Facts and statistics related to the shortage of researchers, low PhD throughput and poor research output in SA have been thrashed out endlessly and there is no need to regurgitate them. This article seeks to find solutions to the above-stated challenges by providing concrete recommendations. First, the retirement age of academics and researchers should be extended from 65 to 75. At 65 a researcher is still fairly young, and it is a waste of scarce resources to send these skilled people home when the country and economy need them desperately. By having many researchers active in universities, research institutes and the corporate environment, you would inevitably create more jobs for the unemployed through innovation. Second, corporate SA, SA cities and provincial governments should join the national government in funding public universities’ research chairs. The national government should be commended for its efforts in this regard — in 2006 the department of science and technology ...

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