South Africa has a sophisticated communications network. The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) provides radio services for national and regional audiences and different language groups. There are also a number of independent radio stations.
The SABC offers three television channels broadcasting programs in all 11 official languages. The majority of African households do not have television, although it is widely watched in bars. The SABC was subject to close government control under apartheid, but now reflects a wider spectrum of political views. The government is much less intrusive in the media than during the apartheid years.
There are 18 daily and 314 weekly newspapers. Their political allegiances are less narrowly defined than in the apartheid era, with even the more conservative papers giving at least critical support to the country’s first majority government. Most of the papers are published in English. Major weeklies include the Sunday Times, Rapport (published in Afrikaans), the Sunday Independent, the Sunday Tribune, and the City Press. Regional dailies are published in all major cities. In Johannesburg those with the largest circulation include the Sowetan, targeted at black readers; along with The Star, The Citizen, and Beeld (Afrikaans). Die Burger, an Afrikaans paper, and the English paper the Cape Argus are published in Cape Town.
The Daily News is published in Durban. Smaller influential papers include the daily Business Day, the weekly Financial Mail, and the relatively left-wing weekly Mail and Guardian, all published in Johannesburg.
The South African Telecommunications Regulatory Authority oversees the country’s telecommunications networks. South Africa has two-fifths of the telephone lines in Africa and an expanding mobile phone network. The Internet is widely used in urban areas, particularly in business circles. "South Africa" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia
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