Category: South Africa

Remembering Mandela’s long walk to freedom at South Africa’s Robben Island; Ashwin Rajagopalan; Telegraph India

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A little off the coast of Cape Town, Robben Island is still resonant with tales of injustice perpetrated by the apartheid regime…

Source: Remembering Mandela’s long walk to freedom at South Africa’s Robben Island

Fossils in the Cradle of Humankind site reignite debate over origins of humans: Rhoda Kwan; NBC

Photo: Jeff Greenberg

“The new dates now help us to place such evolutionary developments more accurately in time,” a research team member said.

Source: Fossils in the Cradle of Humankind site reignite debate over origins of humans

Table Mountain National Park receives generous funding in biodiversity initiative!; Ashleigh Nefdt; Cape Town Etc

Photo: Taryn Elliott

In a big step toward biodiversity conservation, SANParks (South African National Parks) and the Agence Francaise de Development (AFD) have launched the bipartite agreement between Table Mountain National Park and Reunion Island National Park in France.

Source: Table Mountain National Park receives generous funding in biodiversity initiative!

South African piece in puzzle of human evolution; Justin Adams; Monash Lens

The discovery of a child’s skull in the Drimolen cave system, in South Africa’s “Cradle of Humankind”, is not only the earliest fossil specimen of Homo erectus, but proves three species of human ancestors lived in the same place at the same time, adding to our knowledge of evolution. Read more at Monash Lens.

Source: South African piece in puzzle of human evolution – Monash Lens

They survived centuries of elephant onslaught. Now climate change is killing these iconic baobabs; Tristen Taylor & Nathalie Bertrams; Monga Bay

Scraping sounds fill the nights at Mapungubwe, a national park at the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe rivers, where the borders of Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa meet. Families of elephants relentlessly tear the bark off ancient baobabs, scraping their tusks on the trees and digging deep into their cores to extract the fibrous, moisture-rich interior.

Source: They survived centuries of elephant onslaught. Now climate change is killing these iconic baobabs