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.

The bill was originally sent for assent in September 2018.

However, in November 2018, the NCOP rescinded its decision on the bill and recommitted it to the select committee on communications and public enterprises.

The select committee amended the bill and returned it the NA for concurrence in December 2018.

The portfolio committee on science and technology approved the amendments in February 2019.

Meanwhile, speaking at Africa Tech Week in Cape Town, the science and technology minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, indicated that the science and technology department is busy establishing an African 4IR Centre, in the form of a South African affiliate to the World Economic Forum's Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

“The proposed centre, to be hosted by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), will be aimed at creating an integrated and comprehensive response to the African and, specifically, South African challenges highlighted in the National Development Plan (NDP), as well as those that are new and emerging, by leveraging the new wave of technological revolution that is upon us.”

The Centre will coordinate research, innovation and conformance standards testing to enable Africa to effectively tackle its socioeconomic challenges and become a competitive participant in the global economy.

Sabinet Cape Town Office

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