At the Highvelder in Ermelo we believe that we are the village noticeboard and the voice of the community.

The Highvelder was established in 1903 and for the last 110 year we are uninterruptedly distributing newspapers free to Ermelo and surrounding towns every Thursday. Currently we distribute 18 000 newspapers weekly.

We strive to serve the entire community and maintain a good balance between hard news, sport, community, local government, school and human interest news.

The Highvelder Newspaper celebrated its centenary (100 years) in August 2003.

Born in 1903 after the town burnt down during the Anglo-Boer War, the Highvelder (or Highveld Herald as it was known back then) had already fostered a close relationship with its community.

It maintained its close relationship with its readers through the wide range of topics and information it shared at that time – from sharing “ouma se melktertresepte”, highlighting the visit by King George and Queen Elizabeth to focusing on the achievements of learners at school-level. When one considers that a 100 years ago the newspaper was sold for a penny, and had an unbelievable circulation of 160 per week, as opposed to its current weekly free distribution of 12 000, it is clear why the Highvelder has secured a close relationship with its community, who will ensure that its future is preserved for generations to come.

Learn more about the Highvelder and its team.

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