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    Use and Copyright

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    Use of this website and any services, content or applications contained therein or offered thereon is at the sole risk of the user.

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    Users may view, copy, download to a local drive, print and distribute the content of this website, or any part thereof for non-commercial, informational or reference purposes only.

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    Users may not cede, sub-license or otherwise transfer any rights they may have under these terms and conditions or which may otherwise have been obtained through the use of this site.

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    Users who wish to use content from this site for commercial purposes may only do so with the prior written permission obtained from the Webmaster at telephone number +27 12 843 6300 or by using email through the feedback facility.

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    Any reproduction and/or copy of the content or portion thereof for commercial purposes must include the following copyright notice in its entirety

     

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    All moral rights and any other rights of the Department: Science & Technology, Republic of South Africa or other legal entity in respect of which content is contained on this site not expressly granted, are reserved.

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    Disclaimers & Indemnities

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    This information on this website is intended to provide general information on a particular subject or subjects and is not an exhaustive treatment of such subject(s).

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    It is the sole responsibility of the user to satisfy him or herself prior to accessing this website that the website will meet the user's individual requirements and be compatible with the user's hardware and/or software.

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    THIS ENTIRE WEBSITE, INCLUDING TEXT, IMAGES, LINKS, DOWNLOADS AND CODING, IS PROVIDED "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE". THE DEPARTMENT: SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO WARRANTIES AS TO THE CORRECTNESS OR SUITABILITY OF EITHER THE WEBSITE OR THE PRODUCTS, SERVICES  OR INFORMATION CONTAINED IN IT.

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    Information, ideas and opinions expressed on this site should not be regarded as professional advice or the official opinion of the Department: Science & Technology, Republic of South Africa or any legal entity in respect of which information, ideas and opinions are expressed on this website.

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    Users are encouraged to consult professional advice before taking any course of action related to information, ideas or opinions expressed on this site.

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    The use of the content of this website is at the user’s own risk.

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    The user assumes full responsibility and risk of loss resulting from the use of the content of this site.

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    THE DEPARTMENT: SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA OR ANY OF THE LEGAL ENTITIES IN RESPECT OF WHICH INFORMATION IS CONTAINED ON THIS SITE, OR EMPLOYEES OF THE DEPARTMENT: SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA OR SUCH ENTITY, WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES WHATSOEVER, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, STATUTE, DELICT (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, NEGLIGENCE), OR OTHERWISE, RELATING TO THE USE OF THIS DOCUMENT OR INFORMATION.

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    SUBJECT TO SECTIONS 43(5) AND 43(6) OF THE ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS AND TRANSACTIONS ACT 25 OF 2002 AND TO THE FULLEST EXTENT POSSIBLE UNDER LAW, THE DEPARTMENT: SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGE, LOSS OR LIABILITY OF WHATSOEVER NATURE ARISING FROM THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE, OR REASONABLE RELIANCE UPON THIS WEBSITE OR THE SERVICES OR CONTENT PROVIDED FROM AND THROUGH THIS WEBSITE.

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    Users agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Department: Science & Technology, Republic of South Africa, its officers, employees, ISPs, servants, subcontractors, partners, subsidiaries and affiliates from any demand, action or application or other proceedings, including for attorneys fees and related costs such as tracing fees, made by any third party and arising out of or in connection with the user’s use of or inability to use this website, third party websites or any of the services offered through such sites in any way, including but not limited to the provision of content.

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    If any of the foregoing is not fully enforceable for any reason, the remainder shall nonetheless continue to apply.

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    Data messages, including e-mail messages, sent by users to the website owner shall be deemed to be received only when acknowledged or responded to in writing.

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    Data messages sent by the website owner to users shall be regarded as received when the complete data message enters an information system designated or used for that purpose by the recipient and is capable of being retrieved and processed by the recipient.

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    If a user does not receive a response within a reasonable period of time, the user should follow it up with the Department: Science & Technology, Republic of South Africa.  The Department: Science & Technology, Republic of South Africa shall not be liable for any failure to respond.

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    Security

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    The Department: Science & Technology, Republic of South Africa has in place reasonable commercial standards of technology and operational security to protect all information provided by users from loss, misuse, alteration or destruction.

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    All reasonable steps will be taken to secure a user's information. Authorised employees, who are responsible for the maintenance of any sensitive data submitted, are required to maintain the confidentiality of such data. The policy applies to all employees of the Department: Science & Technology, Republic of South Africa or public bodies that may receive such information from the Department: Science & Technology, Republic of South Africa

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    It is expressly prohibited for any person, business, or entity to gain or attempt to gain unauthorised access to any page on this website, or to deliver or attempt to deliver any unauthorised, damaging or malicious code to this website.

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    If a person delivers or attempts to deliver any unauthorised, damaging or malicious code to this website or attempts to gain unauthorised access to any page on this website, a criminal charge will be laid against that person, and, if the Department: Science & Technology, Republic of South Africa or any public body should suffer any damage or loss, civil damages will be claimed.

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    In order to provide a relevant and secure service, and where required to do so under law, the Department: Science & Technology, Republic of South Africa may monitor and/or intercept electronic communications, such as e-mail, which are sent to and from this website.

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    The Department: Science & Technology, Republic of South Africa prefers not to receive confidential or proprietary information from users through this website.

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    Please note that any information or material sent to the Department: Science & Technology, Republic of South Africa will be deemed NOT to be confidential.

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    The Department will not release users’ names or otherwise publicise the fact that materials or other information has been submitted to it unless:

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    the user has first been notified that the materials or other information submitted to a particular part of this site will be published or otherwise used in a manner that reflects the user’s name; or

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    where required to do so by law.

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    Links to third party or external sites

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    The Department: Science & Technology, Republic of South Africa may provide links to other websites only as a convenience and the inclusion of any link does not imply the endorsement of such sites.

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    Linked websites or pages are not subject to the control of the Department.

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    Certain links in the web server lead to resources maintained by third parties over whom the Department: Science & Technology, Republic of South Africa has no control. The Departrment makes no representations or warranties as to the accuracy of, or any other aspect relating to, those resources and is not responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, in any way for the contents, use, or inability to use or access any linked websites or resource or any links contained in a linked website or resource.

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    All content, data and trademarks, including, but not limited to, software, technology, databases, know-how, text, graphics, icons, hyperlinks, private information, designs, program, publication, product, process, or idea described in this website may be the subject of other rights, including other intellectual property rights, which are the property of or licensed to the Department: Science & Technology, Republic of South Africa, or a legal entity, and as such are protected from infringement by South African legislation and international treaties and conventions.

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    Subject to the rights afforded to the user herein, all other rights to all intellectual property on this website is expressly reserved and by accessing data on this website the user is not licensed or authorised.

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    Third party websites are welcome to link to the information that is hosted on these pages. Please notify us when establishing link by e-mailing using the feedback facility.

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    It is expressly prohibited for any person, business, entity or website to frame any page on this website, including the home page, in any way whatsoever, without the prior written approval of the Department: Science & Technology, Republic of South Africa.

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    Automated searching

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    Automated transactions and searches are subject to these terms and conditions.

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    The use of malicious search technology is prohibited.

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    The use of search technology in an unlawful manner or for the collecting or harvesting of data for commercial gain is prohibited.

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    Search technology which does not unduly retard the operation of this website is acceptable but the website owner reserves the right to prohibit any specific entity from employing search technology on the website.

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    The user hereby agrees that the law applicable to these terms and conditions of use, their interpretation and any matter or litigation in connection therewith or arising from them will be the law of South Africa.

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    This website is owned, hosted and maintained within the Republic of South Africa.

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    When using this site and agreeing to these Terms and Conditions such use and agreement is deemed to have taken place in Pretoria, South Africa.

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    General provisions

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    In the event of any part of these Terms and Conditions being found to be partially or fully unenforceable, for whatever reason, this shall not effect the application or enforceability of the remainder of this Agreement.

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    These Terms and Conditions of Use contain the record of the entire agreement between the user and the website owner.

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    Failure to enforce any provision of these Terms and Conditions shall not be deemed a waiver of such provision nor of the right to enforce such provision.

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    Amendments to content and information

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    The website owner expressly reserves the right in its sole discretion to affect any amendment or alteration to the content and information set out in this website.

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    Users acknowledge that it is their responsibility to familiarise themselves with any amendment or alteration affected.

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    Updating and maintenance of these Terms and Conditions of Use

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    The Department: Science & Technology, Republic of South Africa reserves the right to change, modify, add to or remove from portions or the whole of these terms and conditions of use from time to time.

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    Changes to these terms and conditions of use will take effect upon such changes being posted to this website.

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    It is the user’s obligation to periodically check these terms and conditions of use at this website for changes or updates.

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    The user’s continued use of this website following the posting of changes or updates will be considered notice of the user’s acceptance to abide by and be bound by these terms and conditions of use, including such changes or updates.

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    Website owner details

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    The full name and legal status of the website owner is:

     

    The Department: Science & Technology, Republic of South Africa, a Department of the Government of the Republic of South Africa and as represented by its Director General and the Minister of Science and Technology.

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    The website address of this website is: http://www.dst.gov.za.

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    Postal address: Private Bag X894, PRETORIA, Gauteng Republic of South Africa 0001

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    Street address: DST Building (Building no. 53), (CSIR South Gate Entrance), Meiring Naude Road, Brummeria, PRETORIA

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    Telephone contact: +27 12 843-6300

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     Date of Last Review: 02 December 2011

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