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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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Keep your eyes peeled for the Geminid meteor shower

Armchair astronomers in South Africa will have their eyes to the skies at midnight tonight to catch a glimpse of the Geminid meteor shower, the annual phenomenon NASA calls the last and strongest meteor shower of the year.

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Five reasons why Maropeng needs to be on your itinerary this December

Putting together holiday plans? Here are five reasons why Maropeng should definitely be on your list of things to do …

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Celebrate Christmas in the Cradle in 2018

Take the stress out of Christmas lunch by treating the family to a delicious feast at one of Gauteng’s most iconic destinations. There’s a little something for everyone on our menu.

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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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PICS: Check out the scenes at the Cradle Colour Fest

Maropeng’s Stone Park was a blaze of colour on Monday during the inaugural Cradle Colour Fest. Here are some of our favourite pics from the event …


The Blombos Cave discovery and the origins of symbolism

A new discovery in Blombos Cave in the Western Cape poses fascinating questions about the origins of modern human behaviour.


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Here are the terms and conditions for our VIP ticket giveaway on Facebook

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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 …


‘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.


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.


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.

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Treat Dad to a special day out this Father’s Day

Looking for a relaxing day out with Dad this Father’s Day? We’ve got the perfect idea for you. Bring him over to the Tumulus Restaurant at Maropeng for a delicious Father’s Day buffet in a great setting.

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Reading the caves: learning about South Africa’s history through rock art

Prof. David Lewis-Williams is one of the world’s foremost experts on rock art. We asked him what cave paintings tell us about South Africa’s heritage.

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Maropeng Boutique Hotel wins TripAdvisor accolade

The Maropeng Boutique Hotel has been awarded a 2018 Certificate of Excellence from travel website TripAdvisor. The award is based on the positive reviews the hotel has received.

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Fossil teeth reveal new facts about a mass extinction 260-million years ago

Around 260-million years ago, the earth was dominated by mammal-like reptiles called therapsids. The largest of these therapsids were the dinocephalians, a genus composed of several herbivorous and carnivorous species. Then something happened.