The first edition of the Dutch newspaper De Zuid-Afrikaan is published in the Cape Colony

Friday, 9 April 1830

In 1830 the first edition of the Dutch newspaper De Zuid-Afrikaan is published in the Cape Colony. It is started by advocate Christoffel Joseph Brand and propagates Afrikaner interests. Within a few years, De Zuid-Afrikaan managed to raise its readership to 3000 after Afrikaners in other parts of South Africa accepted it. It closed down in 1904, however, after losing its influential backers following the editor's support for Cecil John Rhodes in the clash against Paul Kruger, president of the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek (South African Republic)

References:
• Fourie J.P. (2007),' Media Studies: Media history, Media and Society',(Juta), p.134

Last updated : 08-Apr-2014

This article was produced for South African History Online on 16-Mar-2011