SA: Homo naledi discovery celebrated

Chief Executive Officer Kingsley Makhubela

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Pretoria – Brand South Africa has commended the team of scientists from the University of the Witwatersrand and other volunteers on their discovery of a new species of human relative, Homo naledi, at the Cradle of Humankind.

This, following an announcement of the discovery of a new species of human relative at Maropeng, in the Cradle of Humankind on Thursday.

According to BrandSA, the entity’s Chief Executive Officer Kingsley Makhubela said this find of approximately 1 550 fossil elements emphasises South Africa’s position as a global leader in the field of paleo-anthropology.

“The discovery has been described as one which will force us to rethink the origins of humankind as whole. While we cannot claim to have created what lies in our soil, we can celebrate this as a part of our heritage and as part of South Africa’s legacy to the world.

“We salute the team of scientists led by Professor Lee Berger, from the Evolutionary Studies Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand and a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence.

“We celebrate you today for unearthing and bringing to light this magnificent discovery, and for its significance to humankind as a whole and South Africa in particular,” said Makhubela.

He said South Africa is described as one of the most valuable pieces of real estate in the world because of its mineral wealth.

Makhubela said the rich fossil and archaeological remains in South African soil is another reason why the country is so valuable to the world.

“South Africa looks forward to welcoming the world to the Cradle of Humankind to view the fossil elements which will be on display from 11 September to 11 October 2015. We look forward to and eagerly anticipate your continued work in this field and wish you well in your future endeavours,” said Makhubela.