These are published newspaper reports which cover current events and topical issues. They are a valuable source of current information but as newspapers are produced very quickly and are sometimes sensational, the facts they publish might contain inaccuracies. It is wise to confirm facts in these articles.
A number of newspaper websites and newspaper databases are available.
For newspapers that are not on the list below, try South African newspapers on the Internet – a list compiled by Karen Fung of Stanford University Library.
- Business Day
- Business Times
- Independent Online
- Mail and Guardian
- Newsbank Collection of African Newspapers (videos) -Search seamlessly across Historical African News Sources
- African Newspapers: The British Library Collection, 1821 – 1900 – Rare newspapers from throughout Africa published during the 19th century.
- Historical and Current South African News Sources
- Rand Daily Mail, 1902-1985 -The Rand Daily Mail is renowned today for being the first newspaper to openly oppose apartheid and contribute to its downfall. Explore deep coverage from the Boer Wars to the Apartheid Era.
- Sowetan, 1981 – 2019, Johannesburg, South Africa – One of South Africa’s most prominent newspapers, The Sowetan is a leading anti-apartheid voice that chronicles life in South Africa during and after apartheid, including politics, culture, sport, business and more.
- Sunday Times Archive, 1906 – 2019, Johannesburg, South Africa – Known as “the paper for the people,” South Africa’s largest Sunday newspaper has been covering the people, issues and events that shaped South Africa and beyond for over a century.
- South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)
- Sunday Times
- The Teacher
Other Newspaper Websites
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SA Media covers over 120 South African newspapers and periodicals with more than 500 articles selected daily, categorized and indexed in Afrikaans and English. Copies of original articles are available from microfiche archives for the period 1978 to 1996. Digital images of articles are available online since January 1997 in both TIF and PDF format. This database is compiled and maintained by the Institute for Contemporary History (INCH) at the University of the Free State.
The microfiche archive is housed in Room L45 in Special Collections on the Lower Ground floor of the EG Malherbe Library, Howard College Campus; and at the Cecil Renaud Library, Pietermaritzburg Campus.
Searching SA Media
Searches can be conducted using any of these fields:
- Subject terms: Use subject terms or phrases in either English or Afrikaans when searching the period 1987 – June 2001. After this date it is also possible to search using phrases in the titles of newscuttings.
- Category Number: 24 numbered subject categories are used to categorize newscuttings. Select the relevant category from a drop down menu on the search page.
- Publication: Searches can be limited to one particular newspaper by selecting the name of the newspaper from the drop down menu.
- Searches can be further refined by date – full publication date or year only; type of publication and Language.
Searching INCH Newscuttings on Microfiche
To locate your newscutting in the Microfiche collection for the period prior to 1997, you will need to know the category, location (identification) number and the year of publication of the newscutting you require.
These details can be obtained from an online search of SA Media, or by using the Keyword List and the Cuttings Index housed with the microfiche collection. Once you have this information proceed as follows:
Select the cabinet drawer containing the appropriate year
- Check through the fiches in the relevant subject category
- Select the fiche whose document numbers include the document number of the news-cutting you require
- View the fiche using the microfiche reader
- You may make prints of news-cuttings – check with library staff for the current price