The South African Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Science and Technology has embarked on an Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) Documentation Project. Currently the project is documenting knowledge related to traditional medicine.
The Portfolio Committee have beenin South Africa's Kwazulu-Natal region where they have been reported to have been told about how hundreds of traditional healers in Qadi and Isigidi (both wards in eThekwini), were approached to share and document their knowledge.
The IKS Documentation Project is a collaboration between the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the universities of KwaZulu-Natal and Zululand. It is based within the DST-NRF Centre in Indigenous Knowledge Systems (CIKS) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
So far it is said thag the IKS Documentation project has been able to collect data from 680 people who have shared their knowledge of indigenous medicine.
“When this knowledge comes to the fore through research and development it can make a huge impact,” said Lindiwe Maseko, Chairperson of the Portfolio Comittee on Science and Technology.
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