Research Grant

Aggrey Klaaste (6 January 1940 – 19 June 2004) was a South African newspaper journalist and editor. He introduced the concept of “nation building” while editor of the Sowetan (1988 – 2002) and spent much of his time and energy promoting the idea.

One of eight children, his family moved from Kimberley to Johannesburg in the mid-forties. Aggrey enrolled at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1958 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1960. He was recruited by Drum Magazine and later joined The World to work alongside Percy Qoboza. Following his retirement, Aggrey remained very involved in community affairs and was voted 58th in the Top 100 Great South Africans in 2004.