Maropeng wins tourism industry awards

  • September 30, 2009 | Category: News

Maropeng, the official visitor centre for the Cradle of Humankind, scooped seven of the 60 awards at the West Rand Tourism Awards ceremony last night.

The event, which highlights service excellence in the tourism industry, was held at the Silver Star Casino. This year there were 163 entries for the awards, double what was received last year.

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Original Fossil Display– Photo essay of the week

  • September 29, 2009 | Category: News

This week’s photo essay features the original fossil display at the Maropeng Visitor Centre.

The display forms the final section of the exhibition and houses original fossils on loan to Maropeng from various insititutions. This changes regularly to illustrate different themes. The present display is entitled Evolution: digging for an understanding, and it focuses on the theory of evolution, which was made famous by Charles Darwin. The material in this exhibition is kindly on loan from the following collections at the University of the Witwatersrand: the Bernard Price Institute for Palaeontological Research, the Institute for Human Evolution, the Hunterian Museum and the Department of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences.

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Celebrating heritage

  • September 28, 2009 | Category: News

Maropeng celebrated Heritage Day in style this year, setting up a stand at the Great Escape Magaliesburg Country Classic Festival.

The annual festival, a celebration of country living, highlights the various attractions and hospitality venues in the Magalies Meander.


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Maropeng team helps school plant vegetables

  • September 27, 2009 | Category: News

Children in bright blue uniforms from Maloney’s Eye Primary School jostled with anticipation as they tried to get to the front to see what was happening in the newly prepared gardens. An area of the school grounds had been cleared by the Maropeng team, and old car tyres had been strategically placed in preparation for planting vegetables.

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Underground Boat Ride – Photo essay of the week

  • September 22, 2009 | Category: News

This week’s photo essay depicts the boat ride, which is the first part of the tour at the Maropeng Visitor Centre.

The boat adventure starts at the beginning of time, and takes visitors through an interactive experience of the four classical elements – water, air, fire and earth.

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Christmas comes early for long-serving Maropeng staff

  • September 22, 2009 | Category: News

When the Maropeng Visitor Centre opened its doors to the public on December 7, 2005, five of the current staff members were there to witness this monumental occasion. Yesterday, September 22, these staff were honoured with a long service award.

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Cradle of Humankind fossil reveals world’s oldest evidence of bacterial infection

  • September 17, 2009 | Category: News

Signs of brucellosis discovered in the fossil of a 2.4-million- to 2.8-million-year-old hominid fossil found in the Sterkfontein Caves shed new light on the study of evolution.

Brucellosis is an infectious bacterial disease characterised by fever, malaise and headaches. It causes a flu-like illness in humans and is also know to affect animals such as cattle and sheep. Humans can contract the virus from these animals, either through eating the meat or through dairy products produced from infected animals’ milk.

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Celebrate Heritage Day at Maropeng

  • September 16, 2009 | Category: News

On Thursday, September 24, celebrate your heritage at the birthplace of humankind, Maropeng.

Declared a World Heritage Site in 1999, the Cradle of Humankind offers visitors the chance to see, firsthand, where humankind originated from. Maropeng means “returning to the place of origin” in Setswana, the main indigenous language in this area of South Africa.

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Beauty surrounding Maropeng – Photo essay of the week

  • September 15, 2009 | Category: News

This week’s photo essay sets its sights on the beauty of the Maropeng landscape.

The evolving landscape of the Cradle of Humankind is today dominated by the Rocky Highveld Grassland, which supports a great diversity of plants and animals, some of which are rare and endangered.

Maropeng is the official Visitors’ Centre of the Cradle of Humankind, which was one of South Africa’s first three World Heritage Sites, declared in 1999. The Cradle of Humankind was declared a World Heritage Site because of the exceptional record of hominid fossils discovered here, which reveal much about human evolution over the past 3-million years or so. More than 1000 hominid fossils have been discovered in this area – more than anywhere else on Earth. Among them are the famous Australopithecus fossils, the “Taung Child”, “Mrs Ples” and “Little Foot”.

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Maropeng Exhibition – Photo essay of the week

  • September 08, 2009 | Category: News

This week’s photo essay features the amazing Visitor Centre exhibition.

The exhibition is self-guided and can take anything from one to seven hours, depending on your level of interest and time availability. It is highly interactive and enjoyable, and will engage visitors of all ages. Over weekends and public holidays guided tours are conducted regularly at no additional cost. Ask the ticket office upon arrival when the next tour will commence.

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