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Sowetan's 25 years of telling the soul truth

By unknown | Nov 14, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Book: Sowetan - Celebrating 25 years of the Soul Truth

Book: Sowetan - Celebrating 25 years of the Soul Truth

Editor: Len Maseko

Publisher: Sowetan

There is no denying that Sowetan is a huge part of the history of this country. For the past 25 years the people's newspaper has been the voice of the voiceless, telling the world about our struggles. The trials and tribulations have all been recorded in this newspaper, whose relationship with the struggling masses is well documented.

As Don Mattera says in his foreword, Sowetan took up the media cudgels to speak for the voiceless against political inquisition and aggression.

"Twenty-five years on, and we have had to gather - with the help of the community at large - the burnt, broken fragments and shards of the flaming 1970s, deaths in detention, bannings, house arrests, the third force, colluding hostel 'inmates', the green car, the hit squads, and the police and military snipers ... "

Today Sowetan is still more than just a brand to many South Africans. It has reached out to the people in the most amazing way through its Nation Building project, the brainchild of its late editor- in-chief, Aggrey Klaaste.

This coffee-table book is packed with memories of where we come from as a country. Sowetan's been there to document the new era of democracy, which is still a work in progress. But what is even more remarkable is that it survived the apartheid onslaught on black media and, from the ashes of The World, it rose to become an authoritative newspaper.

Every milestone of the liberation struggle is well documented in this book.

Madiba says in his message: "Sowetan occupies a special place in the history of the South African press and I have no hesitation in offering my warm wishes and congratulations to this important newspaper as it celebrates the milestone of a quarter of a century of existence and service."

It's been a long road. But as we embark on the next 25 years our mantra remains the same: to tell it like it is. We will give our readers the soul truth every day.

Here's to the next 25 years.


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