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Comment Sought on Draft Science and Technology Laws Bill

November 2, 2017

Department of Science and Technology

A draft bill designed to harmonise the provisions that regulate the operations and governance of entities that fall under the science and technology department has been published for comment.

The department published the Draft Science and Technology Laws Amendment Bill in Government Gazette 41202.

The entities were established by the Scientific Research Council Act of 1988, the Academy of Science of South Africa Act of 2001, the Human Sciences Research Act of 2008, the Technology Innovation Agency Act of 2008 and the South African National Space Agency Act of 2008.

Processes to determine the salaries and the termination of membership of the various boards and councils, the appointment of chief executive officers and the delegation of powers by the boards and councils to individual members or committees of the boards and councils are harmonised in the draft bill.

The draft bill also aims to provide for the disclosure of interest by members of boards and councils and the timeframes for disclosing to the minister.

It also seeks to outline circumstances in which the members of boards or councils are prohibited from participating or voting in boards or councils’ meetings.

The draft bill also sets down the requirements for ensuring the validity of boards or councils’ decisions adopted under certain circumstances.

Comment is invited within 60 days of the date of publication.

Meanwhile, the department recently briefed parliament on its contribution towards the transition to a greener economy.

The department stressed that to innovate for an uncertain future will require a systems approach to developing innovation policy.