Springboks, Heritage Day dominate SA news

2015-09-27 16:04
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Johannesburg - The Rugby World Cup (RWC) dominated news coverage in the past week as the Springboks managed to redeem themselves by beating Samoa, media monitoring company ROi Africa said on Sunday.

"The country and its news is in a state of celebration and patriotism, with both Heritage Day and the Springboks beating Samoa last night [Saturday]," the company's Tony Khoury said in a statement.

There was over 70% of positive press for South Africa in the last seven days.

The RWC and Springboks took up 39.49%, with Heritage Day (32.28%) in second, while the Pharrell Williams concert boycott was in third (3.79%).

According to ROi Africa social media in South Africa mirrored news media.

The Springboks and Heritage Day dominated social media in making up 80%.

Worldwide, South Africa was the biggest country covered in RWC news.

South Africa took 17.73% of the coverage following by Canada (10.44%) and then Japan (10%).

In the Springboks suffered a devastating loss to Japan in their opening match at the tournament.

Internationally, Pope Francis (30.98%) dominated by almost a third against other big stories, said Khoury.

"VW emissions contributed one in every 10 news items this week and is only 2% smaller than the RWC2015," she said.

The RWC took up 12.25% and VW emissions 10.68%.

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