Diamond Fields flooded with firms but not enough capital
There is no doubt that, owing to the absence of sufficient capital to work, the numberless new companies which have been started at the Diamond Fields, considerable pressure is felt amongst those who have eagerly rushed to take up shares. The situation is frankly recognised by the Diamond Fields press, and its cause rightly assigned; namely, the formation of companies beyond the available capital in the country. Although the Union Castle Company has sailed numerous oil-driven ships, the 20 063-ton Carnarvon Castle is the first motor ship to enter into her service. Eleven watertight bulkheads divide the vessel into 12 compartments, seven of which are cargo holds. The watertight doors are electrically operated and controlled from the bridge. Wireless telegraphy, direction finder and echo sounding machines are also fitted. The vessel carries first, second, and third class passengers, and, with the crew, accommodation is provided for about 1 500.
The non-European “unjust laws campaign” is expected to reach a climax within 24 hours with simultaneous nationwide action by passive resisters, the arrest of the remaining top men in the movement, and stern police action in the event of disturbances. Spokesmen of the movement said today that half an hour after midnight tonight volunteers would go into action all over the country, defying discriminatory laws. The first batch of resisters would be followed by others at intervals throughout the next 12 hours, breaking curfew and railway apartheid laws.
The News Chronicle published a leading article today headed “A Truce to Tolerance”, beside a fourcolumn article under the heading “Father Huddleston says it is time we shunned South Africa”. The editorial said: “How long should tolerant people condone intolerance? On this page, Father Huddleston, an equable and reasonable Church of England missionary who has been turned into the latest of a long line of turbulent priests by the injustice and oppression he has witnessed in South Africa, pleads for an end to Christian forbearance of that country’s racial policy. “Let us boycott the oppressors,” he urges. “Give them a taste of the humiliation of being ostracised by civilized society’.”
The new Cape Technikon will be built in District Six – and that’s final and official. The decision to site the Technikon in District Six and to turn down a Cape Town City Council offer of an alternative site at Oude Molen for a nominal fee of R1 was taken at “Cabinet level”, the council has been told. Mr John Muir, chairman of the council’s executive committee, said he was “very disappointed” with the outcome of a meeting yesterday with two cabinet ministers. If the Technikon’s building plans are approved by the council, construction will start in September. The council still believes the Administrator’s rezoning of the site to private open space (educational purposes) was “illegal” or “incorrect” and court action had not been ruled out. The council… believes it would be better to use the site for housing.
Michael Jackson, the “king of pop”, who once moonwalked above the music world, died yesterday as he prepared for a comeback bid to vanquish years of sexual scandal and financial calamity. Jackson, aged 50, died at UCLA Medical Center after falling ill at his home in Holmby Hills.
The Carnarvon Castle, pictured on a postcard.
Australian troops at Tobruk on Libya’s Mediterranean coast.