Global innovation is evolving at an incredible rate and South Africa is not being left behind – it’s leading research in everything from micro-satellites to laser technology, and even medical science and nanotechnology.
South Africa is home to more than 80% of the world’s wild rhinos, but the country is under siege from poachers and wildlife traffickers. Given the spiraling rate of poaching, rhinos could be extinct within the decade. Rangers from the Kruger National Park run us through some of the methods they’re using to tackle poachers.
New evidence about the two sets of fossilized skeletal remains found at the Cradle of Humankind in South Africa suggests that they might be those of the ancestors of modern humans. The fossils, of a female adult and of a male child (named Karabo), were unveiled last year as a new species, Australopithecus Sediba.
The world’s limited water resources are often mismanaged and wasted, severely hampering development. Now experts – including some of South Africa’s best scientists – are scrambling for solutions.