Welcome to this Special Issue of the South African Journal of Geology comprising the first results from Inkaba yeAfrica, a truly major scientific undertaking of the German and South African earth science communities. Since 2004, teams of scientists from both countries have been surveying a cone-shaped sector of the Earth from its core to space, enclosing South Africa and the Southern Oceans at its solid surface, and tracking the history and interactions of its components into the past. South Africa was chosen as the research site since it is, in our humble and unbiased opinion, quite simply the best...

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