19 August 2019
President Ramaphosa has signed the Protection, Promotion, Development and Management of Indigenous Knowledge Systems Bill.
Parliament passed the bill and sent it for assent in March 2019.
The bill was tabled in parliament in April 2016.
It 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However, in November 2018, the NCOP rescinded its decision on the bill and recommitted it to the select committee on communications and public enterprises.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.
The Protection, Promotion, Development and Management of Indigenous Knowledge Systems Act 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 act, published in Government Gazette 42647, will come into effect on a date still to be determined by the president.