South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC)

Contact Details

Physical: Francie van Zijl Drive, Parow Valley, Cape Town
Postal: PO Box 19070, Tygerberg, 7505
Tel: 021 938 0911
Fax: 021 938 0200


The mission of the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) is to improve the nation's health and quality of life through promoting and conducting relevant and responsive health research. The scope of the organisation's research projects includes tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, cardiovascular and non-communicable diseases, gender and health, and alcohol and other drug abuse.

With a strategic objective to help strengthen the health systems of the country, the SAMRC's goals are to: identify the main causes of death in South Africa; formulate suitable interventions to either prevent diseases in a certain population group or improve the standard of living of people living with existing medical conditions; set up a dedicated funding department to pay for the development of novel treatment regimens, especially vaccines, as well as improved diagnostic tools; localise the production of new drugs and devices, and thereby allow the South African economy to grow; distinguish and award scientific excellence with its annual Scientific Merit Awards Gala Ceremony; and acknowledge the contributions of established scientists, while recognising fresh scientists with ground-breaking efforts in their individual fields of science, engineering and technology.

Office Bearers/Management

Prof GE Gray
Prof MM Sathekge

Prof Glenda E Gray
Vice President:
Prof Jeffrey Mphahlele (Research: Pretoria)
Prof Mike Machaba Sathekge
Deputy Chairperson:
Board Members:
Prof Elizabeth Anne Bukusi
Dr Rachel Chikwamba
Prof Mark Cotton
Dr Patricia Hanekom
Ms Nafeesa Kadwa
Prof Quarraisha Abdool Karim
Dr Zilungile Kwitshana
Prof Johnny Malangu
Prof William Rae
Prof Brandon S Shaw
Prof Linda Skaal
Prof Tholene Sodi
Prof Sithembiso Velaphi
Prof Lindiwe Zungu
Chief Financial Officer:
Mr Nick Buick
Senior Management:
Adv Nkosinathi Wiseman Bhuka (General Counsel: Legal and Compliance Services)
Prof Richard Gordon (Executive Director: Grants, Innovation and Product Development Unit)
Communications Officers:
Ms Natasha Crouch (Corporate and Marketing Communications: Business Liaison)
Aziel Gangerdine (Head: Communications)
Ms Leslie-Ann Steenberg (Senior Secretary: Legal Services)

Financial Information

All Financial Values: R'0002015/162014/152013/142012/13
AUDIT OUTCOMEClean AuditClean AuditClean AuditClean Audit
Current Assets484 645352 010384 661403 632
Non-Current Assets143 990120 839124 478131 318
Total Assets628 635472 849509 138534 950
Current Liabilities315 443214 286258 691286 402
Non-Current Liabilities9 23515 3444 5567 190
Total Liabilities324 678229 631263 247293 592
Total Net Assets303 958243 218245 892241 358
Total Revenue886 371695 374681 142531 760
Revenue from Exchange Transactions339 997303 806315 82628 115
Revenue from Non-Exchange Transactions546 374391 518365 316503 645
Total Expenditure(825 632)(698 123)(676 609)(576 955)
Employee Costs(283 153)(277 231)(298 099)(316 121)
Surplus/(Deficit) for Year60 739(2 749)4 534(45 195)
Net Cash Flows from Operating Activities179 624(7 329)(8 913)31 441
Net Cash Flows from Investing Activities(43 751)(16 059)(24 151)22 469
Cash & Cash Equivalents at End of Year449 955313 790335 127368 162
Unauthorised Expenditure----
Irregular Expenditure1 4737302152 878
Fruitless & Wasteful Expenditure1470166
Posts Approved543618--
Posts Filled512578--
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