The Witness

The Natal Witness Printing and Publishing Company prints and distributes a number of newspapers, including South Africa's oldest newspaper, The Witness and Weekend Witness. Other titles include Echo, The Mirror, Village Talk, Greytown Gazette and UmAfrika, a weekly tabloid Zulu newspaper. The Witness (Monday to Friday) is a broadsheet morning newspaper focusing on the greater Pietermaritzburg and inland areas of KZN. Weekend Witness appears on Saturdays, and is distributed all over the province, including Durban and the coastal areas. This lively tabloid, provides a mix of news, commentary, sport, personal finance, entertainment and a popular weekly property sales supplement.

The Natal Witness keeps pace with technological developments. Newspapers in the Witness stable are printed on one of the most advanced printing presses in Africa. Fully computerized with automated inking, register and damping systems, the KBA Comet is capable of producing a 32-page broadsheet edition with full colour on all pages in a single run at a rate of 70 000 copies per hour. Advertising sales for Witness publications are handled by ADS24 in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.

Witness Supplements and Features include

  • Home: A monthly supplement focusing on home decor, repairs and DIY.
  • Careers guides and Education (publication dates vary but available on request)
  • ECHO an English-language tabloid published Thursdays focusing largely on local township news
  • Motoring: Feature pages on Wednesdays and Saturdays, including new car launches, and road tests.

Contact us

Position: Editor

Name: Andrew Trench

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Position: GM: National Sales and Marketing

Name: Dave Erasmus

Phone: +27 (0)33 355 1107

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Position: Manager: Advertising and Distribution

Name: Hilton Tredgold

Phone: +27 (0)33 355 1226

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