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The Meraka Institute is an operating unit of the CSIR focused on Information and communication technology (ICT).

 We are in the business of research, innovation and advanced human capital development. With over 200 staff and students, Meraka is the largest group in South Africa dedicated to ICT research. It has extensive national and international networks and actively collaborates with other organisations across the globe. Meraka contributes to enhancing quality of life and economic competitiveness in South Africa and the continent through ICT by:

  • researching and developing new technology that enables ICT access, inclusion and use
  • researching, developing and transferring innovative ICT products, processes and services into the market
  • researching, developing, building and operating world-class cyberinfrastructure
  • contributing skills and outcomes that are changing the profile of our ICT landscape.

Meraka's research and development covers the following areas:


Meraka's cross-cutting initiatives combine a number of capabilities in developing flagship opportunities in specific markets, notably for education and  rural development