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.Read more
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”.
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.Read more
The Phaidon Atlas includes details of 1037 of the world’s most outstanding, unusual and remarkable works of architecture, built since January 2000.
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!Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
“Awesome, phenomenal, strict and diligent”, are some of the ways that Patrick Mutavhatsindi’s peers use to describe Maropeng’s food and beverage manager.
Patrick, a father of two, has been in the hospitality industry since 1998 and in his present job at Maropeng for the past year. He says he loves working in the hospitality industry because it entails liaising with different people from different cultures and religions.Read more