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Unformatted text preview: INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE SYSTEMS AND ETHNOMATHEMATICS Mogege Mosimege Department of Science and Technology Pretoria, South Africa [email protected] Presentation made in the Panel on ‘IKS and Ethnomathematics’ at the ICEM 3 Conference, Langham Hotel, Auckland, New Zealand, 13 February 2006 HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENTS WITH RESPECT TO INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE SYSTEMS (IKS) IN SOUTH AFRICA: AUDITS AND WORKSHOPS 1996: Meeting between Chairperson of Arts, Culture, Science and 1996: Technology Portfolio Committee and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Executive Research October 1996 – January 1997: Pilot of Indigenous technologies Audit at October University of The North (now University of Limpopo – Turfloop Campus) University February 1997: Workshop at UNIN; Decision to conduct a national Audit March 1997 – December 1998: Audit conducted by following Universities March (i) University of Venda (ii) University of North West (now the Mafikeng Campus of the North West University (iii) Vista University – Mamelodi (now the Mamelodi Campus of the University of Pretoria) (iv) UNISA (v) University of the North – Qwaqwa Campus (now Qwaqwa Campus of the University of the Free State (vi) University of Zululand (vii) University of Transkei (now Walter Sisulu University) (viii) University of Fort Hare Transkei January – December 1998: Provincial Workshops conducted by each January University University First National Workshop on IKS at University of North West: September First 1998 (jointly organized by the Portfolio Committee, DACST, and the CSIR; Supported by other stakeholders) CSIR; LESSONS LEARNT FROM THE AUDIT Extent and depth of knowledge of indigenous and local people Marginalization of the knowledge and exclusion of the knowledge from Marginalization the mainstream the Lack of recognition and acknowledgement of knowledge holders Lack of protection of the knowledge, leading to exploitation and biopiracy Misconcep...
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