The origin of Inkaba yeAfrica goes back to 2001, when discussions about how to better link the Earth science communities of South Africa and Germany were initiated by Professor Rolf Emmermann (then Director of the GFZ, Germany), Dr. Khotso Mokhele and Dr. Gerhard von Gruenewaldt (then President and Vice-President of the NRF, respectively). Building on their visions, Inkaba yeAfrica was born in the spring of 2003 with a heterogeneous mix of proposals being moulded into an aggressive and state-of-the-art Earth system science research initiative. Rolf Emmermann, Khotshe Mokhele and Gerhard von Gruenewaldt always were champions of our cause, and it...

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