Persistent drought conditions in South Africa and the southern African region continue to have a negative impact on food security. But data-science-driven solutions developed by the country’s young people could hold the key to how government address challenges like these.


Next week, 43 students from South Africa’s higher education institutions will display different data-science-driven projects in Pretoria.


The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is funding the Data Science for Impact and Decision Enhancement (DSIDE) programme to build capacity in the growing field of data science and to bring solutions to real-world problems.


One DSIDE project, "Project Mati", is using data on the drought to assist the Department of Water and Sanitation to develop an information system on water-related matters in the country.  Project Mati also aims to develop a web application that will help the Department to best display the data, mapping the affected areas, settlements and municipalities.


Other projects involve health and transport-related data science.


Details of the event

Date: Thursday, 2 February

Time: 10:00 – 14:00

Venue: Department of Science and Technology


For more information, contact Veronica Mohapeloa at 082 882 3818.