With the introduction of the Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) Act in 1997, South Africa established a robust system to ensure any activities with GMOs are assessed for potential risks to human health and the environment.
Biotechnology is geared towards contributing to national imperatives such as ensuring food security, poverty alleviation, job creation and socio-economic development as outlined in the National Development Plan, the New Growth Path and the Industrial Action Policy Plan.
Government is committed to ensuring a safe biotechnology sector, as well as ensuring that the public receives adequate information about the sector.
The Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, will release a report on the public perception of biotechnology during a media briefing scheduled for Tuesday, 1 November, in Pretoria.
The media briefing will outline developments in the public's awareness of biotechnology, and indicate some of the initiatives being implemented by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) to promote awareness, and build confidence in the biosafety system's ability to ensure the safety and sustainability of GMO activities and products.
Media is invited as follows:
Date: Tuesday, 1 November 2016
Time: 10h00 -11h00
Venue: Government Communication and Information System, Tshedimosetso House, Cnr Francis Baard and Festival Streets, Hatfield, Pretoria
NB:There will be a video link to the Imbizo Media Centre, 120 Plein Street, Parliament, Cape Town
To confirm attendance in Pretoria,contact David Mandaha at 072 126 8910.
To confirm attendance in Cape Town, contact Veronica Mohapeloa 082 882 3818.
Tel: 012 843 6799
Cell: 082 566 0446