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Educational and scientific research is expected to be bolstered through the Cradle of Humankind Trust, which comprises leading scientists, educationists and others.
A TRUST meant to bolster the development of educational and scientific research and ensure that the benefits of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site extend to all Gauteng communities, has been launched.


MEC Qedani MahlanguThe Trust will help advance education technology, says MEC Qedani MahlanguThe provincial MEC for economic development, Qedani Mahlangu, launched the Cradle of Humankind Trust at Maropeng in the Cradle, northwest of Joburg, on Tuesday, 29 March.

It is made up of influential stakeholders from a diversity of sectors, including: Vusithemba Ndima, the acting deputy director-general for cultural heritage in the Department of Arts and Culture; Molapo Qhobela, the deputy director-general for human capital and knowledge systems in the Department of Science and Technology; Belinda Bozzoli, professor of sociology and deputy vice-chancellor for research at Wits University; palaeontologist Bob Brain; Joe Mohlokoana, director of Cradle Coop, a business that operates in the Cradle; Edwin Cameron, Justice of the Constitutional Court; Fana Jiyane, chief executive of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site Management Authority; and Kuseni Dlamini, chief executive of emerging markets at Old Mutual.

The trustees represented “vast experience, wisdom, diligence and dignity”, Qedani noted. She believes the trust will help in advancing science education, particularly palaeontology. “I am confident that this trust comprises of individuals who are highly intelligent and motivated. They will be highly effective in achieving their aims,” she said.

Jiyane said he was looking forward to supporting a dynamic variety of effective interventions in both science and society.

“We are delighted to have recruited the support of this pre-eminent group of individuals and believe this bodes well for the future of education, research and community development in this globally significant location,” he explained.

Rob Moore, the deputy vice-chancellor for advancement and partnerships at Wits, commended the establishment of the trust, adding that it represented an important new step in advancing the existing success of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site Project.

Moore was confident that resources generated through the trust would support further scientific research and community development. “The trust will serve as an important instrument for channelling both earnings and donor funds into these critical objectives,” he said.

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