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newsThe Citizen reports that Afrotone Media Holdings headed by Mzwanele (Jimmy) Manyi announced on Thursday that its daily newspaper, Afro Voice (formerly known as The New Age), would be filing for liquidation.  

Afro Voice closed abruptly on Thursday, 28 June, resulting in panic among its employees, who claimed they were only told on that the day not to come back the following week and that they would only receive salaries for July.  In a statement, Manyi said the decline in government and commercial advertising and the closure of the controversial TNA business breakfast forced the paper to close shop.  He added:  “In addition to being commercially insolvent, Afro Voice also have no sustainable prospects of being rescued from its dire financial position.”  

The newspaper was launched as The New Age in 2010 by the controversial Gupta family.  In August 2017, Manyi bought the daily and the news channel ANN7.  He rebranded the paper from its original name to Afro Voice in April this year.  Manyi’s news channel, Afro Worldview, is still operating on MultiChoice’s DStv, but that contract ends in August.

  • Read this report by Batandwa Malingo in full at The Citizen

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