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South Africa-This country is located in the southern end of Africa and neighboring by Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe.
Geographically, South Africa is located at the southern tip of the continent of Africa the whole country consists of four major islands, they are, Dassen Island, Robben Island, Seal Island and Marion Island (Prince Edward Islands).
South Africa is a developing country, emerging market with an abundant supply of natural resources (gold, chromium, antimony, coal, iron ore, manganese, natural gas etc.); well-developed financial, legal, communications, energy, and transport sectors; and a stock exchange that is Africa’s largest and among the top 20 in the world. The country is pioneer in mining (world's largest producer of platinum, gold, chromium) automobile assembly, metalworking, machinery, textiles, iron and steel, chemicals, fertilizer, food stuffs, commercial ship repair.
So far 11 people were awarded as Nobel laureates in South Africa. Currently most of the research is going on the synthesis of Nano materials for catalysis, structurally modified Nano materials in water purification and many more. National Research Foundation of South Africa monitors the funding and for the R & D related to material science in the country. University of Cape Town is the leading Institution in material science research in South Africa. Numerous material science journals were serving to develop the scientific community from South Africa with good reputation. Several leading Journals in the country like International Journal of Engineering Research in Africa, Journal of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Journal of Materials and Environmental Science provides knowledge base over the current researches in material science.