HSF Briefs

Helen Suzman Foundation | Apr 08, 2015
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Asbestos Cement Waterpipes: A Health Hazard?
Jan 15, 2020
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Nhlanhla Mnisi

Studies have shown that asbestos poses health risks to humans beyond the inhalation of fibres. Evidence suggests that ingestion of asbestos fibres from contaminated drinking water supplied though aged asbestos cement pipes also poses health hazards. This review explores how continued use of deteriorating asbestos cement pipes in water reticulation networks poses risks to human health.

Water Scarcity In South Africa: A Result Of Physical Or Economic Factors?
Jan 15, 2020
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Nhlanhla Mnisi

South Africa is often described as a water-scarce country. This is based principally on physical descriptors like climatic conditions and escalating water demands. This brief investigates whether observed water scarcity in South Africa can be attributed to physical or economic factors, or both.