SOUTH AFRICA NEWS & MEDIA
You’ll never be left in the dark in this part of Africa. South Africa boasts a free, robust and flourishing press – and it’s not restricted to print. All the major media operators in the country, and plenty of smaller ones besides, have a healthy presence in cyberspace. You’ll never be left in the dark in this part of Africa. The country’s turbulent history and the passage from apartheid to democracy has made its people remarkably news hungry, fed by a robust, free and flourishing press. South Africa has 20 daily and 13 weekly newspapers, most in English. Some 14.5-million South Africans buy the urban dailies, while community newspapers have a circulation of 5.5-million. There is also a range of general and specialized news websites which, in terms of the speed and breadth of their coverage, are on a par with the best in the world. South Africa has always had a courageous and opinionated press. For over 40 years the apartheid state tried to gag the country’s newspapers, using legislation, harassment and imprisonment, culminating in the late-1980s States of Emergency. Through all of this, South Africa’s press continued to report on all the news they could.