National Research Foundation Amendment Bill Tabled

Department of Science and Technology

The National Research Foundation Amendment Bill has been tabled in parliament.

The proposed legislation was published for comment in 2016.

It seeks to:

•    amend the National Research Foundation Act, 1998, so as to delete and insert certain definitions;
•    provide for the minister to determine national policies and issue policy guidelines for implementation;
•    extend the functions, powers and duties of the Foundation;
•    empower the minister to make regulations relating to the determination of national research facilities;
•    provide for the withdrawal of the determination or transfer of a national research facility;
•    empower the minister to declare a research institution and its eligibility to receive funding;
•    make certain textual alterations; to provide for the liquidation of the Foundation;
•    delete certain inappropriate or obsolete provisions; and
•    provide for matters connected therewith.

The bill will now be processed by the portfolio committee on science and technology.

During a recent briefing in parliament on its 2016/17 annual report, the science and technology department confirmed that the Draft White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation had been approved by the Economic Sectors, Employment and Infrastructure Development cluster for tabling in cabinet for approval.

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