Department of Science and Innovation
8 October 2019
A 13-member steering committee to focus on the accreditation of institutions for the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in African traditional medicines has been set up.
In a statement, the science and innovation department confirmed that the appointed RPL Steering Committee will facilitate the implementation of a Discipline of Competence for the Traditional Health Practice domain.
A pilot programme will be undertaken in KwaZulu-Natal to “test the developed competence norms and standards in a real life-setting environment”.
Following this, a model for RPL will be devised that will be rolled out to other provinces.
Competency norms and standards were developed in four traditional health practitioner’s categories of diviners, herbalists, traditional birth attendants and traditional surgeons in KwaZulu-Natal, North West and Limpopo provinces.
According to the minister of higher education, science and technology, Dr Blade Nzimande, the Indigenous Knowledge Systems Policy, adopted by Cabinet in 2004, put in place an enabling framework to boost the contribution of indigenous knowledge to social and economic growth in South Africa.
“The establishment of mechanisms to recognise areas of indigenous knowledge (IK) as professional disciplines with their own institutions, governance structures, and approaches to quality assurance is an important step towards affirming Indigenous Knowledge (IK) as a knowledge domain in its own right,” he said.