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Strategies and plans

  • Genetically Modified Organisms Act, 1997
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    South African GMO Act.

  • National Biotechnology Strategy for South Africa
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    South Africa has a solid history of engagement with traditional biotechnology. The strategy outlined in this document is designed to make up for lost ground and to stimulate the growth of similar activities in South Africa. Biotechnology can make an important contribution to our national priorities, particularly in the area of human health (including HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB), food security and environmental sustainability.

  • National Health Bill for South Africa
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    The Bill provides a framework for a structured uniform health system within the Republic, taking into account the obligations imposed by the Constitution and other laws on the national, provincial and local governments with regard to health services; and to provide for matters connected therewith. [See point 62 on page 27]

  • National Reseach and Development Strategy for South Africa[file size 1,287 KB]
    Since the publication of the White Paper in 1996, there have been important changes in our system of innovation. Institutions and their programmes are better aligned to our National needs. The Innovation Fund has created stronger innovation networks, and programmes such as the GODISA Innovation and Incubator Programme and the Tsumisano Technology Stations Programme have begun to strengthen technology diffusion and harness the entrepreneurship of the Science and Technology community.

Young Science Communicators Writing Initiative:

In an initiative to offer a platform to exercise skills in science communication, PUB commissioned a group of young scientists to write popular articles on various topics relating to biotechnology applications. Read their on articles on topics including sustainable energy, aquaculture, palaeogenomics, and more... Click here to view.

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Press release

Shedding Light on Human Genetic Diversity

A paper detailing the the Southern African Genome Sequencing Project and its results was published in the journal Nature.

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