National Research Foundation Bill Sent to President Ramaphosa

Department of Science and Technology

The National Research Foundation Amendment Bill has been passed by parliament and sent to President Ramaphosa for assent.

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.

Meanwhile, the Protection, Promotion, Development and Management of Indigenous Knowledge Bill has been amended by the national council of provinces (NCOP) and returned to the national assembly for concurrence.

The NCOP originally passed the bill in September 2018 but at the beginning of November, the decision was rescinded and the bill was recommitted to the select committee on communications and public enterprise.

The portfolio committee on science and technology will consider the proposed amendments.

Sabinet Cape Town Office

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