80 years of Perdeby

80 years of Perdeby: A look back at South Africa’s oldest student newspaper

The first editions of Perdeby look very different to what we know today. The first papers were text-heavy and had no colour. As technology improved and Perdeby’s printers changed, so did the papers look. On 24 May 1955 the paper printed with colour for the first time. Colour was used on the front page and in the masthead.

Perdeby’s motto has changed over the years too. The first paper said it was the “UP maandorgaan” (UP monthly) and when Die Nuwe Perdeby came out in 1944 it stated that it was the “Studentblad van die Voortrekker-Universiteit” (the student newspaper of the Voortrekker university). A few years later the motto was the “Studentblad van die Universiteit van Pretoria” (the student newspaper of the University of Pretoria) and this changed to the “Studente weekblad van die Universiteit van Pretoria” (the weekly newspaper of the University of Pretoria). In 1977 Die Perdeby was considered “Tuks se eie koerant” (Tuks’ own newspaper), which became “Tuks se eie koerant. Tuks’ own newspaper” in 1996 to include English and Afrikaans students.

This was then changed to “Tuks se amptelike student koerant/ Official Tuks student newspaper / Kuranta ya baithuti ya semmuso ya Tuks”. Since then the motto has become the “Official independent student newspaper of the University of Pretoria” as the paper only publishes in English to be inclusive of everyone on campus.

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80 years of Perdeby: A look back at South Africa’s oldest student newspaper

Perdeby online since 1995

In 1995, Perdeby became the first ever student newspaper in South Africa to be published on the internet. You had to log on to the university’s website where you were able to access an electronic version of the paper. This wafter Perdeby was the first student newspaper in South Africa to become fully computerized in 1990 when we bought six computers.

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