Birthdays are not just an excuse for a good party but also a time to take stock and reflect on the past and, more importantly, to look to the future.

As The Village NEWS celebrates its fourth birthday this week, there is much to be thankful for. As a news and information organisation, The NEWS continues to grow. Circulation numbers keep increasing, a reflection of our growing digital presence across social media, online (thevillagenews.co.za) and on the international publication platforms of ISSUU and PressReader.

The team has grown, creating more jobs in the Overstrand. There are plans to grow the team even further as we strive to ensure that a diversity of voices from the community is being heard.

Last year, the paper won the coveted Independent Newspaper of the Year award at the Forum for Community Journalists (FCJ), an independent, non-profit organisation that strives to promote and express the interests of all community newspapers, magazines and online publications across the country.

This year, The NEWS was the runner-up while our journalists, columnists and photographers continued to make the Overberg proud with the FCJ awards they won, a reflection of their commitment and passion to provide pictures, stories and articles that are best-in-class.

What is the secret of this success? Quite simply, The Village NEWS is firmly rooted in two beliefs: optimism for the future and the Overberg, and an unwavering conviction that while bad news travels fast, good news travels even faster – and these are the stories that need to be told.

Thankfully, readers, advertisers and supporters, without whom we would not exist, also share this positivity.

As The NEWS begins its fifth year of operations, the team remains unwavering, despite the negative “noise” that so often seems to dominate conversations and the clear economic challenges this country and our towns must address.

We invite readers and advertisers to continue their journey with us, to celebrate the Overberg and its community, and to always tell the good that is always in the news.

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