National Careers Expo Media Launch Highlights Tourism’s Role in Sustainable Employment for the Youth
The Munsieville Four
Taking netball back to the people and living a lasting legacy.
Peter began his career at Maropeng in 2006, having been with the organization since it was first established. Through his sheer hard work, ambition and determination he ascended to various other positions within the organization, this gave him a deep insight into Maropeng from every possible angle. This unique journey culminated in his appointment as Acting Managing Director in 2022.
Reconstructing the lives of extinct species, including those much like our own, relies on many fields working hand in hand. In this new exhibit, hominins from The Cradle of Humankind are brought to life by science and art, showcasing reconstructions of Homo naledi and Australopithecus sediba by world-renowned palaeoartist John Gurche.
Welcome to the Curator’s Bookclub 2022! Each month our curator, Kimberleigh Tommy, will recommend a favourite book. To keep up-to-date with the list follow #CuratorBookclub on our social media channels.
I headed the Management Authority from 2000, where there was, at the time, only the idea of a World Heritage Site, which had been newly listed. The infrastructure at Sterkfontein was a tiny little museum, probably the size of the average bedroom, run by the Rotary. Maropeng had been neither conceived of, nor had land to build it on, been obtained. The roads in the area were all mostly sand.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu represented everything that is good, and principled and magnificent about humankind. South Africa, the continent of Africa, the Cradle of Humankind and indeed the whole world has lost a prime example of everything that is great about us.
Over the last few months, our Curator, Kimberleigh Tommy, has shared some of her favourite books.
Keen to have copies of your own? We have put together a list of where to find them. While we cannot guarantee Christmas delivery, perhaps it can be a good start to your New Year reading list!
What we know for sure is that had we lived differently as a species, there would probably be no need to have a Day of Reconciliation. Because, mostly, it is a day when we remember how large the failures, the hurt, the pain and the self-inflicted suffering. This, down the generations. Never learning from our mistakes.
Maropeng, the Sterkfontein Caves and the Maropeng Boutique Hotel are open for the festive season!
We are open 7 days a week until the 16th of January 2022.
We have partnered with what3words to make getting to Maropeng and the Sterkfontein Caves as easy as possible!
Technology company what3words has mapped the world into a grid of 3m x 3m squares, and given each one a unique what3words address - made of three words from the dictionary.
What does this mean for you? It is a simple way to talk about location and get you were you need to go.
I worked in the field of HIV/Aids in KwaZulu-Natal in the early 1990’s. The virus had just begun to take hold in the country but, just as it is with Covid, conspiracy theories abounded; nonsense was taken as truth; lies and distorted thinking went unchallenged.
Our MD, Michael Worsnip, looks back at the rationale behind the design of the ‘Genus Homo’ exhibit at Maropeng. He discusses why it was critical that South Africa’s history as well as the diversity of humanity on the planet be taken into consideration when deciding how to represent modern humans in this exhibit.
We are delighted to announce that we have joined forces with The Cradle of Human Culture, located in the Western Cape, to bring you a webinar titled “The age of emojis: from then to now to where we are going.”
South Africa is home to 10 remarkable United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) World Heritage Sites that celebrate the country’s unique natural and cultural heritage. Here are some of our favourite photos of these must-visit places.
We chatted to renowned palaeoartist John Gurche about his fascinating work of creating a face from a fossil. You may recognise his work from museums, publications and even some movies.
Who doesn’t love a good read? Every month, I share a new recommendation on Maropeng’s social media channels in a feature called #CuratorsBookClub. You’ll be able to keep track of the growing list right here.
We have a some great events planned for the upcoming Magalies Rocks the Cradle Festival.
A more diverse cohort of young scientists is emerging in the palaeosciences. To celebrate #WomensMonth, we’re turning the spotlight on some of the many remarkable women who are helping us understand the mystery of our own origins. They chatted to us about their proudest moments and the challenges they face.
A poem by Maropeng MD, Michael Worsnip
We’ve got a delicious spitbraai planned for Father’s Day this year. Here’s what’s on the menu.
The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site has been the backdrop of some of the most remarkable hominin fossil finds in the world. But the Cradle is not the only site on the continent that has offered intriguing evidence of life that existed millions of years before modern humans. To celebrate Africa Day, we’re looking at some of the most incredible fossil finds from this continent.