Some from Mars, some from Venus, all from the Cradle of Humankind

  • October 13, 2009 | Category: News

John Gray, author of the internationally best-selling book Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, visited Maropeng yesterday, October 12, 2009.

Gray was in South Africa to give seminars about relationships and parenting.

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Ardipithecus ramidus a common ancestor between humans and great apes?

  • October 08, 2009 | Category: News

Seventeen years ago, in 1992, in the Middle Awash River Valley in Ethiopia, the first fossils of a new hominid species – a 4.4-million-year-old Ardipithecus ramidus – were found. Nearly two decades later, after hundreds of hours of research, and now with more than 100 specimens represented in the fossil record, the researchers studying the species claim it’s the closest yet discovered to a “common ancestor” between hominids, to which group humans belong, and the great apes, such as chimpanzees and orangutans.

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The Maropeng Hotel – Photo essay of the week

  • October 06, 2009 | Category: News

This week’s photo essay features the luxurious four-star Maropeng Hotel. Opened in mid-2006, the boutique hotel is a five-minute walk from Maropeng, and 10 km (6 mi) from the Sterkfontein Caves. The Maropeng Hotel won the award for best established four-star hotel or lodge accommodation at the West Rand Tourism Awards in 2009.

The Maropeng Hotel caters for everyone: it is ideal for a romantic getaway, a pleasure for executives seeking a convenient conference venue with accommodation not too far out of town, perfect for local visitors wanting a short escape to refresh their souls, and a warm welcome for international tourists wanting to see some of the best attractions South Africa has to offer.

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Educational trust sponsors burn survivors’ visit to Maropeng

  • October 06, 2009 | Category: News

On October 1, burn survivors from the Children of Fire charity organisation visited Maropeng’s Visitor Centre to learn about their heritage as part a new initiative launched by the Maropeng Educational programme sponsored by the Cradle of Humankind Trust.

Through the Cradle of Humankind and contributions from Steffunti Stocks, Maropeng has launched an educational programme which sponsors groups of children’s visits to Maropeng. Children of Fire were the first sponsored tour.

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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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