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The ‘Chair in Customary Law’ was awarded in August 2010 under the National Research Foundation (NRF) South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) as a tier two research chair. It started its operation in January 2011. The Chair is tenable for five years and renewable once for another five-year period.

The objectives and purposes for which a SARChI Chair is established are related national development initiatives. SARChI is ‘a strategically focused knowledge and human resource intervention’ initiative.

Among the objectives of this initiative are:

  • to increase the number of researchers in the country;
  • to promote the retention of qualified researchers in tertiary institutions;
  • to stimulate applied or basic research of national and international importance that is directed by broad national or economic objectives; and
  • to increase research careers for highly qualified young and mid-career scholars who effectively address historical, racial, gender and age imbalances.

Against these objectives, the purposes of a SARChI chair are:

  • to advance the frontiers of knowledge through focused research in identified fields or problem areas;
  • to stimulate and coordinate the work of other researchers active in identified fields or problem areas;
  • to teach and supervise postgraduate level students and postdoctoral researchers whose learning should be embedded in the field of the research focus;
  • to provide a critical locus for the development of excellence in ideas and capacity; and
  • to promote gender and racial equity in the scientific community.
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