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. Here’s a quick guide to the main sites.
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Media24’s online news portal, in partnership with several newspapers such as Beeld, Die Burger, City Press and Rapport. Full local and international news, plus sections on business, sport, science, motoring and more.
The Independent Newspaper group’s news portal. Full local and international news, plus sections on business, sport, property, careers, technology, travel and more.
Mail & Guardian Online
One of the first news sites on the continent, this daily ‘pan-African newspaper’ is the companion for the weekly Mail & Guardian newspaper. Updated 24/7 with local, business and sports news. Features all the M&G’s insight and analysis. Discounted digital subscriptions.
More than just business news here – the newspaper’s site provides local, world and sports updates, as well online financial calculators and personalised listings of JSE share prices. Limited free access. Mobile and table access, e-papers, and BD Live apps available to subscribers only.
The Times, a daily sister publication to the Sunday Times, aims to blur the line between print and electronic media, serving up news, business and sport as well as blogs, podcasts and video.
City Press City Press describes itself as “the most quoted newspaper in South Africa”. The website is updated regularly. News, sports and business news as well as interesting columnists.
Beeld, Die Burger and Die Volksblad
Falling under the Naspers brand, these three Afrikaans newspaper sites have a digital- first strategy, which means they break news online – but charge a fee for it. Some free access, but digital subscriptions (tablet edition and full internet access) available.
News site of the South African Broadcasting Corporation. Specialises in breaking news from South Africa and the world, with links to audio and video bulletins.
The New Age
Site of South Africa’s newest national daily newspaper, which promises to focus on “the positive side of news”. Besides national and international news, provides news from each of South Africa’s nine provinces.
Independent online news site, offering quality analysis and opinion. Free, with registration required for some sections.
Excellent, comprehensive, fast updating internet and business technology news and information site.
Media24’s business site contains breaking news, the latest financial indicators, company results and more.
Independent Newspapers’ business site provides the top stories and features covering media, marketing and IT.
Personal finance site pulling material from the Avusa stable (Business Day, Financial Mail, Sunday Times, and Summit). Updated regularly, providing the latest news, market reports, investment advice and a variety of handy online tools.
- Website: www.netassets.co.za
Independent investment information, news, features, analysis and resources.
Online home of one of South Africa’s leading weekly financial publications, owned by Avusa.
Reviewed: 5 July 2013
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