DataFirst provides online access to survey and administrative microdata from South Africa and other African countries to researchers. DataFirst also offers training to African data managers and researchers.

The portal includes datasets from studies and surveys carried out by universities, private organisations, and government departments. In 2016, UCT Data First had about 37 047 online users.

Online presence

Home Organisation

University of Cape Town

Type of organisation responsible for the initiative

Tertiary Institution

Key people

Director – Martin Wittenberg

(0)21 650 5708


Updated: 2018/09/01

What if I can’t find a project on the database?

If you know of a project or initiative that is not on the database please contact with as much information as possible including contact details. We want to make the database as comprehensive as possible but we need the community’s help to do so.