Parliament Seeks Comment on National Research Foundation Bill

Portfolio Committee on Science and Technology

The portfolio committee on science and technology has called for comment on the National Research Foundation Amendment Bill.

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.

Comment is invited until 16 February 2018.

Sabinet Cape Town Office

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