Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site

Contact details

Physical: Cradle of Humankind, 8th Floor, 124 Main Street, Cnr Main/Kruis/Marshall Streets, Johannesburg, 2000
Postal: PO Box 155, Newtown, 2113
Tel: 011 085 2500/2482
Fax: 086 267 5145


The vision of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site (COH WHS) is Gauteng as Africa’s must-see, big-city region experience. Its mission is to protect, preserve and interpret the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. It was established and inscribed in 1999 on UNESCO’s World Heritage List because of the wealth of fossils found in the area and, in particular, fossils of ancient humans. It is an area that has yielded an enormous amount of information about our human origins. Apart from its scientific value, the site has been developed in order to create employment and regional economic development through the use of science, conservation and tourism as economic drivers aimed at alleviating poverty and stimulating the economy of the region. In so doing, the province has used conservation as a catalyst for economic change and regional development.

This incredible World Heritage Site is managed on behalf of the Minister of Environmental Affairs by the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site Management Authority. The primary goal of the Management Authority is to protect, preserve and interpret the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of the site. The Authority also facilitates and supports ongoing scientific research in the site; ensures tangible community beneficiation, and growth in the visitor economy of the COH WHS; ensures that development within the COH WHS maintains the OUV; supports the participation of small enterprises and cooperatives in the visitor economy of the COH WHS; and collaborates with all role-players involved in the socio-economic development of the Western Corridor. While the protection and conservation of the fossil sites that constitute the OUV of the site is of paramount importance in the overall management of the site, a great emphasis is placed on the management of the site with and for surrounding communities. As an example, a number of arts and crafts cooperatives have been established in the project area, and the aim is to employ people from the local surroundings in any initiatives undertaken by the COH WHS.

The official visitor centre in the COH WHS is Maropeng, which means 'returning to the place from where we come' in Setswana, and was officially opened to the public in December 2005. Together with the Sterkfontein Caves site, which is owned by the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS), these two sites constitute the broader Interpretation Centre of the COH WHS. This architecturally unique centre allows every visitor to embark on a journey of discovery that begins with the birth of our planet, through the history of humankind, and into the future. Maropeng also has an original fossil display area where fossils are replenished regularly, education and conferencing facilities, a boutique hotel with incredible views, and a restaurant. The world-famous Sterkfontein Caves continue to attract many visitors, and also boasts an exhibition and offers the opportunity for a guided tour of the caves. The COH WHS is a unique and iconic project that blends science and conservation with community capacitation, local economic development and tourism. The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site Trading Entity will continue to concentrate on excellent service delivery to its province and its people.

Office Bearers

Ms Phindile Mbanjwa (HOD)
Kgomotso Mojapelo
Senior Management:
L Cheppie
M Pillay (Director)
K Tlebere
Communications Officers:
Ms Nondumison Msomi

Financial Information

All Financial Values: R'0002015/162014/152013/142012/13
AUDIT OUTCOMEClean AuditClean AuditClean AuditFinancially Unqualified
Current Assetsn/a12 05534220 018
Non-Current Assetsn/a2 0222 8623 126
Total Assetsn/a14 0773 20423 144
Current Liabilitiesn/a3 7167 3064 976
Non-Current Liabilitiesn/a---
Total Liabilitiesn/a3 7167 2624 976
Total Net Assetsn/a10 361(4 058)18 168
Total Revenuen/a72 62844 12057 184
Revenue from Exchange Transactionsn/a12527
Revenue from Non-Exchange Transactionsn/a72 61644 11557 157
Total Expendituren/a(58 165)(66 392)(71 733)
Employee Related costsn/a(15 780)(12 103)(13 722)
Surplus/(Deficit) for Yearn/a14 463(22 272)(14 549)
Net Cash Flows from Operating Activitiesn/a11 714(11 531)(8 428)
Net Cash Flows from Investing Activitiesn/a-(663)(3 268)
Cash & Cash Equivalents at End of Yearn/a11 98026612 460
Unauthorised Expendituren/a---
Irregular Expendituren/a---
Fruitless & Wasteful Expendituren/a---
Posts Approvedn/a56n/a56
Posts Filledn/a36n/a40
Sources n/a Annual ReportAnnual ReportAnnual Report

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