Newspaper Cutting Section

This section has a collection of 3200 000 newspaper articles. The following newspapers are ordered for this section: Beeld, Sowetan, Business Day, Star, Citizen, Mail and Guardian, Rapport, Sunday Times, Sunday Independent, Sunday World and the City Press. Every day articles are scanned in on the Newbase System and then electronically get cut, pasted and indexed.


The Newbase system is a software that conducts inhouse internet and press monitoring services. The Newbase system helps us import, capture, assess, archive, research and output media information in the form of print, Internet articles, e-clips and PDF. The newspaper articles can be accessed on the Newbase web and also directly from the Cutting Services in the SABC Information Library.


Newspaper cuttings consisting the following:

General subjects – 12 408 files

Biographies – 10 581 files

TRC – 693 files

Africa and South Africa – 1083 files

Political Parties – 193 files

SABC – 2 907 files

179 639 articles have been indexed electronically.



Themba Mtshali

Information Librarian

Tel:               +27 11 714-4005         +27 11 714-4005