Inter-University Institute for Data Intensive AstronomyThe Inter-university Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy is a partnership of three South African universities, the Universities of Cape Town, of the Western Cape and of Pretoria as well as the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory.
The overarching goal of IDIA is to build within the South African university research community the capacity and expertise in data intensive research to enable global leadership on MeerKAT large survey science projects and large projects on other SKA pathfinder telescopes.
ilifu Research Cloud ComputingIlifu, a big data infrastructure for data-intensive research, enables South African researchers to be world leaders in the strategic science domains of astronomy and bioinformatics. Operated by IDIA on behalf of a consortium of universities and research organisations, ilifu is a node in the national data infrastructure, partly funded by the Department of Science and Innovation to support the National Integrated Cyberinfrastructure System of South Africa.
DARA Big DataThe Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy (DARA) Big Data project was established in 2017 under the UK-South Africa Newton Fund, with the aim of building human capital in data intensive research areas of strategic importance to South Africa and the eight Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Africa partner countries. Data intensive focus areas of DARA Big Data have included topics in astrophysics / astronomy, health sciences and sustainable agriculture, as well as data science to inform policy. DARA Big Data is funded by the UK’s Newton Fund with matching support given by the South African Department of Science and Innovation. See the News page for information on previous events.
Office of Astronomy for DevelopmentThe Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) is a joint project of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and the South African National Research Foundation (NRF) with the support of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI).
The mission of the OAD is to help further the use of astronomy, including its practitioners, skills and infrastructures, as a tool for development by mobilizing the human and financial resources necessary in order to realize the field’s scientific, technological and cultural benefits to society. See for example this resource based on previous hackathons.
The Department of Science and InnovationThe Department of Science and Innovation seeks to boost socio-economic development in South Africa through research and innovation. To achieve its goals, the Department provides leadership, an enabling environment and resources for science, technology and innovation.

African Astronomical Society
The African Astronomical Society (AfAS) is a Pan-African Professional Society of Astronomers. The vision of AfAS is to create and support a globally competitive and collaborative astronomy community in Africa. Its mission is to be the voice of astronomy in Africa and to contribute to addressing the challenges faced by Africa through the promotion and advancement of astronomy. The society also works to develop Astronomy and Human Capacity throughout the continent of Africa through a vibrant and active AfAS.

South African Astronomical Observatory
Founded in 1820, the SAAO is the national centre for optical and infrared astronomy in South Africa. Its primary role is to conduct fundamental research in astronomy and astrophysics by providing a world-class facility to scientists. The SAAO also promotes astronomy and astrophysics in southern Africa, by sharing research findings and discoveries, and participating in outreach activities to enthuse citizens about physics and astronomy.