Mystery of the “Taung Child” solved

The world's oldest murder mystery has been solved: Professor Lee Berger of Wits University's palaeoanthropology unit has revealed that the 2-million-year-old Taung child was killed by an eagle, not a big cat.
Discovering South African heritage

Research South African genealogy on the internet

Gone are the days of waiting for snail mail from possible relatives on the other side of the world. Family history research is far more accessible - and addictive - in the Internet age. Sharon Marshall offers a primer of sites for SA amateur genies.

16 June 1976: the day Hector Pieterson died

"I saw a child fall down. Under a shower of bullets I rushed forward and went for the picture. It had been a peaceful march, the children were told to disperse, they started singing Nkosi Sikelele. The police were ordered to shoot." These are the words of Sam Nzima, whose famous photograph of a dying Hector Pieterson encapsulated the anger and tragedy of a day that, 30 years ago, changed the course of SA history.
Ramkie guitar

The origins of South African music

From early missionary hymns and jazz to kwela, kwaito, mbaqanga and bubblegum pop, South African musicians have always given international trends an unmistakable flavour of their own.

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