Entertainment 17.8.2014 06:00 pm

21 Icons featuring Herman Mashaba

Photographer Adrian Steirn photographs Herman Mashaba for the 21 Icons Project in Cape Town, South Africa.

Photographer Adrian Steirn photographs Herman Mashaba for the 21 Icons Project in Cape Town, South Africa.

21 ICONS South Africa is an annual collection of photographs and short films of South Africans who have reached the pinnacle of achievement in their fields of endeavour.

The acclaimed series that celebrates the South Africans who, through their passion and dedication, have played a key role in shaping our country and our world – shines the spotlight on entrepreneur and philanthropist, Herman Mashaba.

As founder of ethnic haircare company Black Like Me, Mashaba is not only an influential and inspiring businessman; he also stands as an example of how tenacity and determination can overcome great odds demonstrating his iconic traits.

This intimate glimpse of Mashaba, his passion and his driving force, forms part of a series that pays homage to other South African giants. Their spirit has been captured in a striking and haunting manner by Adrian Steirn, one of South Africa’s leading filmmakers and photographers.

Mashaba’s story is an illustration of one man becoming master of his own destiny – something he believes that we all can, and should do. We can’t rely on government to turn our lives into success, he maintains; they should provide an enabling environment, but after that, it’s up to us to make the most of what we’ve been given. For him, that’s the most important job anyone can do. “To me, being South African means being a human being. It means having a role to play in our beautiful country.”

Catch 21 Icons on SABC 3 at 20h27 on SABC3.

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