Indigenous Knowledge Bill to be Tabled in 2016

Department of Science and Technology

The Draft Protection, Promotion, Development and Management of Indigenous Knowledge Systems Bill will be tabled in parliament during 2016.

The science and technology department announced this in Notice 199 published in Government Gazette 39910.

The proposed legislation aims to provide for:

•    the protection, promotion, development and management of Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS);
•    the setting up and functions of the National Indigenous Knowledge Systems Office;
•    the management of rights of indigenous knowledge holders;
•    the establishment and functions of the Advisory Panel on IKS;
•    access and conditions of access to knowledge of indigenous and local communities;
•    the registration, accreditation and certification of indigenous knowledge practitioners; and
•    the facilitation and coordination of indigenous knowledge systems-based innovation.

In a statement issued in 2014, the department emphasised that the draft bill sought to protect, promote, develop and manage IKS by means of sui generis legislation.

The department declared that the proposed legislation is expected to “pave the way for the protection of the vast treasure of South Africa's indigenous knowledge, including local products like the well-known honeybush tea”.

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