Standard Bank Group's links with paleoanthropology resulted in the bank donating 100 hectares of land for the development Maropeng. This is where visitors to the world-renowned Cradle of Humankind near Johannesburg, can experience how life as we know it today emerged as they "return to the place of origin" (Maropeng).
This development was the first public-private partnership of its kind in South Africa and was undertaken with the Gauteng Provincial Government, which is responsible for the development and management of the World Heritage Site.
All From One exhibit
Standard Bank is proud to support the Paleontological Scientific Trust (PAST) “All From One” campaign which launched on 10 November 2015 as a pro-Africa campaign calling for unity, collaboration, conservation and tolerance in the pursuit of prosperity.
PAST's All from One exhibition is part of a global awareness campaign that celebrates Africa as the shared origins and birthplace of humankind, to promote tolerance of diversity and to foster collaboration in building a sustainable and prosperous future.
The Cradle of Humankind is not only a national symbol; it's an international marker of all humanity's common heritage. Nowhere else on the planet is it as clear as it is here that we all share a common history – not only as South Africans, not only as Africans, but as human beings. And that is what we're celebrating.