Nov 2017 1st Edition

First Black-owned newspaper is published

Monday, 3 November 1884

The first Black South African newspaper, Imvo Zabantsundu (Opinion of the People), was published by Thanda Press in King William's Town as an independent political newspaper for Black people. Its first editor was Tengo Jabavu, well-known politician and educationist. The paper survived a banning order during the Second South African war (or Second Anglo-Boer War) from August 1901 until 1902. Imvo was discontinued in 1998.


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