SAIP Office Contact Info


SAIP Office Contact Information

SAIP Postal address:

South African Institute of Physics
Postnet Suite 165
Private Bag X025
South Africa

SAIP Office Physical address

CSIR Main Campus
Building 42 A
Meiring Naude Rd


Map and Directions on the CSIR website.  


The Executive Officer - Brian Masara

Tel: +27 (0) 12 841 2627

Fax: +27 (0) 86 648 8474


SAIP Office Secretary - Lizzy Sathekge

Tel: +27 (0) 12 841 2655



SAIP Projects Officer - Ndanga Mahani

Tel: +27 (0) 12 841 2655



SAIP IT Support Officer - Tebogo Mokhine

Tel: 072 459 8846

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SAIP Council Secretary (Prof. Makaiko Chithambo)

Tel: +27 (0) 46 603 8450

Fax: +27 (0) 46 622 5049

Email: secretary(at)saip(dot)org(dot)za

Physics Conference Management Services

Physics Related Conference Management System

The SAIP helps the South African Physics community host and organise conferences and workshops.

The SAIP office helps SAIP members and the physics community in general to bring international conferences and workshops to South Africa.  The SAIP can help with hosting these conferences  as well as preparing bidding documents, budgeting and fundraising.


Please download our conference management service guide here



Other Services


Goals are important because they define very succinctly the terrain in which the Institute is working. A question "What does the Institute do?" cannot be answered very easily ... However, a reference to the list of goals certainly helps in answering the query. At any one time, Council can only be working on a subset of goals ... having a list of goals reminds us constantly of our mandate and the aims that we are yet to accomplish, and hopefully spurs proposals for further change. The list of goals will be updated from time to time.


Please send comments on the goals listed below to Dr. Nithaya Chetty [chettyn{at}ukzn{dot}ac{dot}za].

  1. General
    1. To being a modern organisation which is responsive to its changing environment. To be a relevant, inclusive and interactive organisation.
    2. To create a positive image of Physics in the country and of the Institute.
    3. To respond timeously to challenges facing physics in general and the Institute in particular.
    4. To foster debate in the physics community on matters of relevance to physics.
    5. To increase the participation rate of members in the affairs of the Institute. To strengthen the relationship between Council and the members.
    6. To promote new fields of physics. To help members stay abreast of international developments in physics. To promote Schools and Workshops on special topics in physics, especially burgeoning new fields in physics.
    7. To present a unified front for 'Mainstream Physics', Astronomy and Cosmology, Biological Physics, Medical Physics, and Applied and Industrial Physics, and to represent the interests of all sectors.
    8. To promote the public understanding of science in general and Physics in particular. To dispel misconceptions about science amongst members of the public. To issue press releases whenever appropriate.
    9. To promote ethics in science, particularly in physics.
    10. To sponsor attendance at physics conferences
    11. To establish a special fund outside the normal budget to finance bursaries, special projects, conferences, etc.
    12. To increase the number of postgraduate students of physics. To make a special effort to reach out to postgraduate students of physics and to make the Institute more relevant to this group. To increase the participation rate of this group in the affairs of the Institute.
    13. To promote equity and excellence in physics.
  2. Administrative
    1. To establish a permanent salaried secretariat.
    2. To create a permanent postal address for the Institute.
    3. To increase the membership of the Institute.
    4. To create a database of physicists in South Africa.
    5. To raise funds for the Institute.
    6. To arrange financially profitable conferences.
    7. To be efficient in the use of Institute funds, and "to make every cent count".
  3. Schools
    1. To engage in curriculum development at schools.
    2. To be involved in the training of high school teachers of science.
    3. To market physics to high school students of science.
    4. To be a conduit for information about jobs in physics, scholarships, exchange programmes, etc. to all students.
    5. To make the Institute more attractive to teachers of physics.
  4. Government
    1. To liaise with government. To make an input to relevant legislation.
    2. To advise the National Research Foundation and other funding agents on matters related to physics
    3. To keep members informed of any aspect or activity, especially legislation, that is of relevance to physics in South Africa.
  5. Industry
    1. To liaise with industry. To market physics in industry and commerce and to actively promote the expertise of physics graduates.
    2. To secure industrial sponsorships for physics by way of bursaries, scholarships, funding for conferences and support for projects that promote the public understanding of science.
    3. To continue to develop Applied and Industrial Physics Research.
    4. To make the Institute more attractive to physicists outside academia.
  6. International
    1. To liaise with international bodies of relevance to physics.
    2. To promote the internationalisation of physics in South Africa. To promote visits to South Africa of eminent foreign physicists, especially Black physicists. To encourage the international exchange of students, teachers and researchers in physics.
    3. To participate in the development of physics in Africa.



Australian Institute of Physics  - Memorandum of Agreement




Astronomical Society of Southern Africa - -   Memorandum of Agreement

Southern African Acoustics Institute -

South African Association of Physicists in Medicine and Biology

South African Spectroscopic Society

Microscopy Society of Southern Africa


Symbolism of Current Logo

One of the recommendations of the Transformation Committee was for the SAIP to get a new logo. It was decided to hold a competition which was launched in January 2004 with a prize of R3 000 to the winning designer. The winning design, selected by the members, from a shortlist of 3, was designed by Anthony Bullen (Sydney, Australia). The new design was unveiled at the banquet of the 49th Annual SAIP Confernce held in Bloemfontein on 2 July 2004.

This was submitted by the designer: The base of this logo is the archetypal symbol associated with physics - electrons orbiting a nucleus. It is given a uniquely South African flavour by adding elements that form the "Y" motif of the South African flag. This logo uses only two colours, both from the South African flag, making it a less expensive logo to print. Its centred, emblematic design is well suited to more ceremonial applications, such as use on certificates and medals.

Symbolism of Previous Logo

The following background to this logo was provided by a former SAIP previous secretary, Prof Bouke Spoelstra.

In 1982 the Council decided to get a logo for the SAIP. Enquiries from graphic designers established that professionals would charge an amount which at the time was roughly the price of a car! A logo competition was then launched, with the grand prize of R50 offered for the winning entry.

A number of designs were submitted and amongst them Dr G Heymann had submitted a few variations of a logo, from which the one used at present was adopted. A description of the symbolic meaning accompanied the entry:

  • The symbol resembles the Greek letter "phi", (for "physics")
  • The symbol also resembles the Chinese symbol "chung", meaning "middle" or "central" symbolizing physics as the central science.
  • The structure of the logo represents the three basic units of length, mass and time. Length: because of the four sides with the same length (precision); Mass: because the design resembles a balance, with the central triangular bar the fulcrum; Time: because the triangular bar resembles a pendulum.
  • The square is a two-dimensional projection of a cube which occurs in many fields of physics - a cube was chosen earlier as the logo for the Specialist Group for Solid state and Material Science (now called the Division for the Physics of Condensed Matter and Materials).
  • The design also resembles Greek symbols which are often used in many fields of physics.

    I believe that it was also said at the time that the double bars on the top right hand side resemble the gates of the CSIR. At the time the National Physics Research Laboratory (which was very influential in physics in the RSA) still existed as part of the CSIR.

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