Die Burger (English: The Citizen) 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 18 December 1914, sixteen prominent Afrikaners gathered in Stellenbosch to discuss the establishment of a national newspaper.:290 With considerable financial support from local philanthropists Jannie and Christiaan Marais, purchased a quarter of 20,000 ₤1 shares in the new holding company, 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, De Burger (Dutch for "The Citizen").:290 The first issue was published on 26 July 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 that 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 Cillié, a staunch supporter of the government under B. J. Vorster and P. W. 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 cape coloured editor of the paper.

List of editors

  • D. F. Malan (1915-24)
  • Albertus Geyer (1924-45)
  • Phil Weber (1945-54)
  • Piet Cillié (1954-77)
  • Wiets Beukes (1977-90)
  • Ebbe Dommisse (1990-2000)
  • Arrie Rossouw (2000-06)
  • Henry Jeffreys (2006-10)
  • Bun Booyens (2010-2016)

Distribution areas

Eastern CapeYY
Free State
Kwa-Zulu Natal
North West
Northern CapeYY
Western CapeYY

Distribution figures

Net Sales
Jan - Mar 201556 146[6]
Jan - Mar 201459 895[6]
Oct - Dec 201261 484
Jul - Sep 201261 817
Apr - Jun 201260 354
Jan - Mar 201261 980

Readership figures

Estimated Readership[13][14]
January – December 2012497 000
July 2011 – June 2012471 000

See also