The first South Africa BioImaging symposium took place in Stellenbosch on 26 October 2018. About 25 Principal Investigators and scientists from South Africa participated in the meeting, presenting both their research and the challenges they face in running imaging core facilities in their institutes. Global BioImaging's Scientific Coordinator and Project Manager took part in the symposium and presented Euro-BioImaging and the benefits international collaboration can bring to national communities. A representative of the South African National Research Foundation (NRF) also attended the symposium. All the best to our South African colleagues to continue strengthening their national community and advancing the research fronties in the life sciences!