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South Africa Expert Peter Sullivan

Our South Africa Tour Guide, Peter Sullivan, edited The Star, South Africa’s premier daily newspaper from 1993 to 2000 – through the country’s transition to democracy. In 2001 he was appointed Group Editor-in-Chief of Independent Newspapers 16 South African titles, a position he held until 2010.

After teaching and the army he joined the Rand Daily Mail as a cadet reporter before becoming the country’s leading political analyst in Parliament. In the 1980s he interviewed domestic Presidents and Prime Ministers John Vorster, PW Botha, FW de Klerk; in Africa Zambia’s Presidents Chiluba and Kaunda, abroad President Ronald Reagan and Prime Minister Thatcher.

He has had many interviews with former President Mandela.

A keen twitcher, story teller, and World Economic Forum Veteran, in 2010 Peter was honoured by Print Media South Africa with a Print Media Fellowship, for “determination, dedication and integrity in a passionate drive for the betterment of the South African newspaper industry.”

Peter has travelled to over 60 countries, many as a guest of their governments. He served on boards from Johannesburg’s waste company Pikitup to The Smile Foundation; brought the Open Society Foundation to SA at George Soros’ request, and has chaired a brace of charities from BirdLife South Africa to The Star Seaside Fund, Operation Snowball and the Hamper Fund.

He is currently Chairman of Landelahni, a top recruitment, leadership and assessment company, which occupies a special place as it is owned entirely by people who are black or female.

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