ISSUES FACING THE SOUTH AFRICAN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT SYSTEM IN THE NEXT 20 YEARS
There is some concern about the future ability of South Africa’s Research and Development (R&D) system to produce R&D output. This paper documents a Delphi study that was conducted in order to gain insight into the opinion of experts regarding the most pressing issues facing the South African R&D system in the next 20 years. Two main themes emerge from the study. First, experts foresee poor prospects for the retention and rejuvenation of researchers in the system. The second theme is the poor prospects for sufficient funding for R&D in the next 20 years. In general, there was a high level of agreement that the issues were critical. The exception was the respondents’ opinion on the negative effect current Black Economic Empowerment policies might have on quality and R&D capacity in the private sector.
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