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The Now Media Group is the new owner of the EngineerIT and Energize titles.

                          The Marsh family, owners of the Now Media Group, and the Yelland family,
                            the previous owners of the titles, go back a generation when their
                              parents ran their businesses out of London House in Loveday Street
                                 in the centre of Johannesburg some 50 years ago.

                                    That is where the coincidence ends. Yelland was in the electrical
                                     business and John H Marsh, a journalist and best-selling author
                                      of Skeleton Coast, was a magazine publisher.
                                      Now Media was founded in 1953 by John and
                                      continues to be run as a family business by Dave,
                                      chairman (2nd generation), and Anton, CEO
                                     (3rd generation).
                                    The company has taken an innovative approach to
                          publishing, whether it be establishing quick-read high frequency
                          trade newspapers or running its own printing works to ensure it
                          can be first with the news.

                          Before the internet was popularised it launched its first online B2B
                          service in 1989, Travelinfo, which changed the way the travel industry
                          in South Africa operates. It continues to flourish today with over 4 000 travel
                            agents using it repeatedly throughout the day for their operations.

                              It now has a strong internet presence with three daily news sites in the
                               freight and travel sectors.

                               Nico Maritz, who heads up a division that focuses on B2B monthlies and
                              upmarket magazines for large residential estates, will manage Energize
                                  and EngineerIT.

                                      Most critically we believe in being effective for our clients.
                                       Through niche publications with highly engaged audiences
                                         we can provide solid, effective promotional solutions to the
                                          industries and audiences we serve.

                                           The Now Media Group is a level 2 B-BBEE company
                                            based in Illovo, Johannesburg and employs around
                                             100 staff across: 5 business magazines, 11 security estate
                                            publications, 3 daily news and 3 twice-weekly trade
                                           websites, a travel reference and training system, as well
                                         as its printing works.

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