A play titled Homage to Sowetan and celebrating the life of Dr Aggrey Klaaste was stage at Uncle Toms Hall Orlando, Soweto to a packed audience on 3-4 and October.
The staging of the play was in with keeping with the Heritage Month of September, was quite poignant that the paper's legacy and that of its renowned editor be celebrated as a national treasure.
The play's story line, while a snapshot of Klaaste's illustrious life, essentially celebrates his contribution to this country's journalism and nation building.
His courageous editorship saw Sowetan rise to become one of the important voices in the local mainstream media landscape. He received an illustrious list of international and local figures, including former President Nelson Mandela, Senator Edward Kennedy, Margaret Thatcher, Muhammad Ali, black civil rights leader Stokely Carmichael and hordes of ministers of the previous apartheid regime.
Joe, Thloloe, veteran journalist and editor talked the audience before that play, that Klaaste was a remarkable man in a world of remarkable.
He says he used to drink with Klaaste while the later was a student at Wits University. He used to tip us of stories at Wits before he joined us at Drum as a journalist.
"I can talk of Klaaste as personal friend. I can talk of him a colleague and a drinking fried," added Thloloe.
Thloloe thanked Mrs Valeta, wife of Klaaste for his support in the efforts of her husband to serve the people and the country.
Langa, the son of Klaaste said it was an honour that a play was stage about his father.
"We are indebted to the team that made this project possible", said Langa.
Langa said he was working on the documentary about the life of his father so that he keeps his legacy alive.
Mike Mzilenii, veteran photographer in the era of Drum magazine said he was detained many times with Klaaste. He still recalls the year they were detained for a night in down Johannesburg for "loitering" under the notorious laws of the apartheid system.
Gugulethu Maqetuka, Executive: External Communication and Business Support told the crownd that he has a great respect for Klaaste and his role in champion the black journalism. He said Telkom SA was happy to be associated with the legacy of Klaaste as the father of nation building.
Homage to Sowetan Celebrating the Life of Dr Aggrey Klaaste is framed on a journalist attempted to write a biography of this legendary editor of the Sowetan newspaper.
Thapelo Mohapi, one of the lead actors in the story goes through emotions before writing the biography. He argues with his wife in the story Mosili Mokuta on why is not always at home as he searches for the missing facts on Klaaste. Tsholofelo Ross narrative the birth of Sowetan newspaper, and trace origins from Bantu World, The World and up to Post newspaper.
Mpikeleni Duma, a journalist who made this play possible said the reason to create Homage to Sowetan was because the newspaper was known as centre piece of the intellectual Black Resistance.
The play has been praised for in the newspapers and on radio. Veteran jouranlists spanning from three generations of Sowetan newspaper grace the occasion.
Actors Tsholofelo Ross,lead actors Thapelo Mohapi, Mosili Mokuta, Stage Manger Sepelo Marumo, Director Oscar Motsikoe and Producer Mpikeleni Duma
Sponsors: Gauteng Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation and Telkom SA