“The DST’s nanotechnology development efforts are guided by the 2005 National Nanotechnology Strategy. The Strategy aims to effect both economic and social development. In terms of the Strategy, the development of nanotechnology in the country should be geared towards taking the potential advantages of nanotechnology to (i) address the social challenges the country faces in the area of water, health, and energy and (ii) confer competitiveness to the country’s strategic industries, these being (a) mining and minerals, (b) chemicals and bio-processing, and (c) advanced materials and manufacturing. An implementation plan was developed in 2006 that rested on four pillars, (i) human capital development, (ii) infrastructure, (iii) responsible development and (iv) innovation.
Nanotechnology development in South Africa has grown considerably. This is largely due to the Department’s efforts, which have seen the introduction of several nanotechnology development initiatives. Included in these are the National Nanotechnology Equipment Programme, the Nanotechnology Flagship Programme, and the nano-sciences and nano-technologies research chairs. These have helped catapult nanotechnology research in the country to a point where we are globally recognised”.
Minister Naledi Pandor: CSIR Nano-materials Industrial Development Facility launch, 3 December 2015
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