BusinessLIVE publishes fresh and insightful business news and analysis updated continually every day with original, online-only content as well as the best articles from Business Day, the Financial Mail, the Sunday Times's Business Times, the Rand Daily Mail and Investors Monthly

Within BusinessLIVE you'll also find the complete Business DayFinancial Mail and Rand Daily Mail websites.

Much of BusinessLIVE is free to read, but BusinessLIVE Premium subscribers have access to all our exclusive news articles, columns and commentary, along with Financial Times articles and Morningstar financial data. BusinessLIVE Premium Plus subscribers also enjoy full digital access to The Wall Street Journal, among other benefits.

Below you'll first find information and frequently asked questions (FAQs) about our digital subscription packages, including digital and print combinations. Following that is a section for those who subscribe only to the print edition or e-edition of Business Day or the Financial Mail.


A. Subscribe online to BusinessLIVE Premium

BL Premium – for R120 per month, and only R10 for the first month – gives you full access to all content on BusinessLIVE, with top columnists, in-depth analysis and the latest business coverage, including Business Day, the Financial Mail, the Sunday Times’s Business Times, the Rand Daily Mail, selected daily Financial Times content and Morningstar financial tools & data.

BL Premium Plus – for R349 per month, also R10 for the first month – gives you all the above plus full digital access to The Wall Street Journal and e-editions (digital replicas of the print products) of Business Day newspaper and the Financial Mail magazine.

There are also other options, including print and digital combinations.

View all subscription packages and subscribe online.

To find out more, contact us on Tel: 0860 52 52 00 or helpdesk@businesslive.co.za. The best time to phone is 6am–3.30pm SA time (GMT +2) on weekdays (email support until 8pm; 4pm on Fridays) or 6am–2pm on weekends.

BusinessLIVE subscription FAQs

Why are you charging for this content when other websites are free?

Great journalism is expensive to produce. While newspaper publishers depend heavily on advertising revenue, that is not enough to let us bring you all the trustworthy, quality reporting you need. We’ve worked hard to give you lots of value through a BusinessLIVE subscription, and your support means we’re able to keep bringing you South Africa’s best business writing – and even expand what we do.

How do I know if your offers are good value?

Individual subscriptions to The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times and Morningstar (not available as a single subscription in South Africa) would cost you more than R1,000 a month, so our bundle of these international partners alongside the best of our own business brands offers compelling value at between R120 and R349 a month.

How do I register or log in and out?

Registration is free, quick and easy. Click on “Register” at the top of the website and follow the instructions. You’ll then receive an email to welcome you to BusinessLIVE. At the end of the registration process you’ll also have the option to subscribe. (If you’re on your mobile phone, click on the menu bar at the top right and you’ll see the “Sign in” and “Register” options.)

To sign in, click on “Sign in” at the top of the website and enter your details. Once you’ve signed in, your name and surname will appear at the top of the site. To log out, hover over that area and click on the “Logout” prompt that appears. (On a mobile phone, click on the menu bar at the top right and choose “Sign in” at the top of the list that appears. To sign out, click on the menu bar again, scroll to the bottom and click on “Sign out”.)

When you sign in on BusinessLIVE, Business Day, the Financial Mail or Rand Daily Mail, you’ll be signed in on all of these because they are all part of the BusinessLIVE website.

I already have a personal Business Day or Financial Mail print subscription. Do I get access to BusinessLIVE?

Yes, you do. All print subscribers get access to our BusinessLIVE Premium Plus package, which means they can read all our articles on BusinessLIVE, Business Day, the Financial Mail and Rand Daily Mail, along with daily Financial Times articles, Morningstar financial data and full digital access to The Wall Street Journal.

To gain access, please register online (see above for details) using the same email address you supplied when subscribing to the print edition. That allows us to link your subscription correctly.

If you’ve already registered online using a different email address, you can either register again with your other email address, which will automatically pick up your print subscription, or contact us at Tel: 0860 52 52 00 or helpdesk@businesslive.co.za to change your print subscription details to match your online registration.

I already have Business Day or the Financial Mail delivered to my office via a corporate subscription. Do I get access to BusinessLIVE?

Please contact our call centre at Tel: 0860 52 52 00 or helpdesk@businesslive.co.za so we can link your BusinessLIVE account to your corporate subscription.

Does my Sunday Times subscription give me access to BusinessLIVE?

A Sunday Times subscription includes access to the Business Times section on the Sunday Times website. BusinessLIVE Premium and Premium Plus subscribers get the Business Times via BusinessLIVE. However, Sunday Times subscribers don’t have automatic access to BusinessLIVE Premium, and BusinessLIVE Premium subscribers don’t have access to the full Sunday Times.

What Morningstar data do I get as a subscriber?

All BusinessLIVE users have access to our general market indicators – JSE, foreign exchange, commodities, international indices etc; the JSE’s SENS feed; stock price quotes in articles; JSE stock reports; and our business calendar of upcoming events such as results announcements.

BL Premium and BL Premium Plus users also have access to the Morningstar unit trust data section, its “X-Ray” unit trust tool and its “fair value” stock reports, all of which should prove useful to serious investors.

I live outside South Africa. Can I subscribe?

Yes, you can. We can take payment via your credit card. 

Is there a pensioner discount?

We offer a 20% pensioner discount on our BusinessLIVE Premium or BL Premium Plus subscription packages for readers older than 60. We use identity numbers to validate pensioners' subscriptions.

 Please complete the free registration process on BusinessLIVE as usual but don’t subscribe yet. Then contact our call centre at Tel: 0860 52 52 00 or helpdesk@businesslive.co.za so we can set up your discount.

How do I change my subscription package to another one?

You can upgrade or downgrade to another package at any time. Please contact our call centre at Tel: 0860 52 52 00 or helpdesk@businesslive.co.za for help.

How do I change my name, surname or email address on BusinessLIVE?

Once you’ve registered and signed in, your name and surname will appear at the top right of the website. Hover the mouse over your name and click the “Profile” button. (On your mobile phone, click on the menu bar at the top right to find the “Profile” option.)

On your profile, you can edit your name and surname or manage your email newsletter subscriptions. 

Unfortunately you cannot change your email address via your profile page. If you’re a registered user but haven’t subscribed, please sign out and register again using your new email address.

If you’ve already subscribed to one of our BL Premium packages, please sign out and register again using your new email address. Then contact our call centre at Tel: 0860 52 52 00 or helpdesk@businesslive.co.za to connect your subscription to your new account.

I have subscribed but I can’t access subscriber-only articles.

Please check that you’ve signed in – your name and surname should appear at the top right of the website if you’re on a desktop computer. On mobile, if you click on the menu bar at the top right of the screen, you’ll see the “Sign in” option if you’re not signed in yet.

If you’re a BL Premium subscriber, the only articles you won’t be able to access are those in our Wall Street Journal section – those are included only for BL Premium Plus subscribers.

If you still can’t proceed, please contact our call centre at Tel: 0860 52 52 00 or helpdesk@businesslive.co.za.

I have subscribed but I can’t access articles from The Wall Street Journal.

If you’re a BL Premium subscriber, you’ll have access to all our content except the full Wall Street Journal access – that is included for BL Premium Plus subscribers only.

If you’re a BL Premium Plus or Business Prime subscriber and you can’t access the Wall Street Journal content, please contact our call centre at Tel: 0860 52 52 00 or helpdesk@businesslive.co.za.

Why can't I pay for a single article or a single edition?

BusinessLIVE and its member websites are updated continuously with online-only content all day long by our expert newsroom. There is therefore no single digital “edition” at any given time.

At this time we are unfortunately also unable to offer per-article payments – also called pay per view or micropayments – but we believe our BL Premium package for R120 per month is an affordable deal offering you far more value than a small selection of individual articles. This may be an option at a later time.

With how many devices can I access BusinessLIVE with one subscription?

You’re allowed three device connections for each BL Premium subscription you hold.


B. Subscribe to print or e-edition only

The Business Day print edition is delivered to you every weekday, as is the Business Day e-edition – an exact digital replica of day’s print newspaper via a service called PressReader (for more information on this service, please click here). 

To subscribe or to find out more, contact us on Tel: 0860 52 52 00 or helpdesk@businesslive.co.zaThe best time to phone is 6am–3.30pm SA time (GMT +2) on weekdays (email support until 8pm; 4pm on Fridays) or 6am–2pm on weekends.

Print home delivery is offered in all major metropolitan areas. If you’re on an existing delivery route, your newspaper should be delivered to your door by 6.30am, Monday to Friday.

We can only deliver to addresses that we can access straight away (freestanding homes or complexes with security). We cannot use access codes or entry keys. To ask about delivery routes in your area, contact us on the details provided above.

Print and e-edition subscription FAQs

My newspaper or magazine didn't arrive. What should I do?

Contact us at the details provided above.

I subscribed but have not yet received a copy.

Please allow up to two weeks for delivery of your first copy. If you have still not received your first issue, contact us at the details provided above.

My copies are arriving late, damaged or not at all. What should I do?

Contact us at the details provided above.

I am moving house. How do I change my address?

Contact us at the details provided above. We require one week’s notice to guarantee that your address can be changed in time for your move date and to verify that you are moving to an area we service within our delivery network.

What is the minimum subscription term?

The minimum subscription term is six months.

When does my subscription expire?

If you pay by EFT, credit card or debit card, you will find your subscription end date on the letter confirming your subscription as well as on your renewal letters.

Can I buy a gift subscription?

Yes, you can buy a subscription as a gift. You can do this by contacting us at the details provided above.

When will the first edition of my gift subscription be delivered?

Please allow up to two weeks for delivery of your first copy. If you have still not received your first issue, contact us at the details provided above.

Why are you writing to me before my subscription has ended?

If you pay by credit card, debit card or EFT, we will send you renewal notifications. To ensure that you are able to renew your subscription in time to guarantee an uninterrupted service, we will send these renewal letters to you before the end of your subscription.

If you do not wish to receive these letters, why not consider renewing by direct debit? Your payment will be taken monthly and your subscription will simply continue until you tell us to stop sending you copies of the newspaper. To activate a direct monthly debit payment plan, contact us at the details provided above.

How do I renew my subscription?

If you pay by credit card, debit card or EFT, we will send you advice and renewal prices ahead of the end of your subscription.

I want to cancel my subscription. What should I do?

You may cancel at any time by providing 20 business days' notice in writing. Cancellation is subject to a reasonable cancellation fee.

I am going away. Can my subscription be suspended?

Yes. Contact us on Tel: 0860 52 52 00 or email helpdesk@businesslive.co.za, and please allow at least one week's notice. You’ll need your subscriber number. You can also have your newspapers redirected to a temporary address, as long as it is within the same country and to an area where we deliver. Your digital subscription cannot be suspended or placed on holiday hold.

I already subscribe to the print edition. How do I swap to the e-edition or add the e-edition to my subscription?

Contact us at the details provided above. We will gladly switch your delivery channel or add a delivery channel.

Is my online payment secure?

Information security is critical to our business. VCS protects the security of information during transmission by using 128-bit Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption. The VCS servers are certified by Thawte, a public certificate authority, ensuring the cardholder and the merchant that nobody can impersonate VCS to obtain confidential information.

Why do you need my e-mail address?

Your email address is our unique identifier for your subscription. If, for example, you choose later on to add digital access to BusinessLIVE to your subscription, it will be easy for us to locate your current subscription package.

Is the print edition of the Financial Mail or Business Day only accessible to people living in South Africa? 

If you live outside South Africa, you can subscribe to our e-edition.

How many people can access an e-edition using my subscription?

Two users may access the e-edition at a time.