We welcome the contribution made by Winter and Kingsley, with their global approach to our more regional topic, and wish to reply to those points which are considered relevant to the discussion.

It should be made clear at the outsetthat our terms of reference were to describe the stratigraphy and explain the origin of the redefined Natal Group. At no time have we discarded the correlation of the Natal Group with the Cape Supergroup, but we do maintain that the previously accepted hypothesis that the oldest Phanerozoic rocks occurring in KwaZulu—Natal (the Natal Group) are correlated with those of the...

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