First published in September 2013, Mapepeza Community Newspaper, or Mapepeza; has grown to become a household name in local news, views and opinion for people all over southern Gauteng.
The newspaper idea came from a need for a multi-lingual Gauteng regional publication, which is both relative and informative to the communities. Existing media did not use any of the indigenous African languages, which are spoken by almost 70% of the district’s population.
Mapepeza Newspaper publishes 10 000 copies with an audited weekly circulation of 5000 in the southern region of the City of Ekurhuleni (certified ABC Grassroots certified).
Editorial Languages: English/isiZulu/Sesotho
Frequency: 10 000 (Fridays)
Distribution: Free-fetch (Weekly)
Circulation areas: Sedibeng District (Lesedi, Heidelberg, Devon, Vereeniging, Midvaal and Balfour) and City of Ekurhuleni (Nigel, Springs, Vosloorus, Alberton, Duduza, Kaltehong, Thokoza and Tembisa) and City of Johannesburg
Mapepeza is distributed via Free-fetch stands/Hotspots at qualified retailers, government offices, libraries, community centres, schools etc. Street agents in Taxi ranks, CBDs and townships, Door-to-door delivery at clients/ stakeholders’ offices and events etc.
Mapepeza Media founder managing director (MD),
Anatola ‘Lolliepop’ Mofoka
Mapepeza Media editor and general manager,
Mapepeza Newspaper subscribes to the South African Press Code that prescribes news that is truthful, accurate, fair and balanced. If we don’t live up to the Code please contact the Press Ombudsman at 011 484 3612/8, fax: 011 4843619 Website: www.presscouncil.org.za
Mapepeza Newspaper is a member of the Association of Independent Publishers, certified members of the City of Ekurhuleni Press Club. The publication is also listed in the ABC Grassroots list of free local papers.