Since 2011, the government has tried at least three different approaches, and spent millions of rand, to establish a state-owned pharmaceutical manufacturer – but has completely failed, reports SowetanLIVE. This is according to a written parliamentary response by higher education, science and innovation minister Blade Nzimande. He was responding to a question by DA MP Chantel King. The company Ketlaphela was part of a vision to make active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) for drugs against the most problematic diseases in SA, particularly HIV/Aids.
Now, however, a decade on, it exists ‘just in name, without assets and no funding was inherited from the establishment process’, said Nzimande.