"The Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences strives to be a research-orientated faculty, where research and teaching-learning of high quality are mutually reinforcing, and are carried out in a socially-relevant and ethical way in partnership with stakeholders".


Strategic goals:


Implementing the transformation plan

Action plans are implemented in the Faculty of Natural Sciences in order to attain the set equity targets with respect to staff and students.


Distance and e-learning

Pilot an investigation into distance and e-learning processes and practices in natural sciences in order to be able to serve a greater number of students by open and distance learning in future.


New Agricultural Programmes

Develop new Agricultural Programmes that may be implemented by the Faculty in a cost-effective manner.


New chairs or centres of expertise

Identify and investigate the establishment of two new chairs or centres of expertise.


Monitoring of student progress 

Investigate a system for improving the continuous monitoring of student progress and throughput.


Research development of academic staff

Support research development of academic staff by active career planning and by creating opportunities.


Research infrastructure

The empowerment of researchers; by establishing appropriate research infrastructure.