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Africa’s leading research facility for accelerator based science. Probing fundamental structure and the origins of matter; Advancing the understanding of condensed matter; Impacting the Societal need through provision for the health and environmental sector
The iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator Based Sciences is the continents' biggest facility for particle and nuclear research.
The SAAO is a national facility of the NRF and the national centre for optical and infrared astronomy in South Africa.
SAEON is a national platform for detecting, translating and predicting environmental change.
SAIAB provides unique skills and infrastructure support in marine, estuarine and freshwater ecosystems research, molecular research, collections and bioinformatics.
SARAO is a national facility of the NRF and incorporates radio astronomy instruments and programmes such as MeerKAT and KAT-7 telescopes in the Karoo, (HartRAO) in Gauteng...
South Africa’s innovation revolution must assist in solving our society’s deep and pressing socio-economic challenges. Global competitiveness, shrinking resource availability, and the requirements of a skilled labour force mean that, increasingly, an awareness and understanding of why science and research are critical to our lives is essential for developing an innovation culture.
Within the next five years, the aim is to begin to more fully embed engagement in and with science in the core NRF missions of supporting and promoting new knowledge and growing new knowledge workers. This is led by the formulation of an acceptable NRF position on engaged research which will guide the NRF approach…
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The NRF provides leading-edge research infrastructure platforms that ensure that the national research enterprise has the requisite infrastructure to undertake globally competitive discovery science, train the next generation of researchers, support engagement with science by and with the public and promote innovation that positively impacts society, the environment, the economy.
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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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Dr Akhona Tshaka graduated with a PhD from the University of Fort Hare in 2020. She held an NRF internship in 2016/17 and was also funded by the NRF for her PhD studies.
This is her story…
I was born in Uitenhage and I grew up in Ngqamakhwe, Mirrlees.
I passed matric at Nomaheya Senior Secondary School in 2010. In 2011, I went to the University of Fort Hare (UFH) to study for a Bachelor of Social Work degree. When I finished in 2014, I realised that I had a passion for writing. I passed my final-year research project with distinction and decided to pursue my passion for writing by furthering my studies. I applied to study for a Master’s degree in Social Work at UFH and was awarded a scholarship in 2015. When I enrolled for my Master’s, I applied for the DSI-NRF Internship Programme and in 2016 I was selected for the internship. In 2017, I applied to study towards my PhD. I was selected to study at UFH and was awarded the DSI-NRF PhD Innovation Scholarship.
Did you have to overcome any obstacles to be where you are today, and what did you learn from it?
The journey was indeed not easy at all. I experienced many obstacles, but I will just focus on my journey as a research student during fieldwork/data collection. I did not complete my studies in time. I could not publish enough work due to the struggles of obtaining entry to collect data from participants. I had to collect permission from government officials and would exceed my timeframe waiting for permission to obtain data. I learned that you must be patient and persistent to achieve your research project.
What is your area of expertise?
My research focuses on child and family welfare in social work. Currently, I am focusing on the experiences and resilience strategies of women.
How can your research/work advance knowledge, transform lives and inspire a nation?
I hope that my research will enhance the well-being of all vulnerable children and families in South Africa. I also hope to take part in developing government policies and interventions in the field of social work that aim to empower and strengthen the well-being of women.
What are some of your proudest achievements?
My proudest moment has got to be the ability and courage to complete my PhD during the COVID-19 pandemic and to be recognised as the youngest PhD graduate at the University of Fort Hare for the 2020 academic year.
Did the COVID-19 pandemic (and national lockdown) change the way you work/study? How did you adapt to the “new normal”?
Yes, COVID-19 had a profound impact on my studies. I lost hope in completing my PhD. I had to leave campus during my write-up. Writing from home was the worst experience ever. Usually, I did my work at the library where I would sit all day and focus on working. It was difficult for me to adapt to a new working environment, because usually when I am at home I spend most of my time with my family. It was so difficult for me and my family to adapt, based on the fact that I had to stop everything and focus on completing my work. Through it all I managed to complete my project because of hard work and dedication.
What is the best advice you have ever received (and from whom)?
The best advice I was ever given was to work hard and never give up – by my supervisor and colleagues at UFH. Indeed, through prayer, patience, persistence, and perseverance, I managed to complete my studies.
What, in your opinion, are some of the best ways to get youngsters interested in science-related careers?
People lack knowledge and understanding, especially in the rural villages. They lack information and understanding of the current education system. Thus, awareness programmes focused on educating South Africans about developments in education should not only focus on urban areas. For example, I did Maths and Science in high school, but before I decided to do a career in social sciences, I had little knowledge about careers in science.
What are your career aspirations for the future?
Currently, I am unemployed and working towards publishing my thesis. I aspire to be an academic lecturer and researcher who will make publications and be rated by the National Research Foundation.
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