Bafana Bafana Nano

South Africa has released a few details of its new R170m (23million euro) nanotech program. More details about the focus of the projects will be released in coming months, so we won’t spoil th surprise, only to say that it continues the trend of nanotech programs being matched to local economic requirements, something we have , of course been advocating …

Tackling TB

On the day when UK Finance minsister Gordon Brown and Bill Gates announce a “Global Plan to Stop Tuberculosis” news comes in from South Africa about efforts to devlop a nanoparticle- based drug-delivery system for anti-TB drugs. The key issue with many TB treatments is that they must be taken regularly over a long period to be effective, and non …

National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi Sceptical About Nanotech Impact

Catching up with the Christmas backlog we came across an interesting exchange between Jim Thomas of the ETC group and Dyborn Chibonga, chief executive officer of the National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi reproduced below: “And if you replace cotton, what does that it mean for Africa?” asks Thomas. “I’m clueless about that one but even if cotton were produced …