Daniel Cloete, a colonial official, was an active member of the South African Institution (Cape Town, 1829-1832), the first voluntary society in southern Africa devoted entirely to science. He was a member by early 1830, when he delivered a paper, "Notes on the culture of the vine, and on the making of wine", which was published in the South African Quarterly Journal (January-March 1830, No. 2, pp. 128-131). In June 1831 he was elected a member of council of the Institution. The next year the Institution amalgamated with the South African Literary Society to form the South African Literary and Scientific Institution. A Mr. D.J. Cloete, presumably the same person, was a member of this society, though not an office bearer. D.J. Cloete was probably Daniel Jacob Cloete (1800-1879).