Twitter expresses shock at Sapa closure

2015-03-31 22:47

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Johannesburg - In late February the SA Press Association announced it would send out its last story on March 31, after a decision by the board to liquidate the company and cease all operations.

People took to social networking site Twitter to express their feelings about Sapa's closure.

Sapa sent out a tweet: "The South African Press Association (Sapa) will send out its last story at midnight on March 31."

M-Net said: "@SapaNews closing is a huge loss to global media. We thank Sapa for the invaluable contribution they've made to our industry for 76 years."

Another user @lennoxmabaso said: "@SapaNews closing-shop,sad chapter 4 journalism. This voice has been a crucial ingredient in the health of our democracy."

Western Cape MPL Rodney Lentit said "@SapaNews I am very sad... very sad... one of the most reputable media vehicles in SA."

While Geoffrey York said it was the "death of a South African institution".

In reaction to the news former Mail&Guardian editor Nic Dawes tweeted:

The Congress of SA Trade Unions said it stood in solidarity with Sapa staff:

Twitter user @Mphaliprof1 said:

Twitter user @nmotema said:

User @DalenLance said:"

Journalist Raymond Joseph said:

User @wesleydiphoko said:

Former Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko expressed sadness.

Many on Twitter described the news of Sapa's closure as the end of an era.

User @stanleykwenda said: "It's the end of news as we know it."

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