So Long, SAPA
Johannesburg – After almost 77 years of providing constant news coverage, the SA Press Association is turning off the lights.
The announcement in late February that the country’s only independent news wire service was closing shop left many saddened, shocked, and disappointed.
However, no one was more shocked than Sapa’s current staffers, who had dedicated so much of their time to keeping the news flow going and had been led to believe the wire service would continue, but under a different guise.
This was not to be and in late February, employees stood in the blue Sapa boardroom in absolute shock as editor Mark van der Velden told them of the board’s decision to halt all operations.