Die Burger

Die Burger (English: The Citizen) is a daily Afrikaans-language newspaper, published by Naspers. By 2008, it had a circulation of 91,665 in the Western and Eastern Cape Provinces of South Africa. Along with Beeld and Volksblad, it is one of three broadsheet dailies in the Media24 stable.

History

On 18 December 1914, sixteen prominent Afrikaners gathered in Stellenbosch to discuss the establishment of a national newspaper. With considerable financial support from local philanthropists Jannie and Christiaan Marais, purchased a quarter of 20,000 £1 shares in the new holding company, the project soon got off the ground, with the founding of De Nasionale Pers ("the National Press") and the selection of Dr. D. F. Malan as editor of its daily paper, De Burger (Dutch for "The Citizen"). The first issue was published on 26 July 1915.

Language

Die Burger is published at the Media24 Centre on Cape Town's Foreshore
Library stack of Die Burger, 2012.

Die Burger was originally published in Dutch. In 1916, the first Afrikaans-language articles were published. In 1921, the newspaper's Dutch title (De Burger) was translated into Afrikaans (Die Burger).

Supplements

  • Sake24 (Mon-Fri)
  • Buite (Tues)
  • Jip (Mon)
  • Leefstyl (Wed)
  • Motors (Thur)
  • Vrydag! (Fri)
  • Landbou (Fri)

Political affiliation

Die Burger was a newspaper that supported the nationalist cause and apartheid, and used to be the mouthpiece of the National Party of South Africa. This only began to change after 1985, when then editor Piet Cillié, a staunch supporter of the government under B. J. Vorster and P. W. Botha, retired. In 1990, the National Party was officially informed by editor Ebbe Dommisse that it no longer served as a political mouthpiece. This disaffiliation was continued in 1999 with the appointment of a more progressive editor, Arrie Rossouw. In 2006, Henry Jeffreys became the first Cape Coloured editor of the paper.

List of editors

  • D. F. Malan (1915-24)
  • Albertus Geyer (1924-45)
  • Phil Weber (1945-54)
  • Piet Cillié (1954-77)
  • Wiets Beukes (1977-90)
  • Ebbe Dommisse (1990-2000)
  • Arrie Rossouw (2000-06)
  • Henry Jeffreys (2006-10)
  • Bun Booyens (2010-2016)
  • Willem Jordaan (2016-)

Distribution areas

Distribution figures

Readership figures

See also

Sources

External links

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