Department of Science and Innovation
Schedule 1 to the Natural Scientific Professions Act has been amended.
The science and innovation department published the amended Schedule in Government Gazette 44981.
Schedule 1 lists the fields of practice.
The act mandates the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions to register practicing natural scientists in various fields of practice.
L4 competent natural science geo-professionals is inserted into the earth science and geological science fields of practice.
Meanwhile, in a statement, the higher education, science and innovation minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, announced that the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority has authorised local biotechnology company CapeBio to manufacture rapid Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction test kits.
“The COVID-19 test kits, co-developed by CapeBio and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), will help to reduce South Africa’s reliance on imports, making it easier for the country and the rest of the continent to gain speedy access to test kits.”
According to the science and innovation department, CapeBio has already started industrial-scale manufacturing of the test kits at its Centurion facilities with first batches available at the end of August 2021.
The plan is to produce up to 5 000 kits per day with each kit providing for 1 000 tests.
At the end of last week, the health department briefed the media on the Covid-19 vaccination programme.
At the time, 9 185 756 vaccines had been administered with 3 958 231 individuals fully vaccinated.
The department confirmed no vaccine constraint for August and September and vaccine capacity in the public and private sectors remains good.
The department also highlighted that vaccine demand has decreased with 35 to 49 year olds, despite a good start, not sustaining their interest.