Trevor Ncube

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Trevor Vusumuzi Ncube (born 9 September 1962) is a Zimbabwean entrepreneur and newspaper publisher now living in South Africa and publishing in both countries. As an editor and publisher, he was a critical voice in media of former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his government.[1]


Ncube was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Ncube holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Economic History from the University of Zimbabwe.[2] He was a teacher at Pumula High School in the early 1980s.


In 1989 Trevor Ncube became assistant editor at The Financial Gazette and was named its executive editor in 1991.[2][3]

In 2002, Ncube became the owner of the Mail & Guardian[2] He currently publishes South Africa's Mail & Guardian weekly newspaper, part of The Guardian group of newspapers and in Zimbabwe, sister publications The Zimbabwe Independent, The Sunday Standard and NewsDay.

Press freedom in Zimbabwe[edit]

On 10 December 2005, Trevor Ncube had his passport taken away by Mugabe's government, in the first application of restrictive press freedom laws.[4] The passport was later returned after the seizure was exposed to be illegal.[5] The government of Zimbabwe tried again, unsuccessfully, to strip him of his citizenship on the basis that his father was born in Zambia. The attempt was seen by many as an attempt to close his newspapers which are highly critical of the government of Zimbabwe's President Mugabe.[6][7] Zimbabwean law does not allow foreigners to own newspapers. As a result of the political crisis, journalists fled the country, and Ncube moved to South Africa.[8]

SABC blacklist[edit]

The South African Broadcasting Corporation blacklisted critics of Mugabe and Zimbabwe's government—a list which included Trevor Ncube. The information came out of a report from a Pretoria-appointed commission of inquiry.[9] Later, a South African court—the South Gauteng High Court—ruled that Snuki Zikalala, SABC managing director, in overseeing the news operation had acted in the interests of South African President Thabo Mbeki and manipulated news about Zimbabwe, including the silencing of critics.[10]


  • 1994—Trevor Ncube was named Zimbabwean Editor of the Year.[2]
  • 2007—International Publishers Association Freedom Prize Award[11]
  • 2008—German Africa Award. The German Africa Foundation presented Ncube for his dedication for press freedom, human rights and democracy in Zimbabwe and the whole of Southern Africa.[12]
  • 2010—Kenya Nation Media Group Life Achievement Award[11]
  • 2012—MISA Press Freedom Award. The Media Institute of Southern Africa awarded Ncube its annual award "for his role in providing Zimbabweans with alternative platforms for critical, alternative views on social, economic and political issues."[13]


  1. ^ "Trevor Ncube: harnessing the power of publishing". CNN. 21 September 2009. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Meet our board of directors". Mail & Guardian. 24 November 2005. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Oppenheimer Lecture to the IISS by Trevor Ncube". The International Institute For Strategic Studies. Archived from the original on 13 October 2007. Retrieved 18 October 2007. 
  4. ^ "Zim 'undermines press freedom'". 10 December 2005. 
  5. ^ "Zim returns Ncube's passport". 14 December 2005. 
  6. ^ Rusere, Patience (29 December 2006). "Zimbabwe Publisher Challenges Revocation of His Citizenship". VOA News. Voice of America. Retrieved 2 January 2009. 
  7. ^ "Trevor Ncube's Zim citizenship saga". BIZCOMMUNITY.COM. 
  8. ^ "Transition to Democracy Proves Difficult for Zimbabwe". Voice of America. 21 September 2010. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Report Says Critics of Harare Blacklisted by South African Broadcasting". 10 January 2009. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "SABC manipulated news on Zimbabwe, Court Ruled". Byo24NEWS. 28 January 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  11. ^ a b "Trevor Ncube - ENTREPRENEUR • NEWS PUBLISHER". Retrieved 2017-08-01. 
  12. ^ Van Hoorn, Imke (3 July 2008). "Trevor Ncube wins German African Award". Mail & Guardian. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  13. ^ Parker, Faranaaz (7 May 2012). "M&G's Ncube honoured for press freedom contribution". Mail & Guardian. Retrieved 25 September 2012.