BEING a journalist, one tends to be exposed to hundreds of stories in a year and sometimes it is easy to forget the remarkable stories that you come across while practicing your trade.
Although there are a number of stories that have stuck with me long after I covered them, I have selected two stories from this year’s Maritzburg Fever that I think highlight the spirit and love of the Pietermaritzburg people.
“Help given instantly to family”, published on May 2, was one such story.
After a fire had ravaged a home being shared by various tenants on Lahore Road in Northdale, it was amazing to see a community come their aid, regardless of financial stature or race. Many residents were left homeless and without possessions after the fire destroyed everything in its path. Northdale residents, however, did not allow their fellow man to go on without aid and organised various donations to the tenants of the house, such as daily food drops as well as banding together to raise funds for supplies.
In the June 13 edition “We need help”, on page five, was another story that stuck with me.
This was such a heartbreaking story for me to cover.
To sit there and listen to the anguish this family suffered after their daughter was run over by a motorbike in Johannesburg was heartbreaking. The strength of the mother, who put aside her problems to focus on her daughter, was overwhelming for me. To see someone so willing to put aside their personal turmoil for the better of another was inspiring.
Instant belief in humanity sparked in me the next day as the response to the article was immeasurable.
Countless e-mails flooded my inbox and the phone rang continuously as people offered to help the family.
These are just some of the top stories from the Maritzburg Fever this year, and there is much more to come. Thank you to our readers and advertisers for choosing the Maritzburg Fever.