Launched in August 1987 by Naspers for the purpose of creating an opinion magazine, , it was clearly inspired by revered international journals such as The Observer, The Times Literary Supplement, The New Yorker, Der Spiegel and so on, but in publishing style it appeared closer to Time and Newsweek perhaps - especially in later years, when - it followed a more news-focussed approach, and created a very popular online book review section, with numerous articles on the theatre and film.
The impulse to form such a journal had come from the closure of the highly regarded Afrikaans literary magazine Tydskrif vir Letterkunde on the one hand, and the rise of a number of independent journals such as the Suid-Afrikaan and the Vrye Weekblad on the other.
The first editors Piet Muller and Cas van Rensburg , followed in 1998 by Irna van Zyl and thereafter by Izelle Venter. From the start it had a substantial and in-depth arts, culture and particulalry book division. Heavyweight writers such as André P. Brink, Hennie Aucamp and J.C. Kannemeyer counted among the early contributors.
The journal finally closed down in 2007, publishing its last issue on June 4th, but the online book review section was picked up by the online literary journal, LitNet.
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