Phillip Tobias remembered

Science Minister Naledi Pandor says SA should be proud to have had Prof Phillip Tobias

Phillip Tobias. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Professor Phillip Tobias' work paved the way for more research in the field of palaeoanthropology, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said on Friday.

The 86-year-old academic passed away at a Johannesburg hospital on Thursday after a long illness.

He spent 60 years breaking new ground in the field of hominid fossils.

Tributes have been pouring in from friends, colleagues and President Jacob Zuma.

Pandor said South Africa has lost a great mind.

"I think we should celebrate having a person of this caliber in our country."

Tobias will be laid to rest at the weekend.

He initiated the current Sterkfontein excavation programme back in 1966, and dedicated his life to the study of human ancestry at Wits University and the Cradle of Humankind.