The Ulwazi Partnership (Ulwazi) was established in 2002 to develop interactive science and technology experiences, primarily through the establishment of science centres and associated activities in support of the public awareness of science and technology. It then broadened its mandate to include arts, culture and heritage and to include facilities such as heritage sites and museums. From 2003 to 2012, Ulwazi operated through and was the trading name for Epidote Properties (Pty) Ltd, a company directed and managed by Prof. Dan Archer and Grahame Lindop. Since 2013, Ulwazi has been operating again as The Ulwazi Partnership with the same principals. The name Ulwazi derives from isiZulu for knowledge.
From a science and technology perspective, there continues to be a desperate need in Africa to strengthen education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), as well as the public's engagement with these subjects. Interactive exhibits, experiences and programmes can play an important role in this regard, combining education with entertainment, demystifying science and making it more relevant.
From an arts and culture perspective, there is a need to recognise, promote and provide a balanced perspective of the country's diverse cultures and heritage. Arts and culture are not divorced from science and technology and interactive experiences can not only enhance the learning experience but also allow these interfaces to be explored.
Ulwazi prides itself on offering a professional service in an efficient and timely manner, taking a proactive and entrepreneurial approach, and giving consideration to the economic, social and environmental pillars that support sustainable development.