Verwoerd’s hated legacy

NEWS FLASH FROM 50 YEARS AGO
• Safmarine buys two refrigerated cargo ships of 10 000 tonnes each to transport export fruit to Europe for R2 million.
• South Africa takes the lead with 100 000 bales of cotton spun every year on 230 000 spindles and 3 500 looms, creating 10 000 jobs.
• South Africa is the largest exporter of fish in the southern hemisphere and sixth in the world with exports valued at R40 million.
• Great Britain report that on average 250 applications for emigration to South Africa are received daily, especially from skilled artisans.
• Maree, Minister for Education, establishes the Board for bantu Education, aimed at improving black education to the same level as education for whites.
• 2000 white refugees from Kenya’s uhuru uprising are relocated in Natal where they are helped to produce tea, coffee and sisal.
• Local governments for the coloured community in the Free State established by MEC Haveman.
• SA Railways and Harbours orders 100 new electric locomotives at a cost of R13 million and with the provision that 68% material from South Africa be used in the manufacturing process.
• A hand-spinning and weaving factory for fabrics erected in Umtata, Transkei to create jobs for blacks by the Bantu Investment Corporation.
• The cape Hospitals Department spend R23 million on new hospitals, including the new University of Stellenbosch Teaching Hospital.
• A two-storey hotel for blacks erected in Daveyton, Springs for use by black sportsmen and VIP’s handed over to black entrepreneurs by Benoni Town Council.
• Dr FW Quass says that of the 2060 welfare organisations in the country, 2000 are aimed at the black population.
• The Department of Statistics releases figures of an 18% increase in employment. Monthly income for the year rose to R111,4 million compared to the previous year’s R102 million.
• Some coloured townships, including Haarlem in the Langkloof, exempted from the Group Areas Act and put under own administration.
• Between 1959 and 1962 a total of 91 631 houses for blacks were built at a cost of R38 million in urban areas, while 474 sub-economic units were built for whites at a cost of R1 million.
• South Africa has 300 000 miners employed at gold mines and 250 000 in coal mines. The fatality figures stands at 1,29 per thousand workers.
• Foreign investment grew from R142 million in 1961 to R503,6 million according to Trust Bank.
• The government announces plans to make it possible for 35 000 Xhosas in Western Transvaal to bring out special votes during the Transkei elections.
• Chief Pilane of the Tswana says he foresees the establishment of an independent Tswana state where his people and whites “can live in peace as we have always done”.
• PW Botha, Minister of Housing, announces plans to build 2000 houses in Klerksdorp and 2000 in Port Elizabeth to make provision for new immigrant employees.