About Us

Newspaper Publication:
The Newspaper Division is made up of 3 branches namely Harare, Bulawayo and Mutare. The company publishes nine newspaper titles and two magazines and one regional newspaper under a joint venture.  It has a broadcasting station and has a strong presence on digital publishing platforms.

The Herald:1891The Vision
To be the leading Newspaper, publishing, printing and packaging company in Zimbabwe and beyond.Mission
To Produce Newspapers, Print and Package Products and offer publishing services that add value to our customers, employees and shareholders.Core Values

  • Customer Satisfaction
  • Good corporate governance
  • Equal opportunity employer
  • Profitability
  • Quality products and services

Newspaper Division
Harare Branch: The Herald, The Sunday Mail, Kwayedza, H-Metro, Southern Times, Zim Travel. New Farmer.

Bulawayo Branch: The Chronicle, Sunday News, Umthunywa, B-Metro.
Mutare Branch: Manica Post

The Manica Post:1893
The Chronicle:1894
Sunday News:1930
The Sunday Mail:1935
New Farmer:2002
Zimbabwean Travel:2003
Southern Times:2004
Star FM:2011

The Company
Zimbabwe Newspapers (1980) Ltd is the oldest newspaper publisher and commercial printer in Zimbabwe, as well as being easily the largest publisher of newspapers, having dominated the industry for almost 120 years. The company is the proprietor of Zimbabwe’s leading daily newspapers, The Herald, Chronicle and the H-Metro and owns two Sunday newspapers operating in tandem with the dailies, The Sunday Mail and The Sunday News. The largest Provincial newspaper in Zimbabwe, The Manica Post, a weekly, anchors the Mutare branch. In recent decades Zimbabwe newspapers launched two newspapers in the two main indigenous languages, Kwayedza, a Shona weekly in Harare, and Umthunywa, an Ndebele weekly in Bulawayo.

The company also owns a broadcasting station, Star FM, and has ventured into the digital publishing platform with BH24, a prime daily business bulletin targeted at top business executives.

A magazine, Zimtravel covers tourism, and five years ago Zimbabwe Newspapers and New Era Newspapers of Namibia jointly launched a regional weekly, The Southern Times. Besides being the biggest newspaper publisher in the country, Zimbabwe Newspapers is the only publisher and printer operating as a public company, having been floated on March 8 1927 then as the Rhodesian Printing and Publishing Company Limited. It changed its name in 1980 when Zimbabwe became independent. The 1927 launch incidentally makes it one of the oldest listings still on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange. For more than 80 years any reader has had the opportunity to buy and trade in the shares of “their newspaper”, and many have taken that opportunity, the company encouraging hundreds of smaller investors to join the big institutional investors in taking a stake in the equity. Only in the very worst of times has the dividend been deferred. Zimbabwe Newspapers has the newspaper offices in Harare, Bulawayo and Mutare and commercial printing works in Harare and Bulawayo. Gweru hosts a newspaper bureau and commercial office, while journalists are stationed in Chinhoyi, Masvingo, and Beitbridge.

The Herald:Distribution: Harare, Mutare, Bulawayo, Gweru, Masvingo.
Target Audience: Mass Market.
Readership: Mostly 22-60 year olds.
Content Mix: News, Features, arts, sports and Business.
The Sunday MailDistribution: Harare, Mutare, Bulawayo, Gweru, Masvingo.
Target Audience: Mass market
Readership: Mostly 22-60 year olds, High density residential areas.
Content Mix: news, features, arts, sports.
Sunday NewsDistribution: Harare, Mutare, Bulawayo, Gweru, Masvingo
Target Audience: Mass market.
Readership: Mostly 22-40  yearolds.
Content mix: News, features, arts, sports and business.
KwayedzaDistribution: Harare, Mashonaland Region
Target audience: Lower end
Readership: Mostly 15-50 year olds.
Content Mix: News features, arts, sports and Business.
Language: Shona
The Southern TimesDistribution: SADC Region
Target Audience: Mass market
Readership: 30-45 yea olds
Content mix: News, Features, arts, sports and Business.
ChronicleDistribution: Harare, Mutare, Bulawayo, Gweru, Masvingo.
Target Audience: Mass Market
Readership: Mostly 22-50 year olds, High density residential areas.
Content Mix: News, features, arts, sports and business.

Commercial Printing
The Commercial printing division is made up of three branches:

  • Natprint is ISO 9001:2008 Certified.
  • Our commercial printing equipment comprises;


  • Sophisticated step-and-repeat machines
  • automated plate makers


  • The department has high quality sheet fed and web presses.
  • Sheet Fed Presses
    • Computerised five colour plus coating (710x1020mm) maximum sheet sizes.
    • 2xfour colour plus coating.
    • Several single and two colour presses.
  • Web Presses
    • Four colour perfector with a drying unit.
    • Two colour perfector with a drying unit.

Print Finishing

  • Cutting and creasing
  • Step perforators
  • Gluers
  • Folders
  • Sewers
  • Binders
  • Gang stitchers
  • Guillotines
  • Ancillary equipment
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