Sabinet will distribute for NewsBank in Southern Africa

Sabinet is pleased to announce that an agreement was reached with NewsBank whereby Sabinet will distribute the NewsBank services to Corporate and Government institutions in Southern Africa.

The South African News Archive from NewsBank, is the world’s largest repository of current and historical news from and about South Africa.  This ground breaking suite of collections covers South African news from 1800 to present, providing researchers with access to a wide range of newspaper titles never before available in either digitized or full-text formats.

The South African News Archive will provide libraries in government and corporations with easy access to more than 100 current South African newspapers and news sources as well as a vast range of historical newspapers.  Most of these sources have never been offered in electronic format before and are only available through NewsBank.

“The South African News Archive is an extraordinary new resource that will be of tremendous value to anyone researching current or historical news,” said Tim Russell, Vice President for International Markets at NewsBank.  “By offering so many well-known and respected English, Afrikaans, Xhosa and Zulu titles in a single, intuitive collection, we have opened up exciting new avenues of research.”


South African News Archive will consist of four collections, available individually or as a bundled suite:

  • Access South Africa is a current, full-text news database featuring nearly 100 South African news sources—in English, Afrikaans, Zulu and Xhosa—ranging from 1997 through present-day editions.
  • World Newspaper Archive Africa: Series I 1800-1922: is a fully searchable collection of images from more than 40 historical newspapers across Africa—with roughly half of that number from South Africa.  Among the included titles are Cape Town Gazette, South Africa’s first newspaper; Ilanga Lase Natal, published by John Dube; and Indian Opinion, the publication in which Gandhi first espoused non-violent resistance.
  • World Newspaper Archive Africa: Series II 1800-1900: This collection features full images the from the British Library’s most historically valuable titles, including Pretoria News, Cape Argus, Cape Times and Diamond Fields Advertiser.
  • Foreign Broadcast Information Service Daily Reports: Sub-Saharan Africa, 1974-1996: FBIS Daily Reports are fully searchable daily transcripts of important newspaper stories, radio and television broadcasts and government speeches from the sub-Saharan region—with an emphasis on South Africa. Many African scholars consider these Reports to be an essential resource for researching the events that ultimately led to the end of apartheid.

About NewsBank

NewsBank, inc. is one of the world’s premier information providers, serving public libraries, community colleges, colleges and universities, schools, government and military libraries, genealogists, professionals and researchers worldwide for more than 35 years. Through partnerships with leading global news publishers, NewsBank provides Web-based access to more than 6,000 news sources, including newspapers, newswires, web-only sources, broadcast transcripts, journals, periodicals and other publications. NewsBank’s Readex division provides online access to a wealth of historical primary source materials, including the World Newspaper Archive, Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports and the acclaimed Archive of Americana.

About Sabinet

Established in 1983 as a library support service provider, Sabinet is today a leader in facilitating access to information. Over the past 30 years the company has grown extensively to provide a wide range of products and services, as well as platforms for collaboration amongst libraries.