The Star (South Africa)

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The Star 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. The Star was previously owned by Ireland-based organisation Independent News & Media. The paper is distributed mainly in Gauteng and other provinces such as Mpumalanga, Limpopo, North West, and Free State.

The Star
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TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Independent News and Media SA
PublisherSekunjalo Independent Media
EditorJaphet Mathanda Ncube
Founded6 January 1887
Headquarters47 Pixley Seme Street, Johannesburg


The content published in The Star focuses on leading daily national, local and international national news and analysis. Its leader and opinion page offers a platform for thought leaders to contribute their opinions on topical news.


The Star houses the Business Report newspaper (a widely-read financial newspaper in South Africa), as well as a carrier for the following supplements:


Newspaper Journalism Awards 2012

  • Hard News: Angelique Serrao "Gauteng toll roads"
  • Feature photographs: Antoine de Ras  "The Long Road Home"
  • Hard News: Louise Flanagan "92 million: Zuma's political elite benefit"
  • Enterprise News: Lebogang Seale "Raped by the justice system"
  • Feature Writing: Beauregard Tromp "The weight of water" Jonathan Ancer “Adventures of an AWOL Chequebook” shared with our sister paper Cape Times
  • News photographs: Antoine de Ras "Mogadishu Madness"
  • Feature photographs: Antoine de Ras "The Long Road Home”"
  • Sports photographs: Adrian de Kock "Polo Pigeons" Standard Bank 2013 Sikuvile Journalism Awards
  • Rising Star of the Year: Kristen van Schie  Vast Number of Entries Standard Bank 2014 Sikuvile Journalism Awards
  • Hard News: Angelique Serrao, Botho Molosankwe, Kristen Van Schie, Lebogang Seale & Kevin Ritchie Deadly Valentine (Series).
  • Enterprise News: Kristen van Schie After the Fall.
  • Popular Journalism: Omphitlhetse Mooki Hell Hath no Fury like a Woman Scorned.
  • Newspaper Journalist Of The Year: Antoine de Ras Oscar Pistorius Standard Bank 2015 Sikuvile Journalism Awards
  • Hard News: Botho Molosankwe, Timothy Bernard, Theresa Taylor & Omphitlhetse Mooki  "Joburg's Raging Fires - Firefight Scandal"
  • Hard News: Botho Molosankwe "What a Bummer"
  • Graphic Journalism: Sithembile Mtolo "Greening your home"
  • News Photographs: Bongiwe Mchunu "Extinguisher" Standard Bank 2016 Sikuvile Journalism Awards
  • Enterprise News: The Star Women's Team 2016 "The Rise Of Women's Power"
  • Graphic Journalism: Lebohang Elvin Nethononda "Soweto Uprising 1976"
  • Presentation: Narianan Nelandri "June 16: 40 Years On"
  • Young Journalist Of The Year: Nokuthula Mbatha "Deep In The Devil's Drug" National Arts Festival/BASA Arts Journalism Awards 2016
  • News: Silver Winners Wendyl Martin shared with its sister publication Weekend Argus

Notable storiesEdit

The Bang-Bang ClubEdit

The Star newspaper employed three members of the Bang-Bang Club. It employed Kevin Carter as a staff photographer in 1984. Ken Oosterbroek worked for the paper before being appointed its chief photographer in August 1991. João Silva was hired shortly afterwards.


The Star newspaper appeared for the first time in Johannesburg as The Eastern Star. It was founded in Grahamstown under that title on 6 January 1871 (as a resurrection of the previous Great Eastern paper), and was moved to the Witwatersrand sixteen years later by its owners, brothers Thomas and George Sheffield. In 1889, the name Eastern Star was changed to the one currently in use.[1]


  • Business Report (Monday-Friday)[2]
  • Tonight (Monday-Friday)[2]
  • Workplace (Monday & Wednesday)[2]
  • Motoring (Thursday)[2]
  • Play (monthly)[2]

Distribution areasEdit

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

Distribution figuresEdit

Net Sales
Apr - Jun 2021 27 823[4]
Jan - Mar 2020 57 019[5]
Jan - Mar 2019 72 010[6]
Jan - Mar 2018 75 836[7]
Jan - Mar 2017 84 857[8]
Jan - Mar 2016 86 833[9]
Jan - Mar 2015 91 735[10]
Jan - Mar 2014 101 711[10]
Oct - Dec 2012 102 244
Jul - Sep 2012 105 686
Apr - Jun 2012 117 874
Jan - Mar 2012 124 641

Readership figuresEdit

Estimated Readership[11][12]
January – December 2012 615 000
July 2011 - June 2012 683 000

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "SA History Website". Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "The Star Website". Archived from the original on 27 May 2011. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  3. ^ Audit Bureau of Circulations (S.A)
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  11. ^ SAARF AMPS (Previous Presentations)
  12. ^ SAARF AMPS (Industry Presentations)

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