The Mercury (South Africa)

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The Mercury
The Mercury Logo
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Independent News and Media SA
Editor Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya
News editor Philani Makhanya
Sports editor John Trachim
Founded 1852
Headquarters Greyville, Durban, South Africa
Sister newspapers Daily News; The Independent on Saturday; Sunday Tribune; Isolezwe; Post

The Mercury is an upmarket English-language newspaper owned by Independent News & Media and published in Durban, South Africa.


The paper focuses on the important national and local news of the day, with background and analysis. Its leader and opinion pages offer a platform for a diversity of views and aims to foster informed debate.

The daily Business Report within The Mercury gives readers an edge in business. They are kept up to date with latest international market trends, national company and business news and a variety of crucial economic intelligence. The title's other daily offerings include colourful LIFE and SPORT sections with informed, insightful writers and entertaining columnists.

Popular weekly supplements include the GoodLife, Motoring, and Network. Network (on Wednesday) is noted for its specific focus on KZN business, property and shipping news, all vital to the local economy. The Zululand and Pietermaritzburg areas are specifically covered within Network. The Mercury places special emphasis on sports coverage. It carries numerous specialised columns, for example, on rugby, soccer and cricket – and includes dedicated golf pages on Tuesday.

The Mercury also provides a leading role in guiding readers into the local entertainment and arts scene. Daily and weekly sections offer fun and enjoyment to the whole family from movie and theatre reviews, to regular TV features, comics and daily crosswords. The Friday edition includes a guide to weekend events in KZN.

Distribution areas[edit]

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

Distribution figures[edit]

Net Sales
Oct - Dec 12 29 761
Jul - Sep 12 30 040
Apr - Jun 12 31 740
Jan - Mar 12 32 098

Readership figures[edit]

Estimated Readership[3][4]
Jan 12 - Dec 12 234 000
Jul 11 - Jun 12 237 000

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