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 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 contains news on international market trends, and national company and business news.

Weekly supplements include the GoodLife, Motoring, and Network. Network (on Wednesday) specifically focueses on KZN business, property and shipping news. The Zululand and Pietermaritzburg areas are specifically covered within Network. The Mercury includes dedicated golf pages on Tuesday.

The Mercury also contains local entertainment and arts news. 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
Jan - Mar 15 27 499[3]
Jan - Mar 14 29 616[3]
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[4][5]
Jan 12 - Dec 12 234 000
Jul 11 - Jun 12 237 000

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