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Re: Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre

Unread postby besembek » Sat Nov 12, 2011 7:53 am

Hi, chirinda.

Somehow I missed your request for trip report/photos from your posting - thought i'll give you some links to some of our photos - just incase you see something you haven't seen there before. These photos were taken more than a year ago, but they still bring back some very good memories.

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.102142263174541.2135.100001363025495&type=1&l=152a570ef5

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.122436504478450.45206.100001363025495&type=1&l=ae90827842



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Re: Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre

Unread postby JenB » Sat Nov 12, 2011 8:08 am

A client of ours is/was one of contractors on the project (not building-, not architect, not engineer :whistle: ). We had a long meeting, 10 minutes business and one hour Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre. He told me (all hearsay :twisted: ) that the centre was completed on time and while they were getting ready for the opening, the tiles started dropping off the ceilings. It was quite interesting him explaining to me how the tiles were made on site using ancient local methods.

Initially they thought that there was a problem with the tile adhesive but unfortunately the problem was more serious than that. The actual domes started shifting causing the tiles to drop. This is no fault of SANParks, they appointed very competent people to begin with and it is a never-done-before sort of construction. :wink:

Apparently the building is stable now and they are in the process of completing it. I'm sure our patience will pay off in the end because we'll have a very unique Interpretation Centre to be proud of. :thumbs_up:

Nice pics besembek!! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre

Unread postby besembek » Sun Nov 13, 2011 10:28 am

Thanks for the update, JenB. Looking forward to getting in there eventually.
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Re: Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre

Unread postby chirinda » Wed Nov 16, 2011 9:28 pm

Hi Besembek,

Thanks so much for the pics, :clap: :clap: I'm glad to see you went in a small sedan, I went with Meandering Mouse last year in her high clearance vehicle, and wondered what are the chances of making it with a Sedan. I'm hoping for an overseas friend to visit next year and would love to take her there, but I only have a Tazz.

Thanks, too, JenB for the information (hearsay :D ) you posted. I actually went inside - we did a tour of the whole building and it looked lovely then (June 2010) and will be stunning when finally it is opened.

I also found a time-lapse video the other day of the building of the interpretive centre. That was fascinating.

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Mapungubwe: Interpretation Centre

Unread postby Lesego » Tue Jan 24, 2012 11:50 am

South African National Parks officially announced that the Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site has received 343 visitors to the new Interpretation Centre. The Centre is an appropriate and necessary component of the Park’s Interpretive Programme in support of tourism and multi-disciplinary conservation education.

Read Here for the full media release.

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Re: Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre

Unread postby chirinda » Sun Jul 22, 2012 5:37 pm

I found some pics of the Interpretive Centre on Scott Ramsay's Year in the Wild blog - episode Marvellous Mapungubwe. Scroll down for the pics

http://www.sanparks.org/blog/?p=5860

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Re: Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre

Unread postby MATTHYS » Sun Jul 22, 2012 6:02 pm

Thank you, Chirinda 8)
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Re: Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre

Unread postby Paul Daphne » Tue Sep 04, 2012 9:21 am

Good Day All! Just a quick update on this topic. The Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre opened it's doors for a 'soft' opening in December of last year. So it is up and running and there is even a small restaurant which operates until 4pm, and which will cater for groups after hours if requested.

The official opening is due to be done by the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs this coming Monday, 10th September. You can catch it on Morning Live on SABC 2 from 6.00am onwards.
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Re: Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre

Unread postby Lesego » Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:47 am

Mapungubwe Interpretive Centre temporarily closed due to heavy rain.

The Mapungubwe Interpretive Centre (MIC) situated within the Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage (MNP&WH) Site has been temporarily closed due to the heavy rains in the area.

This is according to Divhani Maremba, MNP&WH spokesperson who said over the past two days, the park has received about 212mm of rain. “It is for this reason that we would like to caution our visitors not to utilise some major roads with low water bridges within the park.”

According to Maremba some roads have been washed away and visitors are strongly advised not to make use of those roads, especially if they are using small vehicles.

She said the park’s operation have not been severely affected except the MIC. “The only camps that can be easily reached by 2x4 vehicles are Tshugulu and Leokwe. We strongly advise all our visitors to avoid crossing any low-water bridges.”

The roads listed below should be avoided at all costs for the safety of our visitors:

Confluence(4X4only)
Tree top walk (4X4 only)
Limpopo Tented Camp (4X4 only)
Mazhou (4X4 only)
Vhembe (4X4 only)

The heavy rains are expected to continue until Sunday and more information will follow.

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This "waterfall" is evidence of the heavy rains experienced at Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site. Photographed by Stefan Cilliers.

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Re: Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre

Unread postby NetEk » Thu Jan 17, 2013 10:14 am

Jippee it is raining at last. It was so dry in December.
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Re: Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre

Unread postby naomi c » Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:09 am

:dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:
News of the rain just made my day!!!

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Re: Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre

Unread postby NetEk » Wed May 08, 2013 2:53 pm

Just read this "old" thread again think that was the 17/01 5 days later it was panic stations due to all the rain.

Maybe I shouldn't have been so happy it's raining at last.
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