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 National Research Foundation (NRF) conducts its procurement of goods, services, and works in accordance with its Supply Chain Management Policy in a manner that is fair, equitable, transparent, competitive, and cost-effective
The National Research Foundation (NRF) is guided by its Supply Chain Management Policy in its procurement of goods and services. The Policy sets out the prescripts issued by National Treasury with the exact note referenced in the footnotes. The Supply Chain Management policy adheres to the National Treasury’s prescribed supply chain system framework.
The NRF’s Supply Chain Management Policy and the conduct of supply chain management at the NRF seeks to give effect to section 217 of the South African Constitution which requires that all procurement of goods and services must be done in a manner that is fair, equitable, transparent, competitive and cost-effective.
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As part of its core mandate of unlocking science and technology, and driving innovation for development, the National Research Foundation (NRF) will be hosting a major, one-of-a-kind international conference on public procurement and innovation in the African context. This event, hosted in partnership with the African Procurement Law Unit (housed at the Stellenbosch University Law Faculty) and themed the Public Procurement & Innovation in Africa, will be a gamechanger in leveraging massive public procurement spend to advance innovation and ultimately development on the African continent.
Says NRF CEO, Dr Fulufhelo Nelwamondo, “At present, the link between public procurement and innovation is not widely appreciated in the South African context. The same is largely true for many other African countries. One finds very limited explicit policy instruments, programmes, or systems seeking to operationalise public procurement as an innovation policy tool. Likewise, the literature on public procurement and innovation in the African context is very limited. With this conference, the NRF hopes to drive a process to change this lack of attention to public procurement and innovation in the African context.”
The conference will aim to:
Event details for journalists:
Venue: NRF Building, South Gate, CSIR Complex, Meiring Naude Road, BrummeriaDates: 14 to 15 November 2023Times: 08h00 to 17h00For more information visit: https://www.nrf.ac.za/ppi2023/
To RSVP, please contact:
Bongani NkosiMedia Relations OfficerNational Research Foundation+27 61 477 email@example.com
Vuyiseka KlaasAfrican Procurement Law Unitvk@africanprocurementlaw.org
Note about the speakers:
The conference will be facilitated by Prof Geo Quinot of the African Procurement Law Unit. Leading international scholars and practitioners will participate in the event, including Prof Charles Edquist, the Ruben Rausing Chair in Innovation Research at CIRCLE, Lund University, Sweden; Prof Jakob Edler, the Executive Director of the Fraunhofer Institute of Systems and Innovation Research; Prof Louise Knight, Professor in Public Sector and Healthcare Procurement, University of Twente; Prof Jane Lynch, Centre of Public Value Procurement, Cardiff Business School; Prof Christopher Yukins, Lynn David Research Professor in Government Procurement Law, George Washington School of Law and Fellow, Acquisition Innovation Research Center; Dr Barbara Allen, Deputy Head of School of Government, Wellington School of Business and Government, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand; Dr Moses Khanyile, Director, Centre for Military Studies, Stellenbosch University; CEO of TZoro IBC; and Mr Ibrahim Kitoo, Chief Legal Officer, Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC.
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