Front page pictures in 2017

Good pictures tell it in a thousand words


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The overused catchphrase – dating back to London’s Fleet Street tabloid journalism – in the print media, goes like “a picture tells the story in a thousand words”.

Having said that, one is humbled by the tireless efforts of The BEAT team in capturing the unfolding Waterberg narrative, indeed in a thousand words.

The first set of pictures which caught the eye was published on Friday 10 February, chronicling the unrest in the township at Bela-Bela.

On 24 February we published a shocking picture of the Bela-Bela mayor’s private vehicle engulfed in flames, taken by TK Mashaba.

On the front page of the same edition we ran with a lively picture of toyi-toying ANC members taken by our man in Modimolle, Mzamane Ringane.

Another picture which fired the imagination was the one taken in the township at Bela-Bela, by TK Mashaba, of men battling to recapture a pig which broke free from a truck. 

The 26 May catchy headline read “The great pig run” which was brilliant, indeed.

On 15 June The BEAT had an in-your-face kind of picture by Justin Steyn, with angry municipal workers marching on the city fathers.

The headline “Worker Power” was one of our best-selling in a long time.

We also published a couple of other brilliant pictures provided by outsiders, with the one on 23 June of a kid handling a juvenile rock python.

Another striking picture, by Mzamane Ringane, which wowed our readers was taken when Modimolle-Mookgophong Mayor Marlene van Staden tilted a watering can into the palms of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, washing his hands, after both politicians planted vegetables on Mandela Day.

This one was on the front page of the 21 July edition.

The BEAT family friend Neil Swart cut off his sleep one fateful morning to capture stunned SuperSpar workers watching the building at Bela-Bela engulfed in flames.

The picture was published on 29 September.

6 months ago       13 December 2017