The Star (South Africa)

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The Star
The Star Logo
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Independent News and Media SA
Editor Japhet Mathanda Ncube
Founded 6 January 1871
Headquarters Johannesburg

The Star is a daily newspaper based in Gauteng, South Africa. It is one of the titles under the Independent News & Media South Africa group recently acquired by Sekunjalo Media Consortium led by founder and chairman Dr Iqbal Survé.[1] It was previously owned by Independent News & Media. The newspaper employed three members of the Bang-Bang Club. It employed Kevin Carter as a staff photographer in 1984.[2]:41 Ken Oosterbroek worked for the paper before being appointed its chief photographer in August 1991. He hired Joao Silva shortly afterwards.[2]:46


The Star newspaper appeared for the first time in Johannesburg as The Eastern Star. It was founded in Grahamstown under that title on 6 January 1871 (as a resurrection of the previous Great Eastern paper), and was moved to the Witwatersrand sixteen years later by its owners, brothers Thomas and George Sheffield. In 1889, the name Eastern Star was changed to the one currently in use.[3]


  • Business Report (Monday-Friday)[4]
  • Tonight (Monday-Friday)[4]
  • Workplace (Monday & Wednesday)[4]
  • Motoring (Thursday)[4]
  • Play (Once a month)[4]

Distribution areas[edit]

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

Distribution figures[edit]

Net Sales
Jan - Mar 2015 91 735[6]
Jan - Mar 2014 101 711[6]
Oct - Dec 2012 102 244
Jul - Sep 2012 105 686
Apr - Jun 2012 117 874
Jan - Mar 2012 124 641

Readership figures[edit]

Estimated Readership[7][8]
January – December 2012 615 000
July 2011 - June 2012 683 000

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