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About Us

Our Mission

The Village Gazette is steadfast in its mission to serve the Berea community and its surroundings with dedicated, reliable journalism. Our goal is to ensure that every member of our community is well-informed on matters that are of utmost importance to them. By focusing on local news, community updates, and regional events, we strive to bring forth a platform that not only informs but also unites. Our extensive daily coverage spans various topics including local governance, education, public safety, and cultural events, striving to keep our community engaged and informed at all times. It is our commitment to practice ethical journalism, providing factual and unbiased content that our readers can trust and rely on.

Through our rigorous pursuit of truthful reporting, we aim to foster a well-informed community that can engage in meaningful conversations about their governance and societal matters. Furthermore, we hope to inspire community involvement and collaboration by offering a comprehensive outlook on the ongoing activities and achievements within the village. Our news team is made up of seasoned journalists and enthusiastic local contributors who are deeply embedded in the daily life of our village, making our news stories as close to the heartbeat of Berea as possible.

Our History

The Village Gazette was established by Elara Mkhize, a dedicated journalist and a long-time resident of Berea, Durban. Seeing the need for a focused, local news outlet that caters specifically to the everyday happenings of village life, Elara set out to create a platform that could serve as the voice of the community. Since its inception, the Village Gazette has grown significantly, gaining recognition for its in-depth coverage and consistent reporting on local and regional issues. Our journey from a small newsletter to a fully-fledged news website is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team members who believe in the power of local journalism to make a difference.

Over the years, The Village Gazette has been at the forefront of reporting critical events ranging from local elections to cultural festivals, and issues affecting residents. Our resilience in maintaining journalistic integrity while evolving to meet the digital demands of our readership has contributed greatly to our prestige in the local media landscape. In providing a reliable stream of news, we continue to be a staple in the daily lives of the Berea community, bridging gaps and building stronger community bonds through communication.

Meet Our Team

Our team at The Village Gazette comprises seasoned journalists, innovative tech gurus, and responsive support staff, all united under the visionary leadership of Elara Mkhize. Each team member brings a unique set of skills and an unwavering passion for community journalism. Our journalists come from diverse backgrounds with extensive experience in reporting, editing, and engaging with community issues. Each member works diligently to deliver news stories that are both informative and relevant, providing a voice to the voiceless and highlighting stories that matter.

Our tech team is instrumental in ensuring that the Village Gazette stays ahead in the digital landscape, optimizing our platform to enhance user experience and accessibility. Thanks to their efforts, we are able to offer a user-friendly website that is accessible to all, regardless of technological expertise. The support staff at the Gazette plays a crucial role as well, managing day-to-day operations and ensuring that our operations run smoothly. Their dedication to maintaining the high standards of our news portal solidifies the reliability and professionalism that our readers have come to expect.