The Mercury - About Us

Letter from the editor

The Mercury is KwaZulu-Natal's leading and indispensable morning newspaper. With a 157-year-old pedigree, it appeals to upmarket and successful people across the province, as well as ambitious, upwardly mobile and aspirational residents who recognise the value of keeping informed.

It focuses on the important national and local news of the day, delivered crisply with excellent background and analysis. Its leader and opinion pages offer a platform for a diversity of views and aim to foster informed debate.

The authoritative daily Business Report within The Mercury gives readers an edge in business. They are kept up to date with the latest international market trends, national company and business news and a variety of crucial economic intelligence.

Popular weekly supplements include GoodLife, Motoring and Network. Network (on Wednesday) is noted for its specific focus on KZN business, property and shipping news, all vital to the local economy. The Zululand and Pietermaritzburg areas are specifically covered within Network.

The title's daily offerings include colourful LIFE and SPORT sections with informed, insightful writers and entertaining columnists.

The Mercury places special emphasis on sports coverage. It carries numerous specialised columns, for example, on rugby, soccer and cricket, and includes dedicated golf pages on Tuesday.

The Mercury also provides a leading role in guiding readers into the local entertainment and arts scene. Daily and weekly sections offer fun and enjoyment to the whole family, from movie and theatre reviews, to regular TV features, comics and daily crosswords. The Friday edition includes a guide to weekend events in KZN.

In short, The Mercury provides its readers with an essential "head start" each morning.


Switchboard: 031 308 2911

Newsdesk: 031 308 2332
News editor: Philani Makhanya, Tel: 031 308 2320
Night editor: Jon Knight, Tel: 031 308 2257
Night Newsdesk: Carol Campbell, Tel: 031 308 2113
E-mail [email protected]

Consultant editor: David Canning, Tel: 031 308 2306
Assistant editor: Venilla Yoganathan, Tel: 031 308 2336
Business Editor: Suren Naidoo, Tel: 031 308 2167/2270
Business Report: Samantha Enslin-Payne, Tel: 011 633 2531
Sports Editor: John Trachim, Tel: 031 308 2143
Entertainment Editor: Billy Suter, Tel: 031 308 2345

Environment: Tony Carnie, Tel: 031 308 2314
Education:Leanne Jansen, Tel: 031 308 2351
General: Bronwyn Fourie, Tel: 031 308 2156
Lifestyle: Omeshnie Naidoo, Tel: 031 308 2368
Legal/courts: Tania Broughton, Tel: 031 308 2315
Politics: Bongani Hunt, Tel: 031 308 2844

Night Reporter: Tel: 031 308 2324

Pietermaritzburg: Sharika Regchand, Tel: 033 394 9191 033 394 9191

Advertising: 031 308 2000

Subscriptions: 0800 204 711 (toll free) (or) 031 308 2022

Marketing: 031 308 2556