Southern African Clinical Epidemiology Association is a relatively new organization. It was launched at Stellenbosch University on 3rd April 2013. The inaugural meeting, organised by Stellenbosch University, WITS and University of Pretoria, was hosted by the Centre for Evidence-based Health Care, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University. However, an association of epidemiologists is not new in South Africa. The Epidemiology Society of South Africa had a long history of existence. It hosted a number of national conferences and eventually it was dissolved in 2001 and merged with Public Health Association of South Africa.