The SAKAN focus is clearly on South Africa’s modern social and economic inequalities, which have spawned the related threats of extreme poverty and unemployment. SAKAN also recognizes that inequality amongst humans does not exist in isolation; at its root lies deeply ingrained misunderstandings of the common singular identity of all humans. Unscientific notions of superiority based on superficial ethnic, gender, geographic origin, linguistic, race, religious, tribal and physiological appearance have had devastating impact on global and national social stability and growth. SAKAN seeks to reverse this trend in the context of South Africa.
According to modern scientific knowledge, South Africa has been, and continues to be, at the core of this misunderstanding. Together with the East African nations around the Rift Valley, South Africa’s contribution to human evolution is indisputable.
This SAKAN section draws from the immense Archaeological, Anthropological and Paleoanthropological knowledge base that humans have accumulated over time to tackle the threats of inequality from its most fundamental core. Modern ICTs offer the most effective means of disseminating this vital knowledge of our common origins and shared destinies, overcoming the traditional learning processes that are themselves victims of this misunderstanding. As the SAKAN process unfolds, such knowledge will be built into the information systems and knowledge content suitable for all ages and segments of the South African society.
An excellent introduction to the evidence summarized in these SAKAN pages is the South African Archaeological Society
. More relevant information is provided through various hyper-links, please click each image in this section for a fascinating journey through the South African chapter of human history.