During the first week of July, the South African daily newspaper Sowetan, based in Johannesburg, began the migration to the latest version of Tera GN3 that will replace an aging publishing system based on Quark XPress, announces First Graphics, the exclusive Tera distributor for South Africa and bordering countries.
The system – 133 work-seats – comprises a complete GN3 content management system, and a Tark, digital archiving system, plus a suite of pre-press modules for OPI and page pairing.
Recently bought by Johnnic Communication group, Sowetan covers the regions of Gauteng, KwazuluNatal and Northern Province with two editions a day from Monday to Friday.
The installation of GN3 at Sowetan consolidates the existing technological partnership between Tera and Johnnic Group, in fact since 1994, seven titles of the group publish their newspapers using Tera solutions - among these, the group flagship title Sunday Times, with more than 3.5 million readers per week.
Johnnic Communication, listed in the South African stock exchange market, is the country leading media and entertainment company. The group holds investments in newspapers – 10 titles -, magazines -13 titles- , music, home entertainment, books and maps throughout the African continent and counts over 4500 employees – with more of 60% representing previously disadvantaged communities. In April 2004, Johnnic Communication was rated the No. 1 company in the media sector in the prestigious Financial Mail/Empowerdex Top Empowerment Companies survey.
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