Maropeng celebrates 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth

  • February 11, 2009 | Category: News

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth on February 12, 2009, Maropeng will be holding a poster exhibition entitled Darwin, Origins and Africa, in conjunction with the Institute of Human Origins and the Origins Centre at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Darwin’s theory of evolution – that all organisms adapt and evolve or alternatively die out through a process he called “natural selection” – is one of the most influential scientific theories of all time, and remains the basis for modern biology.


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Maropeng features in Wits alumni magazine

  • February 04, 2009 | Category: News

The January 2009 issue of the Wits Review – the quarterly magazine received by over 20 000 University of the Witwatersrand alumni – features Maropeng. Twice!

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Hard work and mussel power get Maropeng chef ahead – Kenosi Mosito

  • February 03, 2009 | Category: News

The first time Kenosi Mosito, Commis Chef at the Maropeng Hotel, saw mussels was when she had to prepare them for hotel guests. “I was very excited because I didn’t know there were such things. I tasted one with some dressing and had to chew it for a long time before I could swallow,” she says.

Learning new things is something Kenosi does every day as she prepares food for the hotel restaurant. It is also what she enjoys most about her job. “I work hard and I’m learning lots,” she says with a shy smile.

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Take our survey and you could win a stay at the Maropeng Hotel

  • January 29, 2009

Maropeng is conducting a survey to determine the level of interest the public would have in a Maropeng loyalty card. There are just a few questions to answer and participants stand to win a fantastic prize.

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Join the call for better road signage to Maropeng

  • January 28, 2009

As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, good signage to Maropeng is critical – and the existing signage is completely inadequate.

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Maropeng releases online Sterkfontein Exhibition Guide

  • January 28, 2009

Maropeng is pleased to announce the publication of the new Sterkfontein guide on our website.

The Sterkfontein online exhibition guide complements the displays in the visitor centre at the Sterkfontein Caves. The displays here focus on the geology of cave formation and how fossils are preserved and extracted, and on the amazing finds of hominid fossils in the Sterkfontein Caves, the Cradle of Humankind’s most famous fossil site.

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A hot air balloon ride over the Cradle of Humankind

  • January 26, 2009

As an Englishman on assignment in South Africa and based in Jo’burg, I was keen to explore something African and to find an alternative to the likes of the Kruger National Park and Cape Town.

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Curating the exhibitions, caring for the staff – Lindsay Marshall

  • January 23, 2009

“For so long we didn’t know how much we had to be proud of,” says Lindsay Marshall, curator of Maropeng. “Now we have the opportunity to highlight and showcase the richness of our palaeontological and archaeological heritage, and Maropeng provides the platform where we can get the public interested.”

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Maropeng provides Christmas cheer for the children of Dorah’s Ark

  • January 14, 2009 | Category: News

The Maropeng Visitor Centre recently hosted 30 children from Dorah’s Ark on their Christmas outing on 8 December 2008.

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Maropeng welcomes most visitors ever in December 2008

  • January 08, 2009

Interest in Maropeng continues to grow both locally and internationally. December 2008 saw all visitor number records smashed as the Maropeng Visitor Centre recorded growth of 18% compared to the same period last year.

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