The iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator-Based Sciences is a group of multi-disciplinary research laboratories administered by the National Research Foundation. Based at two sites in the Western Cape and Gauteng, these provide facilities for:

  • Basic and applied research using particle beams
  • Particle radiotherapy for the treatment of cancer
  • The supply of accelerator-produced radioactive isotopes for nuclear medicine and research

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Welcome to iThemba LABS



iThemba in the Media

iThemba in the Media

Read all about the happenings at the LABS. iThemba is being featured in various online and printed magazines & newspapers, and websites.

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Community Interaction

iThemba LABS, through the Division for Community Interaction and Training (CIT), is committed to positively impact the lives of young people in South Africa.

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Virtual Tour

Virtual Tour

Join us on a Virtual Tour. Take a closer look at the equipment that is being used at the LABS. Adobe Flash Player is required for Virtual Tour

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Conferences & Events

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Mail & Guardian Article: Science builds our future by Dr. Albert Van Jaarsveld CEO of the NRF.   Read more …

Visit by Deputy Minister


Veronica Zanele KaMagwaza-Msibi, the Deputy Minister of Science and Technology visited iThemba LABS during the month of September.

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iThemba bid: AMS 2017


iThemba bid to host next AMS Conference in 2017 (AMS-14)
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SA gets 3 MV Tandetron


A 3 MV Tandetron Accelerator will be installed for the Materials Research Department (MRD) at iThemba LABS.

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A 360 view of iThemba

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Dr. Simon Mullins, head of iThemba LABS Johannesburg on CNBCAfrica interview

Africa’s 1st Mass Spec Lab

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Africa’s first accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) facility was unveiled by Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor in Johannesburg in July at iThemba LABS Gauteng