Maropeng sponsors National Geographic Young Conservationists Competition

  • June 03, 2009 | Category: News

Maropeng, as the sponsor of the National Geographic Kids magazine’s Young Conservationists Competition, is encouraging children to think about their environment and the impact that they have on it.

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Maropeng takes part in ‘Visit with Visa’ promotion

  • March 24, 2009 | Category: News

Up to half a million international visitors are expected to flock to South Africa for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. As winner of the Tourist Attraction category in South African Tourism’s 2008 Welcome Awards, Maropeng should be on everyone’s list of things to see between FIFA World Cup™ matches.

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Discovering Maropeng’s architecture

  • March 10, 2009 | Category: News

The architecture of Maropeng, designed by GAPP Architects and MMA (Mphethi Morojele Architects), was based on the theme of discovery. When you approach the site, you see seven concrete fingers or 14m high concrete columns, signifying the centre, which moves in and out of sight along its approach. The concrete fingers have words on them that hint at the major themes of the exhibition, such as “Imagine”, “Explore”, “Contemplate”, and “Discover”.

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A life path through the caves – Reuben Tsime

  • February 27, 2009 | Category: News

Reuben Tsime is one of Maropeng’s award-winning tourist guides, but first he was one of its biggest fans.

A resident of nearby Krugersdorp, Reuben has fond memories of visiting the famous Sterkfontein Caves on school tours when he was about 13 years old. He remembers buying books about the caves and archaeology, encouraged by his mother to read and learn.

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Maropeng gets networking at Meetings Africa

  • February 27, 2009 | Category: News

Maropeng attended the Meetings Africa trade show and exhibition in Johannesburg this week.

The event, organised by South African Tourism annually, aims to bring together local and international travel, tourism and events buyers and organisers with locally based service providers.

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Atlas of world architecture features Maropeng and Sterkfontein Caves visitor centres

  • February 25, 2009 | Category: News

The Maropeng and Sterkfontein Caves visitor centres are both featured in the first edition of the Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture, published in 2008.

The Phaidon Atlas includes details of 1037 of the world’s most outstanding, unusual and remarkable works of architecture, built since January 2000.


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Congratulations Monica de Bruyn – winner of our loyalty card survey prize

  • February 25, 2009 | Category: News

Last month Maropeng conducted a survey to determine the level of interest the public would have in a Maropeng loyalty card.

Participants were automatically entered in to a draw for a prize, and Monica de Bruyn came out tops!

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Good manners hold the key to good management – Tony Rubin

  • February 23, 2009 | Category: News

Tony Rubin joined the Maropeng family as Managing Director in 2007. At the time he was running a small beverages company with one of his two sons and enjoying a semi-retired lifestyle.

Tony was approached by Maropeng because of his background – he was a successful and experienced Hotelier. The chance to do something different persuaded him to join Maropeng.

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Maropeng and Origins Centre receive international news interest

  • February 19, 2009 | Category: News

Maropeng and Wits University’s Origins Centre have been the focus of international press coverage recently, with the release of a syndicated Associated Press article about the wealth of paleoanthropological information and sites in the area.

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Exciting fossil discovery in the Cradle of Humankind

  • February 17, 2009 | Category: News

The Cradle of Humankind has once again yielded a treasure. Strands of hominid hair from the Gladysvale Caves, which form part of the Cradle, are the oldest ever found. 

According to the University of the Witwatersrand researchers who made the find, the hair is the first non-bony material in the early hominid fossil record. Found in hyena dung preserved in calcified cave sediment, the hair is thought to be between 195 000 and 257 000 years old – far older than the 9 000-year-old hair from a mummy discovered in South America, which, until now, was considered the oldest human hair.

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