- Busisiwe Mashiane is a chemical engineering student at Wits
- She is developing a water purification system that will benefit South Africa's rural areas
- Her aim is to provide rural communities access to clean drinking water
A brilliant student at Wits University, Johannesburg, is developing a water purification system that will benefit South Africa's rural communities once completed.
22-year-old Busisiwe Mashiane, a fourth-year Chemical Engineering student, is researching a system known as "slow sand filtration," Briefly.co.za learned.
It uses sand, a sterilisation tank, and biological matter known as "schmutzdecke" to purify river water, according to wits.ac.za.
Busisiwe has already started her groundbreaking research project in Mpumalanga. She hopes to make a difference in disadvantaged communities:
Many South Africans living in disadvantaged communities across the country not only have difficulties accessing water, but also face many health risks due to the lack of access to clean drinking water.
Social media users have celebrated her system and praised her for developing it. Some have even suggested that her idea should be protected from a possible corporate takeover.
Others touted her as another example of black excellence. See these and more reactions below.
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