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Trevor Vusumuzi Ncube (born 9 September 1962) is a Zimbabwean entrepreneur and newspaper publisher now living in South Africa.

Ncube was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. He publishes South Africa's Mail & Guardian weekly newspaper, part of The Guardian group of newspapers and in Zimbabwe, sister publications The Zimbabwe Independent and The Sunday Standard.

Ncube holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Economic History from the University of Zimbabwe. He was a teacher at Pumula High School in the early 1980s. In 1989 he became assistant editor at The Financial Gazette, and became executive editor in 1991.[1] In 1994 he was named Zimbabwean Editor of the Year.

On the 10 December , 2005 Ncube had his passport taken away by the government of Robert Mugabe, in the first application of restrictive press freedom laws.[2] The passport was later returned after the seizure was exposed to be illegal.[3] The government of Zimbabwe tried again, unsuccessfully, to strip him of his citizenship on the basis that his father was born in Zambia. The attempt was seen by many as an attempt to close his newspapers which are highly critical of the government of Zimbabwe's president, Robert Mugabe.[4][5] Zimbabwean law does not allow foreigners to own newspapers.

In 2008, Trevor Ncube won the prestigious German Africa Award, given by the German Africa Foundation for his dedication for press freedom, human rights and democracy in Zimbabwe and the whole of Southern Africa.


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