Education trust sponsors visit by Vuyani Mawethu Secondary School

  • November 02, 2009 | Category: News

In October, students from Vuyani Mawethu Secondary School in Stilfontein were given the opportunity to learn more about their ancestors and heritage at Maropeng’s Cradle of Humankind.

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Voyage to the stars with Maropeng

  • October 29, 2009 | Category: News

Aspiring astronauts and space explorers of all ages are invited to join Maropeng for an expedition to the stars.

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Al Gore delivers keynote address at IBM conference held at Maropeng

  • October 29, 2009 | Category: News

Former US vice-president and environmental activist Al Gore was hosted by Maropeng, the official visitor centre of the Cradle of Humankind, during the IBM Smarter Planet Conference this past week. Gore was the guest of honour at the conference, which presented software solutions for a smarter planet.

Gore, who is also known for his award-winning documentary on global warming, An Inconvenient Truth, delivered the keynote address on Thursday.

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Cocktails at the Maropeng Hotel – Photo essay of the week

  • October 27, 2009 | Category: News

As summer approaches, it’s time to move outdoors and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us. This week’s photo essay showcases the natural beauty you can enjoy from the deck of the Maropeng Hotel. The hotel is surrounded by the Witwatersberg and Magaliesberg ranges, offering guests spectacular views, which can be taken in while enjoying a delicious cocktail made by our talented barmen.

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Making waves at Maropeng – Paul Mabuza

  • October 26, 2009

Paul Mabuza’s father had a plan for his son’s future – he wanted him to study agricultural engineering so that he could help out on the farm. But Paul had other ideas. Instead, he enrolled in a food and beverage course at the University of Pretoria. His effort paid off – today he is a food and beverage controller and assistant manager at Maropeng.

A new baby at Maropeng, Paul joined the family in July after working as a food and beverage manager at a lodge next to the Kruger National Park. He has also worked at Emperors Palace, where he once served South African President Jacob Zuma.

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Maropeng is where the heart is for Khathu Negondeni

  • October 26, 2009

Even though he has only been at Maropeng for the past four months, Khathu Negondeni is already part of the Maropeng “A Team”.

Khathu, who manages the Maropeng Hotel, has been in the hospitality industry for the past eight years – an experience he wouldn’t trade for anything in the world, he says.

Before he joined the Maropeng family, Khathu worked at River Stone Lodge as a Food and Beverage Manager: Operations.

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Creative cooking in Maropeng’s kitchen – Peter Langa

  • October 26, 2009 | Category: News

When he was growing up, Peter Langa wanted to be a geologist. But due to financial constraints his mother advised him to enrol for a hospitality course at Pretoria College instead. Today, Peter is a head chef at Maropeng.

Being a chef, says Peter, is like being a child with clay in your hands. “Playing with food is like playing with clay – you create something different every day,” he explains.

Peter has been working at Maropeng for a year and seven months now, and he’s loved every minute of it. “I am enjoying myself a lot and I am becoming more and more creative. I started out as a sous chef and I am now head chef.”

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Maropeng’s food and beverage managers make a seamless team

  • October 26, 2009 | Category: News

Thousands of tourists flock to South Africa each year to see “the big five”. But at Maropeng, rather than requiring you to squint into the bush from a 4x4 to catch a glimpse of them, the big five will serve you cocktails at the pool or a delicious meal at the Tumulus Restaurant.

Dubbed “the big five”, the food and beverage team at Maropeng are a dynamic and highly capable group who welcome any challenge that is thrown at them.

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Evolution – Photo essay of the week

  • October 20, 2009 | Category: News

This week’s photo essay looks at the theory of evolution using the Maropeng exhibition as a backdrop. Charles Darwin (1809-1882) is world-renowned for his theory of evolution. In his book The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, Darwin argued the case for natural selection – that over time creatures which are able to adapt biologically to changes in their environments (in other words, evolve) survive, while those that don’t adapt become extinct.

It’s only in the past 50 years or so that the theory of evolution has received wide-scale acceptance. Anatomical indications which support the concept of evolution can be seen in hominid fossils from the Sterkfontein Caves and other sites in the Cradle of Humankind.

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Maropeng explains Darwin at Yebo Gogga science show

  • October 19, 2009 | Category: News

Maropeng’s dynamic duo, Curator Lindsay Marshall and Education Marketing Executive Magel van de Venter, were out in full force at this year’s University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Yebo Gogga show. This annual interactive life - sciences show attracts both young and old through its doors.

This is the first year that Maropeng has exhibited at the show.

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