One of the Klasies River spinning discs and the replica built for the recording studio.
Kumbani et al (2019), Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports
Working with bone artefacts from archaeological sites in South Africa's southern Cape region, we've been able to show that some implements might have been used for sound production in the past.
Under President Jacob Zuma the economy didn’t recover as much as it should have from the global financial crisis.
The only way out of South Africa's crisis - financially wobbly utility Eskom, worsening public finances and poor economic growth - is a societal agreement that recognises the need for sacrifices.
Cyril Ramaphosa led the African National Congress to victory in May. A new law on political funding covers parties, not politicians.
Secrecy over who funds political parties should trigger fears that government decisions will reflect the wishes of large donors.
Industrial users of gas have brought the energy regulator’s methodology under the scrutiny of the courts.
South African courts have been reluctant 'to step into the shoes of the regulator'. But the confirmation by the Constitutional Court of the ruling by the Supreme Court of Appeal has changed all that.
An electronic toll gantry on a Johannesburg highway.
Politicians oppose toll roads on Johannesburg's highways, yet they are textbook example of progressive taxation that favours the poor.
Appointing a credible director can be a step in the right direction for South Africa's parliamentary budget office.
The displaced populations within Ethiopia could destabilise the entire country.
Ethiopia's internally displaced populations are a stain on Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's first term in office.
South Africa’s child support grant helps fight poverty among children up to the age of 18.
The child support grant, as a policy instrument, cannot work alone in ensuring that young people thrive and succeed.
With so much research, data and evidence in the world, it’s tough to pull it together in a useful way.
With accessible software tools and workflows, machines can be left to do the laborious work so that people can focus on planning, thinking and doing.
Aerial view of Kariba dam.
Zimbabwe has a severe energy crisis because its major sources of electricity are struggling to keep up with demand.
Cyril Ramaphosa takes the oath as his inauguration as President of South Africa.
Politics is being reduced to personalities in South Africa. The real issue is whether the damage that's been done can be undone.
The Otigba Computer Village shows that sharing knowledge widely benefits all businesses in a cluster.
The Otigba Computer Village shows how businesses in a largely informal market identify new and useful knowledge, apply it innovatively to scale up their operations and increase profits.
Some parents hide their children’s HIV status.
Secrecy around the HIV-positive status of young children in school is denying them the care and support they need for a good start.
Transport to and from where job opportunities are is a high barrier for young people from poor families.
A fast growing economy that creates jobs will not automatically reduce youth unemployment due to systemic barriers faced by young people, including skills shortages and malfunctioning labour markets.
Giving young people financial skills can lead to much better education and job outcomes.
Arming young people with financial capabilities does improve their employment prospects, but how exactly is still not clear. One possibility is that financial literacy boosts their confidence
Many young South Africans see no point in voting.
After recent elections, South Africa are grappling with what the reasons are for the declining trend in youth participation in the 2019 elections.
President Cyril Ramaphosa must prioritise evidence-based policy making.
Ramaphosa’s "new dawn" will require a rigorous evidence-base of what works to guide high-level policy planning and design.
The constitutionality of South Africa’s surveillance law is being challenged in court.
South Africa's law that regulates the Interception of communications is being challenged on the basis it can be abused by rogue elements in intelligence.
Deputy President David Mabuza, right, could pose a potential threat from within the ANC to President Cyril Ramaphosa, left.
The Cabinet signals to the Zuma faction that the Ramaphosa group believes their star is waning and that they are not strong enough to turn the tide.
Only psychologists could discern how Dumiso Dabengwa maintained his legendary composure, a necessary trait for an intelligence supremo.