New York and South African learners go back to their origins

  • June 05, 2009

Maropeng’s underground boat ride was a highlight for a number of learners visiting Johannesburg this week as guests of 46664, Nelson Mandela’s HIV/AIDS awareness campaign.

These learners, who were carefully selected through competitions in the United States and South Africa, were bought together to learn about Mr Mandela’s leadership legacy. They even had the opportunity to meet Mr Mandela earlier in the week.

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Maropeng sponsors National Geographic Young Conservationists Competition

  • June 03, 2009 | Category: News

Maropeng, as the sponsor of the National Geographic Kids magazine’s Young Conservationists Competition, is encouraging children to think about their environment and the impact that they have on it.

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Maropeng offers Swartkrans walking tours

  • May 25, 2009

Maropeng is happy to announce that we will be hosting our popular Swartkrans walking tours again in 2009. Swartkrans, one of the Cradle’s richest fossil sites, is usually closed to the public. But on these tours, small groups will have a rare opportunity to observe an active archaeological dig and will be guided around the site by scientist Morris Sutton, who is currently excavating there.

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Win movie tickets and watch our new cinema advert

  • May 22, 2009

Maropeng is offering five lucky readers the chance to see history come to life in A Night At The Museum 2 at the IMAX cinema in Menlyn, Pretoria.

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Scientists suggest new find is the “missing link”

  • May 20, 2009

A remarkable fossil, believed to show the missing link between primates and other animals, was unveiled by scientists in New York on May 19, 2009.

Scientists are calling the 47-million-year-old fossil – which is believed to be female – “Ida”. Her scientific name is Darwinius masillae, in honour of Darwin’s 200th birthday, which was celebrated on February 12, 2009.

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Putting people first – Catherine Nthleng

  • May 14, 2009

From shy and quiet to bubbly and confident – Catherine Nthleng has come out of her shell in her five years of working at Maropeng. She is one of the boat ride operators and she interacts with visitors all day.

Before she joined Maropeng, Catherine worked as a volunteer at Itumeleng Clinic, educating people about HIV/AIDS. She and her team of volunteers went door to door, telling people about the virus and the importance of using condoms.

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Maropeng upgrades FET resources pack

  • May 11, 2009

Maropeng recently hosted a workshop of national and provincial learning coordinators in order to propose updates to the Maropeng FET resources pack.

FET stands for Further Education and Training and incorporates grades 10, 11 and 12. Maropeng also offers packs for younger scholars. The packs are carefully integrated with the South African education curriculum, and has been endorsed by the National Department of Education.

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Maropeng’s stunning architecture and landscape draws in the media

  • May 11, 2009

Maropeng has featured prominently in local and national media recently. The dramatic building that houses the visitor centre has caught the attention of many location scouts, and most recently formed the backdrop for a photoshoot with local musician Lira in an Audi Magazine spread.

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Boat ride operator rides the waves to success – Anna Magobolo

  • May 08, 2009

Blue and yellow lights flash across her face, the engine roars in the background and she signals to her guests to hold on. Anna Magobolo, one of Maropeng’s boat ride operators, is preparing to take visitors on an amazing trip through time. 

What makes it all the more amazing is that Anna used to have a phobia about water. She never thought she would be able to swim, let alone be qualified to rescue people. But after five years of experience at Maropeng, she confidently checks her boat and leads the journey down the underground river.

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New exhibition opens at Maropeng: Insects from the Distant Past

  • April 21, 2009

Maropeng opened a new exhibition today, April 16, 2009. On display in the Original Fossil Exhibition at the Maropeng Visitor Centre is a variety of fossilised insects from Southern Africa.

The fossils include early cockroaches found in the Karoo, well-preserved insects found at the Orapa diamond mine in Botswana, and even fly larvae found alongside hominid fossils in the Cradle of Humankind.

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