Tapping into ancient DNA can help us understand ancient humans’ movements and lives.
Illustration: Marlize Lombard, Maryna Steyn and Anders Högberg
Archaeology is not only about stones and bones: it is mainly about the people of the past. DNA is one way to get from the stones and the bones to the people and their stories.
Filming of Maasai and tourist interactions.
How can we understand each other, especially when stereotypes cloud our view? An ethnographic movie captures a sense of the 'other' in an encounter between Maasai villagers and Dutch tourists.
Groups de touristes au village, la réalisatrice est à droite en train de tourner.
Quels regards et quels clichés portent les uns sur les autres ? Une étude ethnographique a capturé via caméra ces instants de rencontre, entre une famille masaï et des touristes néerlandais.
Archbishop Tutu teaches that punishing wrongdoers, with an eye for an eye, is unjustified.
Filckr/UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre
Archbishop Bishop Desmond Tutu is well known for having invoked an ubuntu ethic to evaluate South African society, and he can take substantial credit for having made the term familiar.
South Africa’s Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa and former finance minister Trevor Manuel were instrumental to the making of the country’s National Development Plan.
South Africa's five-year-old National Development Plan suffers from gross misinterpretation by different parties.
The design and colours of the bead work convey particular messages.
Colourful glass beads and red blankets play an important role in Maasai culture. But their origins are surprising, and provide an interesting insight into cultural exchanges between Europe and Africa.
Online retailing is a relatively new phenomenon and a small element of retailing in Africa.
The rapid penetration of internet technologies in Africa provides hope for e-commerce's continued growth. Potential online stores need to understand what draws or pushes customers away.
South Africa’s finance minister, Malusi Gigaba, has had to look towards selling off state owned assets to plug a fiscal hole.
Privatisation talk in South Africa shows how state owned enterprises are being used as tools for enrichment by the connected and less as key elements of development.
Supporters of Joao Lourenco and the ruling MPLA during an election campaign rally in Luanda.
EPA/Manuel de Almeida
Angola's recent election results showed the ruling MPLA losing support across the country. If opposition claims are to be taken seriously, the losses could be more severe than they appear.
South Africa needs to decide if it will continue to waste public money on its national carrier, or incur the costs of letting SAA go bankrupt.
There is no good case for bailing out South African Airways, it's simply a matter of avoiding a potentially catastrophic debt default.
South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa claims the country’s security agencies hacked his emails.
It would be no surprise if Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa's claims of the state spying on him turn out to be true. After all, state spy agencies have been abused before in ANC factional battles.
South African business can beat back the toxic 'white monopoly capital' title by doing things differently and not by shouting from roof tops.
South African learners receiving two meals, despite being from arguably poorer backgrounds, had statistically significantly lower stunting levels than children receiving only one meal.
Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe
has been granted immunity.
According to South Africa's department of international relations, Grace Mugabe didn't have immunity when she entered the country.
Men who had to take responsibility for younger siblings growing up were not concerned about conforming to dominant ideas about manhood.
About 60% of children in South Africa under 10 years don't live with their biological fathers. But research sheds light on those who despite the pressures remain involved in their children’s lives.
South Africa’s Finance Minister, Malusi Gigaba, needs more than the 14-point plan to revive the economy.
South Africa needs to restore trust and effective bargaining mechanisms between key stakeholders to revive the ailing economy.
Supporters of President Jacob Zuma reacting to the vote of no confidence proceedings in parliament.
Unless parliament passes a motion of no confidence in him, which is not on the cards any time soon, Zuma's future depends on whether he's weakened in the African National Congress, not parliament.
The opposition is determined to get rid of President Jacob Zuma even if it means overriding democracy.
What South Africa's opposition parties want Parliament and the courts to do would damage the country's democracy.
Marble statue of Roman Ceres or Greek Demeter.
The Romans inherited their idea of human nature from the Greeks.
The Greco-Roman society believed that people weren't born human, they became human. But how can humanity be defined?That's what the project of decolonising the humanities could be dedicated to.
South Africa’s previous finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, delivering his medium term budget last October.
The amendments to South Africa's Money Bills Act don't go far enough - for one, they do not address incoherence in Parliament's oversight of taxes.