Nurse Monnana, a housekeeper at the Maropeng Hotel, is full of ambition.
When she joined Maropeng as a scullery maid in 2005, Nurse worked hard to prove herself. In 2006, when Maropeng Hotel opened, she was one of many who welcomed guests to the new establishment.
Nurse’s hard work has paid off – today she is a supervisor at the establishment.
“I enjoy everything about my job,” she says.Read more
In this week’s photo essay we look at how artists built the models of hominids whose fossil remains were found in the Sterkfontein Caves and other sites in the Cradle of Humankind and around the world.
Maropeng is home to a number of hominid models. Because fossil evidence lacks all soft tissue, skin, eyes and hair, it’s hard to imagine what these hominid species may have looked like. But reconstructing them as models gives the visitor to Maropeng a glimpse into a life that existed many millions of years ago.
Original fossils like Mrs Ples are irreplaceable, so they are housed in secured vaults in various academic institutions. The original fossils are only periodically displayed as part of temporary exhibitions at Maropeng. However, casts of these important fossils are permanently displayed at Maropeng.
All the lifelike hominid illustrations in the exhibition – from the 7-million-year-old Toumai fossil from Chad through to modern humans – have been produced by world-acclaimed and award-winning palaeoartist John Gurche. His exhibits can also be seen at the Smithsonian Institution, the Field Museum and the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and he worked on the hit film Jurassic Park.Read more
Aspiring astronauts and space explorers of all ages are invited to join Maropeng for an expedition to the stars.Read more
Former US vice-president and environmental activist Al Gore was hosted by Maropeng, the official visitor centre of the Cradle of Humankind, during the IBM Smarter Planet Conference this past week. Gore was the guest of honour at the conference, which presented software solutions for a smarter planet.
Gore, who is also known for his award-winning documentary on global warming, An Inconvenient Truth, delivered the keynote address on Thursday.Read more
As summer approaches, it’s time to move outdoors and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us. This week’s photo essay showcases the natural beauty you can enjoy from the deck of the Maropeng Hotel. The hotel is surrounded by the Witwatersberg and Magaliesberg ranges, offering guests spectacular views, which can be taken in while enjoying a delicious cocktail made by our talented barmen.Read more
Paul Mabuza’s father had a plan for his son’s future – he wanted him to study agricultural engineering so that he could help out on the farm. But Paul had other ideas. Instead, he enrolled in a food and beverage course at the University of Pretoria. His effort paid off – today he is a food and beverage controller and assistant manager at Maropeng.
A new baby at Maropeng, Paul joined the family in July after working as a food and beverage manager at a lodge next to the Kruger National Park. He has also worked at Emperors Palace, where he once served South African President Jacob Zuma.Read more
Even though he has only been at Maropeng for the past four months, Khathu Negondeni is already part of the Maropeng “A Team”.
Khathu, who manages the Maropeng Hotel, has been in the hospitality industry for the past eight years – an experience he wouldn’t trade for anything in the world, he says.
Before he joined the Maropeng family, Khathu worked at River Stone Lodge as a Food and Beverage Manager: Operations.Read more
When he was growing up, Peter Langa wanted to be a geologist. But due to financial constraints his mother advised him to enrol for a hospitality course at Pretoria College instead. Today, Peter is a head chef at Maropeng.
Being a chef, says Peter, is like being a child with clay in your hands. “Playing with food is like playing with clay – you create something different every day,” he explains.
Peter has been working at Maropeng for a year and seven months now, and he’s loved every minute of it. “I am enjoying myself a lot and I am becoming more and more creative. I started out as a sous chef and I am now head chef.”Read more
Thousands of tourists flock to South Africa each year to see “the big five”. But at Maropeng, rather than requiring you to squint into the bush from a 4x4 to catch a glimpse of them, the big five will serve you cocktails at the pool or a delicious meal at the Tumulus Restaurant.
Dubbed “the big five”, the food and beverage team at Maropeng are a dynamic and highly capable group who welcome any challenge that is thrown at them.Read more