Johnny Masilela, The BEAT Editor,

We have a huge pool of readers in downtown Modimolle


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With the first edition of the year 2018 behind us, it is time to take stock and tease out what the reaction was from especially online readers.

Can you believe it, the story with the headline “Desperate search for missing Modimolle priest” was the most viewed, beating the front page lead at a distant second.

Mind you, the article on the missing priest was published on the less prominent page two.

This is not for the first time that articles based at the town of Modimolle have attracted readers in their numbers.

The lead story ran with the title “Whites voting ANC?” based on interviews with a couple of our white compatriots, as to what was going on in their minds when the market-friendly Cyril Ramaphosa triumphed as the new leader of the ANC.

Having said that, at least two white colleagues both in Johannesburg and Bela-Bela have surprised me by suggesting that the ANC is best placed to run the country, as compared to say the DA and EFF.

The reason given was that the majority of South Africans have so much trust in the ANC that the party has room to make mistakes, without triggering massive political unrest. 

Boy oh boy, now we have no alternative but to pile up pressure on our man at Modimolle, Mzamane Ringane, to work even harder covering the Modimolle and Mookgophong narrative.

Although working for The BEAT sister publication, Die Pos/The Post, Ronél van Jaarsveld, who is based full-time at our offices at Modimolle, has been exceptionally helpful, too.

The BEAT online statistics suggest the article with the title “Slight hope for job-hunting school-leavers in tourism” also attracted a significant number of views.

This story was also part of the teasers on the front page.

On the sports front the round-up preview/review of the SAB Regional League continued to be a favourite read for many across the region.

The sports story titled “Kamplits Ladies Volleyball Club for Egypt” was another popular read.

Following hot on the heels of these popular articles, was the letter from the editor, which continues to draw the attention of readers with an interest in the behind-the-scenes scenario at the pre-production stages of the newspaper.

This week we plan to go for broke on the arrest of two police officers at Pienaarsrivier, who were nabbed by the Hawks, after allegedly pocketing loads of moola from a motorist.

We also need to dig deeper and find out as to how the stampede at an institution of higher learning in the Polokwane capital of Limpopo, has affected youngsters coming from the Waterberg.

4 months ago       18 January 2018