A journey to 100 years


#bct100: Taking a walk back in time with William Hills

My newfound interest in history has surprised even myself.

Article by Carol Stier, the great-granddaughter of City Times founder William Hills:

The biggest disappointment of my part in the City Times’s Journey to 100 years was the discovery that William Hills could not have swum across Durban harbour to interview Winston Churchill, quite simply because he was boating to England at the time.

When Benoni City Times editor Lana O’Neill approached me to contribute to the newspaper’s 100th anniversary, I couldn’t fathom how I could possibly deliver anything beyond my own experiences as a journalist.

Meet the City Times team

Linda Pretorius
Business manager

Lana O’Neill

Carlene du Toit
Group sales manager

Heila Brophy
Sales manager

Sheina Razack
News editor

Debbie Pratt
Property sales consultant

Rynette Joubert
Sales consultant

Penelope Masilela
Senior journalist

Jemma Pringle
Sport/general journalist

Terry-Ann Diergaart

Special Thanks

We extend special thanks to Carol Stier, of Johannesburg, who is the great grand daughter of William Hills, and local historian Glynis Cox Millett-Clay, for their tireless contributions to our Journey to 100 Years by delving into the archives to bring our readers a range of interesting and informative stories since the beginning of the year. And, of course, thank you to all our loyal readers for their many contributions and local businesses who have supported us throughout the years! What a journey it has been!

Benoni High School makes its mark for our 100th

Getting an entire high school of learners to take instruction is no mean feat! The advent of the newspaper’s 100th birthday seemed to have the learners of Benoni High School excited enough to toe the line and help us document something extraordinarily special as part of our centenary year celebrations. On August 26, with the help of many staff, our team was involved in forming a “BCT 100” logo on the field at the school, which was filmed and photographed by a drone. The “organised chaos” was certainly worth it and resulted in this effort. We would like to thank each and every learner and teacher for helping us capture this special keepsake. The school also took the opportunity to form “BHS 100” on the same day, as it celebrates its centenary next year. (Video and photo: Leighton Pearson).

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