As with so many towns not only in KwaZulu-Natal, but in South Africa as a whole, the rich and complex history of Vryheid is thoroughly entrenched in myriad forces, including the ambitions of the British Empire, the rise and spread of the Zulu nation, and the migration of the Afrikaans speaking Boers from the Western Cape into the interior (and current day KwaZulu-Natal). The Vryheid region was originally bequeathed to the Boers by the Zulu king, Dinuzulu, after they threw their support behind his campaign for kingship against a rival in a hard fought succession battle.
The Boers quickly established the area as a sovereign Nieuwu Republiek, with the town of Vryheid as its capital. After the bloody and tragic Second Anglo-Boer War, Vryheid fell under the administration of British ruled Natal. Today, the town is well-known for its coal mining and ranging activities.
Keeping the residents of this historic region abreast of important local and community news, local sports results and fixtures, church and charity news, lifestyle news, entertainment news and more, the Vryheid Herald is a community newspaper with soul.
Forerunners to the contemporary publication are also of historic significance, and include the Nieuwe Republikein (1890s) and the Vryheid Herald and District News (early 20th century). The current newspaper was established by Terry Bunge in 1983, and while it has no direct links to the earlier titles, it nonetheless carries on the tradition of serving the Vryheid community by offering only the highest levels of journalistic excellence and integrity. Given its three decade history (and counting), the Vryheid Herald is set to continue to build upon the trust-based relationship it has developed with its readers over the years.
- Tabloid Newspaper
- Printed on Newsprint Paper
- 4 200 Copies Distributed Weekly
- Frequency: Weekly Thursday
- Target Audience: Local Community
- Area of Distribution: Vryheid, Paulpietersburg, Utrecht, Dundee, Blood River, Mondlo, Ncome, Mondlo