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Grocott's Mail - - MAKANA VOICES -

Gro­cott’s Mail is com­mit­ted to our role as a com­mu­nity me­dia or­gan­i­sa­tion and we’ve con­sid­ered and con­sulted about ways to bring more value to the com­mu­nity we serve, in­clud­ing you our read­ers, in 2017.

• We recog­nise that there are peo­ple and or­gan­i­sa­tions in Gra­ham­stown of­fer­ing ex­cel­lence in their spe­cial­ist ar­eas.

• We are more com­mit­ted than ever to sup­port­ing and fea­tur­ing qual­ity in-depth jour­nal­ism with civic is­sues and lo­cal govern­ment; courts and crime and ed­u­ca­tion at the core.

• We plan to strengthen our con­tent in those ar­eas, while main­tain­ing a steady ma­trix of com­mu­nity di­a­logue and re­port­ing on­line and in print.

• And we re­main com­mit­ted to our role of pro­vid­ing plat­forms for young jour­nal­ists to learn and hone their pro­fes­sion.

If you were in any doubt that Gro­cott’s Mail be­longs to you, the com­mu­nity, please know that in ad­di­tion to the work of our own re­porters and the let­ters we re­ceive from read­ers, we fea­ture in reg­u­lar monthly or bi­weekly col­umns and ar­ti­cles the ex­per­tise, ideas and opin­ions of close on 30 Gra­ham­stown peo­ple.

In 2017 we plan to grow our Makana Voices sec­tion, pro­vid­ing a place for di­verse and di­ver­gent views to be shared and de­bated, as well as or­di­nary peo­ple just say­ing how they see things. If you have some­thing to say, we’d love to hear from you. Our read­ers al­ready en­joy reg­u­lar ex­pert anal­y­sis and straight-up in­for­ma­tion by guest writ­ers and colum­nists in science, en­vi­ron­ment, health and other spe­cial­ist ar­eas.

We’ve iden­ti­fied five ar­eas ar en­ti­ties sig­nif­i­cant in Gra­ham­stown and key to turn­ing around the town’s for­tunes, and be­lieve that pro­vid­ing a reg­u­lar plat­form for lead­ers in those ar­eas to share their vi­sion and pro­grammes would be valu­able to the town.

These ar­eas are ed­u­ca­tion; arts and cul­ture and the Cre­ative City; eco­nomic devel­op­ment; lo­cal govern­ment and Rhodes Univer­sity.

We’ve iden­ti­fied some key movers in those ar­eas and you’ll be hear­ing much more from them, more of­ten, soon.

We’ve asked them to imag­ine, within the scope of their ex­per­tise, What could Gra­ham­stown look like? And to share their vi­sion with our read­ers.

This week the min­istry of higher ed­u­ca­tion has ce­mented al­liances with the de­part­ments of so­cial devel­op­ment and mil­i­tary vet­er­ans through spe­cial Na­tional Stu­dent Fi­nan­cial Aid Scheme fund­ing for prospec­tive ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tion stu­dents in those cat­e­gories.

En­sur­ing ed­u­ca­tional sup­port for dis­ad­van­taged groups, or pro­vid­ing des­per­ately needed chan­nels to gain­ful em­ploy­ment, casts a wider light on fund­ing for ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion.

Whether these and other fac­tors will change the dis­course of the free fees lobby will soon be seen.

Gro­cott’s Mail wishes Gra­ham­stown’s schools – the govern­ment schools that opened this week, as well as the in­de­pen­dent schools which have a lit­tle longer to re­lax – a suc­cess­ful and thought­ful 2017.

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