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Habib: SA’s well-being depends on strong research facilities

Wits Vice-Chancellor Adam Habib was speaking at the announcement of the discovery of an incomplete skeleton named Neo, believed to be a specimen of Homo naledi.

Wits Vice-Chancellor Adam Habib. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Wits University's vice-chancellor Adam Habib says the development of research facilities and the country's development are interdependent.

Habib was speaking at the announcement of the discovery of an incomplete skeleton named Neo, believed to be a specimen of Homo naledi.

A number of juvenile bones were also discovered in the Lesedi chamber of the Rising Star cave system at Maropeng.

Habib says the well-being of the country depends on its strong research facilities.

“In a world where we are thinking about the Fourth Industrial Revolution and a technology economy, the heart of these projects has to be the research university systems.”

He says this discovery continues to bind all humanity.

“This research shows that we come from common roots, that we represent a common humanity and that our future is as a common humanity.”

The findings will put on public display on 25 May at the Cradle of Humankind.

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(Edited by Shimoney Regter)