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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.

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Star struck from a young age: Vincent Nettmann, Maropeng’s resident astronomer

Vincent Nettmann, like so many other astronomers, was captured by the idea of mapping out the moon and stars at a very young age. From the time of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Nettmann wanted to have a closer look into space.

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A feast of talent in store for the Cradle Colour Fest

Musicians, dancers, deejays and fashion designers are all part of the line-up for the inaugural Cradle Colour Fest.

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Five reasons to come to the Cradle Colour Fest

Here’s why the Cradle Colour Fest should be top of your list when you’re considering plans for Heritage Day …

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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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Maropeng’s new Stone Park

Maropeng’s beautiful new Stone Park was carefully designed to represent humanity’s origin story. Our MD, Michael Worsnip, writes about this contemplative, relaxing new addition to Maropeng’s grounds.

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Maropeng will be at EduWeek 2018!

Maropeng will be at EduWeek 2018 at the Ticketpro Dome next week. We’re looking forward to discussing the kind of role that heritage sites like the Cradle of Humankind can play in education.