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Fifty kilometres east of the eastern escarpment of the Waterberg Plateau, near Mokopane, is one of the world’s most important archaeological sites: Makapansgat. There, in a deep and large limestone cave, have been found the remains of some of the earliest hominids yet identified, the species Australopithicus africanus, who lived more than three million years ago; and also Homo erectus, who lived a million years ago.
An Environmental Management Framework (EMF) exists for the wider Waterberg. This is an initiative of the national Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) in partnership with the Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (LEDET), and the Waterberg District Municipality (WDM).