Newspaper published daily in Johannesburg, renowned today for being the first newspaper to openly oppose apartheid and contribute to its downfall.
Acclaimed 20th-century newspaper containing perspectives on South Africa and the African continent. Provides insight into events related to South Africa’s struggle for freedom and democracy. Highlights include: Benjamin Pogrund's extraordinary coverage of the Sharpeville massacre in 1960; Helen Zille's uncovering of Steve Biko’s murder at the hands of police in 1976; news-breaking reporting by Mervyn Rees and Chris Day about the apartheid state's effort to influence opinion, an exposé that sparked the scandal known as “Muldergate." Rand Daily Mail continued to be popular among progressive readers until—after adopting an outspoken anti-apartheid stance amid a massive clampdown by security forces—it was controversially closed in 1985. PLEASE NOTE: Currently only 1940-1985 is available, the rest is forthcoming.