Reader shares his love for ‘Echo’

2019-09-04 06:02
PHOTO: suppliedEcho reader Nhlanhla Mbokazi.

PHOTO: suppliedEcho reader Nhlanhla Mbokazi.

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FETCHING Echo at the tuckshop for himself and elderly people in his area has become Nhlanhla Mbokazi’s (27) duty every Thursday.

Mbokazi, from Willowfontein, said he started performing this task when he moved back to Pieter­maritzburg from Durban in 2012. He said that since he came back from Durban, where he was studying, he has become a fan of Echo.

Echo spoke to Mbokazi as part of their 40th birthday celebrations this year.

“I wake up at around 7 am in the morning to go to the shop to get Echo, regardless of the weather conditions. I walk about 25 to 30 minutes to get to the shop where the Echo is distributed, but distance does not matter to me because I always want to read Echo.

“While on my way to get Echo I become so excited and I wonder about what stories will appear.

“I remember this one time, it was pouring so I had to run instead of walk. I rushed to the shop to get my Echo but fell so hard on the ground.

All I could do was just sit there as children laughed at me.

The sad part is that on that day I did not get a copy of Echo because I was late. People had already taken all the copies at the shop,” he said, giggling.

Mbokazi said while getting a copy of his favourite read, he is also happy to be assisting the elderly in his neighbourhood so that they don’t have o walk the long distance.

“When people see me on Thursday morning they ask me to bring them copies as well.

The funny thing is that at the shop where the Echo is being distributed, staff always shout at me about taking so many of copies [even though] I have explained to them that it is for other community members who live in my area.”

Unlike many others, Mbokazi doesn’t throw away his newspapers, but archives it instead.

He said he does this because he has a passion for journalism and he wishes that someday he could work for a publication like Echo.

“I studied media and journalism and reading Echo every week helps me not to forget what I have learnt at school.

Sometimes, if I want to remind myself of something I learnt at school, I take out my old copies of Echo and refer to them — it helps a lot.”

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