An AIMS group of students spent the week at Fynbos Estate

AIMS South Africa workshop at Fynbos Estate

Photo above, clockwise from top right: Irene Kyomugisha (PhD student), Funmilayo Lydia Makinde (PhD student), Samuel Ofosu Mensah (PhD student) and Mhlasakululeka Mvubu (Masters graduate).
Front left: Bubacarr Bah (Research Advisor), Emmanuel Kabuga (Masters student) and Shankar Agarwal (Postdoctoral fellow).

African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) is an academic network that enables Africa’s talented students to become innovators who propel scientific, educational and economic self-sufficiency. The South African Centre is one of six across Africa, which include Ghana, Cameroon, Senegal, Tanzania, and Rwanda.

AIMS South Africa was established in 2003 as a partnership project with the universities of Cambridge, Cape Town, Stellenbosch and Oxford, and this particular group of masters students are working on data science research. This means they study both the theory of extracting information from data as well as looking at particular applications such as systems of finance and health. Examples of projects would be working on detection of loan defaulters, and creation of models of data research which simplify enormous amounts of data.

Read more about the network on their website:

This particular workshop of students based at AIMS Cape Town, was funded by the German Alexander von Humboldt foundation.


It all worked spectacularly. The food was fantastic, the venue is good and farm quiet which solves problems of distractions. The people nice and friendly.

The perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of a big town. Food was WOW! We didn’t know when to stop. Clean rooms, green outdoors, plenty of space to relax and chill. Friendly staff and friendly cats and dogs!!!! No water shortage. Don’t want to leave. Hopefully we’ll be back again soon.

Everything about the estate is nice. The environment, meals and people are all on point Thanks

I loved the setup of this place, the farm house is amazing, thanks. The meals were really amazing. Compliments to the chef and kitchen staff. Thanks for hosting us.

The atmosphere at Fynbos was awesome and reminded me that I should appreciate nature. The staff at the kitchen were friendly and the food was good. Also accommodation.

It was an awesome place for a workshop. Accommodation, food, working venue space, beauty. Thank you.