Daily Dispatch

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Daily Dispatch
Daily Dispatch Logo
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Daily Dispatch front page of 20 February 1939
Type Daily newspaper
Owner(s) Times Media Group
Publisher Times Media Group
Editor Bongani Siqoko
Founded 1872
Language English
Headquarters East London
Website www.dispatchlive.co.za

The Daily Dispatch is a South African newspaper published in East London in the province of Eastern Cape. Founded in 1872 as the East London Dispatch, the Dispatch is today the Eastern Cape's best-selling daily with a circulation of about 33,001 copies.[1]

The newspaper covers areas such as local news, sports, politics, business, jobs, and community events, published in English.

The newspaper is internationally known for its editor from 1965 to 1977, Donald Woods. Woods became a friend of Steve Biko, leader of the Black Consciousness Movement, and provided support to Biko through his editorials. After Biko's death in police custody, Woods went into exile to expose the truth surrounding Biko's death in his book Biko.

During World War II the editor, and major shareholder, was Bernard Steer, father of noted journalist George Steer.


The History of the Daily Dispatch by Glyn Williams

Distribution areas[edit]

2008 2013
Eastern Cape Y Y
Free State
Kwa-Zulu Natal Y Y
North West
Northern Cape
Western Cape Y

Distribution figures[edit]

Net Sales
Oct - Dec 12 26 339
Jul - Sep 12 26 390
Apr - Jun 12 26 751
Jan - Mar 12 30 304

Readership figures[edit]

Estimated Readership[4][5]
Jan 12 - Dec 12 238 000
Jul 11 - Jun 12 237 000


The newspaper’s physical address is:
35 Caxton Street, East London, South Africa, 5201[6]

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