Media24 is South Africa’s leading publisher with interests in digital media and services, newspapers, magazines, ecommerce, book publishing, print and distribution. It is part of Naspers, a multinational group of media and ecommerce platforms.
Vision and strategy
What type of business are we in?
Innovative multi-platform media products and services created by passionate people to enrich the lives of our customers around the world.
What service do we provide?
We inform, entertain, educate and connect people through print, digital and ecommerce platforms.
What is our strategy?
Reshaping Media24 to remain relevant and useful to consumers and clients and create value for our shareholders.
The core values that drive Media24’s conduct are courage, integrity, accountability and respect.
2010 – 2015
Media24 launched VIA, the first Afrikaans lifestyle television channel in South Africa, 2015 | 24.com removed the comments section on all its sites except Netwerk24, 2015 | Naspers and Die Burger celebrated its 100th anniversary, 2015 | 24.com launched News24Wire after Sapa’s closure, 2015 | Novus Holdings Limited, formerly Paarl Media Group, lists on the JSE, 2015 | Netwerk24 launched bringing together outstanding content from Beeld, Die Burger, Volksblad and Rapport onto a single Afrikaans news site, 2014 | spree.co.za launched and quickly became the most popular efashion store in South Africa, 2013 | Prof Rachel Jafta was appointed as chair of Media24, 2013 | News24 launched Izindaba24, the first isiZulu news service in South Africa, 2012 | News24 launched MyNews24, the first news-focused user-generated content platform in South Africa, 2012 | The Natal Witness became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Media24, 2012 | Esmaré Weideman was appointed chief executive of Media24, 2011
2001 – 2010
City Press celebrated its 25th anniversary, 2008 | Media24 increased its interest in Paarl Media Holdings to 94,7%, 2007 | Son, a daily Afrikaans tabloid, launched, 2006 | 24.com was established following the merging of Media24’s digital division and MWEB Studios, 2006 | Welkom Yizani, Media24’s broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) scheme launched. It remains the biggest BEE share offer in the South African print media industry, 2006 | Daily Sun launched with a sangoma, who was also a reporter, making incantations and offering prayers to the ancestors, 2002 | On the Dot, Media24’s logistics and distribution division, is established, 2000 | Media24’s printing presses were reorganised into Paarl Media, 2000 | Media24 acquired a 74% interest in Soccer-Laduma, the biggest active football community in South Africa, 2000 |Media24 is established w hen Naspers organised and branded its news and print businesses under the Media24 umbrella, 2000
1990 – 2000
News24 launched, soon becoming the premium online news source in South Africa, 1998 | Media24 was the founding sponsor of the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK), 1995 | The Eastern Cape newspaper Oosterlig was incorporated into Die Burger, 1993 | Jonathan Ball Publishers, the leading publisher and distributor of English books in South Africa, was acquired, 1991
1980 – 1990
Leisure Hour (now Leisure Books) was established, 1982 | City Press and the two magazines Drum and True Love (& Family as it was still known), were acquired, 1984 | Finansies & Tegniek, the Afrikaans financial magazine, was launched, 1985 | The company took over JL Van Schaik Publishers and Van Schaik Boekhandel was established the next year, 1986 | YOU magazine launched after market research showed ‘there is an opportunity for an English Huisgenoot’, 1987
1970 – 1980
Leserskring, the Afrikaans book club, was established, 1979; Human & Rousseau publishers was acquired, 1978 | Beeld published its first daily issue, 1974 | Via Afrika, an educational publisher, was established, 1970 | Sunday newspapers Beeld and Dagbreek amalgamated to become Rapport, 1970
1960 – 1970
The first Sunday paper, Die Beeld, is published, 1965 | FAIRLADY was established as the first commercial English title in the group under the editorship of Jane Raphaely, 1965 | Nasou, the publisher of educational books, established, 1963
1950 – 1960
Tafelberg Uitgewers was acquired, 1959 | Nasionale Boekhandel was founded, 1950
1940 – 1950
SARIE magazine was launched, 1949
1930 – 1940
Oosterlig, the daily Eastern Cape newspaper was launched, 1937
1920 – 1930
Die Volksblad became a daily newspaper having been a weekly, 1925 | The company published its first book in an indigenous language, isiXhosa, 1922
1915 – 1920
Landbouw-weekblad (now called Landbouweekblad) launched in Bloemfontein, 1919 | The company published its first English book, Republicans and Sinners by CJ Langenhoven, 1919 | De Burger Boekhandel and De Burger Leeskring were established and would become the foundation of book publishing, 1918 | Het Volksblad was acquired and changed to Die Volksblad (now called Volksblad), 1917 | De Huisgenoot (now called Huisgenoot) was first published, 1916 | De Burger (now called Die Burger) was first published, 1915 | Nasionale Pers was established, 1915