In the past decade South Africa's progress has been remarkable and nowhere is this progress more pronounced than in science and technology. These are fields in which South Africa has excelled, and this short booklet touches briefly on just some of the country's recent achievements in science and technology.
A team led by Professor Lee Berger, a renowned palaeoanthropologist from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg have described and named a new species of hominid, Australopithecus sediba, almost two million years old. It was discovered in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, 40 kilometres from Johannesburg, South Africa.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) have designated 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry (IYC).