Fifty years ago in Greytown Gazette

2017-08-23 06:00

FIFTY years ago, in 1967, the Greytown Gazette sold for just two and half cents and the cost per annum was R1.25.

At Spar (Umvoti Mills) a bottle of sunflower oil cost 29 cents, tea 58 cents for two kilograms and candles 10 cents a packet.

A Seven Oaks farmer was selling one ton of poultry manure for R8 - collected.

In the second-hand car market a 1966 Fiat was R1 300 while a 1963 Austin was R900. But a vacancy for motor spares manager was being advertised with a salary of up to R250 per month. The Land Bank in Pietermaritzburg was looking for matriculated "European youths" who would earn R1 080 per year.

The Rietvlei Farmers’ Association reported that despite lengthy representations, the post office in Rietvlei was to be closed after having served the community for 70 years.

At a council meeting the request from the Midlands Chief Librarian was debated on an increase from two-and-a-half cents to three cents. As the by-laws would have to be altered if this increase was made and to do so would cost R20 and it would take years to recover such an amount, council decided not to increase the fine or amend the by-laws.

Council had also requested the province that Greytown be allowed to retain its vehicle registration of NGT and not change to NUM. However, a survey undertaken revealed that most owners preferred to change to NUM.

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