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The Print & Digital Publishing Media Industry
BY Carole Veitch
South Africa
11 July 2018
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The South African Print and Digital Media Publishing Sector


The media publishing industry includes the publication of a wide spectrum of newspapers, magazines and journals in print and digital format. The domestic media publishing sector remains under pressure, with total revenue generated by the publication of newspapers, magazines and journals in both print and digital format shrinking to approximately R17.5bn in 2017. In the fourth quarter of 2017 Audit Bureau of Circulations of South Africa (ABC) membership comprised 333 newspaper titles, 446 magazine titles and 151 digital titles, a total of 930, down from 952 in the previous quarter.


Language issues


While isiZulu is the most widely-spoken mother tongue language, followed by isiXhosa, the most commonly used languages in the industry are English and Afrikaans. Vernacular languages are poorly represented and are generally limited to community publications which focus on local issues. Exceptions are the IsiZulu publications Isolezwe, which is one of the country’s top three daily newspapers, iLanga, and the isiZulu edition of the Sunday Times. In 2010 News24, a division of digital platform 24.com, went live with an isiZulu online news edition and other media publishers have since established online news platforms in different vernacular languages.


Report Coverage


The comprehensive report on the South African Print and Digital Media Publishing sector describes current conditions and local trends, looks at the performance of major players and includes the factors that influence the success of role players. Profiles for 39 companies are provided, ranging from the “Big Four” which publish almost all of the mainstream newspapers and magazines, to smaller players such as Creamer Media (Pty) Ltd, which publishes two weekly newspapers and online editions, and IT Web (Pty) Ltd, which has approximately 32,000 daily subscribers. Also profiled is Afro Times Media (Pty) Ltd t/a Afro Voice and formerly known as The New Age, which was discontinued on 30 June 2018.


Page
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 3
2.2. Geographic Position 4
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 5
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 21
4.1. Local 21
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 26
4.1.2. Regulations 28
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 31
4.2. Continental 32
4.3. International 33
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 35
5.1. Economic Environment 35
5.2. Rising Operational Costs 35
5.3. Technology, Research & Development (R&D) and Innovation 36
5.4. Content 38
5.5. Advertising 39
5.6. Labour 40
5.7. Environmental Concerns 41
6. COMPETITION 42
6.1. Barriers to Entry 44
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 44
8. OUTLOOK 45
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 46
10. REFERENCES 46
10.1. Publications 46
10.2. Websites 47
COMPANY PROFILES 49
3S MEDIA (PTY) LTD 49
A C BRABY (PTY) LTD 51
AFROTONE MEDIA HOLDINGS (PTY) LTD 53
AMAZON.COM INC 55
ASSOCIATED MEDIA PUBLISHING (PTY) LTD 59
CAXTON AND CTP PUBLISHERS AND PRINTERS LTD 61
CONDE NAST INDEPENDENT MAGAZINES (PTY) LTD 66
CREAMER MEDIA (PTY) LTD 68
CROWN PUBLICATIONS CC 70
DB VOLEK 72
EDUFLEX (PTY) LTD 73
EE PUBLISHERS (PTY) LTD 75
GREYMATTER AND FINCH (PTY) LTD 77
HIGHBURY MEDIA (PTY) LTD 79
INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS (PTY) LTD 81
INTERACT MEDIA DEFINED (PTY) LTD 84
IT WEB (PTY) LTD 86
JUTA AND COMPANY (PTY) LTD 88
KAQALA MEDIA (PTY) LTD 91
LEXISNEXIS (PTY) LTD 93
M AND G MEDIA LTD 96
MACMILLAN SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 99
MANDLA-MATLA PUBLISHING (PTY) LTD 102
MARAMEDIA (PTY) LTD 104
MEDIA24 (PTY) LTD 106
MEDICAL AND PHARMACEUTICAL PUBLICATIONS (PTY) LTD 114
MONEYWEB HOLDINGS LTD 116
NASOU VIA AFRIKA (PTY) LTD 118
NETLEARN UPDATE CC 121
NEW MEDIA PUBLISHING (PTY) LTD 123
NOW MEDIA (PTY) LTD 127
OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS SOUTHERN AFRICA (PTY) LTD 129
PAN MACMILLAN SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 133
PANORAMA MEDIA CORPORATION (PTY) LTD 135
PEARSON SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 137
PUBLISHING PARTNERSHIP (PTY) LTD (THE) 140
TECHNEWS PUBLISHING (PTY) LTD 142
TISO BLACKSTAR GROUP (PTY) LTD 144
TRANSUNION AFRICA (PTY) LTD 147