National Research Foundation (NRF)

Contact Details

Physical: Meiring Naudé Road, Brummeria, Pretoria
Postal: PO Box 2600, Pretoria, 0001
Tel: 012 481 4000
Fax: 012 349 1179


The vision of the National Research Foundation (NRF) is to ensure research excellence within a transformed research workforce that espouses a sustainable environment, not only for the benefit of the present generation, but also for future generations of South Africans.

As a government mandated research and science development agency the NRF funds research, the development of high-end human capacity and critical research infrastructure to promote knowledge production across all disciplinary fields. The goals of the NRF are to: create innovative funding instruments; advance research career development; increase public science engagement; and establish leading-edge research platforms that will transform the scientific landscape and inspire a representative research community to aspire to global competitiveness.

The NRF promotes South African research interests across the country and internationally, and together with research institutions, business, industry and international partners it builds bridges between research communities for mutual benefit.

Office Bearers/Management

Prof L Nongxa
Chief Executive Officer
Dr M Qhobela

Prof Loyiso Nongxa
Deputy Chairperson:
Ms Gail Campbell
Board Members:
Dr Peter Clayton
Prof Murray Leibbrandt
Ms Mpho Letlape
Mr Ronny Lubisi
Prof Sunil Maharaj
Prof Tinyiko Maluleke
Dr Sarah Mosoetsa
Dr Vathiswa Papu-Zamxaka
Prof Mala Singh
Prof Ari Sitas
Prof Errol Tyobeka
Ms Joanne Yawitch
Chief Executive Officer:
Dr Molapo Qhobela
Chief Financial Officer:
Mr Bishen Singh (CFO and Group Executive: Finance and Business Systems)
Senior Management:
Prof Nithaya Chetty (DCEO: Astronomy Sub-Agency)
Dr Beverley Damonse (Group Executive: Science Engagement and Corporate Relations)
Ms Magda Marx (Board Secretary)
Dr Dorsamy Pillay (DCEO: Research and Innovation Support and Advancement [RISA])
Communications Officers:
Palesa Mokoena (Media and Internal Communications Officer)
Thabiso Nkone (Corporate Communications Manager)

Financial Information

All Financial Values: R'0002016/172015/162014/152013/14
AUDIT OUTCOMEFinancially UnqualifiedClean AuditClean AuditClean Audit
Current Assetsn/a2 143 1191 970 8081 283 449
Non-Current Assetsn/a1 768 8501 453 8921 307 354
Total Assetsn/a3 911 9693 424 7002 590 803
Current Liabilitiesn/a2 094 0181 969 8081 396 432
Non-Current Liabilitiesn/a47157650
Total Liabilitiesn/a2 094 0651 969 9651 397 082
Total Net Assetsn/a1 817 9041 454 7351 193 721
Total Revenuen/a4 162 5923 097 6633 160 536
Revenue from Exchange Transactionsn/a242 518176 787153 936
Revenue from Non-Exchange Transactionsn/a3 920 0742 920 8763 006 600
Total Expendituren/a(3 791 984)(2 824 197)(2 771 813)
Employee Costsn/a(563 292)(521 496)(478 792)
Surplus/(Deficit) for Yearn/a370 608273 466388 723
Net Cash Flows from Operating Activitiesn/a406 606601 771204 710
Net Cash Flows from Investing Activitiesn/a(439 166)(320 559)(421 816)
Cash & Cash Equivalents at End of Yearn/a671 475704 558424 036
Unauthorised Expendituren/a---
Irregular Expendituren/a6 56922 06415 346
Fruitless & Wasteful Expendituren/a4414544
Posts Approvedn/an/an/an/a
Posts Filledn/a1 3891 3161 248
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