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
In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth on February 12, 2009, Maropeng will be holding a poster exhibition entitled Darwin, Origins and Africa, in conjunction with the Institute of Human Origins and the Origins Centre at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Darwin’s theory of evolution – that all organisms adapt and evolve or alternatively die out through a process he called “natural selection” – is one of the most influential scientific theories of all time, and remains the basis for modern biology.
The January 2009 issue of the Wits Review – the quarterly magazine received by over 20 000 University of the Witwatersrand alumni – features Maropeng. Twice!
The first time Kenosi Mosito, Commis Chef at the Maropeng Hotel, saw mussels was when she had to prepare them for hotel guests. “I was very excited because I didn’t know there were such things. I tasted one with some dressing and had to chew it for a long time before I could swallow,” she says.
Learning new things is something Kenosi does every day as she prepares food for the hotel restaurant. It is also what she enjoys most about her job. “I work hard and I’m learning lots,” she says with a shy smile.Read more
The Maropeng Visitor Centre recently hosted 30 children from Dorah’s Ark on their Christmas outing on 8 December 2008.
Unity Primary School, a farm school in the Tarlton area, has taken top honours in the Cradle of Humankind Gauteng schools’ treasure hunt competition.Read more
Maropeng operates in a manner that minimises its impact on the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site as well as the environment as a whole. It follows an environmental management programme tailored for the travel and leisure market, the Heritage Environmental Rating Programme.Read more