Centre in Indigenous Knowledge Systems

DSI-NRF Centre in Indigenous Knowledge Systems Promotes Ubuntu for Mental Healthcare

The DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Indigenous Knowledge Systems (CIKS) observed World Mental Health Day on the Westville campus with an event aimed at raising awareness about suicide prevention, which included an input from psychologists, traditional health practitioners, staff, students and members of the community. A presentation by UKZN’s Ms Londiwe Cele – titled Ubuntu and […]

UKZN Co-Hosts Pan African Conference on Restoring African Dignity through African Ideas

“Our history did not begin with colonisation. It did not even begin with the history of the infamous slave trade which lasted for over 400 years. Africa’s history has a glorious stance as the cradle of mankind”. These were the words of former President of Ghana, John Mahama, when he delivered the keynote address at […]

Shining the Spotlight on Traditional Birth Attendants’ Role

In partnership with the Department of Higher Education, Science and Technology (DHEST), UKZN hosted the first of its kind conference on the critical role played by traditional midwives – known as Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) – in communities around the country and in various developing countries. The two-day conference themed: Restoring African Dignity through Traditional Birth […]

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Director and Research Leader
Prof. Hassan O. Kaya

Contact Details:


Ms. Maju Mavis Radebe

Tel:  +27 (0) 31 260 1794 

Email:  RadebeM3@ukzn.ac.za

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Welcome to the DST-NRF Centre in Indigenous Knowledge Systems (CIKS)

CIKS is a partnership of five higher education institutions in South Africa, with its hub at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Durban, South Africa. The CIKS is a strategic instrument of implementing the National IKS Policy (2004) and facilitates the integration of IKS in higher education as a key component of human capital development and social transformation.  It is through its mandated areas of research, postgraduate training, information brokerage, networking and community engagement that CIKS stimulates a paradigm shift in the advancement of the democracy of knowledge systems. Essentially, CIKS promotes the recognition of multiplicity of knowledge systems in the global knowledge economy, which are culturally, place-based and complementary in order to mitigate against the dominance of western knowledge system in the global knowledge economy. As a knowledge systems on its own merit, Indigenous Knowledge (IK) has its own worldview, epistemology, research methodology and value systems. Therefore, its promotion enables South Africa and Africa as a whole, to enter the global knowledge economy on its own terms rather than those dictated by others. 

The inclusion of IK holders and practitioners in knowledge production, management and protection, makes knowledge production, innovation, and human capital development more relevant to sustainable community livelihood and development. It breaks barriers between local communities, academia, industry, business, and government. It builds an active citizenry through mobilization of community based knowledge systems in the knowledge economy and sustainable development process. The CIKS welcomes your partnership to build an active citizenry through IKS for improved quality of life.

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