Die Burger

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Die Burger
Die Burger Logo
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Naspers
Publisher Naspers
Editor Bun Booyens
Founded 1914
Language Afrikaans
Headquarters Cape Town
Circulation 91,665 (2008)
Website http://www.dieburger.com/

Die Burger 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.


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, 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.


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).


  • Sake24 (Mon-Fri)[1]
  • Buite (Tues)[1]
  • Jip (Mon)[1]
  • Leefstyl (Wed)[1]
  • Motors (Thur)[1]
  • Vrydag! (Fri)[1]
  • Landbou (Fri)[1]

Political affiliation[edit]

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 black editor of the paper.

List of editors[edit]

  • 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-)

Distribution areas[edit]

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

Distribution figures[edit]

Net Sales
October - December 2012 61 484
July - September 2012 61 817
April - June 2012 60 354
January - March 2012 61 980

Readership figures[edit]

Estimated Readership[3][4]
January – December 2012 497 000
July 2011 – June 2012 471 000

See also[edit]



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