Draft Indigenous Knowledge Systems Bill approved for publication

Pretoria: Cabinet has approved the publication of the draft Protection, Promotion, Development and Management of Indigenous Knowledge Systems Bill in the Government Gazette as well as a public consultation process.

Addressing the media on Thursday during a post-Cabinet briefing in Cape Town, Minister in the Presidency for Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe said the primary objective of the bill is to protect indigenous knowledge and restore and recognise indigenous knowledge owned by indigenous and local communities in South Africa.

“It facilitates redress of rights and benefits that indigenous and local communities were deprived off,” Minister Radebe said.

Firearm Control Amendment Bill

Cabinet has also approved the publication of the Firearm Control Amendment Bill, 2015 for public comment.

The bill amends the Firearm Control Act, 2000 and responds to the vision of the National Development Plan by seeking to improve the statutory and regulation framework that will govern firearms.

Minister Radebe said the control of firearms is an important aspect of government’s approach to fighting crime.

Imbizo week

Meanwhile, government will from 7 to 12 April 2015 host the National Imbizo Focus Week.

Held under the theme ‘Together we move South Africa forward’, the week will be characterised by door-to-door household profiling, walkabout or project visits, stakeholder dialogues, community engagements, as well as commercial and community media engagements.

Minister Radebe said the event will provide principals with a platform to interact directly with South Africans and hear the communities’ issues first-hand and monitor progress of government programmes.