STRATEGIC GOALS: Action plans are implemented in the Faculty of Natural Sciences in order to attain the set equity targets with respect to staff and students. 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. Develop new Agricultural Programmes that may be implemented by the Faculty in a cost-effective manner. Identify and investigate the establishment of two new chairs or centres of expertise. Gewaswetenskappe Investigate a system for improving the continuous monitoring of student progress and throughput. Support research development of academic staff by active career planning and by creating opportunities.. Dieregesondheidstudies The empowerment of researchers; by establishing appropriate research infrastructure.