Kouga Express celebrates 15th anniversary

2019-08-01 06:00

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“TOGETHER with an amazing team in Jeffreys Bay, we have the privilege to carry Kouga Express into its next 15 years. It is only with the wonderful support from our readers and advertisers that we have been able to accomplish this milestone.

Kouga Express and its 15 years of success bears testament to the fact that print is by no means dead. To print and distribute 20 000 copies (rain or sun) weekly, through the Kouga region is a challenging task, yet we have done this with the utmost care and pride for the last 15 years.

“This is the opportunity to thank each of you, our amazing staff, readers, advertisers and stakeholders. Without this would not have been possible.

“We will remain committed to serving our local communities and help grow local business for another 15 years to come.

“Here’s to another 15 years!”

Sister publications

The Kouga Express is a sister publication of UD Express, formerly known as UD News, which is the oldest, registered free local newspaper in the country.

UD News, which is 48 years old this year, was launched in 1971 to serve the residents of Uitenhage and Despatch. In 2017 its name was changed to UD Express.

Twelve years later, the Port Elizabeth Express - boasting a distribution figure of 120 000 copies every Wednesday - was launched.

Since 2006, the management team launched Express newspapers across the Eastern Cape serving a common need, namely a free source of reliable, relevant, local news and advertising material, to a very diverse market.

The year 2007 saw the launch of Mthatha Express, formerly Mthatha Fever, which is currently one of EP Media’s trophy newspapers and of which 60 000 copies are distributed every week on a Thursday. Other popular EP Media publications that were launched in recent times, are the Queenstown Express and Mid-Karoo Express.

Launched in February 2016, Queenstown Express boasts a distribution figure of 20 000 copies in Komani and surrounds. Mid-Karoo Express was established in October 2017, servicing the towns of Cradock, Graaff-Reinet, Middelburg, Somerset-East, Bedford and Fort Beaufort.

Initially Graaff-Reinet was not a major distribution area for the Mid-Karoo Express, but the huge demand for it, necessitated that the initial print run of 12 000 copies had to be increased to 15 000 to better serve the Graaff-Reinet residents and advertisers.

  • Kouga Express staff will be painting the town red for its birthday month. We will be handing out cake across town. Watch this space for all the photos.
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