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Novus firms in face of revenue knock

The share price of Novus Holdings closed 2.35% firmer at R4.35 on Tuesday after the release of details of the hefty knock it will suffer on the new Media24 printing contract...

28 Mar 2018

Sappi successfully acquires Cham Paper Group Holding AG
Sappi successfully acquires Cham Paper Group Holding AG

Sappi's acquisition of CPG includes their Carmignano and Condino Mills in Italy, its digital imaging business located in Cham, Switzerland, as well as all brands and know-how...

Issued by Sappi 5 Mar 2018

Competition Commission refers media firms to tribunal over price fixing claims
Competition Commission refers media firms to tribunal over price fixing claims

In what looks set to be an extremely drawn-out affair, the Competition Commission has referred 28 media companies to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution on charges of price fixing and the fixing of trading conditions, in contravention of the Competition Act...

By Ann Crotty 28 Feb 2018

Canon designs recognised with internationally renowned iF Design Awards for 24th consecutive year
Canon designs recognised with internationally renowned iF Design Awards for 24th consecutive year

Six Canon designs have been recognised by iF International Forum Design GmbH and received prestigious 2018 iF Design Awards...

Issued by Canon SA 23 Feb 2018

Canon Europe launches new range of PIXMA G Series refillable ink tank printers
Canon Europe launches new range of PIXMA G Series refillable ink tank printers

The high-yield, easy-to-use and compact PIXMA G Series printers are designed for those seeking high-volume, low-cost-per-page, productive printers for home, home office and small office environments...

Issued by Canon SA 12 Feb 2018

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How print supports the trend toward hyperlocal marketing

There has never been more demand for hyperlocal marketing than there is today. And print is one of the best methods to support hyperlocal reach...

By Vaughan Patterson 30 Jan 2018

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Little relief in sight for Novus as woes keep piling up

Twelve months ago, it looked as though 2017 was going to be a tough year for print and publishing company Novus...

23 Jan 2018

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Media24 poised to end Novus deal

Novus Holdings, previously part of the Naspers Group, looks set to have its third grim year in a row, with reports that it is set to lose the crucial contract to print Media 24's newspapers and magazines to Caxton and a number of small independent printers...

22 Jan 2018

John Brown South Africa scoops double gold at international Pearl Awards
John Brown South Africa scoops double gold at international Pearl Awards

John Brown Media South Africa has won the gold award for Best Print Magazine Editorial (B2B) at The Content Council's international Pearl Awards ceremony in New York with MiNDSPACE...

Issued by Dentsu Aegis Network 15 Dec 2017

Why the media sector's print run is not done
Why the media sector's print run is not done

Five years ago, Warren Buffett famously bought a handful of newspapers in a move that went against the generally accepted idea that print media was facing a painful death...

By Nick Hedley 11 Dec 2017

Rebsons Labels introduces Nilpeter Panorama digital printer to SA
Rebsons Labels introduces Nilpeter Panorama digital printer to SA

In a first on the African continent, Rebsons Labels has imported the Nilpeter Panorama Digital Printer to South African shores...

Issued by Rebsons Labels 13 Oct 2017

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Loss of Media24 contract weighs on Novus shares

A Sens statement confirming the termination of Novus Holdings' single most valuable printing contract hit the company's share price on Tuesday, taking it back towards the all-time low reached two weeks ago...

By Ann Crotty 5 Oct 2017

Redi's book on Khwezi racks up super sales
Redi's book on Khwezi racks up super sales

Former talk show host Redi Tlhabi's book, Khwezi: The Remarkable Story of Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo, an account of the life of President Jacob Zuma's rape accuser, has been an instant hit...

By Nomahlubi Jordaan and Ernest Mabuza 29 Sep 2017

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Retaining, attracting newspaper advertisers

Newspapers must find inventive ways to retain and attract advertisers and community newspapers may have the answer, as they have not followed the declining print trend...

27 Sep 2017

Research indicates multiple reading occasions reduces cost per thousand
Research indicates multiple reading occasions reduces cost per thousand

Print is the only medium where rate cards are based on one OTS (opportunity to see) per reader, however new research consistently proves that the same issue of publications have multiple reading occasions by the same reader...

27 Sep 2017

#Newsmaker: Brenwin Naidu on the Sunday Times' latest addition
#Newsmaker: Brenwin Naidu on the Sunday Times' latest addition

Tiso Blackstar Group's automotive standalone supplement, Sunday Times Motoring is going to be inserted into the Sunday Times Lifestyle magazine section, as Lifestyle Motoring...

By Jessica Tennant 22 Sep 2017

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JSE to keep print announcements

The JSE said on Wednesday that after consideration it would not amend its listing requirement for publication of short-form announcements in the print media...

24 Aug 2017

#Loeries2017: All the Print, Outdoor and Out of home (OOH) finalists!
#Loeries2017: All the Print, Outdoor and Out of home (OOH) finalists!

Finalists have been announced in the Loeries' Print, Outdoor and Out of home (OOH) categories. The print communication category includes newspaper advertising, sponsored by The Times, while the outdoor and out of home (OOH) category is sponsored by JCDecaux...

17 Aug 2017

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Is print media about to curl up its toes and die?

The Audit Bureau of Circulations recently reported that, overall, consumer magazine circulations grew over the past year by just under 3%, which isn't too bad considering that they fell 11.7% in the 4th quarter of 2016 from the same period in 2015...

By Chris Brewer 14 Aug 2017

Print could help build the credibility of SA's e-commerce giants
Print could help build the credibility of SA's e-commerce giants

There's a growing opportunity for South African digital businesses to harness the power of print to build their credibility, says Vaughan Patterson...

By Vaughan Patterson 4 Aug 2017

#Newsmaker: Laura du Preez Moneytizes Tiso Blackstar Group's publishing game
#Newsmaker: Laura du Preez Moneytizes Tiso Blackstar Group's publishing game

The Sunday Times recently launched Money - a new personal finance section which appears every weekend in the Business Times - which is edited by Laura du Preez, who joined the Tiso Blackstar Group in May this year...

By Jessica Tennant 25 Jul 2017

Front row from left – right: Tukiso Lekganyane, Musawenkosi Nhlapo, Shallon Mphasane ( Printing SA), Bonginkosi Mlambo, Koketso Khodobo, Carrington Muliwa, 
2nd Row from left – right: Nkosana Khumalo, Sibusiso Zuke, Webster Mahlangu, Gladwin Denga, Neo Kekana, Thabiso Machika, Wesley Arendse, Thabiso Mathula
Printing SA and Konica Minolta's skills development initiative

Printing SA and Konica Minolta pay it forward through skills development in the Western Cape and in Gauteng...

18 Jul 2017

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Print media 'need to be controlled'

ANC policy conference delegates have called for parliament to implement urgently a proposal that a media appeals tribunal and regulatory body be established for the print media...

6 Jul 2017

Sappi invests in community growth through Abashintshi youth project
Sappi invests in community growth through Abashintshi youth project

With the initial goal of improving stakeholder relations in the communities surrounding their operations in KZN, Sappi Southern Africa sought community-minded individuals and recruited them for the Abashintshi Social Mobilisation Project...

Issued by Sappi 19 Jun 2017

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Times Media has a new name

Shortly after moving premises from Rosebank to Parktown, Times Media Group today announced that it is operating under a new name...

12 Jun 2017

Workers return to print, as screen fatigue sets in
Workers return to print, as screen fatigue sets in

Epson Europe recently conducted an independent survey of over 2,400 employees from across EMEA on ‘The State of Printing in the Workplace' and found screen fatigue is sending workers back to the printed page...

31 May 2017

Sappi continues to deliver strong results with major investments
Sappi continues to deliver strong results with major investments

Sappi has continued to deliver solid results driven by strong global dissolving pulp and speciality packaging performance...

Issued by Sappi 30 May 2017

Ayanda Mbanga Communications is the Can-Do Company
Ayanda Mbanga Communications is the Can-Do Company

Ayanda Mbanga Communications has entered an exciting new era! CEO, Ayanda Mbanga explains the new direction, fresh approach and services...

Issued by AMcomms 26 May 2017

Novus Holdings, Department of Basic Education continue partnership
Novus Holdings, Department of Basic Education continue partnership

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has awarded a workbook printing contract for a three-year period (2018-2020) to Novus Holdings...

11 May 2017

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Novus falls on news print deal is still on

Novus Holdings's share price fell 3.68% to R7.85 on Tuesday after it announced the existing printing agreement with Media24 would not be terminated...

By Ann Crotty 3 May 2017

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