The Times (South Africa)

The Times was a South African daily newspaper now available online only. It was an offshoot of The Sunday Times, to whose subscribers it was delivered gratis; non-subscribers paid R2.50 per edition in the early years. It was owned by Tiso Blackstar Group, formerly known as Times Media Group.

The Times
The Times Logo
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Tiso Blackstar Group
HeadquartersJohannesburg, South Africa
Sister newspapersThe Sunday Times


The Times of South Africa was a daily printed newspaper that was delivered free to 137,054 (according to the latest Audit Bureau of Circulations statistics) Sunday Times subscribers five days a week. Tabloid in size, it was South Africa's first totally interactive newspaper, published in tandem with the TimesLIVE website.[1] In The Times's newsroom, reporters worked alongside multimedia producers and photographers to produce content for the newspaper and the website. The Times was also available for purchase at a cover price of R4.00 in limited quantities, later at R5.50. The last editor of The Times was Andrew Trench.

In November 2017 the newspaper's owner, Tiso Blackstar Group, announced its intention to shut down the paper.[2] It was replaced with a premium digital-only daily edition, Times Select, in early 2018.[3]

The Times LIVE website publishes free breaking news, sport, entertainment and more, as well as video, audio and photo stories.


  • Motor Mania (came out on a Friday)

Distribution areasEdit

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
Western Cape Y Y

Distribution figuresEdit

Net Sales
Oct - Dec 2015 100 360[4]
Jun - Aug 2015 109 480[4]
Jan - Mar 2015 140 647[5]
Jan - Mar 2015 140 647[5]
Jan - Mar 2014 142 603[5]
Oct - Dec 2012 146 956
Jul - Sep 2012 140 078
Apr - Jun 2012 142 383
Jan - Mar 2012 142 111

Readership figuresEdit

Estimated Readership[6][7]
January – 12 December 2012 287 000
July 2011 – June 2012 342 000


The newspaper’s physical address was Hill on Empire, 16 Empire Road, Parktown, Johannesburg, 2193.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "TimesLIVE". Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  2. ^ "The Times is dead. Long live The Times". Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Times Select launches paywall and smart new app". Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  4. ^ a b "ABC Q4 Presentation". Audit Bureau of Circulations. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  5. ^ a b c
  6. ^ SAARF AMPS (Previous Presentations)
  7. ^ SAARF AMPS (Industry Presentations)

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