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Over the past decade, numerous print media titles have been discontinued, with digital making inroads into the media landscape, decimating circulation and prompting a major overhaul of the entire publishing sector. Although the convergence of traditional media and New Media has resulted in a high level of integration, the relationship between print and digital has proved to be anything but symbiotic. Indeed, the expansion of digitisation has been at the expense of print media, with advertising allocations to newspapers and magazines declining from 40% to 29% within the space of ten years. While a recently released international study conducted by Future Exploration Network suggests that newspapers in the United States will be extinct by 2017, South African publishers believe that it will be more than twenty years before local printing presses are switched off. However, numerous stakeholders warn that the digital-driven demise of Seventeen South Africa, which printed its final issue in December 2013, does not bode well for the future of the sector.

This report focuses on print media publishing in South Africa, siccode 32420, with a specific focus on the publication of newspapers, magazines and journals. While the uptake in New Media has seen a growing number of media publishers place digital content behind pay-walls, the monetisation of online and mobile platforms remains a significant challenge. As digitisation redefines the traditional channels of media publishing, stakeholders are repositioning themselves to meet changing consumption trends. The year under review has been characterised by upheaval, with ownership of two of the sector’s major media houses changing hands. Sweeping changes are expected to continue, as players seek solutions to the challenges facing the industry.

Table Of Contents

Publishing of Newspapers, Magazines and Journals in South Africa 2014
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Supply Chain 2
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 2
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 10
4.1. Local 10
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 15
4.1.2. Regulations 16
4.1.3. Black Economic Empowerment 18
4.2. Continental 18
4.3. International 20
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 21
5.1. Economic Environment 21
5.2. Rising Input Costs 21
5.3. Information Technology and Technology 21
5.4. Labour Resources 22
5.5. Environmental Concerns 23
5.6. Advertising 23
5.7. Content 25
6. COMPETITION 25
6.1. Barriers to Entry 26
6.2. Research and Development (RandD) 26
6.3. Innovation 26
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 27
8. OUTLOOK 27
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 27
10. REFERENCES 28
10.1. Publications 28
10.2. Websites 29
APPENDIX 1 30
Mainstream Publications in the Media24 Stable 30
Mainstream Publications in the INMSA Stable 30
Mainstream Publications in the TMG Stable 31
Mainstream Magazines in the Caxton/CTP Stable 31
APPENDIX 2 32
The Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) South Africa: Circulation Figures - African Publications 32
ORGANOGRAM 33
COMPANY PROFILES 35
3S MEDIA (PTY) LTD 35
ASSOCIATED MEDIA PUBLISHING (PTY) LTD 36
BDFM PUBLISHERS (PTY) LTD 38
BROOKE PATTRICK PUBLICATIONS (PTY) LTD 40
CAXTON and CTP PUBLISHERS and PRINTERS LTD 41
CONDE NAST INDEPENDENT MAGAZINES (PTY) LTD 44
CREAMER MEDIA (PTY) LTD 45
CROWN PUBLICATIONS CC 46
EE PUBLISHERS (PTY) LTD 47
HIGHBURY SAFIKA MEDIA (PTY) LTD 48
INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS (PTY) LTD 49
INFIXION MEDIA (PTY) LTD 51
KAQALA MEDIA (PTY) LTD 52
MandG MEDIA LTD 53
MANDLA-MATLA PUBLISHING (PTY) LTD 55
MEDIA24 (PTY) LTD 56
MEDICAL and PHARMACEUTICAL PUBLICATIONS (PTY) LTD 60
NEW MEDIA PUBLISHERS (PTY) LTD 62
NOW MEDIA (PTY) LTD 64
PANORAMA PUBLICATIONS (PTY) LTD 65
PUBLISHING PARTNERSHIP (PTY) LTD (THE) 66
QUANTUM PUBLISHERS (PTY) LTD 67
RAMSAY MEDIA (PTY) LTD 68
TECHNEWS PUBLISHING (PTY) LTD 71
TIMES MEDIA (PTY) LTD 73
TNA MEDIA (PTY) LTD 75
TOPCO MEDIA (PTY) LTD 76
TRANSUNION AFRICA (PTY) LTD 77

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