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Chemical elements for South Africa’s future: Rare elements for new technologies & Managing elements for nutrition and safety #IYPT_za
Rare elements for new technologies #elements4tech South Africa faces the demise of mining as a sustainable economic sector. This is for various reasons, including the impact on climate change and the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies. Job losses are a critical issue. At the same time, there is a scramble to catch up with 4IR opportunities. South Africa is blessed with substantial mineral resources. The national aim is that these resources are further developed within South Africa and not just exported as raw materials to other countries. Creating products and industrialisation are the key to our economic future. Technology hardware contains a variety of metals. It’s anticipated that these metals will become increasingly hard to access. Managing elements for nutrition and safety #elements4health There are urgent issues that lie at the foundation of creating a better future for South Africa. Prominent among them is food security. According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), food security is not only about the quantity of food but whether people are getting the required nutrition. Much is known about the essential minerals needed. However, there is also a lot of public confusion. The topic looks at elements essential for human health, as well as harmful elements.


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