President Jacob Zuma’s concrete footprint to be installed at Maropeng – Photo essay of the week

  • November 10, 2010

At a recent gala dinner held at the Maropeng Visitor Centre, President Jacob Zuma literally followed in the footsteps of a number of dignitaries by making an imprint of his foot in concrete, to be included on the walkway to the Tumulus building entrance.

The walkway of footprints to the visitor centre is a symbolic installation, representing what the Cradle of Humankind stands for: a journey of discovery into who we are.

Footprints of dignitaries and world leaders such as former United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan, South African biologist and Nobel Prize winner Professor Sydney Brenner and former South African president Thabo Mbeki, found on the walkway, are visual endorsements of Maropeng and the Cradle of Humankind’s mission.

A design upgrade, currently being planned for the visitor centre, includes a few new proposed installations of the footprints.

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President Jacob Zuma making his concrete footprint

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President Jacob Zuma signing his name next to the footprint

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The footprint is a visual endorsement of the Cradle of Humankind

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President Jacob Zuma’s footprint and his signed name

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The first proposed installation of the concrete footprints, as part of the centre’s design upgrade

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A second proposed installation of the concrete footprints onto freestanding stone plinths

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