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The origins of The Cradle

Two and a half billion years ago, the site occupied by the “Cradle of Humankind” in Gauteng was nothing like it is today. According to geological evidence, the land was once submerged by a giant inland sea. This gave rise to the optimum conditions for the formation of caves and ultimately the fossil deposits found in the area today.

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Tips for reducing your environmental impact when travelling

It is becoming more and more important for us all to consider the impact we have on the environment when we travel.

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Maropeng appoints new Hotel Manager, Peter Mhanaza

Peter Mhanaza has been appointed as the new Hotel Manager for the Maropeng Boutique Hotel. Mhanaza has worked for Maropeng for the last seven years moving up the ranks.

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MY DESTINATION JOHANNESBURG SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER

We are very pleased to announce the launch of our first monthly newsletter, specifically geared for and focusing on Johannesburg as a destination. Each of you contributes to the eclectic vibe that exists in Johannesburg and its surroundings, and the rising success of My Destination Johannesburg. We are honoured to be part of making Johannesburg a jiving city!

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Cebisa High School takes a trip to Maropeng`s Visitor Centre

Prehistoric humans, fossils and a glimpse of Earth thousands of years ago kept the learners of Cebisa High School enthralled as they recently toured Maropeng’s Visitor Centre.

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Local schools get the chance to visit Maropeng

Every year Maropeng partners with the Cradle of Humankind Management Authority to give learners from schools in the area the opportunity to visit the Sterkfontein Caves. This year 100 learners from ten different schools enjoyed a fun day out at Maropeng.

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WOMEN ARE THE FACE OF THE FUTURE IN PALAEOANTHROPOLOGY

On 22 August the children from St. Ansgar’s were treated to a special talk conducted by Dr Mirriam Tawana during their visit to Maropeng. Every year Maropeng partners with the Cradle of Humankind Management Authority to give learners from schools in the area the opportunity to visit the Sterkfontein Caves. The partnership came about three years ago after the Cradle of Humankind Management Authority identified a number of local schools that did not have the financial means to visit Maropeng.

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CHINESE DELEGATES VISIT MAROPENG AS EXCITING NEW FOSSIL DISCOVERY IS ANNOUNCED

July 13 saw a group of Chinese delegates visit Maropeng and the Sterkfontein Caves as part of a special tour for the promotion of Gauteng-China cultural relations. The delegates included the Chairperson of the Committee for Learning, Cultural and Historical Data, Mr Guanglin Chen, members of the Chinese embassy, and several visitors from the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

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THE SOUTH AFRICAN NAVY VISITS MAROPENG

The 21 June saw a number of SA Navy representatives converging on Maropeng where the Chief of the South African Navy formally briefed members of the Military Attaché and Advisor Corps (MAAC). The briefing is an annual event that aims to strengthen the existing relations between the South African Navy and Defence Attachés based in South Africa.

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MAROPENG PROVIDES A HOME-AWAY-FROM-HOME EXPERIENCE FOR ITS RUSSIAN DELEGATES

Maropeng, the official visitor’s centre to the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site, has taken on providing a home-away-from-home experience for a Russian contingent who is staying at the four-star Maropeng Boutique Hotel while completing work on a local project.

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