Who We Are

The South African San Institute was registered in 1996 as a non-governmental organization (NGO) dedicated to serving the San communities of South Africa.


The San’s distinct hunter-gatherer culture stretches back over 20,000 years, and their genetic origins reach back over one million years. Recent research indicates that the San, the aboriginal peoples of Southern Africa, carry the oldest genetic heritage of contemporary humanity.


Over the past 21 years, SASI has provided legal, advocacy, socio-anthropological and related services, in a series of programmes dedicated to the practical empowerment of the San peoples.

South African San Institute

7 Devon Road


Cape Town

South Africa

+27 (0)21 709 0807