This article examines the white South African press industry’s
reflection on events in Africa during the pivotal year of 1960, also
known as “Africa Year”. Through an examination of articles found in
a selection of both Afrikaans and English newspapers, deductions
can be made regarding the portrayal of the independence of African
nations on the eve of their liberation. General attitudes shown towards
Africa, as well as other key ideological issues, are evident during a
time when South Africa was at odds with events on the continent.
Through this analysis, several insights into the nature of the white
minority media in South Africa can be gained, relating to how they
responded to a changing political situation.