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The Print & Digital Publishing Media Industry in South Africa
BY Carole Veitch
South Africa
19 May 2020
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The Print & Digital Media Publishing Industry


The evolution of major media publishers into multi-platform companies has resulted in the blurring of traditional publishing lines. Despite the growth of digital media, digital income streams have not adequately offset the decline in print revenues. Additionally, media companies are facing increased competition for adspend from social media platforms, search engines and websites. Although the circulation figures of most newspaper and magazine titles are in free-fall, research indicates that demand for reliable information and quality content has surged since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.


Coronavirus Impact


While the printing of magazines was suspended at the outset of the lockdown, newspaper printing presses have continued to run and subscriber deliveries continued, although retail copy sales have declined. There has been a notable increase in online news site traffic, with audiences growing by as much as 76%. The pandemic has led to advertising cuts, smaller print-runs and distribution challenges. One magazine publisher has stopped trading while another announced plans to withdraw from magazine publishing.


Trends


As immediacy of response becomes increasingly important, major media publishing houses have evolved into multi-platform companies and print circulation continues to decline. With advertising revenue in decline, media publishers are diversifying into non-media services, such as the hosting of events, and are relying more on revenue from subscriptions and copy sales. Although magazine sales are in decline, certain niche publications continue to be well supported.


Report Coverage


This report focuses on the Print & Digital Media Publishing Industry and includes comprehensive information on the state and size of the sector including the latest available circulation, readership and adspend figures and trends and corporate actions. There are profiles of 36 companies including major players such as Media24, Caxton & CTP, Arena and Independent Media, relatively smaller publishers such as IT Web, and academic publishers such as LexisNexis and Eduflex.


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 7
4.1. Local 7
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 17
4.1.2. Regulations 18
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 20
4.2. Continental 21
4.3. International 22
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 24
5.1. Economic Environment 24
5.2. Operational Costs 25
5.3. Technology, Research & Development (R&D) and Innovation 25
5.4. Content 27
5.5. Advertising 27
5.6. Labour 28
5.7. Environmental Concerns 29
6. COMPETITION 29
6.1. Barriers to Entry 31
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 31
8. OUTLOOK 32
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 33
10. REFERENCES 33
10.1. Publications 33
10.2. Websites 34
APPENDIX 1 35
Summary of Notable Players 35
COMPANY PROFILES 43
A C BRABY (PTY) LTD 43
ARENA HOLDINGS (PTY) LTD 45
CAXTON AND CTP PUBLISHERS AND PRINTERS LTD 48
CONDE NAST INDEPENDENT MAGAZINES (PTY) LTD 53
CREAMER MEDIA (PTY) LTD 55
CROWN PUBLICATIONS (PTY) LTD 57
EE PUBLISHERS (PTY) LTD 59
FUNDUDZI MEDIA (PTY) LTD 61
GREYMATTER AND FINCH (PTY) LTD 62
HIGHBURY MEDIA (PTY) LTD 64
INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS (PTY) LTD 66
INTERACT MEDIA DEFINED (PTY) LTD 68
IT WEB (PTY) LTD 70
KAQALA MEDIA (PTY) LTD 72
LEXISNEXIS (PTY) LTD 74
M AND G MEDIA LTD 77
MANDLA-MATLA PUBLISHING (PTY) LTD 79
MEDIA24 (PTY) LTD 81
MEDICAL AND PHARMACEUTICAL PUBLICATIONS (PTY) LTD 88
MONEYWEB HOLDINGS (PTY) LTD 90
NEW MEDIA PUBLISHING (PTY) LTD 92
NOVUS PRINT (PTY) LTD 95
NOW MEDIA (PTY) LTD 97
PANORAMA MEDIA CORPORATION (PTY) LTD 99
PUBLISHING PARTNERSHIP (PTY) LTD (THE) 101
TECHNEWS PUBLISHING (PTY) LTD 102
TRANSUNION AFRICA (PTY) LTD 104