Below is a list of the most popular local (Cape Town oriented) and national newspapers, along with their respective prices and websites. Unless otherwise mentioned, all publications are in English.
The Mail and Guardian (R19.50)
This is a national weekly investigative newspaper, and is published by M&G Media in Johannesburg. It focuses strongly on politics, civil society, government, business and the environment. During the Apartheid era, it was seen as the only ‘color-blind’ South African paper, covering the news without any form of racial targeting.
The newspaper’s website is also highly esteemed, and in 2001 was voted one of the world’s top 175 websites by forbes.com.
The Cape Times (R5.70)
This newspaper covers everything from Cape Town life and news to sports, entertainments and special events. It includes classifieds sections and local job ads. Its supplements change daily, with Career Times on Mondays, Drive Times and Sports on Tuesdays, the Cape Property Times on Wednesdays, and Arts, Entertainment and Travel supplements on Fridays. The magazine markets itself as ‘servicing the needs of the up-market reader’, and sells about 50 000 copies daily.
The Sunday Times, the weekend edition of the Cape Times, includes a full-size, color lifestyle magazine, and costs R12.00
The Cape Argus (R4.80)
This afternoon newspaper focuses on local news, entertainment and sports. It sells about 71000 copies a day. The bumper weekend edition has the best sales of any newspaper, selling over half a million copies each week, and includes sections on world news, South African news, travel, personal finance, weekend life and sport. It includes several supplements, among them the Cape Town Entertainment guide, a Classifieds section and the Cape Property Guide. It costs R11.
The Cape Property Guide
Included as a supplement in several newspapers, this is the biggest property guide in the Cape, with about 250 pages of properties for sale each week. It can also be viewed online at http://www.capeproperty.co.za.
Die Burger (R4.50)
This is the biggest Afrikaans newspaper in Cape Town, with a daily readership of about 171 000. It focuses strongly on local and international news, business and sport.
International newspapers are stocked in some hotels. There’s a particularly large selection at the Mount Nelson Hotel, in Upper Orange Street, Gardens, which you can read while enjoying a cup of tea or coffee in the restaurant. French and Chinese papers are also stocked by branches of News Café (though these are not for sale). Visit http://www.newscafe.co.za and use the store locator to find your nearest branch.
Below is a list of the international papers stocked by the V&A Waterfront branch of Exclusive Books (Shop 6160, on the ground floor), which include four German publications – a reflection of the presence of the massive German expatriate community in Cape Town:
- The Telegraph R 25
- Financial Times R 24
- International Express R 28
- International Herald Tribune R 42
- Daily Telegraph R 56
- Deutsche Bild R R 53.80
- Frankfurter Algemeine R 84
- Frankfurter Weekend R 103
- Welt am Sonntag R93.30
Exclusive Books also stocks Der Spiegel, the renowned German magazine. You can contact them on 021 419 0905, or e-mail email@example.com.