SAPA is the major news supplier of foreign and domestic news to South Africa, providing all forms of media – newspapers, television, radio and web-based – with news, videos and photographs. Its newswire provides a constant feed of news to newsrooms in South Africa. The agency also maintains a picture and news video service, press release service called link2media. Traditionally, SAPA has relied on its regional newspaper members for regional South African news, in addition to reporting by its own staff.
Its head office is in Johannesburg, and it has bureaus in Cape Town, Durban, Bloemfontein and Pretoria. Its primary area of distribution is in South Africa, although it does have clients abroad as well as exchange agreements with other major news agencies.