About the IPRDP


One of the Department of Science and Technology's aims is to use science and technology for inclusive development.

The Innovation Partnerships for Rural Development Programme was introduced to pilot and integrate innovative technologies to improve service delivery and quality of life in rural communities.

The IPRDP has been or is being implemented in some of the rural district municipalities identified as priority districts by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform.  An important part of the initiative is to build science and technology management and leadership capability in the municipalities through a set of technology-based pilot and demonstration initiatives that respond to social and economic infrastructure needs.

These needs, identified by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, include –


  • water (focusing on access to water and water quality);
  •  sanitation;
  •  housing and human settlements;
  •  access to electricity and energy;
  • ICT and communication services;
  • ecological or green infrastructure.

The expected outcomes of the IPRDP include –


  •  improved conceptualisation and design of technology-based service delivery decisions;
  • facilitated R&D results and new technologies from publicly funded research institutions to promote sustainable livelihoods, enhanced service delivery, and more affordable access to services
  • enhanced learning and capacity building across the targeted municipalities on technology and innovation management;
  • appropriate and scientific evidence-based solutions to influence policy design, development and decision-making;
  • an evidence-based evaluation of the impact of the IPRDP.


IPRDP objectives


  •  To demonstrate, pilot and evaluate the suitability of a selection of potential technology-based options for delivering essential social and economic infrastructure in some rural district municipalities. 
  • To contribute to the generation of practical knowledge and evidence (in the form of policy briefs, technical briefs, decision-support systems, and learning interventions) that can be used to build the capacity of rural municipalities and stakeholders to manage science, technology and innovation.
  • To build a stronger two-way partnership between rural communities and knowledge and technology partners within the national system of innovation, with the aim of facilitating technology transfer and influencing the work and priorities of knowledge and technology partners.
  • To support the development of a policy environment that facilitates the diffusion of good practices and the scaling-up of successful pilots and demonstrators.


IPRDP projects


  • Integrated algal ponding system
  • Wastewater treatment works.
  • Point-of-use system for safe drinking water.
  •  Corrective Action Request and Reporting System for municipal services.
  • Water safety planning and wastewater risk abatement plans.
  • Small-scale hydropower.
  • Low pour flush toilets.
  • Smart geyser for water and electricity saving.
  • Youth science journalism.


Partnership with the European Union


The DST is responsible for testing, demonstrating and recommending new and alternative solutions to service delivery challenges faced by the South African government, through initiatives such as the IPRDP.  This has been supported by the European Union through its General Budget Support to the South African government.

Through this programme, alternative sanitation, water management, electricity generation, wastewater treatment and water-heating solutions have been tested in various parts of the country.

The DST is grateful for the support from the EU, which has made it possible to demonstrate a range of alternative solutions, allowing the DST to make informed recommendations for improved service delivery.


IPRDP Corporate Video


Contact details:

Mr Tshepang Mosiea

Director Sustainable Human Settlements

Tel.: 012 843 6466

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World IP Day

The World Intellectual Property (IP) Day is celebrated every year on 26 April. The theme for 2017 is: Innovation Improving Lives to celebrate a creative force and explore how some of the worlds most extraordinary innovations have improved ordinary peoples lives!

Stakeholders are encouraged to implement various activities for the 2017 World IP day to promote the importance of Innovation and IP and its role in daily life.


WIPO -NIPMO Innovation policy workshop

NIPMO will be hosting the WIPO-NIPMO Innovation policy workshop for African Countries from 08 to 12 May 2017 in Cape Town. The course is offered to enhance the skills and knowledge of officials from African countries who deal with innovation policy and intellectual property strategies. Online application and registration via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WIPO-SA Summer School on IP&TT

Application for the two-week Summer School on Intellectual Property (IP) and Technology Transfer (TT) opens on 01 April 2017. The summer school provides an opportunity for senior students and young professionals to acquire deeper knowledge of IP and TT.  The programme includes lectures by experts in the field of IP and TT. The Summer School will be hosted by the University of the Western Cape from 27 November to 08 December 2017. Application for the Summer School is done online registration and open from 01 April till 31 August 2017.  Applicants should go to  http://www.wipo.int/academy/en/courses/summer_school/


The National Intellectual Property Management Office (NIPMO) was established in terms of Section 8 of the Intellectual Property Rights from Publicly Financed Research and Development Act 51 of 2008.  NIPMO is established as a Specialised Service Delivery Unit (SSDU) with effect from 13 December 2013. The Head of NIPMO has powers conferred by legislation.  NIPMO relies on the Department of Science and Technology for all support services


NIPMO functions are to:


  • Promote the objects of the IPR-PFRD Act;


  • Ensure its capacity to consider IP referred by a Recipient;


  • Liaise with Recipients to determine the viability of obtaining statutory IP protection,


  • Conclude any IP transactions; and


  • Commercialization of such IP.


Furthermore, NIPMO must:


  •  Manage information in respect of IP under the Act;


  • Provide incentives to Recipients and their IP creators and, generally promote innovation;


  • Provide assistance to institutional OTT’s and related capacity building;


  • Provide appropriate standards and best practices;


  • Develop guidelines for IP transactions involving non South African entities; and


  • Manage their implementation; and monitor, evaluate and review the obligations of Recipients under the Act.


NIPMO Directorates:










Pipeline of publicly financed IP
(since 2 Aug 10):

1057 disclosures

Of which are Active:

932 disclosures


Of which have a granted IP right:

190 disclosures (18%)

Of which have been commercialised:

74 disclosures


Exclusive licenses:


Licenses granted to SMMEs / BBBEE entities:


Revenue received by institutions from commercialised IP:

> R4.4 million

OTT Support Fund funding to date:

R106 million

No. of institutions who have received support:

28 institutions and 2 regional offices

No. of highly specialised technology transfer posts created:

85 posts (+19)

IP Fund funding to date:

R83 million