Andrew Trench, deputy editor of the Daily Dispatch, has been appointed as its new editor. Trench, 37, will replace outgoing editor Phylicia Oppelt from December 1, according to a report in the Dispatch.


"My appointment as editor is an enormous honour. The Eastern Cape and the Dispatch are so close to my heart and I am privileged to be taking over the editorship of a paper which is thriving. The Dispatch has reestablished its credentials, under the editorship of Phylicia Oppelt, of being a credible regional newspaper able to hit above its weight.”

“As editor I will ensure that this newspaper’s finest traditions of independent, probing journalism continue. The Dispatch will continue to serve the community of the Eastern Cape and treat our readers with the respect they deserve. We will continue to be the very best provider of news for the Eastern Cape and anyone interested in the Eastern Cape.

“I would like to thank our current editor for the paper she is leaving me to lead as well as a wonderful team of passionate, committed Dispatch staff without whom this editorship would be meaningless”.

Oppelt said she had been privileged to have been the editor of the Dispatch for the past three years and to have worked with an inspiring team of managers and newsroom staff, and serve a challenging readership.

“The editorship has certainly been the highlight of my professional career and I have enjoyed the challenges and rewards of being part of a fantastic team.

“I am sure the newspaper will reach great heights under his editorship.”

Chief Operating Officer for the Eastern Cape, Nathi Maramnco said: “ Andrew’s appointment will ensure that we don’t lose momentum in achieving our business and editorial strategic objectives”.

Click here to read the full report, posted on the Dispatch's webste.