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Print and Digital Media Publishing
BY Carole Veitch
South Africa
25 February 2015
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The Print and Digital Media Publishing Sector


South Africa’s media publishing industry, which incorporates the publication of newspapers, magazines and journals in both print and digital format, was worth an estimated R21bn per annum in 2015. According to recent findings of the South African Research Foundation (SAARF), readership figures continue to decrease. An estimated 46.3% of the South African population aged 15 years of age and older are newspaper readers and 46.9% of the local population are magazine readers.


A Changing Environment


In recent years, enhanced broadband penetration, the high cost of printing and rising distribution costs have motivated the growing migration of media publishers to digital platforms. As a result, the traditional print media sector has been obliged to reinvent itself to avert cannibalisation by digital media sites. Media publishers, already grappling to find solutions to dwindling print circulation and shrinking advertising spend, currently find themselves in a rapidly evolving environment that is driven by the demands of social media-savvy consumers who increasingly expect succinct, bite-size snippets of news and immediate news updates. Stakeholders believe that the increase in tablet and smartphone ownership will result in exponential revenue growth in the digital magazine category with revenue predicted to increase from approximately R60m in 2013 to R370m in 2017.


Report coverage


The Print and Digital Media Publishing report describes current conditions and recent trends including the substantial investment into digital platforms that has seen print media publishers evolve into multi-media companies. The report profiles 34 companies, including the “Big Four”: Media24, the largest publisher of newspapers and magazines in South Africa; the Times Media Group Limited (TMG), formerly known as Avusa Limited; Caxton / CTP Publishers and Printers Limited, which has more than 130 community newspaper titles in its stable; and Independent News & Media South Africa (INMSA) whose Independent Online (IOL) is one of South Africa’s leading online news brands. Also profiled are e-learning companies, publishers of e-textbooks, journals and consumer e-books as well as electronic business-to-business publishers.


Page
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Supply Chain 3
2.2. Geographic Position 4
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 5
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 28
4.1. Local 28
4.1.1. Newspaper Publishing 29
4.1.2. Magazine Publishing 30
4.1.3. Corporate Actions 32
4.1.4. Regulations 34
4.1.5. Enterprise Development and Socio-Economic Development 37
4.2. Continental 41
4.3. International 43
4.3.1. Newspaper Publishing 44
4.3.2. Magazine Publishing 45
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 46
5.1. Government Intervention 46
5.2. Economic Environment 46
5.3. Rising Input Costs 47
5.4. Information Technology and Technology 47
5.5. Labour 49
5.6. Advertising 51
5.7. Content 52
5.8. Environmental Concerns 53
6. COMPETITION 54
6.1. Barriers to Entry 55
6.2. Innovation 55
6.3. Research and Development (R&D) 56
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 57
8. OUTLOOK 58
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 58
10. REFERENCES 60
10.1. Publications 60
10.2. Websites 60
ORGANOGRAM 62
COMPANY PROFILES 66
3S MEDIA (PTY) LTD 66
AC BRABY (PTY) LTD 68
ALLIED PUBLISHING LTD 70
AMAZON.COM INC 72
ASSOCIATED MEDIA PUBLISHING (PTY) LTD 76
BDFM PUBLISHERS (PTY) LTD 78
BROOKE PATTRICK PUBLICATIONS (PTY) LTD 80
CAXTON & CTP PUBLISHERS & PRINTERS LTD 82
CONDE NAST INDEPENDENT MAGAZINES (PTY) LTD 87
CREAMER MEDIA (PTY) LTD 89
CROWN PUBLICATIONS CC 91
eDEGREE (PTY) LTD 92
EE PUBLISHERS (PTY) LTD 94
GREYMATTER & FINCH (PTY) LTD 96
HIGHBURY SAFIKA MEDIA (PTY) LTD 98
INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS (PTY) LTD 100
INFIXION MEDIA (PTY) LTD 104
INTERCOMM SOUTH AFRICA 106
IT WEB LTD 108
JUTA & COMPANY LTD 110
KAGISO MEDIA LTD 113
KAQALA MEDIA (PTY) LTD 116
LEARNING CHANNEL (PTY) LTD 118
LEXISNEXIS (PTY) LTD 120
M&G MEDIA LTD 122
MACMILLAN SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 125
MANDLA-MATLA PUBLISHING (PTY) LTD 129
MARAMEDIA (PTY) LTD 131
MARTIN STABREY SOLE PROPRIETORSHIP 133
MASKEW MILLER LONGMAN (PTY) LTD 134
MEDIA24 (PTY) LTD 137
MEDICAL & PHARMACEUTICAL PUBLICATIONS (PTY) LTD 144
MONEYWEB HOLDINGS LTD 146
NASOU VIA AFRIKA LTD 148
NETLEARN UPDATE CC 151
NEW MEDIA PUBLISHERS (PTY) LTD 152
NOW MEDIA (PTY) LTD 155
PANORAMA MEDIA CORPORATION (PTY) LTD 157
PUBLISHING PARTNERSHIP (PTY) LTD (THE) 159
QUANTUM PUBLISHERS (PTY) LTD 161
RAMSAY MEDIA (PTY) LTD 163
SIYAVULA EDUCATION (PTY) LTD 168
TECHNEWS PUBLISHING (PTY) LTD 170
TIMES MEDIA (PTY) LTD 173
TNA MEDIA (PTY) LTD 176
TOPCO MEDIA (PTY) LTD 178
TRANSUNION AFRICA (PTY) LTD 180
TRESSO TRADING 242 (PTY) LTD 182