Looking back on South Coast history: March 14 to 16

pic: Judi Davis

THE South Coast Member of Parliament, Douglas Mitchell, explained the plans for the Oribi Gorge.

March 14
“A GAME reserve is, for practical purposes, an area to which the public at large has the common right of access, whereas a nature reserve can have the right of access limited by regulations made and promulgated by the Administrator. It was deemed desirable under existing circumstances for the Oribi Gorge to be proclaimed as a nature reserve for reasons which, I think, will be apparent on a little reflection.”AND it seemed the terrible state of the road was also to be preserved. Gerald Hammond MPC reported: “I have just been informed by the Provincial Roads Engineer that the National Transport Commission has not approved any contract for the construction of the Mtwalume – Melville section of the national road and, ‘in view of the present financial stringency’, this section will not be completed in the near future.”
WHICH is possibly why it was deemed necessary to ward motorists not to get mad. “It is, of course, important for people to remain alive when they drive, but the National Road Safety Organisation would like to go further in encouraging South Africans not only to travel safely, but also in a pleasant frame of mind. It is not sufficient for a man to arrive home in one piece if his nerves are shot all to pieces.”
“NATAL coastal local authorities will meet at Scottburgh tomorrow to form the Natal South Coast Safety Bathing Association. The new body’s constitution was approved this week by the Administrator.”

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“ELECTRIFICATION of the railway line from Kelso to Port Shepstone will be completed in the near future.”

“THE Lower South Coast’s first multi-racial dinner is to be held at the Hotel Taj, Marburg, on Saturday, March 22.”

AND the Port Shepstone Chamber of Commerce also went multi-racial.

“THE Margate council has asked the Department of Community Development to let it buy back the old Masinenge township at a reasonable price.”

“THE Herald is moving to its own newly-renovated building at the corner of station road, opposite the Bedford Inn and the good news is that there is plenty of unmetered parking.”

March 15

“OWING to a subsidence of the bridge at St Michael’s-on-Sea, caused by this week’s floods, it is not possible at present to travel by car on the main road between Port Shepstone and Margate.”

“THE Ramsgate-Margate-Uvongo-Shelly Beach merger will take place, despite protests from Uvongo and Shelly Beach.”

pic: Susan Cooke

March 16

“PROVISION has now been made for the new heavy bridges over all the South Coast rivers which still have the old iron bridges. Biggest of these new bridges will be the one across the Mzimkhulu river mouth at Port Shepstone.”

“A MARGATE town councillor is making an all-out bid to have the town’s air raid siren silenced.”

“A MOTION of no confidence in the members of the town board was unanimously supported at the annual general meeting of the Bendigo Residents’ and Ratepayers’ Association.”

BUT the rest of the area was looking forwards. “The South Coast Publicity Association’s PR girl, Yvonne Booysen, will join a promotional team from Natal which is going to England to take advantage of the British government’s decision to lift the ban on the promotion of tourism to South Africa.”


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Susan Cooke
Features Editor

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