Johannesburg At Dusk
Art In The City Project Johannesburg Metro Buses
“When I got there it was a bit like finding roots, or a heritage, because I knew nothing of Africa. I went there ignorant of everything except the script I was doing. I didn’t know what I would encounter. I didn’t know if I would be living in the bush. Phillip (Noyce) said we’d be living as if on safari, and I got very excited. So I get out there, and Johannesburg looks like New York!” – Derek Luke
Johannesburg is famous for it’s Gold Mines and it’s gold industry is one of the largest in teh world.
CRADLE OF HUMAN KIND
In the northwest of Johannesburg – some 10 km north of Krugersdorp – lies an area of about 50.000 hectares called the “Cradle of Humankind”, proclaimed a World Cultural Heritage Site by the UNESCO. In the centre of the site are a number of dolomitic limestone caves containing extraordinarily many fossillized remains of ancient forms of animals, plants and, most importantly, hominids which had fallen into these caves millions of years ago.
The latest opinion in palaeontology says that the evolution of humans and primates took different directions some 5 to 10 million years ago. The hominids (hominidae) are seen to be the oldest humans on the human branch.
Skull of the Australopithecus Africanus called “Taung Child”, found in 1936 in Sterkfontein and Reconstruction of an Australopithecus Africanus hominid
Entrance to the sterkfontein Cave
Of all the caves in the “Cradle of Humankind” at present only the Sterkfontein Caves and the Wonder Cave are open for visitors. Further information to be found on www.maropeng.co.za
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