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Grocotts-Mail

  • Tabloid Newspaper
  • Printed on Newsprint Paper
  • 2 900 Copies Distributed Weekly
  • Frequency: Weekly Friday
  • Target Audience: Local Community
  • Area of Distribution: Bathurst, Grahamstown, Port Alfred

With its first edition hitting the streets of the (now) university town of Grahamstown over one hundred and forty years ago in 1870, Grocott’s Mail enjoys the admirable distinction of being South Africa’s oldest independent newspaper. Beginning life as a humble advertising sheet, it grew into Grahamstown’s most respected and trusted source of accurate and relevant news.

Today, when residents are on the hunt for credible reporting on local news, school events and achievements, church and charitable organisation news, local sports results, lifestyle and entertainment news, municipal news and more, the Grocott’s Mail is the first place they turn. Moreover, although the newspaper is community focused, it isn’t afraid to tackle the realm of hard, political and international news when necessary.

Distributed in Grahamstown and surrounds every Tuesday and Friday, the Grocott’s Mail has a print order of 6 400 copies, making the newspaper the largest sold newspaper in Grahamstown.

As a trusted, ethical and professional publication, the Grocott’s Mail plays a significant role in developing future generations of journalists through its relationship with the reputable Rhodes University Department of Journalism and Media Studies: that is, in 2003, Rhodes bought Grocott’s Mail with the intention of establishing an experiential training programme that could compete with international best practices.

It was thus that the David Rabkin Project was established. To help fund the project and the creation of bursaries, profits earned by the Grocott’s Mail are reinvested in student training.

Currently, the mission of Grocott’s Mail is to produce viable and high-quality independent media that serve the community of Grahamstown, as well as the training interests of the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University.

For businesses interested in advertising in the newspaper, the paper offers a superb marketing channel that reaches directly into the households of Grahamstown.  This is to say that advertisers can easily communicate with an economically active audience that shops in the area.

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