The National Indigenous Knowledge Management System

The National IK Registration System formerly known as the National Recordal System and the National IK Management System (NIKMAS), represents an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) platform for the management of Indigenous Knowledge (IK) as governed by the Protection, Promotion, Development and Management of Indigenous Knowledge Act No 6 of 2019. The IK Registration System is the technology platform that is connected to IKS Documentation Centres that support communities to record their indigenous knowledge. The IK information accessed and published through the national IK Registration System has ownership vested in communities. Accessing these through the IK Registration System requires permission and authorisation. Click here for more information

Future systems that will be available via the NIKSO Portal include the IK Register of Designations.



*IKSDC - Indigenous Knowledge Systems Documentation Centre

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NIKMAS Fast Facts

Operations provided by NIKMAS are as follows:

Explore indigenous knowledge (IK)
  • African Traditional Medicine
  • Food Security


The Pharmacopoeia is a prior art database which holds information on the use, quality, efficacy and safety of traditional African medicines in South Africa. The database draws on published resources on plants, its botanical distribution and its uses for medicinal purposes, which are digitised to provide information, cross-referencing and research outputs for use by researchers, community members, traditional healers and a wide range of global users. This database is not intended for medical or health advice and may not be used as a substitute for professional consultation from experts. Click here for more information

Featured Plant

Senna italica Mill.

Senna italica, previously known as Cassia italica, is a perennial creeping shrublet up to 60 cm high. Stems radiate from a woody rootstock. Taproots are present. Leaves are compound with pinnate veination. There are approximately four to six oblong leaflets per leaf arranged spirally and alternately. Flowers of S. italica are bright yellow to yellowish-white. Flowering usually takes place during the rainy season, but flowers can appear throughout the year in moist conditions. Flowers are followed by flat, rounded to oblong and often slightly sickle-shaped pods. The fruit may contain as many as 11 seeds. Seeds are usually olive, green or black in colour.


Van Wyk, B-E. and Gericke, N. (2007). People’s plants: a guide to useful plants of southern Africa. Briza, Pretoria.

2 Van Wyk, B-E. and Wink, M. (2004). Medicinal plants of the world. Briza, Pretoria.

Operations provided by Pharmacopoeia are as follows: