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    PUBLIC ENTITIES REPORTING TO THE DEPARTMENT

    ACADEMY OF SCIENCE OF SOUTH AFRICA (ASSAf)

    ASSAf's purpose is to –

    • promote common ground in scientific thinking across all disciplines, including the physical, mathematical and life sciences, as well as the human, social and  economic sciences;
    • encourage and promote innovative and independent scientific thinking;
    • promote the optimum development of the intellectual capacity of all people;
    • provide effective advice and facilitate appropriate action in relation to the collective needs, opportunities and challenges of all South Africans;
    • link South Africa with scientific communities at the highest levels, in particular within the Southern African Development Community, the rest of Africa and internationally.

     

    COUNCIL FOR SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH (CSIR)

     

    The CSIR's purpose is –

    • through directed and – inparticular – multidisciplinary research and technological innovation,to foster research in the national interest and in the fields which, in its opinion, should receive preference, in order to promote industrial and scientific development, either by itself or in cooperation with principals from the public or private sector, and thereby contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of the people of South Africa;
    • to perform any other functions that may be assigned to it by or under the Scientific Research Council Act, 1988.

     

    HUMAN SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (HSRC)

     

    The HSRC's purpose is to –

    • initiate, undertake and foster strategic basic and applied research in human sciences, and to gather, analyse and publish data relevant to developmental challenges in South Africa, elsewhere in Africa and in the rest of the world, especially by means of projects linked to public sector-orientated collaborative programmes;
    •   inform the effective formulation and monitoring of policy, and evaluate the implementation of policy;
    • stimulate public debate through the effective dissemination of fact-based research results;
    • help build research capacity and infrastructure for the human sciences in South Africa and elsewhere in Africa;
    • foster and support research collaboration, networks and institutional linkages within the human sciences research community;
    • respond to the needs of vulnerable and marginalised groups in society by researching and analysing developmental problems, thereby contributing to the improvement of the quality of their lives;
    • develop and make publicly available new datasets to underpin research, policy development and public discussion of the key issues of development, and to develop new and improved methodologies for use in their development.

     

    NATIONAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION (NRF)

     

    The NRF's purpose is to promote and support research through funding, human resource development and the provision of the necessary facilities in order to facilitate the creation of knowledge, innovation and development in all fields of research, including indigenous knowledge, and thereby contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of all the people of South Africa.

     

    SOUTH AFRICA NATIONAL SPACE AGENCY (SANSA)

     

    SANSA's purpose is to –

    • promote the peaceful use of space;
    • support the creation of an environment conducive to industrial development in space technologies;
    • foster research in space science, communication, navigation and physics;
    • advance scientific, engineering and technological competencies and capabilities through human capital development, outreach programmes and infrastructure development;
    • foster international cooperation in space-related activities.

     

    TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION AGENCY (TIA)

     

    TIA's purpose is to stimulate and intensify technological innovation in order to improve economic growth and the quality of life of all South Africans by developing and exploiting technological innovations.