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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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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.
The annual NRF Awards recognize and celebrate South African research excellence. The awards presented to researchers are in two categories, the ratings linked awards and special recognition awards.
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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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June is Youth Month, and this year the NRF is celebrating the youth of the NRF who are working towards achieving the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. We thank all participants for sharing their stories with us and we hope that you are inspired by the young NRF-affiliated researchers who are helping to ensure a sustainable planet for all.
Dr Tebogo Mashifana is the Head of the Department for Chemical Engineering Technology as well as a Senior Lecturer and Researcher at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). She has received funding from the NRF for her postgraduate studies as well as her postdoctoral research.
This is her story…
I grew up in a small village called Sehlakwane. I am the second-born of Mr Johannes and Mrs Christinah Phetla. My parents sacrificed everything for us to obtain a better education. Although we did not have access to great opportunities, we were made to believe early on in life that we can achieve anything we put our minds to.
I began my career as a Chemical Engineer in 2005 at UJ without any funding but when I realised I could use academic excellence to open doors for myself, I never looked back and strived to perform academically. Following my first degree, I was able to work as a Graduate Metallurgist. Because I am passionate about discovering solutions to environmental pollution challenges, I decided to pursue postgraduate studies (Master’s and Doctorate). My love for research and being exposed to environmental pollution problems, especially in the mining sector, made me focus on the beneficiation of solid wastes to develop value-added products that can be used for different applications such as in building and construction. I always loved providing solutions to challenges, and I believe in every role I am serving now I am living dreams.
I received support from the NRF since 2013 for my postgraduate studies. The NRF further funded my postdoctoral research through the Black Academics Advancement Programme (BAAP) and Thuthuka. Through the funding, I completed my Doctoral degree in 2017. Between 2018 and 2019, I had the opportunity to visit different universities internationally to establish research collaborations. I attended international conferences and was hosted as a Researcher.
Within two years in the BAAP program, I had the opportunity to visit Singapore twice, Australia, the USA, Denmark, Thailand, and China. NRF funding has carried me and enabled me to carry out research and publish high-quality work in prestigious journals with high-impact factors. Through my research I was able to establish collaborations with some of the established global scholars who are among the Highly Cited Scholars in the world. The funding has assisted me to investigate and develop innovative solutions to convert solid wastes generated by numerous industries into value-added products that can be used in construction and for wastewater treatment.
Did you have to overcome any obstacles to be where you are today, and what did you learn from it?
Yes, as a young woman who was on a mission to serve with excellence, I have had to deal with many issues many other women are dealing with daily, such as patriarchy, discrimination, and inequality, which are challenges that we may not resolve in our lifetime. However, focusing my energy and efforts on developing myself and serving others, and lifting others as I rise, has had a significant impact on my career and my growth.
Whatever opportunity that may come your way, grab it with both hands. Condition your mind that as opportunities come your way, you will participate, and you will make yourself available to serve because some of these opportunities only come once in a lifetime. Never forget that you are enough, you are able, you deserve it, just go for it. While you are at it, do not forget to give a helping hand to those coming after you and along your path.
What is your research focus/area of expertise?
The focus of my research is on developing solutions to use solid wastes and by-products generated by the different industries to produce value-added products that can be used for other applications (such as building and construction) and using waste to treat wastewater and recover valuable resources from waste. Waste studied in the past includes mine tailings, foundry sand, fly ash, sludge, phosphogypsum, slag, grit, plastic, and rubber crumbs.
The United Nations identified 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to ensure “…a better and more sustainable future for all…” by 2030. Which of these goals are you addressing through your research, or in your personal life?
Through my research, I am working towards achieving the following Sustainable Development Goals:
What are some of your proudest achievements?
What are your career aspirations for the future?
I would like to be NRF-rated, and I am developing myself towards that.
I am currently collaborating with national and international scholars from Denmark, Australia, the USA, India, China, Botswana, and Finland and I would like to see these collaborations yield impactful results and address some of our societal and environmental pollution challenges.
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