Saving the world one carpool at a time

Local weatherman and environmentalist Simon Gear has written an excellent book to help us live greener lives. Going Green: 365 Ways to Change our World is a day-by-day guide to reducing your carbon footprint and leading a more sustainable life.

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A recipe for success – Adelaide Sebotoma

  • June 17, 2009

Adelaide Sebotoma’s life prospects seemed a little gloomy to her after she left school, but then she got a job as pastry chef at Maropeng’s Tumulus Restaurant. And the cherry on the top is that she is now enrolled in a cookery course.

“My life has changed a lot since I started working at Maropeng. I have been given the chance to go back to school.

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New York and South African learners go back to their origins

  • June 05, 2009

Maropeng’s underground boat ride was a highlight for a number of learners visiting Johannesburg this week as guests of 46664, Nelson Mandela’s HIV/AIDS awareness campaign.

These learners, who were carefully selected through competitions in the United States and South Africa, were bought together to learn about Mr Mandela’s leadership legacy. They even had the opportunity to meet Mr Mandela earlier in the week.

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Maropeng sponsors National Geographic Young Conservationists Competition

  • June 03, 2009 | Category: News

Maropeng, as the sponsor of the National Geographic Kids magazine’s Young Conservationists Competition, is encouraging children to think about their environment and the impact that they have on it.

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Maropeng offers Swartkrans walking tours

  • May 25, 2009

Maropeng is happy to announce that we will be hosting our popular Swartkrans walking tours again in 2009. Swartkrans, one of the Cradle’s richest fossil sites, is usually closed to the public. But on these tours, small groups will have a rare opportunity to observe an active archaeological dig and will be guided around the site by scientist Morris Sutton, who is currently excavating there.

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Win movie tickets and watch our new cinema advert

  • May 22, 2009

Maropeng is offering five lucky readers the chance to see history come to life in A Night At The Museum 2 at the IMAX cinema in Menlyn, Pretoria.

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Scientists suggest new find is the “missing link”

  • May 20, 2009

A remarkable fossil, believed to show the missing link between primates and other animals, was unveiled by scientists in New York on May 19, 2009.

Scientists are calling the 47-million-year-old fossil – which is believed to be female – “Ida”. Her scientific name is Darwinius masillae, in honour of Darwin’s 200th birthday, which was celebrated on February 12, 2009.

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Putting people first – Catherine Nthleng

  • May 14, 2009

From shy and quiet to bubbly and confident – Catherine Nthleng has come out of her shell in her five years of working at Maropeng. She is one of the boat ride operators and she interacts with visitors all day.

Before she joined Maropeng, Catherine worked as a volunteer at Itumeleng Clinic, educating people about HIV/AIDS. She and her team of volunteers went door to door, telling people about the virus and the importance of using condoms.

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Maropeng upgrades FET resources pack

  • May 11, 2009

Maropeng recently hosted a workshop of national and provincial learning coordinators in order to propose updates to the Maropeng FET resources pack.

FET stands for Further Education and Training and incorporates grades 10, 11 and 12. Maropeng also offers packs for younger scholars. The packs are carefully integrated with the South African education curriculum, and has been endorsed by the National Department of Education.

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Maropeng’s stunning architecture and landscape draws in the media

  • May 11, 2009

Maropeng has featured prominently in local and national media recently. The dramatic building that houses the visitor centre has caught the attention of many location scouts, and most recently formed the backdrop for a photoshoot with local musician Lira in an Audi Magazine spread.

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