A rock surface containing a circular pattern with a central depression. The scale bar = 10 cm.
Images modified from: Helm, C.W.; Cawthra, H.C.; De Vynck, J.C.; Helm, C.J.; Rust, R.; Stear. W. Patterns in the Sand: A Pleistocene hominin signature along the South African coastline? Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association (2019)
Given that we know humans moved across these landscapes, we wondered whether there might also be evidence of other forms of human activity on these surfaces of sand.
An oiled penguin in the aftermath of a spill in the waters of Algoa Bay.
Oil spills from a project that's designed to harness the economic potential of South Africa's oceans are threatening the world's largest remaining African Penguin colony.
Baby sea turtles head for their natural habitat.
These trackways preserve an incredibly brief moment in time. More importantly, they tell us about ancient climates, and how turtle breeding ranges have changed over the millenia
There’s a huge amount of seafood variety that can come in many forms.
Our new paper titled ‘DNA barcoding validates species labelling of certified seafood’ presents the largest and most comprehensive assessment of MSC-labelled products to date.
South African performers from the Mzansi Ballet.
Government support for the arts, culture and heritage is important even in tough economic conditions.
Roberts Rock, before it slid into the sea, provided evidence of ancient vertebrate life.
Trackways made by vertebrates during the Pleistocene era, dating back to between 36 000 and 140 000 years helps with research into ancient animals.
The trilobite manuport (Bainella sp) from Robberg on the Cape south coast was carried at least 10 km to a small cave shelter. For scale, the bar is 10 cm long.
Geomythology can be a powerful way to inspire more people on the continent to become interested in Africa's palaeoscience.
Banking water ensures a steadier, reliable supply in future.
Banking water minimises the impact of evaporation and means that water can also be recycled from various sources.
A woman draws water from a hand pumped well in northern Ghana.
Many African countries tend to mismanage their groundwater resources.
Cheryl Zondi bucked the trend of rape accusers staying anonymous in South Africa.
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Prevailing patriarchal and cultural norms in some societies prevent women victims of sexual crimes from talking out by shaming them.
Malagasy people take part in famadihana, the ritual of the dead, to honour their ancestors.
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Africans have steadfastly responded to oppression through culture.
Groundwater is used extensively in arid regions like South Africa’s Karoo.
Groundwater is often seen as a resource that never runs out. This isn't true.
South African musicians can benefit from working together in cultural clusters.
Creative hubs and clusters mushroomed in the Asia-Pacific region. South Africa must follow suit or miss the opportunity to grow its creative economy.
A massive wildfire on the Garden Route fuelled by invasive alien trees.
Invasive alien species that costs South Africa's economy billions can be eliminated.
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at her 80th birthday celebrations.
The way Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is being remembered recalls the outpouring of grief and iconic status Eva Peron the First Lady of Argentina was accorded.
Insights and approaches drawn from anthropology could be a useful part of the toolkit for a cop trying to catch a killer.
African penguins appear to move away from areas where seismic underwater surveys are happening.
Loud noise from underwater seismic surveys can drive penguins from their normal foraging grounds.
Country superstar Dolly Parton has a huge following across Africa.
Africa's broadcasters have a large role to play to ensure that country and western grows to its full potential on the continent.
Dolphins contribute important knowledge about ocean health.
Marine mammals are often referred to as sentinels of the ocean and research on whales and dolphins in particular contributes important knowledge about the health of our seas.
Women in colourful traditional dress in Nosy Be, Madagascar.
Island philosophies can be used to decolonise university courses and teaching. They can also advance sustainable development models and, ultimately, achieve responsible tourism.