Assess your ecological footprint on Earth Day

  • April 22, 2010 | Category: News

It is 40 years today since Earth Day was launched by US Senator Gaylord Nelson on April 22, 1970.

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Maropeng guide in the running for national award

  • April 22, 2010 | Category: News

With four tourism awards already under his belt, Maropeng tour guide supervisor Reuben Tsime has his sights on winning the big one – Best Tour Guide in South Africa – at the South African Tourism Welcome Awards, to be held at the Tourism Indaba in Durban from May 8-11.

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Presenting Australopithecus sediba

  • April 13, 2010 | Category: News

On April 8, 2010, Thursday last week, Professor Lee Berger of the University of the Witwatersrand unveiled a new find at Maropeng in the Cradle of Humankind.

Discovered by Berger and his nine-year-old son, Matthew, at the Malapa caves at the Cradle of Humankind, the partially complete skeletons are the remains of hominids that lived almost 2-million years ago.

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Mamoagi Citizens’ Club visits Maropeng

  • December 02, 2009 | Category: News

Mamoagi Citizens’ Club from Mabopane, Pretoria, visited Maropeng on Monday this week to discover more about their origins as people.

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The construction of the Maropeng Visitor Centre – Photo essay of the week

  • December 01, 2009 | Category: News

The architecture of Maropeng, designed by GAPP Architects and MMA (Mphethi Morejele Architects), was based on the theme of discovery.

On arrival at Maropeng, you will see what looks like a massive burial mound, called the Tumulus. This is where you enter to learn the secrets of humankind’s ancestry, explained in an exciting, interactive exhibition.

This week’s photo essay, taken by Tara Turkington in 2005, looks at the construction of this part of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site, which calls you to imagine, explore, contemplate, and discover who you are.

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Aerial views of Maropeng – Photo essay of the week

  • November 24, 2009 | Category: News

Maropeng has many parts: the Tumulus Building, the Maropeng Hotel, the learner centre, the Market Place and the amphitheatre, to name a few.

Some of these aspects, like the hotel, are mostly hidden in the rolling hills. So this week, our photo essay shows you the whole picture – spectacular views of Maropeng from construction to conclusion.

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Something to smile about – Salamina Mogwase

  • November 22, 2009 | Category: News

When Salamina Mogwase applied for a housekeeping job at Maropeng four years ago, she didn’t realise that this was where she would finally find her place in the world.

Salamina works as a housekeeper for the Maropeng Hotel – though she does not consider it work. “I love cleaning, it makes me happy,” she explains.

Incredibly humble in her approach Salamina says she would not be where she is today without the help of her fellow housekeepers, who she describes as family more than co-workers.

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Children enjoy the Maropeng exhibition – Photo essay of the week

  • November 17, 2009 | Category: News

This week’s photo essay features children enjoying the Maropeng exhibition. The exhibition at the Maropeng Visitor Centre, which highlights humanity’s origins and the changing environment, is highly interactive and enjoyable. It will engage visitors of all ages.

Maropeng is an excellent attraction for children because it offers interactive, audio and tactile exhibitions that can be enjoyed by both sighted and sight-impaired individuals.

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Manager in the making – Aaron Konopi

  • November 15, 2009 | Category: News

In the first week of May 2006, Aaron Konopi walked onto the grounds of Maropeng knowing that he had come home. The interview he was there for was a simple step in his journey, and it wasn’t long before Aaron was a member of the Maropeng team.

Working at the Maropeng Hotel as a waiter is just one of Aaron’s talents. “I have worked in all departments, I am a flexible guy,” he says with a broad grin.


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Famous people at Maropeng – Photo essay of the week

  • November 10, 2009 | Category: News

This week’s photo essay features some famous celebrities who have visited Maropeng.

Maropeng and the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site have hosted many inspirational and famous people from all over the world. Individuals from all spheres of life, from politics to entertainment, have visited “the place of origin”. Former US vice-president and environmental activist Al Gore; John Gray, author of the internationally best-selling book Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus; Radio 702’s John Robbie; Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture Paul Mashatile – these are among the many influential people who have been guests at Maropeng.

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