Cambridge University Press

The African Branch of Cambridge University Press, based in Cape Town, is responsible for all countries in sub-Saharan Africa. In addition to its marketing responsibilities, the Branch is pursuing a wide range of publishing activities in East, West, Central and Southern Africa, the main thrust of which is aimed at the school market.

Our energetic local publishing programme has published several thousand titles by African authors since the establishment of the Branch in 1995. Some of our most recognised brands include Study & Master, Ken & Verstaan, The Little Library, Rainbow Reading, Stay Tuned and Keys to Learning.

In South Africa, we publish titles in all 11 official languages, and we also pursue an extensive programme of mother tongue (main language) publishing for countries across the continent, producing titles in over 34 local African languages under joint imprint with local agents in each country.


Cambridge University Press employs some 1,880 people worldwide and has 54 employees in its African Branch, as well as over 250 freelancers who are used regularly for marketing, editing, designing and illustration. An international organisation with branches, offices and agents throughout the world, we are able to draw on a remarkable range of authors (currently around 36,000 from 120 different countries) and to market and distribute material (both print and electronic) to readers everywhere. Our 1,880 staff in fifty-three offices service an inventory of 34,000 in-print titles, growing at a rate of 2,800 new ISBNs per year, and a stockholding of 20m units in nine warehouses around the world.

Corporate Social Investment and Empowerment Profile

B-BBEE Status:

Cambridge University Press South Africa (Pty) Ltd is a Level 1 Contributor
Verification Number: BDO11137-180719
Initial Issue Date: 18 July 2019
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In 2009, we concluded a Black Economic Empowerment deal with CIDA Empowerment Fund (CEF), which acquired a 25.1% stake in our South African operation. CIDA Trust has officially changed its name to Thuto Trust. The name change is symbolic of the Trust’s intensified focus on Teacher Development.

Thuto Trust’s mission is to multiply the positive impact that quality education has in low-income communities, through a targeted strategic focus on the development of creative and effective teachers from those areas.

The African Branch is also involved in several Corporate Social Investment initiatives within Africa, either directly or in partnership with other organisations such as Rally to Read, The Shine Centre and Worldreader.

History of the Press

Cambridge University Press is the oldest printing and publishing house in the world. It was founded in 1534 and has been operating continuously as a printer and publisher since the first Press book was printed in 1584. Today Cambridge University Press is one of the largest academic and educational publishers in the world, publishing nearly 3,000 books and 230 journals a year, which are sold in some 200 countries.


Our Vision and Mission

Our mission is to unlock people's potential with the best learning and research solutions.

Our vision is a world of learning and research inspired by Cambridge, where:

  • We enable people to achieve success by providing the best learning and research solutions
  • We support our customers through continually improved content, experiences and care
  • We use our profit for purpose, contributing to society by furthering the mission of our University