Just ... 20 years ago

2017-08-16 06:05

JUST 20 years ago in the Greytown Gazette of 1997 for just over R10 you could have bought these four items - a tin of tuna, 1 litre cool drink mix, I litre fruit juice and 500g margarine at a supermarket, 12.5kg mealie meal was R19.99 and a tin of baked beans was R1.95. A pork leg roast would set you back R.50 per kg and a kilogram of bacon R14.99. One dozen Castle lager cans was R19.99.

Have things changed that much?
A letter to the editor headlined: “Where oh where is Telkom? Sir, one less worry in 1997”. - Isn’t it nice to know that we no longer have to worry about the service from Telkom, because there just isn’t any.”
On the entertainment front – a Hobo party at the Moth Club, Valentine’s dinner and dance at the community centre, live music at the Absolut Bar (hotel) with a tot of vodka for R1.

A three-bedroomed house with staff quarters was on the market for R150 000, while a two-bedroomed house was for sale for R100 000. A new Uno 3-door vehicle sold for R33 000 and an equally new Opel Corsa, R37 995.

On a more positive note – November 1997 recorded an overwhelming total rainfall of 238.5mm rain. With any luck - this November will break that record.

Council (TLC) presented a holistic and strategic framework for the future development of Greytown, and included intensive small-scale agricultural and forestry development, negotiate with landowners to establish a farmers’ market, a tourist information centre, eco, cultural and adventure tourist facilities centered on Lake Merthley, skills register, tertiary education facility, sports centre, youth council, housing, etc., these were all put forward for consideration and implementation 20 years ago. And for just R2 990 you could fly to London and back.

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