Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

Contact Details

Physical: 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria
Postal: Private Bag X41, Pretoria, 0001
Tel: 012 302 2000
Fax: 012 302 2001


The mission of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) is to be a research organisation that advances social sciences and humanities for public use.

The HSRC undertakes and promotes research that is often large-scale, multi-year, and collaborative in nature. It produces high-quality scientific evidence to inform further analysis, debate, advocacy and decision-making by role-players in government, the media, academia, and community-based groupings. The HSRC responds to the needs of vulnerable and marginalised groups in society through its research. It develops and makes available data sets underpinning research, policy development and public discussion of developmental issues. Through its work, the HSRC aims to inform policy development and good practice, thereby making a difference to the lives of people in South Africa and on the mother continent.

The functions of the HSRC are to: initiate, undertake and foster strategic basic and applied research in human sciences; address developmental challenges in South Africa, Africa and globally by gathering, analysing and publishing data relevant to such challenges, by means of projects linked to public sector programmes; inform the effective formulation and monitoring of policy, as well as to evaluate the implementation thereof; stimulate public debate through the effective dissemination of act-based research results; help build research capacity and infrastructure for the human sciences; foster research collaboration, networks and institutional linkages; respond to the needs of marginalised groups in society through research and analysis of developmental issues, thus contributing to the improvement of their lives; develop and make available datasets underpinning research, policy development and public discussion of developmental issues; and develop new and improved methods for dataset use.

Office Bearers/Management

Mrs N Badsha
Chief Executive Officer
Prof C Soudien

Mrs Nasima Badsha
Deputy Chairperson:
Board Members:
Prof Mark Bussin
Adv Roshan Dehal
Prof Shireen Hassim
Prof Amanda Lourens
Prof Relebohile Moletsane
Prof Adebayo Olukoshi
Prof Lulama Qalinge
Dr Botlhale Tema
Prof Enrico Uliana
Chief Executive Officer:
Prof Crain Soudien
Deputy Chief Executive Officer:
Dr Udesh Pillay (Management Support)
Prof Leickness Simbayi (Acting: Research)
Chief Financial Officer:
Ms Priya Singh
Senior Management:
Prof Narnia Bohler-Muller (Executive Director: Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery)
Dr Jaya Josie (Head: BRICS Research Centre)
Prof Demetré Labadarios (Executive Director: Population Health, Health Systems and Innovation)
Ms Phumudzo Maboho (Director: Human Resources)
Dr Temba Masilela (Executive Director: Research Use and Impact Assessment)
Dr Vijay Reddy (Executive Director: Education and Skills Development)
Ms Marizane Rousseau (Board Secretary)
Ms Marizane Rousseau (Office Manager and Board Secretary)
Prof Leickness Simbayi (Executive Director: HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB)
Prof Crain Soudien (Acting Executive Director: Africa Institute of South Africa)
Prof Ivan Turok (Executive Director: Economic Performance and Development)
Dr Heidi van Rooyen (Executive Director: Human and Social Development)
Dr Khangelani Zuma (Executive Director: Research Data Management Centre)
Communications Officers:
Mr Julian Jacobs (Director: Communications)

Financial Information

All Financial Values: R'0002015/162014/152013/142012/13
AUDIT OUTCOMEClean AuditClean AuditClean AuditClean Audit
Current Assets153 646128 51698 42482 039
Non-Current Assets225 200213 055181 429185 279
Total Assets378 846341 571279 854267 318
Current Liabilities108 009101 708100 78894 673
Non-Current Liabilities3 8705 1083 8994 627
Total Liabilities111 879106 816104 68799 300
Total Net Assets266 967234 755175 166168 018
Total Revenue469 012403 994351 861395 416
Revenue from Exchange Transactions198 401158 122154 388207 541
Revenue from Non-Exchange Transactions270 611245 872197 473187 875
Total Expenditure(436 799)(386 918)(348 382)(400 225)
Employee Costs(236 986)(230 612)(208 098)(197 552)
Surplus/(Deficit) for Year32 2137 0763 479(4 809)
Net Cash Flows from Operating Activities50 86024 34618 632(25 618)
Net Cash Flows from Investing Activities(19 991)5 784(2 658)(5 828)
Cash & Cash Equivalents at End of Year111 14880 27850 68135 510
Unauthorised Expenditure----
Irregular Expenditure3 96824176132
Fruitless & Wasteful Expenditure182-3103
Posts Approvedn/an/an/an/a
Posts Filled533527502n/a
SourcesAnnual ReportAnnual ReportAnnual Report n/a

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