- A traditional healer, Ephraim Mabena, managed to combine science and the knowledge of the elders
- This allowed him to create various skincare products, which might be commercialised soon
- Mabena showed off his impressive products at the science and technology conference in Pretoria
Ephraim Mabena, a traditional healer who hails from Mamelodi, recently proved that indigenous medicine and science do in fact mix.
Mabena showed off his collection of skin products, which is a combination of traditional medicine and science and soon his products might be commercialised.
While speaking at the 2018 Indigenous Knowledge Systems International Conference in Pretoria on Tuesday, Mabena pointed out the benefits of traditional herbs and medicines.
He added the elders had knowledge of the benefits of traditional medicine yet not one of them became rich because it was never truly recognised in the commercial industry.
The focus of the conference was to protect the knowledge of traditional healers and to promote the Indigenous Knowledge Systems Bill, The Sowetan reported.
The Bill was passed to Parliament and it just needs the SA head of state's signature. The document would protect the rights of traditional healers, as well as help them against economic exploitation.
Mabena said if the bill does not pass, scientists would steal the indigenous knowledge and pass it as their own- like Western scientist have done before.
"In South Africa we have never confronted the cases of indigenous knowledge that was stolen from its people,” he said.
Briefly.co.za learned Mabena has since embarked on a journey to create a skincare line, where he closely works with the department of science and technology to combine science and traditional medicine.
According to the traditional healer, he already has products for acne issues and sun protection. Apart from that, the skincare line would also include face creams, body scrubs and toners- just to name a few.
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