My husband and I relocated from Sandton Johannesburg to beautiful Hermanus in March this year. 

I must congratulate you on your most beautiful newspaper that comes out on Wednesdays – it is far superior to the local papers (e.g. the Sandon Chronicle, Randburg Sun etc.) in the quality paper you use, the content, the layout, local information and articles of interest. However, we were so very disappointed to see that both this week and last week you included advertising inserts in your paper.

In Johannesburg people complained about having to remove a huge wad of adverts before they could even get to the paper. Please put a stop to this before your beautiful paper is spoilt.


Thank you for the compliment. Since inception, The Village NEWS has dedicated itself to delivering a product that offers only the best quality news and information. To enable us to do this, however, we need adequate advertising income as this is our only revenue stream. 

In a time when the economy is under pressure, The Village NEWS, like many other businesses, is looking to ensure its survival by allowing for additional income streams. As national companies seldom, if ever, advertise in independent and privately-owned publications, we value the inserts in our publication. Independent research has shown that readers do indeed make use of the inserts, especially in tough economic times.

Having said that, we are working on new ways of delivering the good news with less dependency on advertising only. As they say: Watch this space!

We would welcome the views of our readers. Please send your letters to dewaal@thevillagenews.co.za. – Ed

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