City Press (South Africa)

City Press is a South African news brand that publishes on multiple platforms. Its flagship print edition is distributed nationally on Sunday, and it has a daily newsletter, online platform, and other social media platforms. These include Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. The publication also runs a daily morning newsletter called On a Point of Order, a play on the South African Parliament scene, which frequently sees members of Parliament rising "on a point of order" to protest against something that somebody has said.

City Press
City Press newspaper logo.jpg
TypeSouth African news brand
EditorMondli Makhanya
Founded1982 (as Golden City Press)
1983 (renamed City Press)
HeadquartersJohannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Sister newspapersRapport
OCLC number70724022

History and operationsEdit

Mondli Makhanya is editor in chief of the City Press news brand.

The newspaper was established in 1982 as the Golden City Press by James R. A. Bailey and the South African Associated Newspapers (SAAN) group. The following year, "Golden" was dropped from the newspaper's name. SAAN later withdrew from its partnership with Bailey and the newspaper ran into financial difficulties.[citation needed]

Nasionale Pers took over the publication of the newspaper as well as its sister publications, Drum and True Love & Family, on 1 April 1984.[citation needed]

The editor in chief of the City Press news brand is Mondli Makhanya. He has been at the helm of the news brand since 1 August 2016.[1] Prior to Makhanya, the news brand was edited by Ferial Haffajee, who joined City Press on 1 July 2009.[2]

It counts among its ranks of former editors Khathu Mamaila.[3], Mathatha Tsedu and Len Kalane, who wrote a book about his experiences as editor of City Press, entitled The Chapter We Wrote: The City Press Story.[citation needed]

Distribution areasEdit

The newspaper is distributed nationally and in neighbouring countries, including Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland. It has a readership of about 2.5 million (source: AMPS 2001A).[citation needed]

2008 2013
Eastern Cape Y Y
Free State Y Y
Gauteng Y Y
Kwa-Zulu Natal Y Y
Limpopo Y Y
Mpumalanga Y Y
North West Y Y
Northern Cape Y Y
Western Cape Y Y

Distribution figuresEdit

Net sales
October - December 2012 126 400
July - September 2012 135 148
April - June 2012 146 054
January - March 2012 163 705

Readership figuresEdit

Estimated readership[6][7]
January – December 2012 1 757 000
July 2011 – June 2012 1 863 000

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Media24 appoints Mondli Makhanya as City Press editor -". Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  2. ^ Massey-Beresford, John Crawley, Helen. "M&G editor-in-chief Ferial Haffajee to move to City Press". The M&G Online. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  3. ^ [failed verification] Database (undated). "Mamaila, Khathu". Retrieved 9 October 2012.
  4. ^ "City Press Website". Retrieved 21 June 2013.
  5. ^ Audit Bureau of Circulations (S.A)
  6. ^ SAARF AMPS (Previous Presentations)
  7. ^ SAARF AMPS (Industry Presentations)

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