The National Research Foundation was established as an independant government agency, through the National Research Foundation Act [Act No.23 of 1998].
The NRF receives its mandate from the National Research Foundation Act (Act No 23 of 1998, as amended). According to Section 3 of the Act, the object of the NRF is to contribute to national development by:
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The 2023 National Research Foundation (NRF) Awards honoured some of the country’s high-achieving researchers and scientists at a prestigious ceremony held in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal last night (31 August 2023). This year, the awards were held under the theme Celebrating 20 years of the SKA Project in South Africa.
The annual NRF Awards recognise outstanding achievements made by individuals and teams whose excellence has significantly advanced science for the benefit of society. Their internationally competitive work is assessed for, among other things, the contribution to the field of study focusing on quality and impact. One of the objectives of the awards is to encourage the continued culture of advancing South Africa’s scientific knowledge and technological innovation by rewarding those that make use of research for the advancement and betterment of humanity.
In his welcome address, Professor Mosa Moshabela, Chairperson of the NRF Board, said, “These honours are not to be taken lightly. The NRF rating system upon which these awards are based provides us with a benchmark by which we, as a country, can measure our value as a global knowledge creator and of course benchmark with the rest of the world. Our cohort of scientists and our scientific institutions rank among the very best in the world and it is therefore our duty today and every year to continue to foster this commitment to excellence by celebrating with this flagship event.”
In his keynote address, Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande, paid homage to local scientists for the strides they have made in recent years, emphasising their remarkable work for both South Africa and the globe during the fight against COVID-19. He also paid homage to the NRF for its impact in the transformation of South Africa’s academic landscape.
“The NRF Awards represent a high standard of research excellence,” said Minister Nzimande. “They demonstrate the power of public investment in science for public good, science as a service of society particularly the most marginalised and vulnerable sectors of our society. We want science for social justice, as we said when we hosted the World Science Forum in Cape Town in December 2022. As the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, I must indicate that I’m proud to be presiding over the Department of Science and Innovation which provides the policy framework within which the NRF is directed to play such a catalytic role in expanding and transforming South Africa’s STI landscape.”
NRF CEO, Dr Fulufhelo Nelwamondo, in his closing address, said, “To all the 2023 NRF Awards recipients, the reason we gather here is to recognise you for the work that you have been doing. But there’s more to that, we’re encouraging you to do more. We’re expecting much more from you because that’s the only that we can actually use science to change lives. It is very important for the NRF to continue recognising and acknowledging the contributions made by our country’s scientific cohort, our researchers and the institutions who have committed themselves to expanding the frontiers of our knowledge to create a better and a more sustainable future for all members of our society.”
The awards are presented across two categories – NRF ratings-based Awards and Special Awards.Two additional special awards were awarded this year, namely the NRF Significant Contribution Award and the NRF CEO’s Special Recognition Award.
The NRF Significant Contribution Award went to Dr Phil Mjwara, Director General of the Department of Science and Innovation. The NRF recognised Dr Mjwara for his role in South Africa’s Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project, from early in its development to date. His support and faith in South Africa’s ability to host such a massive and scientifically important project helped the country in its successful bid to host a segment of the world’s largest and most sensitive radio telescope array. Over the years, he has assisted in the development not only of the various phases of the projects, but also the spinoff benefits that the SKA project has provided, including employment opportunities in construction and eco-tourism, skills development and training, and education from basic to tertiary level. Dr Mjwara holds a PhD in Physics from the University of the Witwatersrand. He served as Professor of Science and Technology Policy at UP and lectured Physics at Wits, UNISA and University of Fort Hare.
The NRF CEO’s Special Recognition Award went to the University of Mpumalanga. The accolade is awarded to a previous winner of the NRF Award. It is recognised for its continued progress and commitment to excellence in research performance as measured against a selection of critical indicators. The University of Mpumalanga won the NRF Award in 2022.
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