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71 newspapers, few tears later . . .

Finally, we have reached the end of 2019, 71 newspapers (Weslander and Weskus Nuus) and countless ad hoc projects later . . .

I once came across the following quote on being a newspaper editor: “[It is] easy, it’s like riding a bike, except the bike is on fire, you’re on fire, everything is on fire and you’re in hell.” This, in my view, is a very accurate assessment.

There is an enormous amount of pressure and responsibility that comes with running a community newspaper. Expectations are high, at times a heavy burden to carry. This year has been a challenging one; we have cried, laughed and celebrated many successes.

Weslander journalists have done outstandingly well, winning or being nominated for numerous awards in regional and national competitions.

Certainly one of my personal highlights for this year has been travelling from Saldanha to Cape Town harbour aboard one of Sea Harvest’s fishing vessels, Atlantic Peace.

Most people dream of taking a cruise on a luxury ship, but my idea of adventure is a little different...

What was supposed to be an overnight trip turned into a two-nights-and-a-bit adventure.

For two days we waited outside the V&A Waterfront, looking at Table Mountain and so many other familiar landmarks, yet without being able to go anywhere. To be honest, at least once I contemplated swimming ashore . . .

I got a glimpse into the lives of fisher(wo)men at sea and have so much more respect and appreciation for what they do. I now have an idea of what it takes to put fish on the table.

I’ve learned that seasickness is a real thing, and every seafarer has their own cure for it – from lemon tea and toast with Marmite to drinking Worcestershire sauce and drinking laxatives before sailing.

One also learns patience. At sea you are subject to circumstances beyond your control, such as dolphins blocking the way.

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