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2010-04-08 10:40:00

Fossil find sheds light on the transition to Homo genus from earlier hominids Two partial skeletons unearthed from a cave in South Africa belong to a previously unclassified species of hominid that is now shedding new light on the evolution of our own species, Homo sapiens, researchers say. The newly documented species, called Australopithecus sediba, was an upright walker that shared many physical traits with the earliest known Homo species"”and its introduction into the fossil record...

2010-04-08 07:00:00

GRENOBLE, France, April 8, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- - Despite its Recent Discovery, one of the Best-Preserved Hominid Fossils has Already Been Analysed with Synchrotron Light Prof. Lee Berger of the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) has discovered a new species of early human ancestor in one of the best-preserved skeletons of an hominid, dated around 1.9 million years old, in the Cradle of Humankind. This discovery was published on 9 April in Science. The fossil's...

2008-10-05 12:00:09

By Donna Bryson Associated Press JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- When Richard Maponya did well as a clothes salesman, his white boss could not promote him under the rules of apartheid. So the boss offered instead to sell Maponya damaged clothes for cheap. Maponya resold the clothes after work and on weekends, and earned enough to go into business himself. Today, the 81-year-old owns supermarkets and car dealerships, as well as the biggest mall in Soweto. Maponya is the most prominent in...

2008-07-14 09:00:48

AngloGold Ashanti (NYSE: AU) Market Update Highlights -- Gold hedge position reduced by 4.4 million ounces or 39% in the first six months of 2008 -- 1.0 million pounds of uranium commodity contracts cancelled -- 50% interest in Nufcor International Limited sold -- Corporate transactions with B2 Gold and Golden Cycle Corporation concluded -- Second quarter production and cash costs better than previous guidance Hedge book restructuring Following...

2006-04-04 04:50:17

By Ed Stoddard KAGISO, South Africa (Reuters) - A South African detective shot dead eight people including four fellow officers and a one-year-old baby before police killed him, a spokeswoman for the force said on Tuesday. The killing spree in Kagiso township west of Johannesburg was shocking even by the standards of South Africa, which has one of the world's highest rates of violent crime. "We are still trying to establish a motive," said police spokeswoman Mary...

2006-02-22 08:15:00

By Mboniso Sigonyela SOWETO, South Africa (Reuters) - After a search and waiting period of six years, Russell Rivombo is about to move into his luxury three-bedroom, double-garage home. His pride and joy is not in the northern wealthy suburbs of Johannesburg but in Soweto, a township south of South Africa's financial capital created for blacks under apartheid. "I asked the agents for the place a while ago, I had the approval (loan) ... but there was just nothing in the areas I wanted,"...

2005-10-28 07:46:41

By Rebecca Harrison JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Rape, murder, pedophilia and rare male nudity on the conservative African stage -- no wonder South Africa's hottest playwright is credited with revolutionizing theater in his homeland. Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom is part of a growing cadre of young black South African artists smashing through African taboos to portray in theater and film the ultraviolence and explicit sex they say reflects real life in the country's roughest townships....

2005-08-29 07:20:14

By Andrew Quinn JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Soweto, once famous for bitter anti-apartheid violence, launches its first annual wine festival this week as South Africa's wine industry seeks to cultivate a new breed of black wine connoisseur. "Wine is discerning, aspirational, sophisticated," Thami Xaba, one of the organizers of the September 2-4 festival, told journalists on Monday. "Black people now are enlightened. People are educated. We have to dispel the myth that people don't like...

2005-07-14 09:48:00

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A giant crater formed 2 billion years ago when a meteorite smashed into what is now South Africa has been added to the United Nations' list of protected heritage sites, South Africa said Thursday. The Vredefort Dome -- the world's oldest and biggest meteorite impact site -- joined the global list that includes natural and manmade wonders like Australia's Great Barrier Reef and the Great Wall of China. The Dome was formed when a meteorite, or asteroid, some 10 km (6...

2005-07-14 06:27:21

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Two South African commuter trains collided at a station in Soweto outside Johannesburg, injuring 162 people, officials said on Thursday. Metrorail spokeswoman Thandi Mlangeni said the collision occurred on Wednesday evening at Soweto's Merafe station, where one train had apparently stalled at the platform during a local power outage. "A second train collided with the stationary one ... we had 162 people injured and we transferred them to hospital, four with serious...


Word of the Day
omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.