Comfortable at home in his genes – Mark Fouché

  • August 04, 2009 | Category: News

Mark Fouché might be new to Maropeng, but his history has been linked to the Cradle of Humankind since before he even set foot in the door.

After living in New Zealand for seven years, Mark decided that there was no place like home. Coming back to South Africa, he started scanning the classifieds for jobs. He came across an advertisement for a position as maintenance manager at Maropeng and applied.

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Redefining hard work – Miriam Kwapeng

  • July 30, 2009 | Category: News

Miriam Kwapeng, junior chef at Maropeng, was number 400 in the queue when she applied for a job at Maropeng in 2005 – number 400 in the second group of interviewees. Needless to say, she was nervous.

Before she got the job at Maropeng, Miriam baked cakes for shops in Honeydew. What she likes most about working at the visitor centre of the Cradle of Humankind is the opportunity to learn from experienced chefs.

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Jade and the Serpent’s Circle: Book Review

  • July 29, 2009 | Category: News

Emily Thiel, aged 10, reviews Maggie Fikkert’s book, which is to be launched on August 1 at Maropeng:

The story is set in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site in Gauteng, South Africa. The way the setting is described gives you a great image in your head of a gorge, rivers, caves and a spread-out farm.

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Jazz lunches in full swing at Maropeng

  • July 21, 2009 | Category: News

A jazz lunch, held every Sunday at the Maropeng Hotel, is the perfect way to unwind after a busy week. With the majestic Witwatersberg and Magaliesberg mountain ranges providing the backdrop, there couldn’t be a more scenic way to enjoy the smooth sounds of jazz.

The band nestles in the corner of the stylish hotel restaurant, while friendly waiters take drinks orders. Behind the bar, cocktails are shaken and stirred, and wine is chilled. The busy chef nips in and out of the kitchen with platters of freshly prepared food to add to the sumptuous spread outside. On the deck, guests chat and admire the magnificent vista.

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Jade and the Serpent’s Circle set to launch at Maropeng

  • July 21, 2009 | Category: News

Author Maggie Fikkert will launch her debut novel, Jade and the Serpent’s Circle, at Maropeng on August 1.

The novel, set in the Cradle of Humankind, imagines what life would be like if the world evolved backwards. The book follows Jade, her brother Stuart and his best friend Rick on their exciting adventures in the area.

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Maggie Fikkert, author of Jade and the Serpent’s Circle, speaks about her book on eTV

  • July 17, 2009 | Category: News

Author Maggie Fikkert will launch her debut novel, Jade and the Serpent’s Circle, at Maropeng on August 1. The book, set in the Cradle of Humankind, describes the adventures of Jade and her friends in a world that evolves backwards.

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Organic molecules found in 66-million year old fossil

  • July 13, 2009 | Category: News

In 1999 teenager and budding palaeontologist Tyler Lyson discovered the fossil of a mummified dinosaur, later dubbed Dakota, on his family’s farm. Dakota is one of only five dinosaur mummies ever discovered and is an important paleontological find.

Dakota was found with its skin envelope, along with other areas, including its tail, arms and legs, largely intact. In this almost complete form, Dakota is essentially a three-dimensional fossil.

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Stargazing – one small step for man

  • July 13, 2009 | Category: News

On July 4, astronomical enthusiasts gathered at Maropeng to spend an evening admiring and learning about the stars. The evening celebrated the 40th anniversary of Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong’s July 1969 moon landing.

Guests hoped to view the moon, in its full phase, but were disappointed when overcast weather prevented them from gazing at the sky through telescopes. The telescopes would have enabled them to view the moon’s surface on which Armstrong historically declared that he had taken “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”. 

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Big dreams and a big heart – Portia Mogamisi

  • July 09, 2009 | Category: News

Portia Mogamisi is a self-proclaimed people person. She started at Maropeng as a cleaner in 2006, and was later recruited as a guide by the former curator.

“I love working with people, interacting with them and learning from them,” says Portia.

“I especially enjoy meeting international tourists and telling them about South Africa. They come here with one concept about how we are, but I like to show them how welcoming we are. Then they leave with a different concept.”

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Temporary signage puts Maropeng on the map

  • July 08, 2009 | Category: News

On January 28, 2009 we reported on the inadequate signage to Maropeng, the visitor centre for the Cradle of Humankind.

Maropeng had been inundated with complaints from visitors about the poor signage, but was unable to rectify the problem because only the relevant provincial government authorities could address the issue.

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