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HANDS that rock the Cradle: bringing locally inspired pieces to Maropeng

Prepare to make a whole new discovery when you go to the Cradle of Humankind and visit the HANDS that rock the Cradle shop at Maropeng. The arts and crafts shop officially opened its doors for business on 1 November 2019.

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The Long March to Freedom has moved on

Maropeng has bade a fond farewell to the iconic The Long March to Freedom exhibition, which we hosted at Maropeng for nearly a year.

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Get closer to nature and new beginnings at the Hominin House

This year will soon bow out in a blaze of glory and make room for a new decade when we enter 2020! To help you start the new year with energy and enthusiasm, Maropeng is inviting you and your fellow backpackers to its Hominin House.

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‘The most amazing landscape in the world’: celebrating the ‘Cradle of Life’

Renowned environmentalist Vincent Carruthers launched his compelling new book at Maropeng this weekend. Carruthers and two remarkable speakers made compelling arguments for why the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site is one of the most important areas in the world when it comes to understanding the story of life itself.

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Adventurer, archaeologist, anthropologist: meet Maropeng’s new curator

Keneiloe Molopyane could best be described as a bonafide adventurer. The archaeologist and biological anthropology PhD candidate is now also the new curator of the acclaimed museum at the Maropeng Visitor Centre.

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A fossil hidden in plain sight in South Africa turns out to be a new dinosaur

Earlier this month, researchers at Wits University announced an amazing discovery: the fossil of a new South African dinosaur. The 200-million year old skull of Ngwevu intloko was found hidden in plain sight, mislabelled among dinosaur fossils that had been collected more than 30 years ago.

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Empowering young minds at Maropeng

We were thrilled to host a group of young people from The Bethany House Trust in Krugersdorp recently. The visit was part Maropeng’s corporate social investment work for the year.

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How to make the school holidays count

School’s out, and it’s that time of year when many parents are searching for worthwhile ways to keep their children occupied. Studies show that youngsters benefit most from holiday activities that fall into two categories.

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Uncle Kathy honoured with sculpture at Maropeng outdoor exhibition

A bronze sculpture of liberation hero Ahmed Kathrada has been unveiled as part of the Long March to Freedom open-air exhibition at Maropeng.

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Maropeng guides to go the extra mile in iconic ‘vellies’

All the tour guides working at Maropeng and its Long March to Freedom open-air exhibition are sporting new shoes, thanks to a generous sponsorship from South Africa’s Veldskoen shoes brand.

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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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Win one of two luxury experiences with Maropeng and 702

Stay tuned to 702 this week to win big with Maropeng and The Azania Mosaka Show! Win an all-expenses-paid trip for two to the fabulous Cape Town Carnival on 16 March 2019, or a luxury spoil in the Cradle of Humankind.

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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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Maropeng is hiring: Human Resources Officer

The position is to support Maropeng and the Sterkfontein Caves – the official interpretation centres for the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site with a Human Resources function.

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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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Revisit the origins of life and love at Maropeng this Valentine’s Day

What does Maropeng have in common with Valentine’s Day? Both are about displaying passion and reverence for preserving historic events that have changed our lives.

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Snap a selfie with the heroes and icons of democracy at Maropeng

The Long March to Freedom public art exhibition, comprising almost 100 bronze statues of South African struggle stalwarts created by local artists, can be viewed at Maropeng until mid-2019.

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Explore the Dinaledi Chamber in virtual reality

The stones and bones discovered in the Cradle of Humankind have taken researchers, students and explorers back in time, providing great historical insight. But now, researchers in the Cradle of Humankind have set their sights on the future by introducing immersive technology in the form of a virtual reality app that offers a palpable experience of the Dinaledi Chamber.

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The best version of ‘Shape of You’ you’ll ever watch

Maropeng recently provided the backdrop for a beautiful South African version of British singer Ed Sheeran’s hit, Shape of You. It was performed by the Ndlovu Youth Choir and flute player Wouter Kellerman.