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From street kid to receptionist – Johanna Mbewe

  • August 20, 2009 | Category: News

When her father kicked her family out to marry a younger wife, Johanna Mbewe, her mother and her four siblings had nowhere to go, so the street became their home.

With cardboard and plastic bags as blankets, they lived under a bridge in Randfontein. This was what life was like until a white lady offered her mom a job, which meant they would have a roof over their heads and Johanna could go to school.

 

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Literacy award winners tour Maropeng

  • August 19, 2009 | Category: News

Maropeng recently hosted the winners of the 6th annual Kid Lit Awards, an international competition that tests children’s literacy skills.

The awards have been described as the Olympic Games in reading and encourage young children worldwide to read for pleasure.

As part of their prize, six groups went on a tour of the Maropeng Visitor Centre and the Sterkfontein Caves.

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Maropeng is a home away from home for Anthony Sibanda

  • August 11, 2009 | Category: News

Hard work, loyalty and determination are some of the qualities that Anthony Sibanda likes in his staff. The former Maropeng waiter is now Assistant Hotel Supervisor at Maropeng’s Cradle of Humankind’s four-star hotel.

In December 2005 Anthony heard that there were vacancies at Maropeng. He decided to apply and was lucky to be offered a job; he hasn’t looked back since.

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New ‘home’ for Taung Child

  • August 04, 2009 | Category: News

The Taung Child, found in 1924 in what is now the North West province, recently received a new home. After living in a wooden box at Wits University for many years, the world-famous fossil now resides in a modern storage case.

The Taung Child, so named because it is the fossilised skull of a child aged about three when it died, was first identified by Professor Raymond Dart of the University of the Witwatersrand. He gave the fossil, which is more than 2-million years old, the species name Australopithecus africanus, which means “southern ape of Africa”.

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Comfortable at home in his genes – Mark Fouché

  • August 04, 2009 | Category: News

Mark Fouché might be new to Maropeng, but his history has been linked to the Cradle of Humankind since before he even set foot in the door.

After living in New Zealand for seven years, Mark decided that there was no place like home. Coming back to South Africa, he started scanning the classifieds for jobs. He came across an advertisement for a position as maintenance manager at Maropeng and applied.

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Redefining hard work – Miriam Kwapeng

  • July 30, 2009 | Category: News

Miriam Kwapeng, junior chef at Maropeng, was number 400 in the queue when she applied for a job at Maropeng in 2005 – number 400 in the second group of interviewees. Needless to say, she was nervous.

Before she got the job at Maropeng, Miriam baked cakes for shops in Honeydew. What she likes most about working at the visitor centre of the Cradle of Humankind is the opportunity to learn from experienced chefs.

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Jade and the Serpent’s Circle: Book Review

  • July 29, 2009 | Category: News

Emily Thiel, aged 10, reviews Maggie Fikkert’s book, which is to be launched on August 1 at Maropeng:

The story is set in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site in Gauteng, South Africa. The way the setting is described gives you a great image in your head of a gorge, rivers, caves and a spread-out farm.

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Jazz lunches in full swing at Maropeng

  • July 21, 2009 | Category: News

A jazz lunch, held every Sunday at the Maropeng Hotel, is the perfect way to unwind after a busy week. With the majestic Witwatersberg and Magaliesberg mountain ranges providing the backdrop, there couldn’t be a more scenic way to enjoy the smooth sounds of jazz.

The band nestles in the corner of the stylish hotel restaurant, while friendly waiters take drinks orders. Behind the bar, cocktails are shaken and stirred, and wine is chilled. The busy chef nips in and out of the kitchen with platters of freshly prepared food to add to the sumptuous spread outside. On the deck, guests chat and admire the magnificent vista.

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Jade and the Serpent’s Circle set to launch at Maropeng

  • July 21, 2009 | Category: News

Author Maggie Fikkert will launch her debut novel, Jade and the Serpent’s Circle, at Maropeng on August 1.

The novel, set in the Cradle of Humankind, imagines what life would be like if the world evolved backwards. The book follows Jade, her brother Stuart and his best friend Rick on their exciting adventures in the area.

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Maggie Fikkert, author of Jade and the Serpent’s Circle, speaks about her book on eTV

  • July 17, 2009 | Category: News

Author Maggie Fikkert will launch her debut novel, Jade and the Serpent’s Circle, at Maropeng on August 1. The book, set in the Cradle of Humankind, describes the adventures of Jade and her friends in a world that evolves backwards.

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