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Local firms pitch in with contributions of material required. The Durban firm, Natal Glassworks, 53 Williams Road is gutted by fire.The Durban Gold Cup horse race is won by a 20-1 outsider, Speciality, ridden by T. Runners up were New Chief, The Giant and West Point. The Durban – Kwa Mashu train line is opened with an hourly train service. Last year I wrote up an article covering what happened in Durban 50 years ago.
His wife carried on the studio, many teenagers and young adults learning the intricacies of the quick step, fox trot, waltz, jive and the hot dance of the time, the cha cha. The first 80 families of the Zanzibari Indian Community who lived on the Bluff are moved to Chatsworth. With South Africa now a republic, the Durban City Council decides that the Union Jack will no longer be flown from the flag pole on the City Hall portico.
The Durban Ocean Terminal is opened coinciding with the arrival of the new flagship of the Union Castle Line , the Windsor Castle. The 1962 Comrades Marathon, an up run, is won by John Smith of the UK in 5 hrs 57 mins and 5 secs. This 600 strong community, the descendants of slaves, were living in an area overlooking Durban off Bluff Road. 50 people gather to watch the lowering of the flag for the last time at 5 pm.
At the time there was a rash of car bumper stickers proclaiming “Natal – the last Colonial Outpost” which featured the Union Jack.
A South African Airways Skymaster “Lebombo” and a South African Air Force Harvard trainer collide over the Bluff.
The Harvard crashes on the Bluff with pilot and co pilot parachuting to safety.