An international team of six scientists – all women, and all recruited on social media – are set to explore a recently discovered cave deep under South Africa’s Cradle of Humankind to recover the fossil remains of an ancient human species that may shed new light on our origins.
The first digital planetarium in sub-Saharan Africa is being installed at the Lamont-Hussey Observatory on Naval Hill, in Bloemfontein. A draw for visitors and students alike, they will experience a journey through space that feels very close to reality.
Hundreds of millions of rural Africans have no access to electricity. Productive hours are lost and study time reduced because when the sun goes down, they must stop. But solar-powered lights are a safe, renewable, cost-efficient and effective answer.
Local liquid fuel concern Econ Oil has opened South Africa’s first black female-owned plant. A direct beneficiary of energy parastatal Eskom’s efforts to democratise the sector, the company leads in an industry dominated by multinationals.
• Transport investment a must
Three oceans affect South Africa – the Atlantic, Indian and Southern – with cool and warm waters juxtaposed, giving rise to unique marine and land ecosystems. Studying these oceans with a view to forecasting their state is the work of the Nansen-Tutu Centre for Marine Environmental Research.
• Protecting South Africa's coastline pays off
A carbon-rich pebble found in the shifting sands of the Libyan Desert brings conclusive evidence of a comet hitting the Earth; the extra-terrestrial fragment also holds promise for exciting research into the very beginnings of our solar system.
• All systems go at the SKA