Business overview

Naspers is a leading multinational media group, incorporated in 1915 as a public limited liability company and listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) in September 1994. The company also has an ADR listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE).

Over the past two decades the group has evolved from a traditional print media business in one country, to a broad-based e-media company in multiple markets.

The group’s principal operations are in internet platforms (focussing on commerce, communities, content, communication and games), pay-television and the provision of related technologies and print media (including publishing, distribution and printing of magazines, newspapers and books). Most of Naspers’s businesses hold leading market positions.

The group’s most significant operations are located in South Africa and elsewhere in sub-Saharan Africa, China, Russia, Eastern Europe, the Netherlands, India, Brazil and Thailand.

Mission and Strategy

Naspers operates platforms that link users to media, e-commerce, advertising, content and means of communication.

The strategy is to provide entertainment, trading opportunities and information and the ability for users to participate in communities wherever they are.

The group’s expertise lies in the following:

  • packaging content and creating communities
  • building brand names around them
  • running platforms that distribute media products, support e-commerce and sell advertising.

Naspers manages paying subscribers, concentrates on the media, trading and communication needs of individual users and also develops and sells useful media technologies. Through its various operations, the group wants to be useful to the communities it serves and use its expertise to that end.