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The Northern Natal Courier

  • Tabloid Newspaper
  • Printed on Newsprint Paper
  • 4 200 Copies Distributed Weekly
  • Frequency: Weekly Wednesday
  • Target Audience: Local Community
  • Area of Distribution: Dannhauser, Glencoe, Dundee, Mondlo, Nqutu, Newcastle, Vryheid

Operating from the heart of northern KZN’s administrative and commercial centre, Dundee, the Northern Natal Courier enjoys the distinction of being one of the oldest community newspapers falling under the Caxton CTP umbrella. Dating back to 1899, the newspaper had barely begun its mission of becoming the publication of choice for those in search of quality news reporting when the Anglo-Boer War broke out in October of that year. Once, in 1900, British forces reclaimed the strategically important town, the Northern Natal Courier was allowed to reinstate its circulation under the leadership of SW Leake, and later, W Doidge.

Given the difficult circumstances surrounding its founding, the odds were certainly against the success of the newspaper. However, the immense efforts of the Norenius family entrenched the publication as a valuable member of the Dundee community, and today the paper, while having achieved its original mission, continues to be the first-stop for residents looking for an accurate, reliable and credible source of information regarding local, community, church, charity, municipal, local sports, schools and entertainment news.

The Norenius family originally hailed from the cold climes of Sweden, and travelled to colonial Natal with the objective of printing isiZulu translations of the Bible. In (slightly) more recent history, Rob Burns is credited with transforming the Northern Natal Courier into South Africa’s first trilingual newspaper (English, Afrikaans, isiZulu) after he took the reins in early 1970. Given its interesting and rich history, the current editorial team works tirelessly to guard the publication’s reputation for journalistic excellence in the realm of relevant and important community news affecting the area.

Dundee is well-known for its vibrant agricultural sector, but its previous primary export, coal, still plays a significant role in the local and regional economy. The town is also home to a number of arts and crafts people who can be observed at work in their own environment, producing woodwork, pottery, woven grass baskets, hand knotted carpets and Zulu beadwork. It is an area that has a fascinating and multi-faceted history with numerous places of historical interest to be visited. Other areas of interest that annually attract many visitors to Dundee and surroundings include birding routes, Zulu cultural experiences, game reserves, white-water rafting, fishing in dams and rivers, horseback safaris and many more adventures. A number of guest houses, lodges, self-catering cottages and caravan parks offer visitors a wide variety of quality accommodation from which to choose.

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