Michael Jacobs, Lentegeur
The Plainsman is synonymous with Mitchell’s Plain, and it has captured the community’s hopes, dreams, triumphs, disappointments and developments over the four decades of its existence.
The sod-turning that heralded the birth of this apartheid-era dormitory town; the birth of the United Democratic Front (UDF); the visits by Nelson Mandela; the Station Strangler murders; the execution of Sandra Smith, the last woman hanged in South Africa; the triumphs of numerous sportsmen and women – the Plainsman has been there for all of it.
The Plainsman is one of the few newspapers that tells the stories of local heroes struggling to make their community safer.
The Plainsman also shows where its heart lies by partnering with the SAPS annual School Drill March Competition, the DStv Festival and many other local events.
So thank you, Plainsman and happy 40th anniversary.