It's here! 60 years of DRUM


60 YEARS OF DRUM hits shelves on 23 November 2011. This collector’s item magazine will be available in stores country wide for R35 and can also be ordered. SMS DRUM 60 and your name to 32113 (R1 per SMS), call 0860-103-688 or e-mail

It is with pride and joy that Media24 Weekly Magazines announces the arrival of 60 YEARS OF DRUM. This is a commemorative glossy magazine which celebrates DRUM’s history of publishing excellence.

The magazine has lived through six decades of South Africa’s history, delivering stories that speak to and from the heart of black identity in the country, making the magazine a household name in South African homes for generations.

The glossy contains commemorative and analytical  content that will give readers a deeper look into not only the history, but also the character, voice and roots of DRUM.

“60 YEARS OF DRUM  brings together all the elements – journalists, photographers and personalities that have made this title one of the best in South Africa. We highlight not only important moments in the magazine and the country’s history, but also showcase the journey DRUM and South Africans have travelled together. It is a fusion of experience and experiences,”says DRUM editor Makhosazana Zwane-Siguqa.

“I ensured our generation of authors, journalists and social commentators are well represented in the issue. For me it is very important to illustrate how DRUM journalists of old inspired and motivated my peers and I to be what and who we are. We have prized writers such as Zukiswa Warner, Lebo Mashile, Mike Nicol, Bongani Madondo, Simphiwe Dana alongside Jay Naidoo, Gwen Ansell and Henry Jeffreys who are just some of the names that lent us their voices in the compilation of this issue. It is a novel and eclectic mix of voices.”

Readers can look forward to stories by and about legendary journalists such as Henry Nxumalo (also known as ‘Mr DRUM’), political figures such as Bantu Steve Biko, Albert Luthuli, Trevor Huddleston, speeches such as the one written by former president Nelson Mandela on the defiance campaign, and stunning pictures by photographers such as Alf Khumalo, Peter Magubane and Jürgen Schadeberg.

“I was born in the same year as DRUM. My earliest recollection of the magazine was reading it over the shoulder of an employee of my father's as an 11-year old. It revealed a world I, as a Free State boerseun, did not know existed. DRUM always said to me: Africa is vibrant, exciting, sharp, colourful, soulful. Happy birthday DRUM. May you be as brilliant when my grandson starts reading you as a teenager,”says respected journalist and author Max du Preez.

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