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The SAINTS (Southern African Institute for Nuclear Technology and Sciences) aims to empower students and staff by the provision of excellent education, training and practice opportunities.

Empowerment through education, training and practice


To be a globally recognised platform providing quality education and technical training with a positive impact on human resource development.


To deliver a world-class training programme in particle accelerator technology and associated radiation sciences, in order to sustainably develop human resources in the Sciences, Engineering & Technology sector (SET) in South Africa, and more generally in southern Africa and the rest of the African continent.

Some of the key aims and objectives of the SAINTS are: the improvement of the throughput post-­graduate students linked to research at iThemba LABS; the improvement of research outputs (dissertations, publications, presentations) of students and staff at iThemba LABS; and enhancing general research/supervision skills and specialized research-­related knowledge of students and staff.

Contact Details

Dr. Rudzani Nemutudi
SAINTS Co-ordinator
iThemba LABS, NRF
Tel.: +27 21 843 1411

Radiation Biology workshop

The SAINTS operates like a department at iThemba LABS. It is headed by a Co-ordinator (currently Dr. Rudzani Nemutudi).

The SAINTS is in the process of building a consortium of partners. The current local partners are the University of Cape Town ( , North West University (, Stellenbosch University ( , the University of Venda ( and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) (

The SAINTS is working closely with local partner institutions and the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) ( in Russia in offering of an annual summer school (at iThemba LABS) and summer practice (in Dubna, Russia). Memoranda of Agreement have also been signed with the INSTN ( in France and GSI/FAIR (  in Germany, with regards collaboration on education and training.

The key offerings of the SAINTS include an annual Physics Summer School; an annual Summer Practice (at the JINR, Dubna); workshops (e.g. research skills, spectral analysis and simulation, writing skills); post-graduate level courses (e.g. accelerator physics, radiation protection, radiobiology, materials characterization); Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series, Catalyst Lecture Series (lectures generally given by senior doctoral students or post-doctoral researchers);  GSI/FAIR‐iThemba LABS SAINTS Research Fellowship (3 month for doctoral students to visit GSI/FAIR) and the SAINTS Prestige Scholarships (full-cost).

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