The Mercury celebrates 165 years in the newspaper business

Published 24 November 2017, by Dhivana Rajgoapul

DURBAN – One of Independent Media’s titles, The Mercury celebrated 165 years of being in the newspaper business.

Present at the celebrations was Independent Media Executive Chairman, Dr Iqbal Survé and the editor of The Mercury, Yogas Nair.
Also present at the event was eThekwini Mayor, Zandile Gumede, Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO, Dumile Cele and members of the business industry which included, Vivian Reddy – owner of Edison Power and Shobna Persad from SABMiller.
Dr Iqbal Survé called The Mercury Newspaper “an established part of society” and said that the newspaper was a “shining light in murky times.” He added that Independent had invested heavily in bringing their digital and new media platforms in line with global trends. Survé also said that the paper continued to hold its own despite very tough print media times.
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#Mercury165: Hungry for inspiration, business community flocks to Mercury breakfast

Published 23 November 2017, by Garth Johnstone 

The Durban and the KwaZulu-Natal business community turned out in numbers to celebrate The Mercury’s 165 years milestone business breakfast at Sibaya on Thursday morning.

Inspirational guest speaker, mind coach Robin Banks, drew guests such as mayor Zandile Gumede, municipal manager Sipho Nzuza, leading businessman and Sibaya Casino chairman Vivian Reddy and Sekunjalo executive chairman Dr Iqbal Survé.

Survé spoke about the legacy and heritage of the title, describing The Mercury as a credible, established part of KZN society with an incredible history.

It gives me great pride and pleasure to celebrate 165 years of one of SA’s oldest newspapers.”

Survé noted it was also KZN’s leading morning title.

He also spoke about the constant attention being paid to update the business model, embracing the latest technology to meet the ever-changing media landscape.

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SA the engine to drive Africa, says China’s Lin

Published 10 November 2017, by ANA

Cape Town – South Africa has the perfect foundation to be the locomotive to drive growth and development on the African continent, says China’s recently appointed ambassador to South Africa, Lin Songtian.

During an interaction with senior editors from Independent Media and executives from the Sekunjalo group, he said: “The potential of Africa is huge. The problem is capacity.” He listed infrastructure and governance issues as areas of concern.

Turning to South Africa, Lin, who took up his position in August, said the country’s foundation was perfect to drive continental growth through industrialisation. “We see South Africa as a manufacturing and production base which will create jobs,” he added.

The ambassador stressed the need to work together to help drive development, the key to overcoming poverty.

Pointing at China’s economic development in recent decades, Lin said the aim was to lift all of that country’s 1.4 billion people out of poverty.

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