National Research Foundation Bill Sent to NCOP

Department of Science and Technology

The National Research Foundation Amendment Bill has been passed by the national assembly and sent to the national council of provinces for concurrence.

The bill was tabled in parliament in October 2017.

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 select committee on communications and public enterprises will now process the bill.

Sabinet Cape Town Office

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