Sunday Independent - About Us

The Sunday Independent is a creation of the new South Africa and is proud to be serving the leaders and opinion-makers who are forging an inclusive democratic society.

The Sunday Independent, South Africa's quality Sunday newspaper is read by the decision makers of the new South Africa. Top flight writing, photography and reproduction have firmly established The Sunday Independent as South Africa's quality newspaper of choice. The publication includes news, opinion, business, reviews, marketing and sports sections and has won widespread critical acclaim.

Letter from the editor


That is the one powerful word that is synonymous with The Sunday Independent.

We are South Africa's only quality Sunday newspaper, delivering high quality content for the reader. To the advertisers we deliver quality readership. A readership that is liquid. A readership that has the power to take decision about where to spend their money. The Sunday Independent is, in its unique way, a powerful vehicle that brings to the advertisers a special group of quality people. People with spending power.

We have become identified as the leaders of cutting-edge debates, first in analyses and features and first in providing in-depth international coverage. Although we have one of the smallest editorial staffs in the country we have produced more awards and won more fellowships per capita than any other paper in the country.

In The Sunday Independent, six pages are devoted to sports, with the coverage generally regarded as the best and most comprehensive in the country. The business section is small, but it carries news and analyses of the economy of general interest to readers. Our second section , Sunday Dispatches, is often the best read for it includes some excellent features, from Africa and the world. The Sunday Independent also publishes the best Books Page in South Africa. Many luminaries and renowned authors write for this page. The mix is good, so is the content - but there is more. Sunday Life, the supplement, is packed with a variety of articles ranging from culture, travel, music and entertainment and a TV guide.

Our mission is to bring South Africa and the world in one quality package to the reader. We also want to stimulate, provoke, inform and entertain.

Our challenge is to present, explain and analyse the undercurrents in this dynamic society as it charters a course into the second decade of democracy, closely watched by the world. We believe in vigorous, bold and groundbreaking journalism. We are guided by you, the readers, in everything we do. Please let us know what you think and what you would like to see in your favourite Sunday newspaper.

Jovial Rantao
Editor, The Sunday Independent


Joel Mervis Trophy 1996
Two Protea Awards for Print Media

Newton Kanhema: CNN (African) Journalism Award 1998

Pippa Green: Niemann Fellowship 1998

William Gumede: Winner, SA Courageous Journalism Award 1998 - funded by the Ruth First Memorial trust and awarded annually to honour journalism which is "bold and independent"

John Hogg: Winner, Print of the Year and Feature categories - Fujifilm Photographic Awards 2002.

Edwin Naidu: Runner-up, Webber Wentzel Bouwens Legal Journalist of the Year 2003 and finalist, Consumer Champions Award 2004, held by Department of Trade and Industry.

Sunday Independent Sport
The Sunday Independent Sports section has twice won the National Sports Council Award for Excellence in Print Media and won two merit awards (Luke Alfred and Liam Del Carme) at the 1998 Sports Journalist of the Year Awards.


Maureen Isaacson won the Leisure Books National Journalist of the Year 1996.

Andries Oliphant won the 1997 Book Journalist of the Year award for his writing in the Sunday Independent.

Awards for Christina Stucky of Reconstruct FAWE Award for Media Excellence 1999
Overall winner of this award which recognises coverage of women's development issues - sponsored by the Nairobi-based Forum for African Women Educationalists.

African Journalist of the Year Award 1999
Nominee for the overall award and winner second place in print category - sponsored by the African Journalist Foundation for Anglophone Africa.

Katlego Development Journalism Award 1998
Finalist (one of three countrywide) - funded by the Ruth Memorial Trust and awarded annually to honour journalism which is "bold and independent"

Excellence in Health Journalism Award 1997
South Africa, finalist (one of three countrywide) - sponsored by the US-based Henry J. Kaiser Foundation.