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Die Burger
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner Naspers
Publisher Naspers
Editor Henry Jeffreys
Founded 1914
Language Afrikaans
Headquarters Cape Town
Circulation 91,665
Official website

Die Burger is a daily Afrikaans language newspaper, published by Naspers. By 2008, it had a circulation of 91,665 in the Western and Eastern Cape Provinces of South Africa. Along with Beeld and Volksblad, it is one of three broadsheet dailies in the Media24 stable.



On December 18, 1914, sixteen prominent Afrikaners gathered in Stellenbosch to discuss the establishment of a national newspaper. With considerable financial support from local philanthropists Jannie and Christiaan Marais, the project soon got off the ground with the founding of de Nasionale Pers ("the National Press") and the selection of Dr. D.F. Malan as editor of its daily paper, Die Burger ("The Citizen"). The first issue was published on July 26, 1915.


Die Burger was originally published in Dutch. In 1916, the first Afrikaans-language articles were published. In 1921, the newspaper's Dutch title (De Burger) was translated into Afrikaans (Die Burger).

Political Affiliation

Die Burger was a newspaper which supported the nationalist cause and apartheid, and used to be the mouthpiece of the National Party of South Africa. This only began to change after 1985, when then editor Piet CilliƩ a staunch supporter of the government under B J Vorster and PW Botha retired. In 1990, the National Party was officially informed by editor Ebbe Dommisse that it no longer served as a political mouthpiece. This disaffiliation was continued in 1999 with the appointment of a more progressive editor, Arrie Rossouw. In 2006, Henry Jeffreys became the first black editor of the paper.

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