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The Herald is the voice of Nelson Mandela Bay – in print and online.

On May 7 1845, the first copy of The Herald was printed, making it the oldest newspaper in South Africa. The Herald has come a long way since that first printing day when the paper hit the streets at a cover price of a single penny.

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Bay residents warned to stay alert as crime spirals out of control

A city living in fear.

That just about sums up Nelson Mandela Bay as criminals wreak havoc, shooting their way across the metro.

In the latest incident, seven people were murdered and four others injured in a mass shooting while attending a party in Kwazakhele this past Sunday.

In Behind The Herald Headlines with Daron Mann this week, Eastern Cape premier Oscar Mabuyane describes the escalation of crime as a war that can only be defeated with the help of communities joining forces with security companies, police and with support from provincial and national government. 

“Everyone must be vigilant. People must know we are living with criminals in our midst.

"Criminals must be identified and exposed so that they don’t actually get joy and comfort among us.”

Successful SA20 knocks it out the park

The SA20 has provided the cricket-loving public with a welcomed distraction from the travails of the Proteas men's side.

Crowds have warmed to the inaugural event and packed out venues across the country.

St George's Park has been at the forefront of the excitement and can also look forward to hosting the Women's T20 World Cup next month.

Cricket SA vice-president and former EP Cricket president Donovan May details the success of the SA20.

30% pass rate comments 'ill-informed' and an 'insult to pupils'

The back to school rush is over for 2023 with schooling already under way in all provinces in SA and the 2022 matric results have been announced, with all provinces recording improvements.

But what does this mean?

In Behind The Herald Headlines with Daron Mann this week, we speak to education expert Professor Mary Metcalfe of the University of Johannesburg.

And what about the comments that matric results have only improved because the pass rate has been dropped so low?

“There’s something I see on Twitter all of the time, this national sense that people can pass matric with 30%,” she says.

“It is absolutely ill-informed and inaccurate and, to be a little bit bold, actually an insult to all our learners who achieved far higher than that.”

Walk on the wild side with Adrian Gardiner

No stranger to nature conversation, wildlife and conservation pioneer Adrian Gardiner's latest venture is situated just 30 minutes from Nelson Mandela Bay.

In that Weekend Feeling with Daron Mann this week, Gardiner tells us more about Nyosi Wildlife Reserve.

Will more police help bring end to gang violence?

The DA has called on police minister Bheki Cele to deploy national police officers to Nelson Mandela Bay to help bolster efforts to stem the gang violence after what has been described as “the bloodiest weekend in the northern areas in a long time”. 

At least five people died and seven were wounded in several shootings over two days.

In Behind The Herald Headlines with Daron Mann this week, MP Andrew Whitfield says he has reached out to Cele about the decades-old problem of gang violence in the northern areas.

Listen to what else he has to say.

Nelson Mandela Bay water supply in dire straits

The only part of the Eastern Cape expecting a bit of rain over the next few weeks is the “extreme eastern half” of the province — hundreds of kilometres away from Nelson Mandela Bay’s catchment area west of the metro.

So says Weather Guru Garth Sampson of the SA Weather Service in That Weekend Feeling with Daron Mann this week as dam levels continue to decline.

Officials are now describing the Bay’s water supply is being in “critical distress”.

“This is not good news for our dams, which are dropping by half a percent per week in the Algoa system and the increase in evaporation is just going to get worse by the day,” Sampson says.

He has also, once again, reiterated that only a “flood of Biblical proportions” — long overdue —  will break the drought.

Listen to what else he has to say.

Chamber CEO unpacks December business boost

By all accounts, the past December was “very pleasing” for Nelson Mandela Bay businesses.

So says Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber CEO Denise van Huyssteen in this week’s Behind The Herald Headlines with Daron Mann.

“By all indications, when I speak to businesses in the tourism and retail related sectors, they had a very pleasing December,” Van Huyssteen says.

Listen to what else she has to say:

Extra care needed near the water

Respect the water.

That is the best advice to keep yourself safe this summer as you take to any body of water — the sea, pools, rivers or dams.

In addition, it is important to swim in public areas where there are lifeguards, and always be aware of weather conditions: in Gqeberha, for instance, the westerly winds can be a nightmare for bathers as the wind blows them out to sea.

That is according to water sports events specialist Michael Zoetmulder who, in Behind The Herald Headlines with Daron Mann this week, also tells us where to find the safest beaches in Nelson Mandela Bay.

We also catch up with the National Sea Rescue Institute station commander in Gqeberha, Justin Erasmus.  

Garth Sampson predicts weather over Christmas

While much can change over the next few days, those in Nelson Mandela Bay can expect a cloudy Christmas with the possibility of some light showers.

So says Weather Guru Garth Sampson of the SA Weather Service in That Weekend Feeling with Daron Mann. 

“Nelson Mandela Bay and the Garden Route traditionally we have a bit of cloudiness in the morning and there is always a bit of a spit and spat of rain and it clears later on in the day. Mostly this rain is unmeasurable,” Sampson says.

Listen to what else is predicted for the Christmas and New Year weekends. 

Will new municipal government plan bring success, or chaos?

The basis of co-operative governance and  traditional affairs (Cogta) MEC Zolile Williams’s decision to amend the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality’s Section 12 notice of the Municipal Structures Act is “procedurally flawed”.

So says mayor Retief Odendaal, who is challenging Williams’s decision.  

“What he is trying to do has never been done in SA before,” he says.

“It’s never been done that a system of government is changed midway through a term of office of a council, so we don’t know what to expect.“

It can cause absolute chaos, collapse the administration and take us months to resuscitate.

”In Behind The Herald Headlines with Daron Mann this week, we speak to Odendaal and ANC councillor Wandisile Jikeka. 

Pit bull controversy: NSPCA has its say

The National Council of Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) across the country has received a high influx of surrendered animals after a spate of fatal pit bull attacks in recent weeks.

That is according to the society’s Nazareth Appalsamy, who says while they support the call to protect people from attacks, they do not necessarily support a ban on any breed.

Listen to what else Appalsamy has to say in That Weekend Feeling with Daron Mann this week.

Metro acting fire chief talks about prevention

Nelson Mandela Bay firefighters stretched their shifts to up to 20 hours during the peak of fires that raged across the Bay last week.

And in the end they, assisted by organisations like Gift of the Givers, managed to put out the fires that had been blazing for days, preventing any injuries, loss of life or major damage. 

In Behind The Herald Headlines with Daron Mann this week, we catch up with metro acting fire chief Wayne Hendricks and Gwynneth Marmetschke about how to prevent further  fires as we head into the fire season.

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