NRF CEO visits iThemba LABS

The CEO of the NRF, Dr Molapo Qhobela, visited iThemba LABS on Tuesday 6 March 2018 as part of his roadshow to engage in open conversation with the NRF staff at National Research Facilities.

In his address, Dr Qhobela placed emphasis on the concept of a single NRF, where the core values of passion for research excellence, competitive world-class service, respect, integrity and accountability should not only be subscribed to, but lived on daily basis as an integral part of the organizational culture.

He highlighted the unique space occupied by iThemba LABS within the clusters of National Research Facilities administered by the NRF, and went on to present some of iThemba LABS’ recent achievements and future plans. The NRF CEO specifically painted an overwhelmingly positive forecast towards the realization of the SAIF as the future flagship project of iThemba LABS whose full implementation is centered around the acquisition of the 70 MeV cyclotron.

His presentation also made specific references with respect to the recent discussions on the Amendment of the NRF Act, including the extension of the scope to “exercise the powers of the Foundation outside the (SA) Republic”

He concluded his presentation with an open invitation to the NRF staff to continue utilising their various professional expertise in the strengthening of the NRF as a Government agency mandated to contribute towards national development through funding and provision of state of the art research infrastructure as a means to facilitate knowledge generation and innovation in all fields of science and technology.