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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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”.Read more
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.Read more