Looking back on South Coast history: February 13 to 16

1985 saw some serious flooding. Port Shepstone's golf course was inundated. pic: Herald archives

A VARIATION on a recurring theme – if motorists were not complaining about the roads, they were up in arms about the rudeness of the roads department employees.
February 13
“THE Herald has received a barrage of complaints about allegedly unreasonable and discourteous treatment by the roads department employees whose job it is to exercise control of traffic between Melville and Port Shepstone during the current road tarring operation.”
“MARGATE Town Council’s special pier committee has been authorised to approach the provincial and government authorities to find out what financial support, if any, these sources will give to the resort’s pier scheme.”February 14

HOWEVER low the rent, no one seemed to be able to make a profit on Port Shepstone beachfront. “The poor old Beach Tea Room is now deserted and forlorn, the lessee having decided to throw in his hand, even a ‘penny a day’ not proving sufficient inducement to carry on.”

THE old story cropped up again. “Strong support is being received from the public towards the establishment of a small harbour to serve the Lower South Coast.”

AND the Margate council rejected any racial zoning of beaches.

February 15

“MOTORISTS who park their cars in Aiken Street, Port Shepstone, will have noticed that a new feature has been included in the freshly-painted parallel parking bays. On the road side of each bay a ‘keyhole’ sign has been painted… If the driver gets it precisely opposite his steering wheel, he may rest assured that his car is properly parked.”

“INDIAN taxi owners operating in Scottburgh, who have carried on the only local taxi services for years, have received their certificates from the Transport Board, endorsed “for non-Europeans only’. Pensioners and other old people, who do not have cars, must now walk to and from the railway station, the approach to which is via a very steep hill.”

“THE Lower South Coast was virtually cut off from the rest of Natal this week when the bridge over the Mpambanyoni collapsed in two places.”

pic: Herald archives

February 16

“ON January 24 a resolution was passed changing the name from Southern Natal Commercial High School to Southern Natal High.”

“UMZUMBE residents said a unanimous ‘no’ to the proposed merger between Hibberdene and Umzumbe.

WHILE Mandela’s release was being celebrated at Gamalakhe, “A fire completely gutted the administration block at Marburg Secondary School.”


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Susan Cooke
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