Science and technology
Evidence suggests that sub-Saharan human populations retain genetic bits and pieces of DNA from non-KhoiSan primordial humans. If DNA samples were compared from humans around the world, the relationship would look more like a chain link, rather than a tree that branches out.
The world renowned radio telescope project, the Square Kilometre Array (South Africa), has
awarded full bursaries for undergraduate studies to five outstanding matric students from the
nearby Carnarvon High School. The project is determined to boost science and maths education.
Tesla Motors, the electric vehicle and energy storage company based in the US's Silicon Valley
and led by South African-born industrialist Elon Musk, will open an office in South Africa during
January 2016 to develop its Powerwall energy storage solutions for local consumers and
Minister Naledi Pandor believes science and technology hold the key to solving the economic and
social ills – such as water scarcity, food security and disease burdens – that are holding back
South Africa and the rest of the continent.
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