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The Premier Promises Tourist Potential Will Be Exploited
The discovery last year of Homo naledi, a new species of human relative, has produced positive spinoffs for the Gauteng tourism industry, Premier David Makhura said. Homo naledi was discovered last September by Professor Lee Berger of Witwatersrand University and his team of paleo-scientists in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site in Maropeng.
Makhura said visitors to Maropeng more than tripled to 150 000 in the month Homo naledi was on display. “We thank Professor Berger and his team for this major scientific discovery,” said Makhura. “We are now going to exploit the tourism potential of Maropeng to promote tourism in the Western Corridor. ”
According to Makhura, the discovery of Homo naledi pointed to the significant role Africa had played in the origins and development of humankind and it was also a game-changer. Gauteng has numerous tourism attractions, with a visit to Soweto a must.
The area has been home to political, sporting and social personalities, among them former president Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Both Mandela and Tutu, recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize, lived in the renowned Vilakazi Street in Orlando West.
“Visitors will find the modest house Nelson Mandela and his family called home from 1946 to the ’90s. “[He lived there] with his first wife, Evelyn Ntoko Mase, and, after his divorce, with his second wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.”