Sterkfontein Caves statue
The Sterkfontein caves for part of the Cradle of Humankind, and was named a World Heritage Site in 1999.
The statue here is of Dr Robert Broom, who discovered the skull in 1947, which came to be known as Mrs. Ples. It is estimated to be between 2.6 and 2.8 million years old.
Cradle of Humankind has been rich in archaeological finds including 2-million-year-old stone tools.
Modern excavation of the caves started in the 1890s. Limestone miners noticed the fossils and brought them to the attention of scientists.
This entrance to the Sterkfontien Caves is still in active use by Archaeologists. world renound as th...
The scientific exhibition centre at Sterkfontein Caves showcases early life forms, mammals and homini...
Sterkfontein Caves are home to a number of archeological discoveries. The high-tech on sight museum w...
The Maropeng conference centre forms part of the Cradle of Humankind, world renound as the birth plac...
Aerial panoramic view over the mashie golf ccourse in the Mogale Business Park. Home to the BOSASA he...
Taken from the creek bed just down stream from the new foot bridge in the Walter Sisulu National Bota...
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The earliest fossil of the homo sapiens family (human beings) was found in Ethiopia, dating back more than 200,000 years. Compared to this length of time, even the "ancient Sumerians" from 6000 B.C. are drooling toddlers.
Let's mention a few African heroes you may have heard of, for inspiration in the face of the continued economic inequality and violence which plague Africa today: Nelson Mandela, first democratically elected President of South Africa, who fought against apartheid and served 27 years in prison while advocating freedom and peace. Haile Salassie, Emperor of Ethiopia, who resisted Mussolini and the fascist Italian invasion of WWII, and who is worshipped as an incarnation of God by the Rastafari movement. Kwame Nkrumah, first Prime Minister of Ghana, advocate of uniting Africa in Pan-Africanism. Fela Kuti, inventor of Afrobeat music, who declared his home to be an independent state, ran for president of Nigeria, and to whose funeral ONE MILLION PEOPLE came to pay their respects.
In June 2001 the African Union was formed, consisting of 53 African States organized, like in the EU, around common economic and political development.
Text by Steve Smith.