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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.

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Rocking the Cradle this August

Visitors are in for a treat when they head to the Cradle of Humankind from 25 to 27 August this year. It’s the second-ever Magalies Rocks the Cradle festival, and it offers everything from craft-beer tastings to art exhibitions and quad biking.

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Almost Human: a fascinating exhibition for kids of all ages

If ever there was an exhibition to spark a child’s (and an adult’s) imagination about where we come from, it’s Almost Human, at the Maropeng Visitor Centre.

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Joburg Today explores the ‘Almost Human’ exhibition

Watch local station, Joburg Today’s, take on the brand-new exhibition that’s just opened at Maropeng.

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Almost Human exhibition opens its doors

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be an “underground astronaut”, unlocking the secrets of the origins of humanity, now’s your chance.

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All systems go for historic exhibition at Maropeng

Scientists and researchers are busy putting finishing touches on a world-first exhibition set to be unveiled at Maropeng on Thursday. The Almost Human exhibition will be the largest-ever public display of hominin fossils in the world.