by MediaSlut (@MediaSlut) Because of a string of bad news for South African magazine consumers, I thought I’d celebrate some of the beautiful SA covers that you’ll see on your shelves:
- Eat Out
- Financial Mail (South Africa)
- Men’s Health (South Africa)
The bad news? On Wednesday, 23 November 2016, Media24 announced that it has “plans to relinquish” its international magazines TopCar, Top Gear and weekly fashion magazine Grazia. At the same time, it also announced it’s “considering the possible closure” of two of its very-popular and well-loved (according to me) titles, Lééf and Ideas/Idees.
Because of a string of bad news for South African magazine consumers, I thought I’d celebrate some of the beautiful SA covers that you’ll see on your shelves. On Wednesday, 23 November 2016, Media24 announced that it has “plans to relinquish” its international magazines TopCar, Top Gear and weekly fashion magazine Grazia. At the same time, it also announced it’s “considering the possible closure” of two of its very-popular and well-loved (according to me) titles, Lééf and Ideas/Idees.
Eat Out 2017
If you only publish a magazine once a year, you have to make bloody sure that your cover is as striking and unique as possible — and Eat Out has done it again this year! Buy the digital issue here or head out to the shops to buy yours, so that you may also start highlighting your restaurants visits for 2017, like I have.
This issue was launched at its annual Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurants Awards on Sunday 20 November; find its selection of South Africa’s Top 10 Restaurants here.
Fairlady, December 2016
Fun, fit and fabulous on Fairlady! Melissa McCarthy rocks this magazine front and, from what I can see, this is the first time ever that this image of her has been used on a cover. I think she should be very happy with it, and should also share it with the world!
Financial Mail (South Africa), 17 November 2016
This cover actually made me buy this issue, and it was an extremely interesting read (now available online). Isn’t it great how all the brands (old and new) have been featured as part of a collage? And “AB InBev storms the ‘CASTLE’” is just brilliant!
Ideas/Idees, December 2016
One of the titles that could potentially be no more in the near (very near) future is Ideas/Idees magazines. I’m personally very sad to read about this, and I know several people who will share my sentiment, as the Ideas teams kept pushing the boundaries with each and every issue, and kept thousands of South Africans creative and busy, and hundreds of people actually started small businesses on the back of ideas they found in Ideas… I’m hoping someone will continue this strong and well-known brand so that we may see many, many more of these very, very creative covers…
Intiem, December/January 2017
I can’t believe it’s already 10 years since Intiem began teaching Christian couples how to reconnect and be intimate again! I have quite a few family members who subcribe to Intiem, and who vouch for their articles… I’ll leave it at that.
For its 10th birthday, the beautiful Christi and Nico Panagio feature on the cover in black and white, with a beautiful rose-gold foil print. This issue also features the most-popular articles from the past 10 years.
Congratulations, Intiem! May there be many more years of giving your readers pleasure…
MAN, December 2016
Looking bright and fresh here in his yellow suit is former Club 808 presenter, Cyprian Ndlovu. This TV host, radio DJ and producer, who has more than 55 200 Instagram followers, is being tipped by MAN editor, Ryan Vrede, to “break through and become an entertainment heavyweight in South Africa”. Vrede continues in his ed’s letter that “he’s got something, and we have got a gut feel that it is something special”. Just looking at this cover, and his presence on it, I have to agree…
Men’s Health (South Africa), December 2016
Marco Klue, a Men’s Health’ reader, is the title’s “Cover Guy Winner”. A very sought-after position by thousands of people but there’s only one who can take this title each year. Great job, Klue, and Men’s Health, too!
MagLove by @MediaSlut is a regular slot featuring the best local and international magazine covers every week, recognising well thought-out, powerful and interesting (and hopefully all three-in-one) covers and celebrating the mix of pragmatism, creativity and personal taste that created each of them. The anonymous (for now) blogger behind MediaSlut knows way too much for his own good about media in South Africa, magazines in particular. His mission is to show when SA magazines fail but, most importantly, also when they succeed. If you’re looking for a library about SA magazines and news, this is your one-stop pitstop.