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The Sowetan newspaper describes Zapiro (aka Jonathan Shapiro) as “The best political cartoonist in the country.” His most recent book Democrazy (published by Jacana) presents a survey of satirical graphics of the foibles of South African politics over the past 20 years.
Times Media Ltd (TMG) has announced the acquisition of the Future Group, a leading publishing and services company with ownership of numerous high profile events in South Africa. The Future Group publishes a range of successful titles across the automotive, media, business travel, professional services and environment sectors.
Nal’ibali supplement to move to Sunday newspapers to reach more people
To increase access for parents and educators to the popular bilingual children’s literacy resource – the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment supplement – Times Media will be moving the weekly publication to two new newspaper titles as of Sunday, 13 April.
Mzansi’s Sexiest 2014 reveals its Top 12
Sowetan LIVE’s annual sexy celebrity competition, Mzansi’s Sexiest 2014, has revealed the Top 12 sexiest celebrities as voted for by the readers. After embarking on a nationwide online search for the sexiest celebrities in South Africa, the panel of judges involved in the project as well as the votes of the masses have come to a great conclusion.
Organisers of the hit international food and music festival, Delicious have pulled out all the stops to provide a star studded two day musical line-up featuring five celebrity chefs and eight marquees headed by Grammy Award-winning super group, Jamiroquai.
The much anticipated annual Matric Q&A supplement will be published on Sunday, 15 September and Monday, 16 September in the Sunday Times and the Sowetan newspapers respectively.
It’s every foodie’s dream to have a chef from a trendy European restaurant whip up a culinary masterpiece just for them and be able to browse through an eclectic artisan food market – which is exactly what awaits visitors to South Africa’s first Delicious Festival, taking place at the Blue Hills Equestrian Estate in Kyalami on Saturday, 5 and Sunday, 6 October.
SA Home Owner magazine (SAHO) has taken another bold step for South African home and décor print publications, and announced the launch of its Internet radio show, The Home Owner Show.
Judy Jake has been a stand-up comic for four years and is the first professional black female comic in South Africa. She is set to perform at the Rendevous at the SA State Theatre on Saturday, 10 August in her one-woman special.
A music festival for food lovers or a food festival for music lovers; Delicious is set to take the South African entertainment and culinary world by storm in Johannesburg from Saturday, 5 to Sunday, 6 October. Delicious promises to give festival-goers something completely fresh and unique with the A list line-up performing on both days.
MTV Base and Citroën have completed the second leg of the MTV Base VJ Search auditions, after visiting Cape Town in their hunt for a new VJ for MTV Base, channel 322 on DStv. Hundreds of young hopefuls turned out at Tyger Valley Shopping Centre in Bellville for the auditions to get through to the next round in the MTV Base VJ Search contest.
BDFM Publisher and editor-in-chief, Peter Bruce, has announced that Business Day will remain in broadsheet format. There has been significant consideration and debate over recent months regarding the possible move to a tabloid format for one of South Africa’s leading financial newspapers.
In one of the most innovative moves the South African media industry will witness this year, Times Media has announced that as from Tuesday, 1 January 2013 it will be linking advertising rates to the core circulation of all of its titles.
Three of Mzansi’s brainiest are counting down to Saturday, 20 October – the day they find out which one of them has won the hottest gig in music and youth TV: the 2012 MTV Base VJ Search. The Grand Final will be broadcast on MTV Base, channel 322 and e.tv on Saturday, 20 October at 18:05.
The Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Award finalists have been announced. The judging panel noted the high standard of the submissions and believed that the finalists chosen aptly underscored this year’s theme – perfect balance.

The Times, one of South Africa’s youngest daily newspapers, has seen double digit growth in the first quarter of this year. The latest audited results released by the Audit Bureau for Circulation (ABC) for the period January-March 2012, reveal that single copy sales of The Times have grown by 30.2% from 35 974 to 46 832 (10 858 copies) compared to the same period last year.
The Sunday Times has maintained and strengthened its position as South Africa's best-selling newspaper. Audited figures released by the Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC) for the period October-December 2011, reveal that the national circulation of the Sunday Times now stands at 462 895.
City Press will launch its new business section on Sunday, 5 February under the editorship of Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya. The revamped business section comes hard on the heels of the newspaper redesign implemented by editor-in-chief, Ferial Haffajee, since her appointment two years ago.
Kelly saved in shocking <i>Idols</i> results show
In a major upset in this week’s Idols season seven results show, 21-year-old Kelly Fortuin from Cape Town was the Idol who had secured the fewest viewers’ votes.
<i>Special Assignment</i> explores sex in the media
This week’s episode of Special Assignment, broadcast on Wednesday 24 August on SABC 3, takes a look at the publication of sexual content.
The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and the African Media Initiative (AMI) have just published Mobile Media Services At Sub-Saharan African Newspapers: A Guide To Implementing Mobile News And Mobile Business, aimed at helping African newspapers harness this important platform in the region.
Following the controversial column by a freelance writer published in the Sowetan newspaper, Avusa Media has announced a number of key editorial changes, in a bid to bolster the existing team and continue to deliver the quality content for which the paper has been known for the past sixty years.
Avusa Media is committed to improving 2011 matric pass rate
This year the Sunday Times and Sowetan will publish their annual stand-alone 48-page tabloid supplement of matric exemplars and memoranda, on Sunday, 31 July and Monday, 1 August. It has become the most valued supplement produced by Avusa Media and is a critical resource for every matriculant nationwide.
When I was studying journalism, my lecturer would always tell us in class that: “If it does not bleed then it does not sell.” He meant that for a story to be newsworthy, someone has to die or be injured. A few years after graduating, I caught up with the phrase again at the YFM newsroom. Reikhutsitse Malala looks at the media's role in bringing attention to the Andries Tatane killing.
New public editor for Avusa Media
Joe Latakgomo has been announced as Avusa Media’s new public editor, acting as the readers’ representative for heavyweight titles, including Sowetan, Sunday World and Sunday Times.
Avusa Media enters daily deal market with a bang
With the launch of Zappon.co.za just 2.5 months after project initiation, Avusa Media has quickly mobilised and entered the hotly-contested South African daily deal space, with the full might of its brands behind it.
Avusa Media fares well at recent ABC release
Avusa titles posted healthy growth in the latest ABC figures released for the fourth quarter of 2010. Sunday Times, the group’s flagship title, grew its circulation to 462 366 (Oct-Dec 2010), but it was its daily sister, The Times, that posted excellent results. The Times now has a circulation of 141 271, an increase of nearly three percent.
The editor-in-chief of Avusa Media, Mondli Makhanya, has announced that Sowetan Editor, Bongani Keswa, and the company will soon part ways. Keswa has said he would like to take the time out to pursue other ventures.
Avusa Media has placed Editor of Sowetan, Bongani Keswa, on special leave from Tuesday, 1 February. The group’s Public Editor, Thabo Leshilo, will stand in as Acting Editor of Sowetan.
AVUSA GM of newspapers on <i>Sowetan</i> consultations
Recent reports claiming that the Sowetan newspaper faces closure are completely untrue, said Avusa Media GM of Newspapers, Mike Tissong.
Newspaper readers’ AMPS thumbs-up for Media24 publications
Readership of Media24 newspapers did very well in the past year, according to the most recent All Media and Products Survey (AMPS) statistics released by the South African Advertising Research Foundation (SAARF).
Strongly marketed retail brands honoured at <i>The Times and Sowetan 2010 Retail Awards</i>
The Times and Sowetan 2010 Retail Awards, which took place at the Sandton Hilton Hotel on 7 October, saw strongly marketed retail brands steal the show. Avusa Media partnered with TNS Research Surveys for a second year running to conduct The Times and Sowetan 2010 Retail Survey, which showed that retailers that were on the rise had focused on hard brand promotion.
Media Update vodcast 9 September 2010
Welcome to the latest news in this week’s Media Update vodcast. Leigh Andrews provides an overview of this week's headlines.
Poland&#39;s <i>Metro</i> named <i>Young Reader Newspaper of Year</i>
The Metro newspaper in Poland has been named the 2010 World Young Reader Newspaper of the Year in the annual competition organized by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishing (WAN-IFRA).

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