Today I greet you a last time from the editor’s desk on the Pretoria News, a position I have held for the eight years since Dr Iqbal Survé’s Sekunjalo Independent Media (SIM) Consortium purchased the SA Independent Media group from its then Irish homeowners.
My historical past with the Pretoria News dates again additional than that, as this was right here, when it was half of Argus Newspapers, that I started my career as a information reporter 4 a long time in the past.
Back then we scribbled notes in shorthand, known as in tales from pay telephones or typed them up on a typewriter in a loud newsroom. The paper was printed within the basement of the constructing and got here out within the afternoon.
Change has are available leaps and bounds and right now a smartphone and laptop computer are our instruments, conferences are digital and we produce a print version with editors, manufacturing groups and printers are all in separate places – with the Pretoria News Weekend now an e-editon solely.
They say journalism is the “first rough draft of history” and, over the course of my career, I have witnessed an fascinating interval in our historical past: from the violent protests that marked the top of apartheid to the democratic transition of the Nineties; the primary democratic election, the inauguration of Nelson Mandela; ANC management battles, the ups and downs of the opposition events; state seize, corruption, loadshedding, the Zondo Commission and so forth …
Locally, as a metro reporter I recorded the opening up and improvement of town. Our office is are close to the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria the place my colleague Zelda Venter has lined many high-profile trials, with one which stands out is that of Oscar Pistorius. It can also be on the path to Tshwane House and the Union Buildings the place we now have watched many a protest and procession from our home windows.
While a lot has modified on the newspaper and within the metropolis of Tshwane, some issues are the identical as when I began and this consists of the duty we now have to serve our group with integrity, offering information protection that’s dependable, credible and honest.
I have had the privilege of meeting many fascinating folks in Pretoria, from presidents, to premiers and mayors, college vice-chancellors and ambassadors, officers and communicators in authorities, embassies and the personal sector, folks concerned in NGOs and group boards.
As I hand over to the brand new editor Piet Rampedi, and the workforce, enable me to thank those that supported me over the years, specifically Dr Survé and COO Takudzwa Hove, and the numerous different tremendous executives previous and current throughout administration, editorial, circulation, promoting, human resources, advertising and marketing and finance.
Special thanks should go to my revered brother and sister title editors, and the workforce in Pretoria I have labored with fortunately for a lot of years: manufacturing editor Renata Ford, assistant editor Kennedy Mudzuli, information editor Ntando Makhubu, reside editor Damian Paterson, and the reporters, photographers, sub-editors, and office help employees.
To you all and the readers and advertisers of the Pretoria News, thank you in your loyalty and your curiosity. As I take up different tasks within the group, my want is that you proceed to search out worth within the Pretoria News and be its champions.