Looking back on South Coast history: January 13 to 16

pic: Margate Art Museum

THERE was great optimism for the area.
January 13

“SOUTHERN Natal is on the threshold of spectacular development. Everything points to 1956 seeing the crystallisation and emergence here of a socio-economic pattern that will become a potent factor in the national economy.”

“AT a meeting held on the farm of Mr FE Hand, Munster, on Tuesday afternoon, it was decided to form a Banana Farming Programme Planning Committee.”

“LAST Friday evening the Port Shepstone Amateur Dramatic Society members met to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the establishment of their society.”

BUT there was sad news, too. “Pat Farrell died in his car near Scottburgh on Tuesday evening. He was best known for giving 100 acres of his sugar farm on which to establish a SANTA settlement which was named in memory of his eldest son, Dunstan, who lost his life in the last war.”

AMALGAMATION bargaining went on. “An immediate drop in rates for Oslo Beach and an assurance that R100 000 will be spent on roads and stormwater drainage were just two of the points agreed on.”

“NO sewage in the sea, pleads Uvongo.”

pic: Herald archives

January 14

“THE Margate Borough Council resolved on Wednesday night to revive its select committee on aerodromes. Councillor Rees said that numerous small craft still landed on the abandoned airfield and that, in his opinion, council should accept responsibility for keeping the grass cut.”

IT  was reported that bridges from Port Shepstone to Southbroom would be doubled in width.

“SEVERAL important announcements about the new road were made this week. The section between Hibberdene and Mtwalume will be complete within four years. The route for the Hibberdene – Port Shepstone section had now been decided, slightly inland of the present road, ending just inland of Marburg.”

“TENDERS for the construction of 100 sub-economic houses are being invited by the Marburg Town Board.”

pic: Herald archives

January 15

“GREAT interest exists on the South Coast and elsewhere in the eventual restoration of the Port Shepstone Country Club after its almost complete submergence in the disastrous floods of May last year.”

AND Umtentweni Tennis Club’s new courts opened.

“UMTENTWENI residents are without a fire brigade – because the Town Board has turned down offers of a service by the Port Shepstone municipality.”

“THREE major airlines have applied to introduce a direct air service from Johannesburg to Margate.”


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Susan Cooke
Features Editor

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