TODAY the People’s Paper turns 18!

Since 2002, Daily Sun has been in many homes, on taxi dashboards and in every corner of every kasi.

The paper was founded by late veteran journalist and publisher Deon du Plessis to tell stories of the ordinary man in communities that were mostly ignored.

To mark Daily Sun’s coming of age, SunReaders shared why they love the paper and their favourite parts.

Gogo Otilda Mngomezulu (71) from Diepkloof, Soweto, said she never misses an edition of her favourite paper.

“I’ve been buying the paper from the SunSeller daily who put aside a copy for me even when I wasn’t around.”

What drew her to the paper was that it told local stories.

“I love Daily Sun because it talks about local issues and we always want to know what’s happening around us,” she said.

“I like the way the People’s Paper packages their news. They use the simplest English that doesn’t crack anybody’s skull. You can simply read it without searching for the meaning of words.”

Gogo Otilda said she also liked that not only does Daily Sun inform, educate and entertain, it also helps readers through SunDefender and SunPower. “I wish Daily Sun strength and for the paper to continue playing their role in society,” she said.

For Deril Arendse (53) and his family from Noordgesig, Soweto, it’s a tradition to read the paper.

Deril said the paper cost R1 when he started reading it.

He said he liked it because of local and relatable news.

“I also love the sports section and the competitions. I like to read stories that most people find unbelievable – the horror stories,” he said.

Deril said he also likes political stories that expose corruption, like the recent VBS stories.

His nephew, Luke Pieterson (22), finds the paper intriguing and entertaining.

Daily Sun is not like other newspapers where it’s just politics. They make it fun to read and relate to the people on the ground,” he said.

Luke said he approved of the language used in the paper, especially the use of kasi slang.

“They sometimes use words like ‘moer’ and ‘tokoloshe’ which I can relate to,” said Luke.

“Daily Sun is the only paper that invests time and resources in telling the news of people on the ground.”

He’ll never forget the story of a man who was visited by a female tokoloshe that slept with him.

Gogo Sarah Tlhopang (77) from Sharpeville in the Vaal started reading the People’s Paper in 2004.

“I like the stories, particularly the news section. I like the short and straight-to-the-point stories, because I can read the whole paper quickly,” she said.

“I also read the sports section, especially stories about local PSL clubs.”

Sarah was concerned by the reduced pages during lockdown.

“It has few pages, but I read it regardless. I’d like to see things such as stokvels return to the paper, which I like reading about.”

Gogo also liked the letters page. “I’d like Daily Sun to have more educational content for kids and more health stuff,” she said.