News – Media Releases

Be responsible with fire to protect our heritage, cautions Maropeng

Some of the earliest signs of controlled fire usage where discovered by Dr. CK Brain in the early 1980’s in the Swartkrans Cave within Gauteng’s world-renowned Cradle of Humankind and while there is no doubt that fire vastly improved people’s lives, uncontrolled, it is a destructive force that has wiped out large tracts of indigenous flora and fauna and other significant heritage sites over the years.

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Maropeng celebrates 7 years as a major tourist attraction in Gauteng

The Maropeng Visitor’s Centre and new visitors’ facilities at Sterkfontein Caves officially launched seven years ago in December 2005, with the Gauteng attraction celebrating its seventh year as a major tourism drawcard and the only World Heritage Site in the province – one of eight in South Africa.

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MAROPENG STRENGTHENS MARKETING MUSCLE

Maropeng, the official visitor’s centre for the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, has recently restructured its marketing department and appointed Lindsay Marshall, as Marketing and Communications Manager.

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Maropeng’s December Christmas Birthday Month

Maropeng - the Official Visitor’s Centre for the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site – is the ideal destination for all, whether guests are looking for a getaway to just relax and enjoy the fresh air, or an exhilarating adventure back into pre-historic times. A mere 45 minute drive from either Johannesburg or Pretoria, it offers fun, interactive and educational events on a monthly basis.

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STAFF PROFILE: Maropeng Maintenance Supervisor – Phillip Mkhize

There are some people, who with quiet dignity and grace, can teach one a lot about humanity and leadership. One of those people is Phillip Mkhize, maintenance supervisor at Maropeng Visitors’ Centre in the Cradle of Humankind.

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NEW CHILDRENS BOOK AND WEBSITE TO FOCUS SPOTLIGHT ON MAROPENG

A new children’s book, A Skull In the Rock - a collaboration between Professor Lee Berger, paleoanthropologist at the University of the Witwatersrand and well-known children’s author, Marc Aronson – will focus the spotlight on the Maropeng Visitors Centre as it deals with a discovery of the first fossils at the Malapa Cave site, unearthed by Berger’s son, Matthew.

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MAROPENG CELEBRATES WORLD RESPONSIBLE TOURISM DAY

Wednesday, 7 November is WTM World Responsible Tourism Day 2012, providing a platform to create awareness about living, travelling and doing business responsibly and Maropeng has called on the industry and tourists alike, to take collective accountability for responsible tourism, and make a contribution towards preserving South Africa’s natural and cultural heritage for future generations.

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MAROPENG SHOWS STRONG GROWTH FOR 2012

Maropeng – as the gateway to the Cradle of Humankind – is proving to be one of Gauteng’s most popular tourism and educational destinations, with the Maropeng Boutique Hotel recording a more than 20% growth in occupancy, the visitor’s centre recorded growth of up to 11% in visits by learners, and Hominid House receiving a near-perfect approval rating of 99% among learners.

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NOBEL LAUREATE ADDS HIS FOOTPRINT AT MAROPENG

The 2003 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry, Professor Peter Agre, is the latest in a string of Nobel laureates to have his footprint displayed outside the Tumulus building at the Maropeng Visitor’s Centre, situated within the Cradle of Humankind.

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Digging to uncover our pas

Popularised by Hollywood characters like Indian Jones, most people have the wrong impression of what an archaeologist’s day consists of and how much hard work goes into piecing humankind’s history together.

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