One of South Africa’s oldest newspapers, the Queenstown Representative, fondly known far and wide as The Rep, has a proud history of more than 150 years of serving the varied communities of Queenstown and 10 surrounding Eastern Cape towns. It was established in 1859—157 years ago!
Its rich tradition continues to drive its vision to provide quality, informative, fair, ethical and entertaining news. The Rep is based in Queenstown, which lies nestled at the foot of the Hangklip mountain and is a fast-growing commercial and educational centre.
The paper covers all the neighbouring towns—Sterkstroom, Tarkastad, Whittlesea, Lady Frere, Dordrecht, Stutterheim, Cathcart, Cofimvaba, Molteno, and many villages in between. Hundreds of copies are also sold in East London, about 200 kilometres away, where many loyal Queenstonians have retired.
In 2009 The Rep was awarded 2nd place in the Hultzer division as Best Newspaper at the Sanlam Community Press Awards. In 2014 and 2015, The Rep was listed among the top three community newspapers in South Africa in its category at the Sanlam Community Newspaper Awards.
The Rep, despite being a sold newspaper, has shown a significant increase in readership over the past few years.
The greatest strength of The Rep is its people—both the inhabitants of this mixed rural and urban area who support and read the newspaper, and the staff, a dedicated and loyal team who are proud of their paper’s rich tradition and heritage.