"That is the building of the Bantu Press, our newspaper"
The World, originally named The Bantu World, was a daily newspaper, founded in April 1932 by Bertram Paver, a white farmer. It was modelled on the British tabloid, and targeted the black middle-class, with a national distribution. Each issue consisted of about 20 pages, of which 13 were written in English, and the rest in a variety of local languages. The paper was popular among its intended audience, and by the end of 1932, half of the 38 shareholders were black.
Hector Pieterson Memorial in Soweto - Credit: Ina96
In June 1933 it was bought by the Argus Printing Company.
In June 1976, The World published Sam Nzima’s iconic photograph of Hector Pieterson, dying in his classmate’s arms after being shot by police during the Soweto uprising. The World was banned by South Africa’s Minister of Justice in 1977, and its editorial staff detained. Six of the newspapers' reporters disappeared in the late 1970s after being arrested by the police.