Centre (SASAC).




Building on the successes of the SA-YSSP, the DST and NRF took a strategic decision to continue investing in and expanding activities around systems analysis under the Southern African Systems Analysis Centre (SASAC) initiative. In 2015, a consortium of four universities, namely the University of the Western Cape, the Universities’ of Limpopo and the Witwatersrand, and Stellenbosch University was competitively selected to host SASAC during 2016 and 2018. The SASAC model takes cognisance of a wider framework of engagement, additional and multi-level systems analysis capacity interventions, and a comprehensive approach to policy-related activities in South- and Southern Africa.

SASAC High-level Systems Analysis Capacity Strengthening Three Week Programme 2017

One element of the SASAC initiative involves a three week capacity strengthening program to be held in South Africa at the Universities of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg) and Limpopo (Polokwane) from 20 August – 8 September 2017. 

The second iteration of the Southern African Systems Analysis Centre’s (SASAC) Emerging Researchers Programme drew 27 participants on a competitive basis from 6 countries, and focusses on advanced methodology, research skills and writing opportunity within a systems analysis framework.

The program includes high-level lectures and research development seminars alongside workshops covering themes in both social and natural sciences, including policy dimensions. 

For more information on the current program, speakers and participants please click here.


All queries about this call should be addressed to:

Ms. Motsakwe Rakgoale                                                                      
Professional Officer                                                                                        
Phone: +27 12 481 4297                                                                

Call for Doctoral Scholarships for Research using a Systems Analysis Methodology

In collaboration with IIASA, the Department Science and Technology in South Africa, the British Council and the Newton Fund, the NRF is pleased to announce the third call for a three-year doctoral scholarship for South African or African students working at universities in South Africa in any field with a systems analysis methodology. Applications are now open until 29 September 2017. For more information see the Call for Doctoral Scholarships for Research using a Systems Analysis Methodology. Also more information on the recipients from previous calls may be found here.


All queries about this call should be addressed to:

Ms. Gugu Dube
Professional Officer
Human and
Infrastructure Capacity Development (HICD)

Tel: +27 12 481 4169 





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Last edited: 18 April 2018


Motsakwe Rakgoale

Professional Officer: International Relations and Cooperation

+27 12 481 4297



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