It's thumbs up all around for our fresh new look!

2007-11-13 00:00

The comprehensive teasers on the front page, which highlight what can be expected on each page, were especially popular among readers and many appreciated the two-day weather summary, which they said prepares them for days ahead.

“It's definitely brighter and easy on the eye, it is very appealing to read. Well done,” said Sumaya Fareed, the manager at the Payless Shoes in Hayfields.

“It is bold and it grabs you, it makes you want to read, unlike the old paper where you went past many stories because it looked so boring and dull … I used to become ‘naar' looking for the job sections, now I know exactly where to find things,” said Charlene Bekker, a Glenwood resident.

The gang at Quincy's Restaurant in Victoria Mall said they read the paper without fail.

“The first thing I do when I get to work is read the horoscopes … I like the new look, it looks busy, but in a good way,” said Miranda Horemans, a waitress at Quincy's.

Sharon Crouch from Oak Park said she noticed the difference the second she picked up The Witness yesterday morning. “It's more interactive now and has more features, which is exciting.”

Elke Wellmann from Scottsville said the new font is easy on the eye and use of colour makes the paper looks cool.

Shellain Dettmer from Hayfields said the newspaper is much better and clearer. “It's still the best newspaper ever,” she said. She added that the paper definitely looks new and that it is nice to have lighter topics for a change.

Raisethorpe resident Nadira Jumat was impressed with the essential emergency numbers. “I'm also very impressed with the inclusion of school sports and the colours make you want to read.”

Readers readily offered their advice on what they would love to see more of and how the paper could improve.

“I am really happy about the new look, it is long overdue. I was getting tired of the same old depressing stuff of who died and corrupt government officials … But I think you need to promote more minority sports that are so overlooked, like motor-cross and BMX. You find people going overseas, but they are never featured,” said Lynne Burns, who referred to herself as a motocross mom.

Mbongeni Mbanjwa from Lincoln Meade said the new paper is better because it features more local stories now.

“It's flashy and more attractive and yet more informative. The new weather summary is very helpful,” he said. However, Mbanjwa said the paper should strive to concentrate more on local sport, especially on the last page with overseas sport on the second to last page.

Leighanne Genga, who lives in the city centre, said more local stories are needed.

“I think one page of international news is enough. We are in Pietermaritzurg and want to know what happens here, and of course around the province,” said Genga.

“There are a lot of local artists here who are world class but are struggling for recognition. And if you give them exposure, someone will tell someone else and they would get opportunities as well,” she said.

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