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About Mail & Guardian:

The publication was started as an alternative newspaper by a group of journalists in 1985 after the closure of two leading liberal newspapers, The Rand Daily Mail and Sunday Express. It was originally known as the Weekly Mail, as the paper did not have enough money to publish daily. Weekly Mail was one of the first newspapers to use Apple Mac desktop publishing.

The Weekly Mail criticised the government and its apartheid policies, which led to the paper’s suspension in 1988 by then State President P. W. Botha. The paper was renamed the Weekly Mail & Guardian from 30 July 1993. The London-based Guardian Media Group (GMG), publishers of The Guardian, became the majority shareholder of the print edition in 1995, and the name was changed to Mail & Guardian. In 2002, GMG reduced its shareholding to 10%, selling an 87.5% majority share in the newspaper to Newtrust Company Botswana Limited, owned by Zimbabwean publisher and entrepreneur Trevor Ncube. Having relocated to South Africa, Ncube also took over as CEO of the company.

The newspaper’s headquarters are in Rosebank, Johannesburg, with a smaller bureau in Cape Town. The editor of the Mail & Guardian is Angela Quintal, the editor-in-chief is former M&G Online editor Chris Roper and the CEO is Hoosain Karjieker.

In 2006 MDA became the Mail & Guardian’s national distributor. The change resulted in good circulation growth, despite difficult market conditions. In 2013 the newspaper achieved a record period with 51 551 copies circulated. MDA distributes a number of publications including Noseweek and Destiny magazine.

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