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Academy of Science of South Africa, 2001 (Act No. 67 of 2001)

13. Functions of Academy


(1) In order to achieve its objectives the Academy may—
(a) at the request  of any person  or on its own initiative, investigate matters of public interest concerning science and on the strength of the findings act in an opinion-forming  and advisory manner;
(b) publish scientific reports and other publications;
(c) promote and inspire outstanding achievements in the different fields of South African science and grant recognition for excellence;
(d) generally promote interest in science education;
(e) establish reciprocal arrangements and enter into agreements with organisations with similar objectives locally and, subject to international legislation regarding international cooperation, in particular within the Southern African Development  Community, the rest of Africa and other countries, in order to promote the exchange of information and ideas;
(f) acquire  any rights  and privileges  which  it considers necessary  or appropriate;
(g) receive or make donations, grants and endowments, purchase, take on lease or in  exchange,  hire  or  otherwise  acquire  any  movable  or immovable  property, and erect any building;
(h) invest its funds on such security as it may from time to time determine;
(i) lawfully raise or borrow money in such manner as it deems fit, including by mortgage bonds or by the issue of debentures secured by mortgage bonds upon all or any part of its property, but against no other security than the assets of the Academy;
(j) sell, improve, lease, dispose of or alienate or otherwise deal with all or any of the property of the Academy;
(k) appoint fix the remuneration  of and discharge officers of the Academy: and
(l) do all such things as are conducive to the attainment of its objects.


(2) The Academy must—
(a) advise the Minister on matters concerning science;
(b) undertake or cause to be undertaken such investigations and research concerning its objectives as the Minister may assign to it;
(c) perform such duties in respect of its objectives as the Minister may assign to it;
(d) from time to time review its structure, organisation and programmes.