The paper focuses on the important national and local news of the day, with background and analysis. Its leader and opinion pages offer a platform for a diversity of views and aims to foster informed debate.
The daily Business Report within The Mercury contains news on international market trends, and national company and business news.
Weekly supplements include the GoodLife, Motoring, and Network. Network (on Wednesday) specifically focuses on KZN business, property and shipping news. The Zululand and Pietermaritzburg areas are specifically covered within Network. The Mercury includes dedicated golf pages on Tuesday.
The Mercury also contains local entertainment and arts news. The Friday edition includes a guide to weekend events in KZN.