The Public Understanding of Biotechnology (PUB) programme is an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology that was launched in early 2003. The programme is implemented by SAASTA (South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement), a business unit of the National Research Foundation.
The mandate of the programme is to promote a clear, balanced understanding of the potential of biotechnology and to ensure broad public awareness, dialogue and debate about biotechnology and its current and potential applications.
Numerous resources have been developed to provide the South African public (general public, educators, learners, media, etc.) with relevant information on the field of biotechnology and particularly on topical issues.