Centre for the Cradle of Humankind opens for free on Heritage Day

Picture source: www.maropeng.co.za

Maropeng, the Centre for the Cradle of Humankind, will open its doors for free on the 24th of September in celebration of Heritage Day. Visitors will be treated to a jam-packed day-long event highlighting Gauteng’s role in the birth of humankind.

Activities begin at 9am with live performances by music and dance groups representing the diverse spectrum of cultural groups in the province. There will also be guided tours of the centre and updates on recent fossil discoveries.

“The latest discovery at the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site confirmed that humankind originated from Africa, and this is a collective heritage that directly speaks to us as Africans irrespective of race or creed,” says Gauteng MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Nelisiwe Moerane. “This means that there is no better place to celebrate South Africa’s heritage than in Gauteng, and at Maropeng in particular.”

In addition to the events planned for heritage month, a day of literature and music will take place at Zoo Lake on September 26th and a memorial lecture celebrating the life of Oliver Tambo has been scheduled for the 30th of September.

Public transport to Maropeng will be offered from various points in Gauteng.

For more info visit www.srac.gpg.gov.za or call 011 355 2500/2642.