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EVENTS AT MAROPENG

From kiddies birthday parties to the Maropeng holiday package, there are plenty of events taking place this weekend. Here are some events that will be taking place in May:

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Business Travel

The GBTA’s 2013 report shows expectations from business travel buyers are for some big jumps in international airfares, hotel and venue rates, while business travel budgets are expected to remain tight. The buyers’ responses indicate hotels, airlines and meetings venues are set to capitalise on growing demand to wield more power in negotiations with corporations that spend on business travel.

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MAROPENG EMBRACES THE RIGHT TO EDUCATION

As the official visitor’s centre to the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, Maropeng welcomes over 250 000 people each year. Many of these are local learners and schools and every year, inline with national Human Rights Day, Maropeng reaffirms its responsibility and commitment as custodians of our heritage to passing on its knowledge to all learners.

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Background information on harry the hominid

Maropeng is a great place to learn all about the origins of humankind
Maropeng’s hairy ambassador, Harry the Hominid, gave us a few minutes of his precious time to discuss his role as Maropeng’s much-loved mascot and busiest tweeter.

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EDUCATION SA 2013 MAROPENG EMBRACES THE RIGHT TO EDUCATION

As the official visitor’s centre to the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, Maropeng welcomes many local learners and schools annually. In celebration of national Human Rights Day, Maropeng, as custodians of our heritage, is proud to reaffirm its responsibility and commitment to passing on its knowledge to all learners.

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MY BIGGEST BADDEST BUCKETLIST – KATE TURKINGTON

My Destination is an online travel guide that provides users with all the information they could need about any of 80 listed destinations around the world.

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WATER CONSERVATION A PRIORITY AT MAROPENG

Over the next decade, fresh water supplies on the continent will begin drastically dwindling with many African countries experiencing water shortages by 2025. With this in mind the onus is on all South Africans and particularly businesses to review their operations and consider how they can conserve water, especially now during National Water Week taking place from 18 to 24 March.

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EARTH HOUR

Join greenies and energy-conscious citizens across the planet in celebrating Earth Hour 2013 with an energy-wise (and romantic) candlelit dinner at the Maropeng Hotel.

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VINCENT NETTMANN PROFILE

Vincent Nettmann, like so many other astronomers, was captured by the idea of mapping out the moon and stars at a very young age. At the time of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Nettmann looked through the scope of a pellet gun to try and spot the first men on the moon. “I thought maybe I could see them up there, and of course I couldn’t. But immediately I realised that you could draw a map of the moon.” And so, from his first telescopic sighting, he drew a map of the moon.

 

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HARRY’S 10 FAST FACTS ABOUT THE MOON THIS VALENTINES DAY

Harry the Hominid, Maropeng’s mascot or “spokeshominid”, is so in love with education this Valentines Day that he wanted to share 10 fast facts with you about our romantic Moon:

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