oa South African Journal of Cultural History - Die stigting van die eerste Afrikaanse koerante in Port Elizabeth

Volume 12, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-3053



The two local Afrikaans newspapers in Port Elizabeth, namely Die Patriot and Die Oosterlig, played a Significant political and cultural role in the Afrikaans community. Die Patriot, Port Elizabeth's first Afrikaans newspaper, was founded in 1928. 1, Albert Coetzee was the first editor and publisher. The newspaper was the mouthpiece of the National Party. The last edition of Die Patriot was published in 1932, The venture failed mainly because of a lack of capital and subscribers. After various unsuccessful attempts in the early 1930s to establish another Afrikaans newspaper in Port Elizabeth, the moneyed Nasionale Pers founded Die Oosterlig in 1937, It too was the mouthpiece of the National Party in the Eastern Cape, The first editor. J.H.O. du Plessis, was also actively involved with the language and cultural struggle of the Afrikaner in Port Elizabeth.

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