About Us

Biosafety South Africa


Biosafety South Africa is a national technology platform in service of the country’s biotech regulators, researchers, technology developers and public.

Our mandate is to enable safe, sustainable and compliant research, development, production, use and application of biotechnology - in particular GMOs. We are an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology and funded entirely from public sources.

We ASSIST & ADVISE all biosafety stakeholders with regard to regulatory compliance, biosafety and risk analysis best practice and sustainable biotech innovation.

We PROMOTE BIOSAFETY RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT in support of the national policy and regulatory frameworks and to ensure effective risk management.

We ENCOURAGE SUSTAINABLE BIOTECH INNOVATION by creating and enabling environment and investing in the biosafety/sustainability development of biotech products.

We help DEVELOP NATIONAL & REGIONAL CAPACITY in sustainability research and development and risk analysis, because we realise biosafety system are only as good as the people managing them. We are passionate about COMMUNICATING THE SCIENCE behind biosafety and biotechnology to all stakeholders; providing answers across the whole spectrum, from the public’s general questions to the technical enquiries of biosafety practitioners.

The Biosafety South Africa Team


The Biosafety SA team comprises Dr Hennie Groenewald (executive manager), Dr Liezel Gouws (project manager), Ms Jhill Johns (biosafety analyst) and Mr James Rhodes (biosafety analyst).

Their combined experience covers a wide range of subject areas in biology, agriculture, biosafety, sustainability, risk analysis, biosafety governance, innovation and commerce.

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