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Cuban vice president visits Maropeng

Inez Maria Chapman Waugh, the Vice President of Cuba, visited Maropeng with a delegation of 28 guests on Saturday 30 April for a tour of the Almost Human and Long March to Freedom exhibitions.

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Martin Luther King Jnr joins the Long March to Freedom

The statue of the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jnr, American civil rights and social justice activist, revolutionary leader, Baptist minister and president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, has been added to the Long March to Freedom exhibition at Maropeng, the official visitor centre of the Cradle of Humankind.

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Conferencing at Maropeng ticks all the boxes

Thanks to a choice of two distinctly different venues, Maropeng, the official visitor centre of the Cradle of Humankind, is ideally positioned to offer conferencing for large groups of delegates or for more intimate gatherings – an hour’s drive from Pretoria or Johannesburg.

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Five things to do at Maropeng to keep the children entertained during the school holidays

It’s already that time of the year again. School holidays are here and parents need to find activities to keep the children entertained. If you’re looking for things to do, then Maropeng, the official visitor centre of the Cradle of Humankind, is the best place to visit.

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Undiminished love: Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Nelson and Winnie Mandela, married for almost 40 years, symbolised the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa. “My love for her remains undiminished,” said Nelson Mandela on 13 April 1992 when he announced to the world his separation from Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. The couple legally divorced a few years later.

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Love and devotion: Joe Slovo and Ruth First

Ruth Heloise First and Joe Slovo (born Yossel Mashel Slovo) married in 1949. Husband and wife were leaders of the war to end apartheid in South Africa. Communists, scholars, parents and uncompromising militants, they were the perfect enemies for the white police state. Together they were swept up in the growing resistance to apartheid, and together they experienced repression and exile.

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Love and sacrifice: Griffiths and Victoria Mxenge

Victoria Nonyamezelo and Mlungisi Griffiths Mxenge paid the supreme price for defending the rights of oppressed South Africans to exist in conditions of freedom, justice, peace and democracy. As husband and wife, they forfeited family life in pursuit of a non-racial, non-sexist, free and fair South Africa for all. Their brutal killings at the hands of state assassins galvanised oppressed South Africans into vigorous action to bring about liberation in South Africa.

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An endearing love: Walter and Albertina Sisulu

Walter Sisulu and Nontsikelelo Albertina Thethiwe were born in small rural villages in Transkei, in the Eastern Cape. They met in 1941 in Johannesburg. He was a young lawyer and political activist and she a nurse. They would go on to spend more than three decades committed to each other in love and life.

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A love story: Oliver and Adelaide Tambo

Adelaide Frances Tshukudu met Oliver Reginald Tambo in Johannesburg at a meeting at the Eastern Township branch of the African National Congress. She was a nurse at the Baragwanath Hospital, Soweto, and Oliver a rising ANC politician and partner in the first South African black law practice with Nelson Mandela.

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‘Little Foot’ offers lessons for the modern world

Professor Ron Clarke talked to us about the significance of the most complete Australopithecus skeleton ever found. “Little Foot” was unveiled at Maropeng for an event on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit last week.

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BRICS leaders take a virtual tour of Maropeng

A striking ballet performance, a whirlwind virtual tour and historic handprints were all part of a special BRICS event at Maropeng. The visit via satellite link was included in the BRICS Summit, which took place in Johannesburg this week.

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Five fun things to do in the Cradle of Humankind in winter

Winter is in full swing and will be with us for some time. But while it may be icy out there, that’s really no reason to hibernate. You’re invited to come out and play. Come and visit the Cradle of Humankind to try out the following five fun things to do this winter.

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Thinking aloud: could toxic digital addiction destroy your life?

The digital age has many benefits, but have we considered the way increasing amounts of screen time affect our health and wellbeing?

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Enjoy some Easter family fun at Maropeng

From a trail run, to the Easter bunny to a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party - we have a series of special treats lined up for you this Easter.

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Book your romantic Valentine’s Day getaway

Enjoy a Valentine’s Day getaway to one of the most historic and beautiful destinations in Gauteng. It’s bound to be memorable.

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Get your year off to a healthy start at myrun Maropeng

If you’re trying to find ways to keep that “get fit” New Year’s resolution, perhaps the best way is to find enjoyable activities to break up those regular gym visits. Here’s one fun fitness activity to diarise for the end of January …

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Enjoy a tasty treat this Christmas at Maropeng

Why cook on Christmas Day? Come enjoy a sumptuous Christmas lunch, while enjoying spectacular views at the Tumulus Restaurant, where we’ve got a special, festive spread for you.

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How to plan your Maropeng and Sterkfontein adventure

As the holiday season approaches, visitors from around the world are planning their trips to top attractions like Maropeng and the Sterkfontein Caves. Here’s how you can have the best experience possible …

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Enjoy a morning run at Maropeng

As the weather warms up, and the sun gets its day started a little earlier, it’s perhaps the best time of year to dust off those running shoes. If you’re looking for a unique space to get in some exercise, and some great views, look no further.

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Maropeng bags Gauteng Lilizela conferencing award

Maropeng’s skill at hosting world-class events received a nod in the provincial leg of the 2017 Lilizela Tourism Awards. The visitor centre bagged the award for best four-star meetings, exhibitions and special events venue.

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Brave enough for a night at the museum?

Who hasn’t, at some point, wanted to wander around a museum at night? Now’s your chance – Maropeng is hosting its first-ever Night at the Museum, and there are some unmissable tricks and treats in store for you.

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Feed your soul on Heritage Day

We predict that a visit to Tumulus restaurant is going to be irresistible this Heritage Day. We’re cooking up a storm of traditional foods that your tastebuds will not want to miss.

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Maropeng wins TripExpert award

The Maropeng Visitor Centre has been announced as a winner of a coveted TripExpert.com Experts’ Choice award, based on reviews by journalists and travel writers from around the world.

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Save the date: Maropeng hosts free public talks on 26 August

We’ll be launching a series of free public lectures at Maropeng during the upcoming Magalies Rocks the Cradle festival. The inaugural event of the Maropeng Talks Series will feature a leading South African climatologist, a military-history expert and a prominent environmentalist.