This article showcases our top picks for the best South Africa based News companies. These startups and companies operate a variety of News solutions. We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands. Regardless, they are all exceptional startups and companies well worth a follow.
We selected these startups for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top South Africa News Companies
The Daily Maverick is an online newspaper with news, information, analysis, newsletters, opinion pieces, and advertisements. Its sections include Wired World, Africa, South Africa, world, business, life, and sports.
The Daily Maverick was launched in 2009 and is operated from Johannesburg, South Africa.. .
Snapplify is a content and media technology company focusing on content distribution and mobile publishing. We provide publishers and content producers with a platform for distribution, reading and retail of eBooks, magazines and newspapers.
We are the largest eBook aggregators in Africa with more than 250 leading publishers’ content, more than 100 000 aggregated titles, and over 600 resellers and online stores. We work closely with Macmillan, Penguin Random House, Oxford University, Pearson and others to aggregate their eBooks within our established distribution channels that includes leading retailers and academic institutions.
Snapplify formed from respected, pedigree technology company, Realmdigital, which has been servicing African markets for 15 years. Snapplify is backed by AngelHub Ventures, a Venture Capital company backed by former First National Bank CEO Michael Jordaan and the Harris family (RMB Co-Founder, Paul Harris’ family fund).
Our solutions are industry celebrated and globally recognised for their innovation in technology; the SnappBox has won multiple awards for revolutionising eBook distribution for schools.. .
Mimiboard is a virtual noticeboard and media owners all across the continent use it in the following way: Create a Mimiboard/s for their audience. Traffic, crime reports, sport, chat etc.
The media owner knows best what the audience wants. They then activate their current SMS lines, Twitter feeds and soon Facebook, Instagram, Mxit, and other communication channels on the board and now the audience can add notes to the noticeboard from any of these channels.
The media owner then embeds this virtual noticeboard with all the conversations into their Websites, Facebook pages and mobiles sites and or apps (coming soon) Now the conversation happens on the media owners’ site Monetization models happens in three ways: Board cover ad. This is a premium ad spot on the Mimiboard that our sales teams monetize.
We then share revenue back to the board owner (Live now) Network ads. We have signed an agreement with an Ad Network on API level.
This will automatically monetize the board. The ad will look like a note on the board.
(Live in Jan) We share revenue back to the board owner Featured notes: This is an exciting one. Gravity pushes notes down really fast if your board is active.
African News Agency
The African News Agency (ANA) is Africa’s first syndicated multimedia news service and strives to be the continent’s single source of reliable and credible news on government, politics, economies, markets, business, sports, and lifestyle. We are committed to accurate and balanced coverage 24 hours a day; to report what is in the public interest, and to meet the information needs of our readers and subscribers.
Whether you are a broadcaster, newspaper, digital customer, business, government or civil society organization, we can provide you with relevant and compelling content for your specific requirements. When news breaks, we will know and we will tell you immediately, helping you to make better decisions faster.
We aim to provide news you can use: information that is helpful and relevant to decision-makers, investors and ordinary people.. .
MyBroadband is an IT website that features the latest technology and business technology. The website also offers discussion for its over 1 million unique monthly visitors to talk over topics of similar interest.
It covers telecoms, broadband, ADSL, wireless, cellular, hardware, software, gadgets, energy, business, hosting, smartphones, baking, and more. MyBroadband was launched by Rudolph Muller and is operated from Gauteng, South Africa..
Mail & Guardian
Mail & Guardian is an online newspaper that provides the latest local and international news. It offers news in the categories of opinion, arts and culture, business, politics, special reports, sci-tech, education, and more.
Mail & Guardian was founded in 1994 and is based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Its editor is Chris Roper..
Burn Media is a multimedia digital publishing house that focuses on the intersection of technology and media, entrepreneurship, cars, and gadgets. Its objective is to showcase and celebrate entrepreneurship in emerging markets, from Africa to Asia while offering Tech startup news and introducing trends for emerging markets.
In 2011, Burn Media has launched several online platforms, including [Memeburn](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/memeburn), Gearburn, [Ventureburn](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/ventureburn), Motorburn, and Jobsburn. Its team of content writers consists of journalists, contributors, columnists, and key opinion leaders worldwide.
Burn Media was launched in 2012.. .
AI Media Group
The AI Media Group are curators Of Africa’s largest business focused AI RPA & Data Science Community with 3000+ members. We are building an AI powered future for Africa and as such we are your gateway to understanding the 4IR landscape in the region be that finding African clients, partners, suppliers, investors and start-ups.
Our 4 main areas of focus are; 1) Synapse Magazine – Africa’s first AI & data science trade publication – Read our quarterly publications on ISSUU here https://issuu.com/aimediasynapse 2) AI TV – Africa’s first U Tube Platform charting the 4IR in Africa. Watch our content here http://www.youtube.com/c/AITVHQ 3) AI Expo Africa – The largest business focused AI community event in Africa with a community of 1000+ CxOs, investors, buyers, suppliers, innovators, SMBs and global brands in the region focusing on real world AI and Data Science business applications.
Learn more at www.aiexpoafrica.com 4) Analysis & Consulting – We are frequently asked to help organisations understand the local and regional detail of the African AI & Data Science market. Its one of the most rapidly developing sectors and we provide consulting support ranging from Ambassadorial Delegations and Investors to Start Ups and Corporates seeking clarity on the B2B / B2C and Investment climate across the continent.
We also provide analysis reports and introductions on a consulting basis.. .
Discover Digital is a dynamic, young business and one of only a few digital media companies in the world to offer total end-to-end technology and content solutions for the delivery of entertainment and educational digital video content through Internet Protocol Television (IPTV), Over-the-Top (OTT) internet television services and Off-line delivery solutions. Guided by a single great desire to make meaningful, quality content available to everyone, we seek to provide top-quality, family-friendly entertainment and educational content across Africa and beyond that speaks to the differing needs, challenges and dynamics of a mix of communities and markets.
Our goal is to re-invent the way content is accessed, which is underpinned, first and foremost, by choice.. .
TechCentral is an online information resource that offers news, reviews, and comment on South Africa’s information and communications technology industry. TechCentral adheres to three policies in their selection and publication of news: free enterprise, the advocation of privatization and deregulation as tools to aid in the growth of the economy to benefit the citizens, and to provide readers with independent and balanced reporting and analysis that does not toe the corporate line.
TechCentral exists solely as an online news platform. The site is predominantly focused on multimedia and uses mediums such as photography and weekly podcasts.
The latest versions of Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer or Safari are recommended when accessing the site. Initially TechCentral’s readership was approximately 1000 readers.
Since its inception in 2009, the website’s readership has increased dramatically and currently has over 133000 readers. TechCentral was founded in 2009 by former Financial Mailtechnology editor Duncan McLeod..
On the Dot
On the Dot is the most significant multichannel media logistics company in South Africa. The physical logistics footprint reach includes exports to 58 African countries on a monthly basis.
We currently operate from over 30 premises throughout South Africa and one in Windhoek, Namibia. On the Dot enjoys a customer base of over 200 outsourced partnerships ranging from large to small publishers and media owners.
More than 70% of all magazine distribution; 50% of newspaper distribution; almost 46% of book distribution; a growing share of consumer electronic products; and 36% of leaflet distribution in South Africa are handled by On the Dot. On the Dots’ subscription management expertise service around 35 million magazine and newspaper subscription deliveries per year.
On the Dot is also involved in the logistics of consumer electronic products which complement the content creation industry as media consumption devices. On the Dot delivers products to 22 000 outlets, 6 000 bookshops, distributors, educational departments, and millions of home addresses per year – just to mention some of the distribution markets we service.
Specialties Logistics, Subscription management, Contact centre management, Distribution services, Warehousing, Debt collection, Digital fulfilment, Business intelligence. .
Payments Afrika is an independent news site for professionals and executives. They focus on the continuing evolution and innovation of payments in Africa and abroad and report on the latest news around a wide range of electronic payments including card payments, ATMs, online payments, ecommerce, mobile payments, online banking, alternative payments, security and point of sale technology.
Readership includes professionals from a wide range of industries including merchants, start-ups, banking, payment service providers, regulatory bodies, government, solution providers, retailers, research companies and payment associations.. .
Now Novel is an online writing website and community. We help aspiring authors, with a detailed story planning tool, online writing groups to get constructive critique from peers, private feedback and accountability from writing coaches, editing services, short courses and an educational blog.
Now Novel is headquartered in South Africa, and our coaches and members are international.. .
24.com is an African network of digital publishing brands and online services across internet, mobile, applications, and interactive TV. Its online portal provides information on health, music, property, movies, shopping, current affairs, lifestyle, food, dating, automobiles, wines, restaurants, travel, cooking, children, beauty, and weather.
Additionally, the network also operates a blog where users can exchange ideas of mutual interest. 24.com is based in Cape Town, South Africa and operates as a subsidiary of Media24 Ltd..
CNBC Africa is the Africa’s first and most powerful business media brand. Available through DSTV and multiple terrestrial networks across Africa, we reach decision makers, CEO’s, policymakers and entrepreneurs across the continent.
CNBC Africa has a number of bespoke product offerings online, on TV and through a series of events conducted through the year. Explore this section of the site in depth or contact us to speak to a rep.
CNBC Africa is Sub-Saharan Africa’s #1 business media brand. Broadcasting over 8 hours of live business content from our bureaux network across Africa, CNBC Africa’s multi-platform coverage is a winning platform for your brand and your message.
Founded by Rakesh Wahi and Zafar Siddiqi, CNBC Africa is Africa’s most powerful multiplatform business media brand. CNBC Africa, owned by Africa Business News and headquartered in Johannesburg, is part of the global CNBC family, reaching audiences in over 100 countries.
CNBC Africa together with its companion site CNBCAfrica.com focuses on business, money, finance and economic news originating from Sub Saharan Africa.. .
Upweeks is an online platform that is aimed at informing and teaching you about the latest trends in Technology and the movie industry. We cover topics that range from Tech news, Reviews of Gadgets, softwares, Apps, Movies and TV Shows.
Our primary focus is the African Continent.. .
The Citizen in print is a compact tabloid daily newspaper focused on bringing strong, easy to read news and information to our readers in a way that suits their busy lifestyles. Appearing on weekdays and on Saturdays, The Citizen covers a large variety of reader interest subjects such as news, sport, business, politics, entertainment and leisure, motoring, health, analysis, auctions and horse racing just to name a few.
This philosophy is also the cornerstone of our electronic platforms where we provide easy to digest, up to date news and information to our online community. In the words of former editor, Martin Williams: “Editorially we strive to serve our readership which covers a broad range, racially and politically.
Our aim is to be clear, forthright and lively, with up-to-date news and opinion, including much input from The Citizen readers. Items are generally short and crisp, allowing busy people to keep up to speed, while also providing longer features for those who have more time to relax with the paper.” Started in 1976, The Citizen has grown and evolved in the years that followed.
In 1998 it was bought by Caxton and CTP Publishers and Printers Limited, which is recognised as one of the largest publishers and printers of books, magazines, newspapers and commercial print in South Africa. The company is involved in various fields of publishing and printing such as newspapers, magazines, commercial print, book printing, stationery, packaging and labels, as well as manufacturing ink for web presses.
Independent Media South Africa
People are at the heart and soul of Independent Media. Together with our growing unique online audience of nearly three million, our print publications have a loyal readership in excess of six million while our star magazines, GQ and Glamour, in partnership with Condé Nast International, offer a combined readership of 17,1 million local and international readers.
Independent Media is one of South Africa’s leading multi-platform content companies. Our stable of fine, quality publications include 20 of the country’s most prominent newspapers with The Star in Johannesburg, Cape Times and Cape Argus in Cape Town and The Mercury in Durban firmly entrenched in millions of households throughout South Africans.
African Independent is the only title which serves the African continent and I’solezwe lesiXhosa provides daily news to the 3.5 million literate Xhosas in the Eastern Cape.Business Report is South Africa’s largest business newspaper with 1.2 million readers. Independent Online, popularly known as IOL, is Independent’s current digital offering and brings millions of readers breaking news as events happen in the country and around the world.
With a growing daily unique online audience, iol.co.za is one of the largest news and information websites in South Africa. Independent Media’s established loyal base is due to its uncompromising approach to delivering fresh, original content to its audiences, with the aid of cutting edge journalism from South Africa’s most talented news staff.
People trust our brands. With diversity being our key objective, we offer news and information suited for every South African.
Independent Media is geared for growth. With the adoption of best global practice, investment in state-of-the art technology and the employment of highly skilled individuals, the company aims to become the leading content provider across media platforms in Africa..
Memeburn is a website that is focused on digital news and events in the emerging markets. It covers various subject areas, including innovation, mobile technology, startups, general tech culture, and online business.
The site also pays attention to the web, mobile, social media, online media, and social networking fields. In 2011, Memeburn expanded to launch Gearburn.com, an online platform that features news and reviews related to gaming tools, devices, and gadgets..
Tuluntulu is a mobile content platform targeting audiences in Africa and globally with African focused content. As at August 2017, the platform has over 40 x 24/7 streaming TV channels and over 30 radio stations.
Tuluntulu is designed to work on mobile devices connected via low bandwidth connections.. .
MyGaming is a gaming news website catering to the needs of the South Africa gaming community. It carries both local and international news about the latest games, consoles, PC gaming hardware as well as reviews.
The website was launched in early 2009 and has grown to become South Africa’s premier destination for locally-relevant gaming news, reviews and discussions.. .
PhoneReport is an online publication that focuses on telecommunications. It addresses the general public with news and reviews on mobile phones, mobile software, manufacturers and network operators.
It employs seven journalists, two whom are the co-founders of the publication.. .
Bandwidth Blog is a leading technology South African media house publishing breaking tech news, gadget reviews, incisive opinions, and industry insight. Our aim is to keep our readers abreast of all developments in the technology world, through a uniquely South African context.
Founded in 2006, we continue to bring the latest technology news directly to our audience through informative and incisive news pieces, reviews, roundups, video segments and our weekly podcast, Bandwidth Blog On Air.. .
CRYPTANALYSIS is a complete CRYPTO Ecosystem. The only place on the web you will need to visit in order to get the latest News & Market information.
As well as having all the tools you need and expect in one place, from instant cryptocurrency swapping to links to tools and other sites of interest.. .
Cape Business News
Cape Business News provides business readers with comprehensive news on a monthly basis. It covers Cape’s general business trends, events, statistics, new products, services, and projects.
The company was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Cape Town, South Africa.. .
EmergingStars.com is an online platform that connects entrepreneurs with organizations and resources that assist with business development. It distributes content through its TV series, newsletters, and website.
Its team of researchers works with a network of entrepreneurs, investment agencies, and business consultancies. The site’s “Business Classified” section allows entrepreneurs and investors to connect, create partnerships, and negotiate business deals.
Africa Report TV showcases inspiring entrepreneurial success stories from Africa and highlights investment opportunities on the continent. The weekly television series is broadcast in over 40 countries in Africa and around the world.
EmergingStars.com is operated from Cape Town, South Africa.. .
Fin24 is an online platform, providing news related to business, economics, and personal finance for its viewers. It provides comprehensive update of these sectors every day with added features such as interactive company and markets data.
Fin24’s up to date coverage aims to be a one-stop facility for the discerning reader. The platform has over 500, 000 monthly users.
It is based in Cape Town, South Africa.. .
Frivoliti.com is a free online tech news aggregator – grating and serving you the latest tech scoop before it hits the news desks. Frivoliti.com delves into the world of technology, packages and aggregates tech news and reviews, analysis of technology trends, and expert advice on topics ranging from the most fundamental aspects of technology to the many ways technology is helping us enjoy our world.
We work for the reader who not only needs to keep up with technology in technology, but is passionate about it.. .
South African Government News
The SA Government News Agency is a news service, published by the Department of Communications (DOC). The people of South Africa have a right to information, irrespective of their class, colour or creed.
The Government has a mandate to ensure that its entire people have access to information. In order to make this possible, SAnews.gov.za was established to provide quick and easy access to articles and feature stories aimed at keeping the public informed about the implementation of government’s mandate.
An achievement of note for SAnews.gov.za was the clinching of a National Productivity Institute (NPI) Merit Award, in 2000, in recognition of the work it has done in disadvantaged communities.. .
It is safe to say Geeks run the everything in the world today; Microsoft, Google, Facebook; the list is endless. Re-inventing the wheel is not an option but like Apple all we can do is to streamline and perfect existing technology.
At The Geek, we are about taking the tried and tested, and re-thinking the practical applications. Then we take things further and make the final product offerings cost-effective and accessible to the man on the street..
Based in South Africa, Chekmypr.co.za is a press release site that helps South African businesses announce their news, reach new audience and promote their business through social networks, search engines and Google News. Any business owner or representative can submit their press release to Chekmypr via a simple web form for free.
Registered users have access Chekmypr dashboard, where they can view, edit or delete their published press releases. Every press release sent out through ChekMYPR is search engine optimized.
We host each approved press release on our news hub and distribute it to Google news, popular social media and social bookmarking sites. We moderate every press release before it goes out, and we don’t publish spammy releases with duplicate content or objectionable material.
To learn more about Chekmypr, visit https://www.chekmypr.co.za Chekmypr.co.za is owned and operated by Bandela Media (Pty) Ltd (https://bandela.media), a South African based internet company.. .
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