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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 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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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.
Unathi Bambatais a Master’s student in the Department of Business Management at the University of Fort Hare. She is currently funded by the NRF for her studies.
This is her story…
I grew up in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape Province. We are a family of four with me as the third born. My fond memories of Mthatha are growing up in an environment where I was allowed to imagine and be the best version of myself.
In my first year, I found myself at the University of Fort Hare, Alice Campus, studying for a BCom in Accounting. I must be honest, I only studied this course because of what people were saying about the course. It wasn’t really for me. I then decided to change and study towards a BCom in Business Management (2017 – 2019) and continued with Honours in Business Management as well (2020 – 2021). The change suited me and is assisting me in positioning myself as a future captain of industry.
Did you have to overcome any obstacles to be where you are today, and what did you learn from it?
The obstacle for me was the lack of direction, especially during the first year of my studies. Changing a course was not only brave but it really assisted me. In life, one should always follow one’s passion and not be dictated by any pressures. Be in control of your life.
What is your research focus/area of expertise?
My research pays attention to the role of small businesses as important conduits for economic growth. I am interested in how small businesses can use firm-specific dynamic capabilities to influence not just their operation but also performance. In my work, I explore the interplay between the two.
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?
The focus of my research fits within SDG: 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.
Small businesses play an important role in South Africa’s journey towards economic prosperity. This proposed research heightens focus on small business functioning, performance and quests to develop firm-specific capabilities as important in reducing poverty.
What are some of your proudest achievements?
Being selected to study for a Master’s degree at 23 years old bears testimony to all the hard work I have put in.
What are your career aspirations for the future?
I have an interest in going into the property space and being an entrepreneur in such a context.
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