CAPE TOWN, South Africa: Sixteen hundred delegates from 105 nations crowded into South Africa's spectacular sea-shore capital for the annual rites of the World Association of Newspapers Congress and the World Editors Forum.

The four-day event takes as its key theme Shaping the Future of the Newspaper - a long, hard and self-critical look at the seismic shifts affecting attempts by the global press to retain its influence in the information landscape.

At the formal opening ceremony on Monday, South African President Thabo Mbeki officially opened the congress, which is hosted by the Newspaper Association of South Africa.

Proclaims NASA president Trevor Ncube: "It shows the commitment and pride in our country as public and private sectors come together to showcase South Africa."

Data sourced from (South Africa); additional content by WARC staff