The Daily Dispatch is a South African newspaper published in East London in the province of Eastern Cape. Founded in 1872 as the East London Dispatch, the Dispatch is the Eastern Cape's best-selling daily with a circulation of about 26,147 copies.[2] as of the first quarter in 2015.

The newspaper covers areas such as local news, sports, politics, business, jobs, and community events, published in English.

The newspaper is internationally known for its editor from 1965 to 1977, Donald Woods. Woods became a friend of Steve Biko, leader of the Black Consciousness Movement, and provided support to Biko through his editorials. After Biko's death in police custody, Woods went into exile to expose the truth surrounding Biko's death in his book Biko.

During World War II the editor, and major shareholder, was Bernard Steer, father of noted journalist George Steer.


Distribution areas

Eastern CapeYY
Free State
Kwa-Zulu NatalYY
North West
Northern Cape
Western CapeY

Distribution figures

Net Sales
Jan - Mar 201526 147[2]
Jan - Mar 201430 199[2]
Oct - Dec 201226 339
Jul - Sep 201226 390
Apr - Jun 201226 751
Jan - Mar 201230 304

Readership figures

Estimated Readership[5][6]
Jan 12 - Dec 12238 000
Jul 11 - Jun 12237 000


The newspaper’s physical address is:
35 Caxton Street, East London, South Africa, 5201[7]