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Owning the African story: the role of museums in 2020

When she took the reins as curator at Maropeng, adventurer and archaeologist Keneiloe Molopyane had a compelling notion of the importance of museums in society. Nine months later, on International Museum Day, Molopyane, an archaeologist and biological anthropology PhD candidate, shared her thoughts on the impact and importance of museums on the African continent.

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Bones and Stones: Curator in the Cradle

Covid-19 and the lockdowns that countries are dealing with worldwide have meant a reinvention of how people stay connected. Faced with this challenge, three archaeologists, Matt Lotter, Tim Forssman and Matt Caruana, have come together to produce a podcast titled “Bones and Stones”.

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Be sure to #VisitTheCradleLater

Right now, the best thing we can all do for each other is to stay at home and stay healthy. While you’re not able to come and visit us right now, we know you’ll #VisitTheCradleLater. In the meantime, share your best pictures of your adventures in the Cradle of Humankind with us.

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How to keep learning during lockdown

Are you scrambling to find interesting ways to keep your children busy during the lockdown? Here’s a look at some of our favourite ideas from around the world.

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Maropeng memories: how our site has been honouring our human rights

Human rights are the moral compass that has been guiding and nurturing human civilisation for centuries. They exist to encourage freedom of expression, ensure that people have access to basic necessities and protect us from all kinds of injustices.

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Find out more about the Cradle by dipping into these three books

Maropeng has contributed a whole lot more to history than acting as a discovery site for archaeological treasures. Since opening to the public in 2005, the Unesco World Heritage Site has spent the past 14-plus years hosting world-class conferences, helping to organise prestigious book launches and collaborating with world-renowned intellectuals who are helping to rewrite human history.

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#MaropengTurns14: celebrate our significant discoveries – and win!

Since opening to the public back in 2005, Maropeng has fulfilled more than just its mandate of collecting, preserving and exhibiting items of historical importance.

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Christmas cuisine and cosy accommodation at the Cradle

Even your home-cooking skills deserve a break during the holidays! So why don’t you take time off and bring the family to the Maropeng Boutique Hotel?

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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 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.