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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Global Knowledge Partnerships Programme Implementation Framework for the 2024 Academic Year
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Bi-annual Progress Reports: Postgraduate Scholarships 2022 – Mid-Year Reports
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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.
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 Silindokuhle Jakavula is a PhD candidate in Chemistry at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). She is currently funded by NRF for her PhD studies.
How did your journey start?
I am originally from the Eastern Cape from a small town called Peddie (eNgqushwa). I was raised in a big family by my grandparents together with my cousins, since our mothers had to move to different cities for work. My grandparents had six children, one son and five daughters, and my mother is the third born. We were raised in a very warm and loving home. Sadly, in 2003, we lost our grandfather. That was one of the most difficult times for the family but my grandmother was always there for all of us. My grandmother really loved education and wanted all of us to finish school. At one point, my cousin and I had to move and stay with relatives who were closer to school because we were struggling to get transport to our school. My family as a whole has been a very supportive family when it comes to education – even now they are still very supportive. Being raised by my grandmother in a big family has played a huge role in where I am and what I have achieved so far. I am really grateful for my family.
To be honest, I never thought I would be where I am today. Growing up, I never knew what career path I wanted until I was in Grade 11 and my maths teacher would encourage and motivate me. That’s when I started thinking about what I am going to do after high school. When I was in matric, people from different universities would come and give us career guidance and that’s when I found interest in doing computer science. However, I was staying in a small town with my grandmother and I didn’t have the resources to apply at any of the institutions.
When I got my matric results, my aunt and I went to Walter Sisulu University (WSU) to apply as a walk-in. When we got there, one of the students who assisted us looked at my results and told me that I qualify for a Diploma in Analytical Chemistry. He then assisted us with the application and as they always say, the rest is history. I obtained an ND in Analytical Chemistry at WSU; a BTech in Chemistry at the Vaal University of Technology (VUT), and an MSc in Chemistry at UJ.
How has your affiliation with the NRF impacted your studies/career?
The NRF had a great impact on my studies. If I didn’t get the funding, I wouldn’t have continued with my studies. The funding also played a huge role in my personal life – with the stipend, I can send money home to my mother and my grandmother. I am also able to provide for my kids and everything they need. I am truly grateful to NRF for the opportunity they gave me.
Did you have to overcome any obstacles to be where you are today, and what did you learn from it?
One of the challenges I faced was falling pregnant when I was doing my third year. I didn’t how to tell my family as they had great expectations of me. After telling my family they were very disappointed, and they decided that I had to stay at home after giving birth and not finish my studies. Since I was only left with in-service training to finish my studies, I talked to my family and begged them to let me finish. Because they believed in me, they allowed me to go back and finish. Hence, I keep on saying I wouldn’t be where I am without my family.
What is your research focus on/what is your area of expertise?
Everyone has a right to access quality water and water pollution is one of the challenges that our country is facing. Hence, the focus of my research is water purification where different analytical methods are explored for the extraction, pre-concentration and removal of both organic and inorganic pollutants that exist in our water systems. This is explored using membrane technology and nanomaterials.
How can your work/studies advance knowledge, transform lives, and inspire a nation?
My research will contribute to new methods that can be explored for water purification on a larger scale. Part of the work published will help to contribute to the science field and also the world as water scarcity is a global problem. This research will help me finish my PhD which I hope will inspire the younger generation, especially from the rural areas.
What are some of your proudest achievements?
One of my proudest achievements was when I obtained my MSc in Chemistry with distinction. I couldn’t believe it, it showed me what I am capable of and that I should continue with research. And being able to publish my research and share my findings with the world – that was truly a great achievement.
What are your career aspirations for the future?
I want to be in the academic space where I get to inspire and teach the younger generation. I also want to continue to contribute to research and come up with new ways/findings that will greatly impact the science field as well as our country as a whole. I believe research helps to come up with new ideas that will form part of the future.
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Youth Month 2023: Folasade Banji-Onisile
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