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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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Nelson Mandela Bay plans to curb street light vandalism

The Nelson Mandela Bay municipality has spent more than R3m over the past two years replacing street lights along Stanford Road.

Electricity and energy political head Lance Grootboom says they have had to replace the street lights four times as vandals keep stripping the lights for copper cable.

Large parts of the Bay are continuously in darkness thanks to thugs stealing the copper cable.

Earlier in November, a motorist travelling along the N2 through Colchester passed a thief making his way into the bushes after stripping a fallen street pole on the national road

.At least seven street poles along the busy trucking route had been felled.

As a result, the municipality is looking at several interventions to curb the vandalism and wants to install high-mast solar lights in the centre island along a section of Stanford Road to combat the destruction of street lights.

In Behind The Herald Headlines with Daron Mann this week, Grootboom unpacks the municipality’s plans.

Stormers must be at their best

Stormers coach John Dobson says he will need to field closest to his strongest line-up for the franchise’s crucial United Rugby Championship match against the Welsh Dragons at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium next Saturday (2pm).

Hear what else he has to say in That Weekend Feeling with Daron Mann.

How to handle the touchy issue of errant tenants

Choose and screen your tenants carefully.

That is the advice to landlords from Nelson Mandela Bay attorney Wilma Espag van der Bank in Behind The Herald Headlines with Daron Mann this week.

Espag van der Bank is discussing the relationship between landlords and tenants in the wake of serial squatter Dawn Humphries being evicted yet again, this time from a Bluewater Bay property she occupied rent-free for more than two years.

She also discusses ways in which landlords can protect themselves from errant tenants.

We also speak to estate agent Landi Coetzee.

Are doggie shopping trolleys a good idea?

“We haven’t had any of that, but I’m pretty jacked up and I know how to handle it. That is not the worst thing in my store.”

That is Newton Park SUPERSPAR shop co-owner Alasia Hayward’s response to a question about “doggie accidents” in the store.

The store recently introduced doggie trolleys so customers can go shopping with their pooches.

The doggie trolleys are black and they have a little flag.

Doggie blankets are provided on request, but most dog owners bring their own  because their dog feels more comfortable and calm that way.

And while the initiative has been widely welcomed, it does contravene health regulations, according to Nelson Mandela Bay environmental health practitioner Dirk Steyn.

Listen to what they both have to say in Behind The Herald Headlines with Daron Mann this week. 

New Proteas coach Maketa ready for challenge

It doesn’t get any tougher than Australia and that will be interim Proteas coach Malibongwe Maketa’s first challenge  as he prepares the team for their three-match Test tour Down Under in December and January.  

The former Warriors coach, born in Gqeberha and raised in King William’s Town (Qonce), was named interim coach to replace Mark Boucher earlier in November. 

“With international cricket you’re required to win every time you represent your country and that is what we’re going to be focusing on — making sure we are mentally and physically ready to go and compete and win,” he says in That Weekend Feeling with Daron Mann this week.

Listen as Maketa looks to the upcoming tour and also reflects on the team’s performance at the 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup still under way in Australia. 

The trauma of dealing with kidnapping of loved one

It is every person’s nightmare: receiving a ransom demand in exchange for the release of a loved one.

And for a Gqeberha woman, Roxy Visagie, that nightmare became a reality recently when she received a call from her brother saying he had been kidnapped.

For three days, Divan Visagie was tied up, beaten and forced to phone his hysterical sister to negotiate his ransom after he was kidnapped and held hostage in Johannesburg.

He had attended the Johannesburg Pride event on October 28 and 29 and was scheduled to travel back to Gqeberha that Monday.

However, Divan never made it to the terminus where he was scheduled to board a bus home.

Instead, Roxy received a chilling phone call that afternoon.

Divan told her he had been taken and his kidnappers demanded R40,000 for his release.

“I just had to put on the best game face ever. I couldn’t break, I had to be strong for him,” Roxy says in Behind The Herald Headlines with Daron Mann this week of her immediate reaction after speaking to Divan.

What followed was an investigation drawing on the expertise of Gqeberha private investigator Des Finnis of Uniq Investigations, who worked with the police’s crime intelligence and the Bedfordview police to ensure Divan was brought home safely.

Dané van Niekerk on mend and itching for World Cup action

Months after a freak ankle injury ruled her out of the Women’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand earlier this year, Proteas women’s cricket captain Dané van Niekerk is on the mend and looking forward to joining the team in the 2022 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in SA.

The all-rounder has been hard at work getting herself back to peak physical condition with the international T20 showpiece just months away.

“It's pretty surreal. When we spoke a couple of months ago before the World Cup, I never said [recovery] would be this long,” she said.

“I’m a realist, but when it comes to my injuries I’m an optimist and I really said I’d be back for the Commonwealth and all that, but unfortunately it didn’t work that way.But I’m really thankful I have the opportunity to be back with the camp just doing what I love.”

Find out what else Van Niekerk has to say in That Weekend Feeling with Daron Mann.

Mayor speaks about Nelson Mandela Bay’s financial woes

Harsh punishment for defaulting Nelson Mandela Bay ratepayers could be on the cards in an attempt to save the metro from financial collapse.

The metro’s dire financial straits follows the collection rate dropping to a shockingly low 69%, and millions of rand of lost revenue due to sky-high water and electricity losses.

As a result, the municipality could struggle to pay staff salaries in a few months’ time.

In Behind The Herald Headlines with Daron Mann this week, we speak to mayor Retief Odendaal about the Bay’s financial woes. 

Coach Mammila on track with Chippa

Morgan Mammila may not be everyone's cup of tea, but since his appointment Chippa United have seen an upturn of their onfield fortunes.

The Chilli Boys won their first four games under Mammila before suffering their first loss this week.

In That Weekend Feeling with Daron Mann this week, Mammila shares how he has managed to catapult the team into sixth position on the log.

Mystery of explosive devices in Kariega dam

Members of the public have been cautioned to stay clear of the Strelitzia Dam in Kariega after the discovery of an explosive device in the dam at the weekend. 

The unsettling discovery of the landmine was made on Sunday afternoon, when children playing in the dam came across a metal object they could not identify.

This is the third time since 2019 that explosive devices have been found in the dam, and residents as well as experts are stumped as to the origin of the ordnance.

A search of the dam  for more explosive devices continued this week with police spokesperson Warrant Officer Majola Nkohli advising anyone who came across such devices to contact the police and evacuate the area immediately.

In Behind The Herald Headlines with Daron Mann, we speak to Nkohli, military historian Franco Cilliers and Ward 51 councillor Roelf Basson.

End to huge power hikes in sight

Power to the people — without unfair power hikes.

That sums up a Gauteng high court ruling by judge Elizabeth Kubushi on Thursday declaring the National Energy Regulator of SA’s (Nersa) determination of the municipal tariff guideline and revision of municipal tariff benchmarks for the 2021/2022 financial year, and extended to the 2022/2023 financial year, as unlawful and invalid.

This was after the Mandela Bay Business Chamber along with the Pietermaritzburg and Midlands Chamber late in 2021 challenged the methodology used by Nersa that determines the tariffs.

In That Weekend Feeling with Daron Mann, we speak to chamber CEO Denise van Huysteen and board member David Mertens.

What does getting bail actually mean?

Bail. An element of the criminal justice service often controversial because it is so misunderstood by the public.

We see it all the time — the man on the street calling for suspects to be denied bail because they believe the suspects are guilty.

The issue of bail was once again highlighted this week when it emerged that at least three of the five men accused of killing nine people and wounding another in a shooting spree in KwaNobuhle were out on bail at the time of the shootings on unrelated murder charges.

But, as Nelson Mandela Bay attorney Kuban Chetty explains in Behind The Herald Headlines with Daron Mann this week, bail — whether it is granted or denied and the amount — is determined by a range of factors that have nothing to do with guilt in the matter being presided. 

“Bail is securing the attendance of an accused at court,” Chetty says. 

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