About Randfontein Herald

The Randfontein/ Westonaria Herald as it is known today, first appeared as a national newspaper in 1935 and was known as the Randfontein Herald and Randfontein News. It was published by Amalgamated Press in Krugersdorp.

The paper covered the nuclear bomb attack on Hiroshima, the first airplane, the visit by Queen Elizabeth and much more. News from the Randfontein area was also covered extensively. Articles ranging from the comings and goings of the then new mayor, to community dances at the old Robinson Hall were very popular.

There was just one page available for Afrikaans news – the back page. The main back page banner boasted that this was the only Afrikaans news page for the Randfontein municipal area. Interestingly, back in the day, the price of the Herald (one penny) was printed upside down on the front page.

This was no typo though. It was done on purpose so that customers could see the price of the newspaper from the other side of the shop counter. Years later the newspaper went out of business and for a long time there was no newspaper for the community of Randfontein.

That all ended in 1971 when local resident, Jan Cornelius, started a new local newspaper – the Randfontein/ Westonaria Herald. He had an arrangement with the Carletonville Herald to use the same printer. Cornelius filled the roles of Editor, journalist and sales representative and the Herald was sold at five cents per copy. It proved to be a very successful venture and the paper grew to sport up to 24 pages.

It was a proper tabloid and news consisted mostly of local gossip. In 1975, one Fanie van Zijl bought the paper. The Herald offices were in the Lucy Building at the then Randfontein Bakery and the staff consisted of Cornelius, Isak Malherbe, Susan Niemand and Van Zijl.

That same year the paper grew to 42 pages and was even bigger than the then West Rand Times. The year 1976 saw the Herald changing hands yet again, and this time was bought by one Victor Lewis who, two years later in 1978, sold the paper to the Caxton Group, who owns it to this day.

The Herald has moved premises a few times over the years and is currently situated in Greenhills. In the Caxton stable the Herald has become a much-respected publication featuring local news ranging from crime to politics, as well as news about the community, churches, schools and sports.

In 2011 the Herald launched its local-news website, www.looklocal.co.za, which was an almost immediate hit with the communities of Randfontein and Westonaria. Both the newspaper and the website have gone from strength to strength since and have become an irretrievable part of the communities of Randfontein and Westonaria.
113 Kenneth Road
Greenhills
Randfontein
Tel: 011 693 3671

Classifieds
Tel: 087-285-0575
Email: classadwest@caxton.co.za

The Team


Veronica Nel
DEBTORS AND ADMINISTRATION CLERK
Alanicka Lotriet
INTERN
Michelle Swart
DIGITAL ASSISTANT
Michelle van Rooyen
AUTODEALER SALES REPRESENTATIVE
Beryl Kirsten
SUB-EDITOR
Wendy Erasmus
PROPERTY WEEK SALES REPRESENTATIVE
Maritza van Zyl
JOURNALIST
Elize Greyling
BOOKING CLERK
Johan Niemand
IT TECHNICIAN
Thandi Mkhumbeni
CLEANER ASSISTANT RECEPTIONIST
Bella Motlashuping
RECEPTIONIST
Poppy Gcoyi
RECEPTIONIST
Adele Long
DEBTORS CLERK
Lola Bester
NEWSPAPER PLANNER
Ennes Steyn
FEATURE LAYOUT ARTIST
Michael van der Walt
GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Minette Marais
GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Geraldine Scott
GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Craig Michael
GRAPHIC DESIGNER / DIGITAL DESK
Sue Bruwer
GRAPHIC DESIGNER / DIGITAL DESK
Amanda van Zyl
ADVERTISING SALES REPRESENTATIVE
Roxy de Villiers
JOURNALIST
Linda Rothman
PERSONAL ASSISTANT
Phillip Opperman
DISTRIBUTION MANAGER
Marita Janse van Vuuren
PRODUCTION MANAGER
Sonette Reid
DIGITAL MANAGER
Cathy van Heerden
CLASSIFIEDS MANAGER
Jeanette Peach
BUSINESS MANAGER
Debbie Pienaar
SALES MANAGER
Clinton Botha
RANDFONTEIN HERALD EDITOR

Classifieds


Odette Gross
GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Danielle Gibbon
GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Matthew Gijzen
GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Tarren Kennedy
CLASSIFIED SALES SUPPORT
Lee Els
CLASSIFIED ACCOUNTS
Sharon Chalmers
CLASSIFIED ACCOUNTS
Sannette van Dyk
CLASSIFIED SALES CONSULTANT
Amanda Lizani
CLASSIFIED SALES CONSULTANT
Mbuso Sokhulu
CLASSIFIED SALES CONSULTANT
Felecia Wessels
CLASSIFIED SALES CONSULTANT
Megan Lennox
CLASSIFIED SALES CONSULTANT
Doreen Taylor
CLASSIFIED SALES CONSULTANT
Tanya Young
CLASSIFIED SALES CONSULTANT
Lianne West
CLASSIFIED SALES CONSULTANT
Samantha Dube
CLASSIFIED SALES CONSULTANT
Cathy van Heerden
CLASSIFIED SALES MANAGER
Teamwork plays a very important role for this fierce editorial team, and respecting boundaries, building relationships and giving through a clear message of community, has been the forefront for this young team.

Every week, avid readers can expect a newspaper consisting of local government news, social pages, charitable awareness, school happenings and sport stars gracing the back page. Within the paper there is also a comprehensive property guide, as well as Auto Dealer.

Contact us with your news suggestions on 011 693 3671 or email randfonteinherald@caxton.co.za

Interesting facts about HERALD readers:
  • The HERALD has a readership of 71 per cent.
  • NEWS readers do most of their shopping in the Randfontein CBD.
  • 53 per cent are female, while 47 percent are male.
  • 50 per cent are Afrikaans.
  • 56 per cent are employed full time.
  • 20% of households fall in the LSM 10 category and 35% LSM 9.
  • 38 per cent of fall into the 35-49 year age category.
  • Average household income is R19 864pm
  • 31% of Purchase Decision makers earn between R25 000 and R50 999pm
* Statistics obtained from Roots Survey 2013.

Distribution

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Areas

  • Westonaria
  • Culemborg Park / Ext
  • Eike Park
  • Finsbury
  • Glenharvie
  • Greenhills
  • Helikon Park
  • Hills Haven
  • Hillside
  • Homelake
  • Randfontein CBD
  • Randgate
  • Westonaria
BULK DROPS
  • Mohlakeng
  • Kocksoord
  • Toekomsrus
  • Venterspost
  • Randfontein Central
  • Hectorton
  • Libanon
  • Robin Park
  • Randpoort
Total distribution: 20 000 - Delivered on Tuesdays
 

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