The Village NEWS team was sad to say good-bye to our graphic designer and sales representative, Nickey Jackson, who has left the paper to pursue a new career opportunity. Nickey is a true local; apart from three years in the Strand, she has called Hermanus home since 1983. She worked at the Hermanus Times for 19 years and got to know De Waal Steyn when he was appointed editor and later publisher/editor. 

“When De Waal approached me about joining his venture to start his own newspaper in 2015, I immediately said ‘yes, please’! We started small, with fortnightly editions, and the first one hit the streets in September 2015. From there the newspaper just grew and grew and within two years we were publishing weekly editions. I worked my fingers to the bone at all hours but it was teamwork that made the dream work. Along the way we had a lot of fun and it was all so worth it, especially when we won numerous awards, including 2017 Independent Newspaper of the Year at the FCJ Awards. 

“Although Covid-19 has had a big impact on the newspaper’s revenue, being a part of The Village NEWS has been one of the greatest accomplishments of my life and I have no doubt that the publication is here to stay.” 

The Village NEWS team thanks Nickey for her dedication, loyalty and hard work, and wishes her all the best in her future endeavours. You will be sorely missed, Nickey!

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