A Gallo image of Masego "Maps" Maponyane.

Maps Maponyane hosts the I am South African show on ANN7 ahead of the South African of the Year (SATY) awards.

24-hour news channel ANN7 continues to set trends in the broadcasting space, offering innovative and improved programming that satisfies millions of its viewers locally and internationally.

Last year, the news channel launched the South African of the Year (SATY) awards, an annual initiative aimed at celebrating the outstanding contributions made by some of the country's brave and committed men and women.

In the build up to the inaugural awards ceremony held in September last year at Johannesburg's Sandton Convention Centre, the channel profiled some of the nominated trailblazers in a daily television offering called I am South African.

This year is no different as the second instalment of I am South African makes its return to the small screen on ANN7 (DStv 405) with model, TV presenter, actor, Masego "Maps" Maponyane confirmed as the host.

The daily hour-long show celebrates extraordinary citizens making a difference in the lives of ordinary people in different spheres of life. Last year, the show celebrated the theme "20 years of democracy". This year the focus shifts to "unity in diversity" as the main theme. The theme arises from the need to promote nonracialism and as an antidote to xenophobia.

As a build up to the prestigious SATY awards ceremony on Saturday, 17 October, the show premieres at 18:00 on Monday, 13 July on ANN7 (DStv 405) and will air Mondays to Saturdays with a total of 83 episodes profiling SA's leading artists, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, politicians and athletes as they share their unique stories with the rest of South Africa.   

Confident he will pull off a successful one-hour live show, Maponyane says he is drawn to I am South African by its quest to celebrate and capture the greatness that lies within our communities. Maponyane says: "I look forward to uncovering great stories from some of South Africa's extraordinary people in our communities doing extraordinary things. With this show we will be telling inspirational real-life stories and sharing the journeys of the nominated personalities as well as challenges they faced to get where they are." 

Masego "Maps" Maponyane

"Some of these people sacrificed a lot to be where they are," Maponyane adds. "More than anything, I am South African is about promoting a narrative of positivity. The show will also give viewers a more in-depth understanding of the journeys, passions and sacrifices of the nominees. This will help to inform viewer's choices in voting for their favourite personalities."

Maponyane says some of the interviews will be conducted outside of a studio setting in a bid to give better insights into the lives of the nominees.

The show's executive producer, Fungayi Kanyuchi, says: "Having a well read and rounded host like Maps hosting the show is an indication of the higher level at which we are pitching the second season. Maps is able to stir the daily conversations that will ignite debate, inspire and entertain our viewers."

The show starts on Monday, 13 July and will air weekdays 18:00, with a look back at the highlights from 2014.