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Posted on: Thursday, 23 September 2010

Activities at Maropeng on Heritage Day

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As I am sure you are well aware there is a public holiday this week – Friday 24 September 2010 is National Heritage Day in South Africa. If you’ve forgotten or (shock horror) you don’t know why we celebrate Heritage Day let me tell you. It is a fairly recent public holiday which recognises all aspects of South African culture. Which I think is something quite special besides meaning that we get the day off.

Now if you’re not already celebrating the day with a braai – National Braai Day, and you can’t think of anything to do, rather than spend the day lazing about why not head out to Maropeng in the Cradle of Humankind for their celebration where more than 8000 people are expected …

This year the theme is “Celebrating our treasure, our heritage”. Maropeng is quite a fitting venue to celebrate something as great as Heritage Day because this is the visitors centre for the Cradle of Humankind a World Heritage site. This is a very popular tourist attraction and you can learn more about how humankind was born, view stone tools up to 1-million years old, check out some fossils and lots more. I think it’s very fitting see as we’re celebrating South Africa’s unique culture to discover a little bit more about where we come from



There is even a boat ride that takes you back 3-billion years through the elements that kick started life on our planet and you will even pass through an interactive ‘virtual cave’ of approximately 150 metres.

Nomvula Mokonyane, the Gauteng Premier, will address the event and there will also be a number of government officials attending the event. Mokonyane will also be paying tribute to volunteers who took part in the World and Confederation Cups.

A variety of local artists from a broad spectrum of the entertainment industry will be performing so many different musical tastes will be catered for. There will also a number of activities taking place throughout the day. Remember to please be patient when visiting the centre as a large number of visitors are expected and everyone will want to see everything. However the Maropeng centre has stated they will do their best to ensure that they get as many people as possible through the visitors centre. The event begins at 09h00 so it’s advisable to get there early and the day will end at approximately 16h00.



Come and learn something new about your Heritage, otherwise have a great day with your friends and family around your braai.

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Tania Stephenson


Tania loves to cook and create magic in the kitchen for family and friends (or even just herself). Be it finding a new recipe or making a tried and tested dish from her recipe folder - the kitchen is her sanctuary. Find her hanging out with friends round the braai or curled up on the couch reading the latest crime drama. With a spring in her step and a song in her heart you’ll find her supporting local artists in theatre, music and dance – from a hip hop competition or the latest musical on stage at Artscape in Cape Town. Enjoying all things culture she likes to share her experiences and delights with those around her.

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