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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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) 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 advancing knowledge, transforming lives, and inspiring a nation. We thank all participants for sharing their stories with us.
Ms Sammy Madalane is a BA Honours student in Psychology: Applied Psychology for Professional Contexts at the University of South Africa. She is currently funded by the NRF.
How did your journey start?
I was born and raised in Acornhoek, Mpumalanga. My father passed on when I was three and my mother had to raise myself and my siblings as a single parent.
My dream of studying Psychology is a combination of personal experiences, a natural inclination to help people and my fascination with human behaviour. My personal experience with mental health challenges and having loved ones struggling with psychological issues sparked my curiosity about the human mind. My need to offer mental health support; having empathy and listening skills; my desire to observe and analyse human interactions and seek to understand the underlying processes; my desire to contribute to society, and improve the well-being of others, have led me to Psychology.
I did my BA in Psychology and Criminology at the University of Pretoria.
And yes, my current path is the one I envisioned for myself growing up.
How has your affiliation with the NRF impacted your studies/career?
I did not have any other means to fund my studies – the NRF came through for me and helped to make my dream a reality. It has also made me grow passionate about research in my field of study. Knowing that the NRF will pay my fees has become my driving force to focus more on my studies.
Did you have to overcome any obstacles to be where you are today, and what did you learn from it?
Yes, I have. Overcoming my obstacles has helped me gain invaluable insights and learn important lessons that helped me shape my personal growth. I have gained resilience, perseverance skills, self-awareness and self-confidence. It served as a powerful motivator for me to focus on my dreams and goals.
What is your research focus on/what is your area of expertise?
My research area is Ecosystemic Psychology. My project is entitled Gender-based Violence and Femicide: A social constructionist and gendered-discourse approach. My main focus is on examining gender power dynamics that are giving rise to gender-based violence (GBV) in the church, from a South African perspective.
How can your work/studies advance knowledge, transform lives, and inspire a nation?
Gender-based violence and femicide are a national pandemic and therefore need as much research as possible around it. My research focus will advance knowledge, transform lives and inspire the nation in several ways.
What are some of your proudest achievements?
To have graduated with my undergraduate degree in record time.
Also, receiving funding and being able to register to do my Honours.
What are your career aspirations for the future?
I would like to do a BPsych equivalent programme to register with the HPCSA as a Psychometrist or registered counsellor. I would love to do my Master’s as well and possibly be an NRF-rated researcher to contribute to the field of Psychology.
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