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Adventurer, archaeologist, anthropologist: meet Maropeng’s new curator

Keneiloe Molopyane could best be described as a bonafide adventurer. The archaeologist and biological anthropology PhD candidate is now also the new curator of the acclaimed museum at the Maropeng Visitor Centre.

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Ready to rock the Cradle?

This year’s Magalies Rocks the Cradle festival offers something for everyone - from art lovers to heritage junkies to foodies.

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A fossil hidden in plain sight in South Africa turns out to be a new dinosaur

Earlier this month, researchers at Wits University announced an amazing discovery: the fossil of a new South African dinosaur. The 200-million year old skull of Ngwevu intloko was found hidden in plain sight, mislabelled among dinosaur fossils that had been collected more than 30 years ago.

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Empowering young minds at Maropeng

We were thrilled to host a group of young people from The Bethany House Trust in Krugersdorp recently. The visit was part Maropeng’s corporate social investment work for the year.

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The never-ending story of the Cradle of Humankind

“The Cradle-Magaliesberg landscape is magnificent in the scope of what it tells us about evolution over all time. It is best known, of course, for the three-million-year-old hominin fossils discovered in the dolomitic caves. But there is much more to be found here than that,” says celebrated environmentalist Vincent Carruthers.

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The Maasai legend behind ancient hominin footprints in Tanzania

In 1976 paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey and other scientists reported that they’d found ancient hominin footprints at a site in Laetoli, northeastern Tanzania. The footprints were frozen in volcanic deposits from the Pliocene, an epoch that lasted from 5.333 million to 2.58 million years ago.

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How to make the school holidays count

School’s out, and it’s that time of year when many parents are searching for worthwhile ways to keep their children occupied. Studies show that youngsters benefit most from holiday activities that fall into two categories.

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Shirts with a different fashion statement are coming to Maropeng

Maropeng is hosting a truly unique exhibition. The South African History Archive’s “Struggle T-shirt exhibition” to celebrate youth month and women’s month.

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The evolution of fatherhood

Last month, in celebration of Mother’s Day, we published a blog looking at how motherhood evolved in humans. This month, to recognise dads, we decided to look at the research around fathers.


Celebrate Africa Day, celebrate humanity

There arguably is no other place in the world that offers a stronger reminder of our common heritage than the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site.

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Uncle Kathy honoured with sculpture at Maropeng outdoor exhibition

A bronze sculpture of liberation hero Ahmed Kathrada has been unveiled as part of the Long March to Freedom open-air exhibition at Maropeng.


Celebrating 20 years of World Heritage status

The Cradle of Humankind’s unique tourism offering was in the spotlight in Durban last week, as a special event at Africa’s Travel Indaba was held to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of its inscription as a UNESCO-inscribed World Heritage Site.

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The evolution of motherhood

What makes human mothers different? As we gear up for Mother’s Day 2019, we took a look at the concept of “motherhood” and what it means for the human race.

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Spend quality time with mom at Maropeng this Mother’s Day

What better way to spoil the mom in your life this Mother’s Day than with a delicious lunch at Maropeng’s Tumulus Restaurant?

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Maropeng guides to go the extra mile in iconic ‘vellies’

All the tour guides working at Maropeng and its Long March to Freedom open-air exhibition are sporting new shoes, thanks to a generous sponsorship from South Africa’s Veldskoen shoes brand.

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Cuban vice president visits Maropeng

Inez Maria Chapman Waugh, the Vice President of Cuba, visited Maropeng with a delegation of 28 guests on Saturday 30 April for a tour of the Almost Human and Long March to Freedom exhibitions.

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Martin Luther King Jnr joins the Long March to Freedom

The statue of the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jnr, American civil rights and social justice activist, revolutionary leader, Baptist minister and president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, has been added to the Long March to Freedom exhibition at Maropeng, the official visitor centre of the Cradle of Humankind.


Conferencing at Maropeng ticks all the boxes

Thanks to a choice of two distinctly different venues, Maropeng, the official visitor centre of the Cradle of Humankind, is ideally positioned to offer conferencing for large groups of delegates or for more intimate gatherings – an hour’s drive from Pretoria or Johannesburg.

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Five things to do at Maropeng to keep the children entertained during the school holidays

It’s already that time of the year again. School holidays are here and parents need to find activities to keep the children entertained. If you’re looking for things to do, then Maropeng, the official visitor centre of the Cradle of Humankind, is the best place to visit.

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Win one of two luxury experiences with Maropeng and 702

Stay tuned to 702 this week to win big with Maropeng and The Azania Mosaka Show! Win an all-expenses-paid trip for two to the fabulous Cape Town Carnival on 16 March 2019, or a luxury spoil in the Cradle of Humankind.

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Undiminished love: Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Nelson and Winnie Mandela, married for almost 40 years, symbolised the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa. “My love for her remains undiminished,” said Nelson Mandela on 13 April 1992 when he announced to the world his separation from Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. The couple legally divorced a few years later.

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Maropeng is hiring: Human Resources Officer

The position is to support Maropeng and the Sterkfontein Caves – the official interpretation centres for the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site with a Human Resources function.

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Love and devotion: Joe Slovo and Ruth First

Ruth Heloise First and Joe Slovo (born Yossel Mashel Slovo) married in 1949. Husband and wife were leaders of the war to end apartheid in South Africa. Communists, scholars, parents and uncompromising militants, they were the perfect enemies for the white police state. Together they were swept up in the growing resistance to apartheid, and together they experienced repression and exile.

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Love and sacrifice: Griffiths and Victoria Mxenge

Victoria Nonyamezelo and Mlungisi Griffiths Mxenge paid the supreme price for defending the rights of oppressed South Africans to exist in conditions of freedom, justice, peace and democracy. As husband and wife, they forfeited family life in pursuit of a non-racial, non-sexist, free and fair South Africa for all. Their brutal killings at the hands of state assassins galvanised oppressed South Africans into vigorous action to bring about liberation in South Africa.