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Anti-Apartheid protest in the 1980s are mere snapshots of time in the long journey towards equality, paved by the sweat and blood of those in the African National Congress and beyond. Paul Weinberg/Wikicommons

World politics explainer: the end of Apartheid

Understanding the impact of Apartheid requires looking beyond Nelson Mandela's achievements to the bloody struggles of the African National Congress and international forces prolonging the violence.
Detail from Father of the Innocents, from the series, Mandela A Life’s Journey, by John Meyer. Melbourne Museum

Mandela My Life is a welcome tribute to a hero, but avoids difficult questions

The desire to eulogise, as often appears to be the case in this exhibition, does not allow space for questions that might allow for a fuller explication of the nature of Mandela’s legacy and its relevance beyond South Africa.
Bone artefacts from various South African Stone Age archaeological sites have been interpreted as arrowheads. J. Bradfield (as published in Bradfield, J. & Choyke, A. 2016. Bone technology in Africa. In: H. Selin (ed.), Encyclopaedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures, pp, 20-27. Springer).

New technology tells us which animal bones were used to make ancient tools

Species-level identification of bone tools has been undertaken for the first time in southern Africa.

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