About Yazi


Who we are

The YAZI Centre for Science and Society in Africa is an organisation committed to improving lives through celebration and application of knowledge in Africa.

YAZI, which means “to know” in isiZulu, acknowledges that we are all knowledge holders. When we each bring our own knowledge and our own perspectives to issues facing the continent, it becomes possible to develop solutions.

However, within our rapidly globalising world, voices can easily become hidden or marginalised.

Within this context, The YAZI Centre for Science and Society in Africa aims to: increase participation in the production of knowledge among those excluded by inadequate education, poverty and inequality, leading to solutions that positively transform lives and communities.

This will be done by:

  • Broadening participation in the creation, dissemination and application of knowledge including the use of indigenous knowledge;
  • Initiating and collaborating on projects impacting on food security, health (including TB, HIV and child health), education and other challenges using participatory methods to develop appropriate solutions;
  • Promote the acquisition of science skills, increase science literacy and supporting engagement with the sciences in schools, learning institutes and communities;
  • Providing access to information on study opportunities and careers in science.
  • Encouraging the participation by young scientists in initiatives which seek to bridge the gap between science and society

Board Members: Prof Doug Wassenaar (Chairperson), Prof Himla Soodyall, Prof Albert Modi, Mr Robert Inglis

The YAZI Centre for Science and Society in Africa is a Non-Profit Company (NPC) K2015047709 and is registered as a Non Profit Organisation 151-830 NPO. YAZI is certified as a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO 930056536). Contributions to YAZI qualify for tax exemption (SARS Tax Registration: 2015/047709/08)