Date of creation
2010-01-27 19:50 UTC (email@example.com)
Date of last update
2019-02-11 13:16 UTC (NompumeleloM@daff.gov.za)
Date of publication
2019-02-11 17:53 UTC (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Provide specialist and technical support on matters
related to Biotechnology, GMOs and Biosafety through the relevant
2. Scientific evaluation of applications for GMO activities
through the GMO Act processes
3. Participate in the environmental risk assessment process and
provide advice through written comments on the GMO applications
requiring DEAT's input in the GMO Executive Council
4. Attend the GMO Executive Council meetings as technical
resource for DEAT
5. • Develop an appropriate mechanism or system for ensuring that
the relevant Biosafety legislation i.e. the GMO Act (Act No 15 of
1997), section 78 of Biodiversity Act, section 24 of the National
Environmental Management Act, 107 of 1998, the draft Environmental
Impact Assessment Regulations published in terms of Notice 764
Government Gazette 26503 of 25 June 2004 and Environment
Conservation Act (Act No 73 of 1989) are complied with.
• Develop guidelines and a framework for environmental risk
Ms. Wadzanayi Mandivenyi
Private Bag X447
South Africa, 0001
Department of Environmenal Affairs
National implementation of Biosafety regulations
- Non-governmental organization (NGO)
• Managing regional biotechnology public awareness and dialogue
project in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Namibia and Mozambique. The
Rockefeller Foundation funded this project. Activities undertaken
included preparing monthly reports for the AfricaBio Board of
Governors, annual progress reports for the project donor.
Coordinating a regional team of thirty scientists and community
leaders involved in biotechnological communication.
• Preparation and compilation of project proposals for local and
international agencies such as USAID, Rockefeller Foundation,
Croplife and US Grains. Outlining budget requirements and working
with financial manager to ensure that targets are met. Developing
detailed implementation plans and activities for projects.
Monitoring and evaluation of project activities against set
• Arrange and manage international, regional and local workshops
and conferences. This includes fundraising, selection and
invitation of suitable participants, act as a resource person and
compilation of workshop/conference material and final proceedings
• Assisting with the public relations and communication activities
of AfricaBio. This includes making presentations to different
audiences that include women's groups, farmers and other interest
groups. Preparation and distribution of press releases from time to
• Research and compilation of resource documents on biotechnology,
food security and Biosafety policy.
• Compilation of regional database of biotechnology experts and
Biotechnology Trust of Zimbabwe
Employed by Biotechnology Trust of Zimbabwe as a Biotechnology
Programme Officer under the Directorate General of International
Co-operation (DGIS) Biotechnology for Sustainable Development
Programme under the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
• Coordinating agricultural biotechnology research activities and
acting as an interface between farmers and researchers.
Responsibilities included preparation and initial appraisal of
project proposals as well as evaluation of on-going projects.
Emphasis was placed upon the inclusion of Participatory Approaches
• Preparation of Financial and Progress Reports for the Donors.
Narrative Progress reports were compiled quarterly for donors and
• Editing and production of a quarterly BIOTECHNOLOGY newsletter.
This included the interpretation of scientific material into simple
language for use by farmers and the public at large, as well as the
dissemination of topical material between scientists
• Networking with research and development institutions in the
country and other non-governmental organisations and maintenance of
a biotechnology journal library for the Zimbabwe Biotechnology
Advisory Committee Secretariat.
• Officer responsible for the administration and publicising of the
Example: B.Sc. in Microbiology
Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Biological Sciences
Example: M.Sc. in Microbiology
- Policy and regulatory expertise
- Policy / programme development
- Risk-assessment advice
- Risk-management advice
"A" = Excellent, "B" = Good, "C" = Fair
Mr. Muleso Kharika
Director: Resource Use
Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism
Tel: +27 12 310 3578
Mrs. Muffy Koch
Senior Associate AGBIOS
106 St John St
K0G 1N0, CANADA
Tel: +1 613 269 7966
Fax: +1 613 269 4367
I have extensive management and technical experience of
biotechnology and biosafety has been acquired in various positions
held in the public sector and non-governmental organisations
(NGO's), both locally and regionally. Over the years, work exposure
and involvement has included programme and project management;
development, implementation, monitoring, enforcement and review of
policies and legislation. Substantial experience has also been
gained on the coordination and country implementation of some
multilateral United Nations Conventions, and Protocols. Posses
technical knowledge of and experience in the operational
environment of large multi-dimensional organisations at management
level coupled by a sound understanding of organizational
development, business administration and leadership, institutional
mechanisms and governance, among others.
I have coordinated corporate sponsorships, social responsibility
and investment programmes including grant making and proposal
writing functions with multilateral donor agencies and the private
sector and non governmental organisations (NGO's). I am an
individual who is well conversant with biotechnology and Biosafety
issues, the ever pressing challenges and needs sub Saharan Africa
and the SADC region in particular. Acquired practical involvement
in sustainable livelihood and energy strategies and implemented
Biosafety policies on behalf of the South African government.
Further experience has been obtained in international and
intergovernmental relations and negotiations at SADC, Africa and at
the United Nations levels. I have developed an aptitude in science
communication and ability to apply knowledge and problem solving
skills within a team to stimulate and create new knowledge and
My experience working in the NGO sector for over eight years has
given me excellent negotiation and lobbying skills. I have been
involved in the shaping of regional Biosafety policies since 1996,
when the first ever Biosafety course for regulators was conducted.
I have also participated in a number of regional initiatives under
the regional UNEP-GEF Programme . I have also coordinated a number
of regional programmes which included a five country project on
biotechnology communication funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.
More recently I have been part of the South African Government
negotiation teams for the Convention on Biological Diversity. This
has required excellent oral and written communication skills.