Indigenous Knowledge Systems Bill Sent for Assent

Parliament

The Protection, Promotion, Development and Management of Indigenous Knowledge Systems Bill has been passed by parliament and sent to president Ramaphosa for assent.

The bill was tabled in parliament in April 2016.

The bill aims to provide for:

•    the protection, promotion, development and management of indigenous knowledge;
•    the establishment and functions of the National Indigenous Knowledge Systems Office;
•    the management of rights of indigenous knowledge communities;
•    the establishment and functions of the Advisory Panel on indigenous knowledge;
•    access and conditions of access to knowledge of indigenous communities;
•    the recognition of prior learning;
•    the facilitation and coordination of indigenous knowledge-based innovation; and
•    for matters incidental thereto.

Meanwhile, the science and technology department recently briefed parliament on the South African Research Infrastructure Roadmap and the National Integrated Cyberinfrastructure System.

Highlights of NICIS include the CERN Tier 2 facility in South Africa, alignment of NICIS and SKA, participation in Global Network Architecture initiative and the SADC Cyberinfrastructure framework.

Mention was also made of the Data Management Planning Tool developed in consultation with the National Research Foundation.

“The service provides DMP templates for universities and allows researchers to comply with NRF requirements for research funding; hence supporting the sharing and re-use of data.”

Sabinet Cape Town Office

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