maandag 24 oktober 2011

22th October Visit to Cradle of Human Kind

On Saturday 22nd we went on a day trip with the team.
We visited the Cradle of Humankind World Inheritage Site and the Culktural village.
The Cradle of Humankind in the Gauteng Province around 50 kilometers from Joburg was an interesting experience. The name Cradle of Humankind reflects the fact that the site has produced a large number, as well as some of the oldest, hominid fossils ever found, some dating back as far as 3.5 million years ago. Africa is the birthplace of humankind.

"Africa is the birthplace of humankind"

This sign says: " By studying mitochondrial DNA  scientists can trace all modern humans to a single common female ancestor who lived about 200000 years ago  - and she is from Africa"...

 It's in your hands to make a difference - Nelson Mandela 2009...
This is applicable in our project and we'll definitely use it in our final presentation to the client!

After our visit to the Cradle of Humankind  we drive to the Cultural Village where we could visit the 4 different African tribes: Zulu, Bosotho, Pedi and Xhosa. The current Executive Mayor is from the Xhosa tribe as well as Nelson Mandela.

We were welcomed by dancing and singing Africans

 A picture with a Zulu man.

 A very little child ( maybe 5 years old) danced very passionately with the rest of the team.

 Women making clothes and other things with beats

 A meeting room.. but only men are allowed!

 Their 4x4!

 Trees of mulberries
 One person on the watch for intrudors...
 We could take a stone, spit on it and throw it on the pile and  it would bring us luck. The bigger the stone the more luck.

 The fire place was divided in 4 parts so that wherever the wind came from; there was always a part the was wind-free.

 Their supply is kept in a tree to keep it safe from the animals
 A unique African flower. I do not know the name but very beautiful

After some  energetic  African dances where we could participate, we had an African lunch in the village

 Today the tribes still live the same way with the exception that they do have running water and electricity. The girl who guide  us ( dressed in flashy pink) told us her grandparents still live in the North in this traditional  way.  We could try some dried worms and some home made beer but I passed on those.
If you want you can come and stay with them for a few days....
I was glad we did this visit as it puts things in perspective in terms what you really need to live and be happy.

Some more picture of the cultural dances in the village:

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