Future water availability is one of the biggest threats facing the people of South Africa. It is estimated that around 5.7 million people in South Africa do not have access to basic water services. Like elsewhere in the world, South Africa is facing a growing, complex challenge – to provide clean, safe drinking water to its growing population of citizens – as freshwater resources face rising pressure to provide for the social, economic and environmental needs of a growing population.
While water is inextricably linked to development of society, at the same time, this development also places considerable pressure on water resources. Therefore, effective water management is essential if the country is to achieve optimal social and economic development in a sustainable manner.
Can nanotechnology improve the current and future status, and address the issue of providing clean water to the citizens of South Africa? More and more scientists are getting involved in nanotechnology research and innovation to address a number of the country’s challenges. Organisations such as the Water Research Commission, Rand Water and the National Department of Water Affairs have recognised the potential of the technology and are working together. In this edition, we highlight the work of some scientists who are exploring ways in which nanotechnology can be used to provide clean water to South Africans.
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