The Mail & Guardian Online was the first internet-based news publication in Africa. Launched in early 1994, it is one of South Africa's and Africa's major news publishers and is reputed internationally for its quality content. It is one of the country's top three biggest news sites, and continues to grow. The M&G Online has received numerous accolades and awards, including three Bookmarks awards in 2010 and 2011, one of which was was a gold award for its Nelson Mandela tribute site. It received three Webby Honourable mentions in 2008 for its Thought Leader platform site. In 2001, the site was voted one of the world's top 175 websites by Forbes.com.