Single science council proposed for South Africa

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“A committee has advised South Africa’s government to set up a national council to steer the country’s research agenda and make recommendations on all major funding allocations to science and innovation.

The 15 to 20 member council would be chaired by the country’s deputy president and the science minister would be deputy chair, to ensure legitimacy across all government departments.

The council would include other ministers as well as representatives from academia and industry, says the committee’s report, published for public consultation on 6 May by the Department of Science and Technology.”

While a good idea in principle, this could work out just like SA’s last effort at consolidating funding bodies: the creation of the Technology and Innovation Agency resulted in the abrupt cessation of funding from the bodies it replaced, with only a trickle starting to become available now.

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