A glance at 2017

2017-12-19 06:00

As always, being involved in the community and being allowed to share your stories gives me so much joy.

As a journalist I’m taken on an emotional roller coaster every day through the stories that I cover. A day can start with a heartwarming story but end with a heartbreaking one.

But no matter how my day ends, I would like to thank you, our readers, for allowing me into your space and letting me share your stories.

For many, 2017 has been a long, tough and draining year, especially as we continue to plunge deeper into water restrictions with no signs of enough rainfall.

All we can do is hope that next year will be better.

As we move into the holiday season, with this being our last edition for the year, we take a look back at the thousands of words penned for your reading pleasure. There are some articles that really stand out.

This year was a difficult one, especially for the hundreds of residents of Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay who lost all their belongings in the fires.

The City has been working around the clock to help with super-blocking in the area to reduce the impact of fire (“Leaders agree to reblocking, says City”, People’s Post, 1 August).

The volunteers of Thula Thula Hout Bay have been instrumental in helping the victims of the fires. This non-profit organisation was born two years ago out of the need to help fire victims (“A hero, not a ‘crazy lady’”, People’s Post, 18 April).

The Amoyo Performing Arts Foundation in Hout Bay left its mark on stage as its members performed their hearts out at Artscape’s recent schools arts festival (“Changing lives on stage”, People’s Post, 19 September).

Two Constantia residents played tennis for more than 63 hours to promote tennis in disadvantaged communities and are now the official world record holders for playing the longest singles tennis match.

Carlos Gomes and Wendy Thompson beat the Guinness World Record when they played for 63 hours and 41 minutes, snatching the title from a German duo who played for 63 hours and 27 minutes two years ago.

Gomes and Thompson’s match took place from Friday 3 to Monday 6 February (“Tennis duo smashes world record”, People’s Post, 21 ­February).

A father from Hout Bay accused of killing his three-year-old twins said he was barely coping with the conditions at Pollsmoor Prison. The 48-year-old Spaniard was arrested shortly after the incident in Wynberg.

The mother found the bodies of the children in their rented flat.

The father has been in and out of court since (“Dad, ‘killer’ feels crowded”, People’s Post, 2 May).

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