South African newspaper Daily Dispatch celebrates 150 years of publishing

One of the oldest newspapers in South Africa, Daily Dispatch celebrates its 150th year of publishing with a flurry of festivities in September. The actual day that 24-year-old East Londoner Massey Hicks published the first East London Dispatch and Shipping Mercantile Gazette he produced from the kitchen of his kindly neighbour, Mrs J Dempster, was on September 10, 1872. The Dispatch over these 15 decades has been at the forefront of informing loyal readers of the major historic moments, such as the iconic release of Nelson Mandela from prison, providing helpful commentary and opinion, all created by a panoply of wild, wonderful, passionate, courageous, crusty and astute journalists.

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