Top 10 National Newspapers in South Africa (2023)


We have more than 30 newspapers that are majorly printed in the English language in South Africa. As of 2017, we had about 22 daily newspapers being printed and 25 weekly newspapers.

There are several newspapers from local newspapers to national newspapers to online newspapers. There are so many of them.

I will be showing you the top 10 national newspapers in SA in which you can settle with one of them and read every day.

National Newspapers in South Africa

Top 10 Newspapers in South Africa (National)

1. News 24 – Major South African Newspaper

This is an English-language South African online news publication created in October 1998 by the multinational media company, Naspers. News24 covers local and international news, politics, business, entertainment, technology, sport, and much more.

2. Business Day Daily Newspaper

Business Day, established in 2001, is a daily business newspaper having both daily and Sunday titles which are detailed with business and financial information

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3. Financial Mail

This is a South African business publication focused on reaching the country’s top business people. This weekly publication, which was launched in 1959, underwent a major “look and feel” change in 2006, which saw it reclaim its position as the most widely read English business weekly in the country.

4. Cape Business News 

Cape Business News is the leading industry, commercial, business and manufacturing specialist newspaper for the Cape. The newspaper provides business readers with comprehensive news on a monthly basis with extensive coverage of the Cape Town general business trends, events, statistics, new products, services and projects. Cape Business News is primarily a promotional vehicle for companies which have the Cape Business community as a primary target market.

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5. The Star 

This is a daily newspaper based in Gauteng, South Africa. It is one of the titles under the Independent News & Media South Africa group recently acquired by Sekunjalo Media Consortium led by founder and chairman Dr Iqbal Survé. It was previously owned by Independent News & Media.

6. The Sowetan

The Sowetan is an English-language South African daily newspaper that started in 1981 as a liberation struggle newspaper and was freely distributed to households in the then apartheid-segregated township of Soweto, Johannesburg, Gauteng Province. Currently, it is one of the largest national newspapers in South Africa.

7. The Mirror – Zoutnet

The Mirror – Zoutnet is known as a very popular Daily News for the northeastern part of South Africa.

8. Cape Argus

Cape Argus is a daily newspaper published by Sekunjalo in Cape Town, South Africa. It is commonly referred to as The Argus. Although not the first English-language newspaper in Southern African the Cape Argus was the first locally to use the telegraph for news gathering.

9. The Natal Witness

The Witness is a daily newspaper published in Pietermaritzburg. It mainly serves readers in Pietermaritzburg, Durban and the inland areas of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It is the oldest continuously published newspaper in South Africa, having first been published on 27 February 1846.

10. Mail & Guardian

The Mail & Guardian is a South African weekly newspaper, published by M&G Media in Johannesburg, South Africa. It focuses on political analysis, investigative reporting, Southern African news, local arts, music and popular culture.

Anyone of these newspapers that interest you, you can pick it up and be reading every day


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