Multiple creations

No human can experience a multiple birth – not mentioning re-birth – but the fact that every week a new product, bearing the same name as the first born and being totally different, is created.
This is only possible in the world of the media of the publication that bears the same name of its predecessor but is unique in its reborn status. Some genes carry the same unique qualities to ensure that the parent is reflected in every issue, but every issue has its own combination of genes to separate it from the parent, while still retaining those unique genes to be identifiable as an offspring of the original parent.
In Thabazimbi, this newspaper – Kwêvoël – is born every week. This is not by the mere pushing of a button on a computer, although it helps to push the “on” button on all the computer and those of the printing presses involved in creating a newspaper for the community we serve.
Although Kwêvoël has two printing presses to print the newspaper, both are single- flat sheet machines, meaning that every page of Kwêvoël passes separately through the press in order to be printed, it still takes time for the whole process to be completed.
In our dry climate the paper needs to take on water before the printing process can proceed. This is to ensure that the paper would not shrink or expand during the follow up processes required for full colour printing. If this process is skipped, the paper would expand or shrink after the first colour is printed, with the result that the next colour printed on top of the first image would be blurred and the whole picture would eventually be spoiled.
To print the centre page of the newspaper in full colour on both sides would entail that each single flat sheet of paper must pass through the printing press ten times. On average each paper run through the press requires one and a half hour, requiring at least four colour changes of ink on the press (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black) which brings us to close on six hours of printing per side. The other side must go through the same process.
Kwêvoël must be on the street on Fridays, whether it is a public holiday or not. However, if the municipality decides to switch off the lights, there is no way of ensuring that the new born baby sees the light during the limited time of its creation.
As we have been in this situation so many times previously, please do not bother to complain to us about power cuts and water shortages – we live with this and still produce Kwêvoël on time.
This is now 00:15 on Thursday morning. At Kwêvoël we had power outage since 08:45 this morning (Wednesday morning). At 11:00 I realised that the power would not be switched on till much later and I had to let my employees go home.
At 21:00 the power came back on. This was after many phone calls and eventually, thanks to Jacob, after I complained about the fact that the neighbouring site to Moredou Drukkers, which is the property of a chrome mining company, did not have any power problems. To ensure that the paper is printed in time for distribution on Friday, we proceeded with printing until 03:00 Thursday morning.
Next time, in stead of staying home, vote and be heard, to stop this mismanagement of public resources by the governing local municipalities.