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South Africa's science minister says the country should consider bringing its science funding under the purview of one department, reports Nature's News Blog, which adds that, for historical reasons, funding of the different science councils is done by different departments. The minister, Naledi Pandor, says all science funding should be given out by the Department for Science and Technology that she heads up.

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