This Day in History: November 3, 1884


On 3 November 1884, the first Black South African newspaper, ‘Imvo Zabantsundu’ was published by Thanda Press in King William’s Town.

The newspaper was an independent political newspaper for Black people.

The publication was founded by John Tengo Jabavu, who also served as the first editor for the paper. Jabavu was a well-known politician and educationist.

The paper provided an outlet for the first literary expressions in English by black South Africans. Political articles by black intellectuals revealed a new radicalism.

The paper survived a banning order during the Second South African war (or Second Anglo-Boer War) from August 1901 until 1902.

‘Imvo Zabantsundu’ was discontinued in 1998.


Source: SA History