In the 19th century, Charles Darwin predicted that the origins of humankind would be traced back to Africa. With its rich fossil finds, the latest a new species called Australopithecus sebida, it seems the cradle is rightfully known as the birthplace of humanity.
• SA unearths new human ancestor
Her father had often told her: "You can do anything. Don't ever stop." And she didn't – today Prof Tebello Nyokong is one of South Africa's top scientists in the fields of chemistry and nanotechnology.
• Open-access research data for SA
Science and technology minister Derek Hanekom has launched SciELO-SA, an open-access, searchable journal database that promises to make the country’s research data more visible on the international stage.
• Research output rises, papers double