South Africa's remote Northern Cape province is home to the largest telescope in the southern hemisphere, producing crystal-clear images from deep space, and may soon host one of the biggest scientific instruments in the world, the Square Kilometre Array.
• SA astronomer unveils the stars
South Africa's topography is dominated by dramatic transitions, such as the continent-spanning cliffs of the Great Escarpment encircling the flat plains of the Karoo desert. View, and download in high resolution, a new satellite image of this dramatic feature.
A new species of hominid, or ape-man, has been discovered in South Africa's Cradle of Humankind. Represented by two fossil skeletons, the species lived 2-million years ago and could stride and possibly run like a modern human.
• Gallery: SA's new apeman species
A climatologist from the
• R500m water deal for rural SA