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The Daily Dispatch newspaper has a long and rich history dating back to 1872. It was the first penny daily newspaper published in the Eastern Cape in 1898 – and by 1906, the paper boasted a circulation larger and more widely distributed than any colonial paper published outside Cape Town.

In its centenary it became the first newspaper in South Africa to offer full-colour facilities to its advertisers and readers.

Read more about the history of the Daily Dispatch

Click here to read Glyn Williams's detailed look back at the newspaper's illustrious past

The Dispatch has also always been at the forefront of exposing injustice in its region and advocating fair treatment for all South Africans. In one of its most historic issues, the paper published a big colour picture of Steve Biko and the words “a hero of the nation” in English and Xhosa the day after Biko died in police detention.

Such quality journalism has brought local and international recognition for the newspaper and its website, including the CNN African Journalist of the Year Award in 2010 and 2011.

The Dispatch – published from Monday to Saturday – covers issues and debates that should be a priority for every Eastern Cape reader. It covers a region that is the birthplace of many prominent South African politicians but remains one of the poorest provinces in South Africa.

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