Unemployed Science, Engineering and Technology Graduates Required to Volunteer in the DST’s National Youth Service Programme

The South African Agency for Science a Technology Advancement (SAASTA, a business unit of National Research Foundation) on behalf of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) is inviting unemployed science, engineering and technology graduates (18 to 35 years of age) to volunteer their services towards the implementation of the Youth into Science Strategy under the auspices of the National Youth Service Programme.  Volunteers will be deployed for a period of up to 12 months to participating organisations that collaborate with the DST in its youth development programmes.  A stipend will be paid to volunteers per month as follows: National Diploma NQF Level 6 (R 4 500), Bachelor’s Degree / B.Tech NQF Level 7 (R 5 000), Honours NQF Level 8 (R 5 500), Master’s NQF Level 9 (R 6 500), PhD NQF Level 10 (R 7 700).

Vacancies exist and become available during the year at a variety of organisations in all nine provinces.

Interested youth, who meet the qualifications, are invited to submit a covering letter indicating why they want to volunteer, in which province they are residing and the province of their choice. Candidates should also include curriculum vitae, certified copies of ID and qualifications, and all their contact details. To view a list of current participating organisations, please visit our website: www.saasta.ac.za and then click on the National Youth Service Programme under under Programmes\Nurturing Talent.

 Human Resource Volunteer Department

South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA)

1st Floor Didacta Building

211 Nana Sita Street



Please email your detailed cv’s to nysrecruitment@saasta.ac.za

 Closing date: 28 February 2018

 Only shortlisted candidates will be notified of the screening outcomes.  Candidates who have not been contacted within three months after the closing date should consider their applications unsuccessful. All travel and relocation costs will be for the candidates’ own expenses.

 All enquiries:  MacDonald Kapu Tel: (012) 392 9300

Participating Host Institutions

Eastern Cape

  • Department of Education (DoE), Mthatha
  • Fort Hare School of Science & Technology Discovery (FOSST), Alice: Ft Hare
  • Mathematics Science & Technology Education (MSTE), King Williams Town at Zwelitsha
  • Nelson Mandela Bay Science & Technology Centre, Port Elizabeth
  • Sci-Fest, Grahamstown
  • Sasol Inzalo Foundation,Comfimvaba
  • Mothibistad Science Centre
  • Siseko Group (MST Skills Development)
  • Maths Science Leadership Academy (MSLA)
  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU)

Free State

  • Ikaheng High School
  • Agricultural Research Council (ARC), Bethlehem
  • Lenyora La Thuto Secondary School, Botshabelo – Bloemfontein


  • Auditor-General,Pretoria
  • Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAF), Pretoria
  • Agricultural Research Council (ARC), Pretoria
  • Arcellor Mittal Science Centre, Sebokeng
  • Brickplay,Pretoria
  • Council for Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), Pretoria
  • CV Chabane and Associates, Pretoria
  • HartRAO, Krugersdorp
  • JNF Walter Sisulu Environmental Centre, Pretoria
  • Sasol Inzalo Foundation,Johannesburg
  • Johannesburg City Parks, Johannesburg
  • Mintek, Randburg
  • Moipone Academy, Tembisa
  • National Research Foundation ,Pretoria
  • Mondi Group, Johannesburg
  • National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF), Pretoria
  • National Zoological Garden (NZG), Pretoria
  • The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (NECSA), Pretoria
  • P-STEM,Johannesburg
  • Thandela Consulting, Pretoria
  • Tshwane University of Technology (Robotics), Pretoria
  • Reuben Dlamini Foundation, Johannesburg
  • South African Agency for Science & Technology Advancement (SAASTA), Johannesburg and Pretoria
  • South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF), Pretoria
  • South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), Johannesburg
  • Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, Johannesburg
  • Sci-Enza Science Centre, Pretoria
  • Square Kilometre Array (SKA), Johannesburg
  • Synexus,Pretoria
  • Underdeveloped Graduate into Science, Pretoria
  • University of Johannesburg Science Centre,Soweto
  • Walter Sisulu Environmental Centre, Johannesburg


  • Arcellor Mittal Science Centre, Newcastle
  • Isibusiso Esihle Science Centre, Kwangwanase
  • Jive Media Africa, Pietermaritzburg
  • KZN Science Centre, Umhlanga Rocks
  • Mondi Group, Pietermaritzburg
  • Mary Help Primary School, Ixopo
  • Nkomose Comprehensive High School, Ixopo
  • South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), Pietermaritzburg
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal Science Centre, Durban
  • University of Zululand Science Centre, Richards Bay
  • Moses Kotane Institution


  • Bokamoso Science & Technology Centre (Bostec), Bochum
  • Giyane Science Centre, Giyane
  • National Zoological Gardens, Mokopane
  • Vuwani Science Centre, Thoyandou: Venda
  • University of Limpopo Science Centre, Turfloop: Polokwane
  • Phalaborwa Foundation,Phalaborwa


  • Anglo SCG & ICT Resource Centre, Witbank/Emalahleni
  • Mondi Science Centre, Piet Retief
  • Osizweni Education & Development Centre Secunda, Embalenhle
  • Mondi Group,Piet Retief
  • MSTA Academy Main Hub

North West

  • North West University Science Centre, Potchefstroom
  • North West University Science Centre, Mafikeng

Northern Cape

  • Maths & Science Learning Academy (MSLA), Kimberley
  • Mothibistad Science Centre, Mothibistad
  • SA Astronomy Observatory,Sutherland

Western Cape

  • Arcellor Mittal Science Centre, Saldanha/Vredenburg
  • Cape Town Science Centre, Cape Town
  • iThemba Labs, Somerset West
  • South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), Cape Town
  • Science Learning Centre for Africa – UWC, Cape Town
  • South African National Space Agency (SANSA), Hermanus: Cape Town
  • SANBI,Kirstenbosch
  • Square Kilometre Array,Cape Town
  • Stellenbosch University Botanical Gardens