DataFirst is a data service dedicated to making South African and other African survey and administrative microdata available to researchers and policy analysts. We promote high quality research by providing the essential research infrastructure for discovering and accessing data and by developing skills among prospective users, particularly in South Africa.  We undertake research on the quality and usability of national data and encourage data usage and data sharing.

Read about our data and download data for your research from our portal.

Apply to use confidential data in our Secure Research Data Centre on Campus.

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Visit:  3.49, 3rd floor, School of Economics Building, Middle Campus, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, Cape Town 
Mail: Private Bag X3, Rondebosch, 7701, Cape Town, South Africa 
Call: +27 (0)21 650 5708
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