City Press celebrates 100 extraordinary South Africans

2013-04-27 09:10

Tomorrow, City Press publishes the inaugural 100 World Class South Africans, a celebration of our country’s most extraordinary men and women.

Created by New Media Publishing for City Press, in association with mining company Xstrata, the special edition will be bundled with the Sunday newspaper to commemorate Freedom Day.

The magazine will come decked with a high-tech Augmented Reality (AR) cover – the first AR Sunday newspaper magazine cover in South Africa.

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The selection process was rigorous for the 100 living South Africans who have achieved world class status in the arts, sciences, business, design, civil society and sport.

City Press editor-in-chief Ferial Haffajee says the magazine is intended as an annual supplement to which South Africans can turn for inspiration. A theme-based compilation rather than a ranked list, it’s also a conversation starter about who our greatest achievers and innovators are.

According to Haffajee, the genesis of 100 World Class South Africans was the need for journalism to celebrate South Africa’s successes as well as its difficulties, and a reminder for us to stand tall and proud amongst other great nations.

“One of the many adverse legacies of apartheid is an often debilitating inferiority complex – if a system tells you often enough that you are not good enough, you begin to believe it,” said Haffajee.

“I think that sometimes we in South Africa still suffer the affliction. Here is a collection of men and women who can guide us to a different path, people who have reached beyond themselves. We salute them all and learn from the many wonderful examples of persistence, talent and truth telling we chronicle here.”

The list ranges from the one and only Nelson Mandela to venerable storytellers Athol Fugard and John Kani, scientist Patience Ntunzi and silver screen star Charlize Theron.

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