South African scientists, students and computer experts played a minor role in the discovery of a new boson.
The CERN organisation announced earlier this morning that they have discovered a new sub-atomic particle consistent with the elusive Higgs Boson.
"It's a global experiment, and we have six of our universities participating at CERN," said Prof Jean Cleymans, leader of the SA-CERN programme, which launched almost four years ago.
"The Department of Science and Technology selected CERN as one of its global large-scale infrastructure projects; it supports scientists in the South Africa-CERN consortium to participate in experiments to investigate the existence of the Higgs boson particle and other expected discoveries," a press statement read.
The South African computing Grid was established as a result of the project, being used to process and analyse data for CERN.
"It will also provide valuable lessons for the SKA and data intensive computing in general. Other spinoffs are expected in diagnostic and therapeutic medicine, remote sensing and nuclear technology, to name a few other fields."