Letter from the Editor — 2 June 2017

I decided to switch my phone off on Saturday because I could no longer look at the pictures of vehicle wrecks that I kept receiving. Messages came through one after the other.
One accident after another. And that together with the report about the people that had died. It is part of my work, I am grateful for the information. Its reality. But sometimes I just don’t want to see it for a while.
Our front page articles this week are both about people that died on our roads. The exact cause of both incidents could not be confirmed at the time of going to press. Four people died in the Tom Burke area on Saturday morning and one person died on Saturday morning near Vaalwater.
All these people have families, friends and loved ones. In Shongoane, in Ga-Seleka, Lephalale and other areas.
Cobus and Mia Pretorius were together with our children at school – it is inconceivable to think how painful it is for their families. He was just 22 years old with a family and a life waiting ahead of him.
Mia is family of Sure van Zyl, whose husband Scott recently died in Zimbabwe. She is also family of oom Poem who recently died in a farm attack. One cannot always understand the path that some people walk.
But there is also really good news in this week’s edition. Who would ever have thought Roger Moore or rather James Bond was in Ellisras? Standing in front of the Ellisras Hotel for a photograph. And that top detective Piet Byleveld was a Rassie? A thousand thanks to my colleague Elsa who had her nose to the ground for good news this week. Please read her articles on page 4.
More good news is that Lephalale’s first and only spa won an award for the best upcoming spa after only having been open for three months. Read about Aloe Day Spa’s big surprise on page 14.
On our back page is the story of the new Doves. Who would have thought it could be interesting to spend your Saturday at the launch of an undertaking business? Well I learned a lot and it’s good to learn about things of which you know nothing about.
Next time I will also chat about the necessity of a funeral policy for example
Till next week then,

— Leoni

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