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CSIR CIS is involved in a number of countries in Southern Africa and mostly with institutions dealing with Economic Development as well as those addressing the inadequate delivery if services in remote and rural areas.

In recent years, CSIR CIS has led or participated in many projects.  We are listing only some of these and the photo gallery provides a few images from the projects.




Umsobomvu Youth Fund in South Africa:

They focus on empowering the youth by funding essential business services through a Voucher Management System. Our inTouch Africa® Voucher Management System has specifically been developed for Umsobomvu and is currently deployed in 17 UYF centres in South Africa.

South Africa

2004 -

The RED Door Centres (Real Enterprise Development) is an initiative of the Provincial Government of the Western Cape in South Africa:

A network of 14 RED Door Centres have been established over a period of 3 years in the Western Cape. These one-stop information, advice and service centres are easy-to-access one-stop-shop hubs which supports enterprises and potential enterprises.  They are ‘powered’ by our inTouch Africa® System.

Western Cape Province

2004 -

The Botswana Technology Centre (BOTEC) in deployed inTouch Africa® to provide an integrated solution for the Community User Information System (CUIS) project.

This project provides three villages in Botswana namely Letlhakeng in Kweneng West, Hukuntsi in Kgalagadi and Gumare in West Ngamiland with information centers, linked to a Central Information Server (CIS) located in Gaborone, Botswana. CUIS is a pilot information communication system aimed at enabling rural and remote area communities to gain access to integrated on-line information on services provided by government ministries and departments, non-governmental organizations and the private sector.  These centres were partially ‘powered’ by our inTouch Africa® System.


2002 -

Namibia Department of Education:

inTouch Africa® has been deployed as a MIS system for this department’s Community Learning and Development Centres (CLDCs). This project covered 2 Centres initially.


2003 -

Technology for Women in Business (TWIB):

About 25 young women has been put through a “New Venture Creation Learnership” and supported to start their own Infopreneurs™ ‘social enterprises’.

Eastern Cape Province


Collaboration @ Rural - Sekhukhune Rural Living Lab:

10 Young people have been deployed as Infopreneurs™ in the Sekhukhune District of the Limpopo province.  These Infopreneurs™ have been ‘married’ with a ‘family’ of research and technology development institutions in South Africa (CSIR CIS and SAP Research SA) and Europe (SAP Research Germany and other European project partners) to develop an ‘open innovation’ environment where the Infopreneurs™ participate in the definition, testing and usage of new technologies as well as new business models to enhance the development of rural areas in developing economies.

Sekhukhune District in Limpopo Province

2005 -

San Martin SMME Incubator and Business Development Services:

The MIPEs (Micro y Pequeñas Empresas) Business Incubator in San Martin was established in March 2002 as a joint venture between the Municipio de Gral. San Martin, CISP (Comitato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo dei Popoli) and UNSAM (Universidad Nacional de San Martín). The main objective of the Incubator is to grow certain sectors of the industry by establishing and incubating small and micro enterprises in those sectors.  inTouch Africa® was translated into Spanish and deployed as a MIS and process support system.



W.K. Kellog Foundation:  inTouch Africa and Infopreneur Development in South Africa

Kellogg Foundation funding was a key instrument that enabled us and supported our development of both the systems and deployment models in our work at the ‘base of the pyramid’ (BoP).  The final support from the Foundation enabled us to do extensive validation of our approach in the Limpopo province of South Africa from April 2008 to Nov 2009.

Makhado, Limpopo, RSA.


SA Department of Science and Technology:  National Indigenous Knowledge Management System

The Department utilised the Infopreneur networks in a number of rural contexts (Vhembe District, Namakwa District and Ruth Mompathi District) to catalogue and harvest indigenous knowledge still in existence in rural context.  This initiative allowed us to further enhance the model and strengthen the sustainability of this “extension extender network” in rural contexts.

Limpopo, North
West and Northern Cape Provinces, RSA.