Newspaper and Imprint Registration Act, 1971
Act 63 of 1971
- Published in South African Government Gazette no. 3159 on 23 June 1971
- Assented to on 4 June 1971
- Commenced on 1 April 1972 by Proclamation of 1972
- [This is the version of this document from 23 June 1971 and includes any amendments published up to 6 October 2022.]
1. DefinitionsIn this Act, unless the context otherwise indicates -“Minister” means the Minister of the Interior;“newspaper” means a periodical publication published at intervals not exceeding one month and consisting wholly or for the greater part of political or other news or of articles relating thereto or to other current topics, with or without advertisements, and with or without illustrations, but does not include any publication not intended for public sale or public dissemination;“prescribed” means prescribed by regulation under this Act;“printed matter” means any picture or any mark conveying any meaning which has been produced on any material by impressing any other material thereon;“printer” means any person carrying on or managing a business which produces printed matter;“registered” means registered in terms of this Act;“Republic” includes the territory of South-West Africa;“Secretary” means the Secretary for the Interior;“this Act” includes the regulations.
Registration of Newspapers
2. Prohibition of printing and publishing of unregistered newspapersNo person shall print and publish in the Republic any newspaper unless such newspaper has been registered.
3. Application for registration of a newspaper
4. Registration of newspapers, issue of certificates in connection therewith, and evidential value of certificates
5. Notification of change in particulars furnished in connection with registration
6. Furnishing Minister or Secretary with certain copies of newspaper
7. Notification of place of publication and names and addresses of proprietor, printer and publisher of newspaperThe printer of a registered newspaper shall ensure that the full and correct address at which the newspaper is published, and the full and correct names and addresses of the proprietor, printer and publisher thereof are printed in legible type and in either of the official languages of the Republic upon the front, penultimate or back page of every copy of any issue of such newspaper.[The official language of Namibia is now English only (Namibian Constitution, Art 3(1)).]
8. Place of residence of editor of newspaperNo person shall print and publish in the Republic any newspaper unless the editor or acting editor or, in the event of there being more than one editor, the responsible or chief editor thereof is resident in the Republic.[Section 3(2)(c) of the Executive Powers (Interior) Transfer Proclamation, AG 17 of 1978, excluded section 8 of the Act from the operation of section 3(1)(c) of the Executive Powers Transfer (General Provisions) Proclamation, AG 7 of 1977), which concerns the interpretation of the term “Republic” – with the result that, prior to independence, “Republic” in this section retained the meaning it was given in the definition section of the Act (South Africa and South West Africa).]
9. Notification of name of printer and address of his business on certain printed matterThe printer of any printed matter, other than a newspaper, printed and published in the Republic, shall ensure that his full and correct name and the full and correct address at which he conducts his business of printing are printed in legible type and in either of the official languages of the Republic on all such printed matter: Provided that the Minister may on the application of any printer grant permission to him, in accordance with the provisions of section 10, to use an abbreviation instead of such name and address: Provided further that the Minister may by notice in the Gazette exempt any kind of printed matter from the provisions of this section.[The official language of Namibia is now English only (Namibian Constitution, Art 3(1)).]
10. Registration of imprint abbreviation
Penal and General Provisions
11. Offences, penalties and onus of proof
12. Delegation of powersThe Minister may delegate to any officer or officers of the Department of the Interior any of the powers conferred upon him by this Act.
14. Application of Act in South-West Africa
15. Repeal of Act 14 of 1934, and savings
16. Short title and commencementThis Act shall be called the Newspaper and Imprint Registration Act, 1971, and shall come into operation on a date fixed by the State President by proclamation in the Gazette.
History of this document
01 April 1972
23 June 1971 this version
Published in South African Government Gazette number 3159
04 June 1971