- Tabloid Newspaper
- Printed on Newsprint Paper
- 25 000 Copies Distributed Weekly
- Frequency: Fortnightly Thursday
- Target Audience: Local Community
- Area of Distribution: Amalgam, Bosmont, Brixton, Coronationville, Crosby, Crown Gardens, Crown Mines, Evans Park, Fordsburg, Homestead Park, Horseshoe, Langlaagte, Mayfair, Mayfair West, Newclare, Ormonde, Paarlshoop, Pageview, Ridgeway, Robertsham, Vrededorp
The South Africa of the 1980s certainly faced many challenges: the oppressive apartheid state was still in full force, and resistance was met with brutality and the might of the law. Glimmers of hope, however, were to be found in every corner of the country, and the sense that the end was in sight slowly grew stronger. The eventual unbanning of subversive political movements in the early 90s signalled that a new era was on the horizon.
It was during this turbulent period, in 1986, that Rising Sun CEO, Vijay Maharaj founded the Chatsworth Rising Sun, a community newspaper that would address the news needs of a neglected and marginalised segment of the South African population. Whereas Vijay had many hopes for the fledgling newspaper, one commitment which he would not compromise on was that the stable would be dedicated to helping promote a non-sexist and non-racial South Africa. Given the oppressive apartheid-era laws, this would be a difficult and arduous task, and the Rising Sun stable is today proud of its past contributions as well as the continuing role it plays in the communities it serves.
Although the apartheid-era zoning laws are no longer applicable, the legacy they have left is still palpable in contemporary South Africa, and the previously “Indian only” areas still host a large population of South Africans of Indian descent.The complex history and the rich cultural heritage of these areas means that their news demands are unique and varied. The Rising Sun stable is well aware of this and aims to provide residents in its areas of distribution with reporting that speaks to the experiences of its readers.
In this regard, the Rising Sun titles are unparalleled and without peer. Audiences of the Rising Sun publications reside in Chatsworth, Verulam, Phoenix, Tongaat, Overport and the Mid-South Coast in KwaZulu-Natal; and in Mayfair, Fordsburg, Lenasia and Laudium in Gauteng.
The Fordsburg and Mayfair Rising Sun is the premier community newspaper in the areas it services, and in keeping with the stable’s commendable tradition, it is committed to maintaining the incredibly high standards it has achieved with regards to journalistic excellence and integrity. The publication is the first and only stop for Fordsburg and Mayfair residents on the hunt for local and community news, schools news, municipal news, local sports fixtures and results, entertainment news and more. Over the years the Fordsburg and Mayfair Rising Sun has entrenched itself as an esteemed and valuable member of the Indian community, and the publication looks forward to continuing, and building upon, the good work it has done.