Looking back on South Coast history: August 12 to 15

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SEWERAGE has been as much of an issue in the past as it still is to this day.

August 12


“PRESENT sanitary arrangements, as well as new sewage proposals, were again discussed at the meeting of the Margate Health Committee on Tuesday afternoon.”


THE question of whether to drift along or amalgamate made one of its many appearances in 1955. “Umtentweni Board chairman puts out an important feeler to provincial town planners.”


“A RECENT cold spell led to a man (no address given) being charged with damaging property by burning a bench in the European waiting room on the Port Shepstone station. He was found guilty and sentenced to R10 or 20 days and a compensatory fine of R4.90.


A PRECURSOR to the ‘Mudville’ saga… “The Department of Community Development has agreed to build 80 sub-economic homes for coloureds in Merlewood.”

August 13


“ON Saturday, August 14, at 2.45pm, the ceremony of dedication and opening of the door of the new Margate Methodist Church will be conducted by the Rev Dr JB Webb.”

WHILE spiritual matters made Margate headlines, Port Shepstone was more concerned with physical well-being. “At its August ordinary meeting last Monday night, the Port Shepstone Borough Council resolved to address a letter direct to the Prime Minister, Dr Malan, on the subject of the proposed regional non-European hospital.”


“A MOVE is to be instituted along the South Coast to try and prevent beaches being racially zoned.”

AND there was a vital change to the contents of the average refrigerator… “The Minister of Agriculture has decided that yellow margarine may be sold to the public.”


THE South Coast lost one of its most prominent residents. “Sonny Evans leaves Shelly Beach.”

August 14


“WITH the arrival on Saturday 15th of Mr and Mrs Billy Moss, the South Coast Herald will be at full strength – Mrs Moss as secretary to the firm and Mr Moss, outdoor representative.”

AND the same issue announced: “The first friendly club hockey tournament to be played in Port Shepstone for many years will be held on Sunday, August 23 at 10am on the Borough Sports Ground between a Port Shepstone hockey team and one from Margate.”


THE face of the South Coast was changing. “The final stage of the electrification of the South Coast railway line is expected to be completed by the end of the year.”

AND… “Work will start within six months on a six-storey frail aged home alongside the Village of Happiness.”

August 15


“IT is a long time since Port Shepstone has had to face up to a problem as contentious as that precipitated by the recent decision of the borough council to adopt the Provincial Library Scheme.”


THE question of amalgamating the various boroughs and town boards along the coast was a frequently-recurring topic in the newspaper. “It was time the whole of the Lower South Coast took stock of itself and considered amalgamation of all its local authorities into one centrally-administered area, a former mayor of Johannesburg said in Uvongo this week.”


“THE yo-yo craze has taken the country by storm and wherever you look, young – and sometimes not so young – are experimenting with this fascinating little toy.”


ANOTHER familiar tale… “Unless good soaking rain falls within the next few weeks, southern Natal could become a drought-stricken area.”


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Susan Cooke
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