Data Science for Impact and Decision Enablement (DSIDE)

The DSIDE programme is an intensive programme that places students into multi-disciplinary teams working on real world problems from ICT-related fields. This includes opportunities to conduct entrepreneurial activities around data-driven products.

Mentors from the CSIR data science practitioner community will provide guidance and support on all projects. The goal of the DSIDE programme is to give students an opportunity to solve a real problem in a real context and to give partners an opportunity to tap the skills and ingenuity of a student team. Some problems have been solved under the visual analytic framework with the goal of letting the data tell the story of “What happened”, “Where”, “How”, “When” and the “Value” of the insight. Teams will comprise of technical expertise, entrepreneurial expertise and public policy expertise for a truly interdisciplinary approach. Problems will come from domains such as education, social media, transportation, logistics, energy, smart urban development, government policy making, etc

 DSIDE recruits vacation students on annual basis, over the period of June/July (Phase 1 – 4 weeks) and December/January (Phase 2 – 8 weeks). Recruitment is currently for enrolled third, fourth, honours, master’s and doctoral year students studying towards engineering, science, commerce or arts with majors in computer science, statistics, applied mathematics, economics, entrepreneurship, public policy, graphic design and journalism with good academic standing. This projects aims to support capacity building in the field of Data Science.


Total number of students participating: 92

Financial Year breakdown:

2014/15: 12 Students

2015/16: 30 Students

2016/17: 50 Students

mLab Southern Africa     

In 2011 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) ,through its agency ,the Council for Science and Industrial Research (CSIR) lead a consortium to establish the mlab in Southern Africa .

The mlab was seeded through a grant by the World Babk infoDev ,the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland,The DST and The innovation Hub and with technical support by Nokia,with the aim of empowering youth through mobile technology skills,innovation and entreneurship .



ICTRED aims to investigate how the application and deployment of new and existing technologies (which include tablets ,e-textbooks and other electronic resources )

at schools in the Cofimvaba district of the Eastern cape can be used to develop frameworks ,models,tools and processes for systemic and suitable implementation on a wider scale.



CHPC provides world-class high performance computing that enables cutting-edge research.The centre is one of three primary pillars of the national cyber-infrastructure intervention of South Africa supported by the Department of Science and Technology(DST).The South African National Research Network(SANReN and the Data Intensive Research Infrastructure of South Africa (DIRISA)complement the CHPC through the provision of high-bandwidth connectivity and  effective curation of a variety of large and critical databases.


IIP (Industry Innovation Partnerships)


Through the (Industry Innovation Partnerships), DST is introducing new paradigms and appraches to fostering R&D and innovation (RDI) partnerships with private sector .

The aim of these partnerships are to improve the competitiveness of key sectors of SA economy,such as the ICT sector.




The Department of Science and Technology’s (DST) ICT innovaton Programme to Support Development and Government Service Delivery aims to investgate the effect of ICT on public service delivery transformation by government through technology demonstration projects.