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

Stangeria eriopus (Kunze) Baill.

Stangeria eriopus is a slow-growing perennial herb with large fern-like leaves of up to two metres in height. The leaves develop from a subterranean tuberous stem. The body of the plant consists of a large tuberous root which is swollen and carrot-shaped. As in other cycads, S. eriopus forms coralloid roots. These are specialized, plagiotropic (sideways-growing) roots housing colonies of cyanobacteria that fix nitrogen. Each growing point of the stem produces one leaf at a time. When young, the leaf is rolled up at the tip and fern-like. A single cone is produced on each growing point. Male and femalecones are borne on separate plants.  The male cone is slender, cylindrical and tapers at the apex. It has numerous spirally arranged, overlapping scales. The female cone is broader and egg-shaped with a rounded tip and stalked scales bearing large red, fleshy scales.The seeds are bright red and very poisonous.


1 South African National Biodiversity Institute. (2006). Stangeria eriopus (Kunze) Baill.

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

Operations provided by Pharmacopoeia are as follows: